On the Site:


Utah couple aims to educate community on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through non-profit

Oct 10, 2023, 11:32 AM | Updated: 11:35 am

SALT LAKE CITYAs the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to unfold, its complexities can be daunting for those thousands of miles away. 

Utah resident Mustafa Khader, a Palestinian American from Jerusalem, and his wife Gail Boling have made it their mission to bring awareness of this ongoing issue to their community. 

“We are trying our best to bring an understanding for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Khader said.

The couple works closely with the organization, Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land. The non-profit is a coalition of human rights advocates who promote peace based on freedom, justice, and equality in Israel-Palestine.

Khader said what he witnessed in his homeland over the weekend is deeply concerning. He believes the roots of the conflict can be traced back to the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

“It starts with the British taking control of the country,” he said.

He said it marks the genesis of the struggle and subsequent rebellions. When asked about his views on Hamas, Khader was clear in his perspective.

“Hamas is not the Palestinian problem. Hamas is a byproduct of the Palestinian problem,” he said.

His wife Gail Boling, a human rights attorney who has lived in the Middle East, is concerned about U.S. involvement in the region.

“Adding more weaponry and military force to this problem is not going to solve it,” she said.

In response to the ongoing conflict, the couple is issuing a call to action for everyone to educate ourselves about the situation and to speak out. 

“The international community and people of goodwill around the world need to stand together and call for an international conference; a peace conference,” Boling said.

She believes this conference would provide an opportunity for both sides to address their foundational grievances.

“Seventy-five years of mass displacement, oppression, and inequality under the law is what is driving Palestinian grievances,” she added.

The couple’s ultimate goal is a lasting peace that brings an end to the cycles of violence and suffering. 

“Neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis are going to disappear. It is time to find a solution,” Khader said.

While they acknowledge that there is no simple solution to this deeply rooted conflict, they firmly believe that education is the crucial first step. The non-profit the work with sponsors speaking activities and sets up booths at various events in Utah, welcoming anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For additional information and resources, visit their website at ujphl.org.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

(KSL TV)...

Matt Gephardt & Cimaron Neugebauer

Bountiful woman left without phone service or answers days after her husband dies

When you pay for a phone service, you expect it to work. But after being unable to make or receive calls despite reaching out to the provider multiple times to fix it – a Utah woman decided it was time to Get Gephardt.

4 hours ago

Cami Johnson reported to police in 2017 that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by her ex-husba...

Daniella Rivera

Sexual assault survivor says delays in police investigation allowed perpetrator to attack a teenager

A Utah woman said delays in properly investigating her report of sexual assault allowed her perpetrator to remain free and attack a teenage girl more than a year later. The KSL Investigators examined the timeline of multiple investigations involving the same man.

4 hours ago

(Jeff Dahdah, KSL TV)...

Alex Cabrero

New USU police dog being trained to help students with stress

This is Sage, the newest member of the USU Police Department. Her specialty is something relatively new for police departments: helping those after a traumatic or stressful event.

6 hours ago

Mug shot from prison...

Eliza Pace and Garna Mejia, KSL TV

Lori Vallow Daybell moved from Idaho prison to Arizona prison to face other charges

Convicted killer, Lori Vallow Daybell is no longer in the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center and now sits in an Arizona Jail.

7 hours ago

(Courtesy of the Parr family)...

Shara Park

Family of Isabelle Parr celebrates her life on the anniversary of her death

A Holladay family is offering forgiveness to the driver of a hit and run accident that took the life of UVU student Isabelle Parr.

7 hours ago


Shelby Lofton and Lindsay Aerts, KSL TV

Industrial size power washing truck believed to be cause of daycare carbon monoxide leak

The carbon monoxide leak at American Preparatory Academy's daycare in Draper Wednesday afternoon made dozens sick, including several children.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Utah couple aims to educate community on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through non-profit