"Starting with secondly"

Land dispossession and (non)violence discourse


  • Jonathan Brenneman


palestine, israeli, settlements, nonviolent resistance

Author Biography

Jonathan Brenneman

Jonathan Brenneman comes from a long line of Mennonites on his father’s side and a prominent Palestinian Christian family on his mother’s side. He grew up attending Lima Mennonite Church. After graduating high school, he participated in the Mennonite Mission Network’s Radical Journey program in Northern Ireland before attended Huntington University, where he studied history and philosophy. He then worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine Project in Hebron, where they built partnerships with Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers to transform violence and oppression. Jonathan was a Rotary Peace Fellow studying at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and holds a master’s degree in International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University’s Kroc Institute. That program included a six-month internship with Ndifuna Ukwazi in Cape Town, South Africa, an organization which advocates for more just land policies. Most recently, he participated in the Mennonite Voluntary Service program, volunteering with MC USA to facilitate the writing, passing, and implementation of the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution. He currently resides in Syracuse, New York, with his partner, Sarah.