ICAN - International Community Action Network



The International Community Action Network (ICAN), formerly known as the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP), is committed to creating a world in which all people share the same rights. We believe that social justice is the most reliable foundation for strong, healthy, and tolerant communities. Since 1997, ICAN has established 11 community centres in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Palestine, Jordan and Israel.  These ICAN centres provides basic human rights such as legal aid, education, housing, and much, much more to over 120,000 people each year, implementing programs that engage, educate and empower the citizens most affected by conflict, economic hardship, and instability. 

More than 62 alumni have trained in community organizing as part of ICAN's International MSW Fellowship. These Fellows continue to work at these centres and across the Middle East to advance social justice.

This year's cohort from right to left: Shirly Karavani (Israel), Baheej Nassassra (Palestine), Amit Kitain (Israel), Adnan Almhamied (Syria), Amal Elsana (Executive Director), Tahany Okby (Israel), Ibtisam Khasawneh (Jordan), Irit Ben Porat (Israel), Anwar Alhjooj (Israel), Kifah Banioweda (Palestine), Dr. Jim Torczyner (Founder Director) 


Read about their work this past year in ICAN's Annual Report: PDF icon ICAN Annual Report 2016-17


"Conversations with Muslims" - March 21st at 5:30 pm, Wilson Hall

Let’s go beyond compassion and promote a safe space for conversations. In collaboration with the School of Social Work, join us in an opportunity to engage in dialogue and have your questions answered by the everyday Muslim who is your colleague, neighbour, or friend. Limited Space. Arrive before 5:15 PM, Doors open at 5 PM. RSVP with Audrey, audrey [dot] hachey [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca.






Welcome back ICAN Alumni Sami Al-Kilani ('98) and Tareq Hardan ('09)


Sami Zaidalkilani is an assistant professor at An-Najah National University (ANU), Nablus, Palestine. He is a visiting professor at McGill University in the School of Social Work and an advisory committee member of its International Community Action Network (ICAN). He has a B.Sc. in Physics, an M.A in Science Education, an MSW and a Ph.D. in Social Work. His doctoral thesis at McGill’s School of Social work explored the adoption an implementation of Human Rights-Based Community Practice in Palestine. He teaches Education and Social work as well as supervises ANU’s Community Service Center which he founded and directed for many years. He also acted as chairholder of ANU’s UNESCO Chair on Democracy and Human Rights, director of Continuing Education Center and Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences. He is a consultant in Development Strategic Planning of Palestinian cities and governorates as well as trainer in community development and civic education. His research interests are in social Human Rights-Based Approaches to work community practice and education.

Besides his academic work, Sami is a poet, short story writer, children stories writer, and translator with eight published works in these fields. He is a human rights activist, nonviolence advocate, peace and dialogue activist, who had served 5 years in Israeli jails for political activities during which he was adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience. 
See his full CV PDF icon sami_al-kilani_cv_sept_2016.pdf



Tareq Hardan is currently pursuing his PhD at McGill's School of Social Work with a focus on higher education, community organizing, refugees, and social and economic policy. Tareq has been teaching in the Department of Social Work at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem since 2009 and has spearheaded efforts to foster links between the university and the community. He founded the Kufr Aqab Community Advocacy Center in 2013, one of ICAN's Rights-Based Community Practice centres. This centre organizes the community around issues such as quality of education in poor neighborhoods, residency rights, welfare benefits and other social services. Tareq is also a community organizer in various Jerusalem-based community organizations. See his full CV PDF icon tareq_hardan_cv_-_apr_16_2016.pdf




Join us in the Middle East this summer - The ICAN Mideast Experience




Watch the music video created by ICAN's program Living Together,

a digital art program for Jewish and Muslim youth in Montreal