Elik Elhanan served in a special forces unit in the Israel Defense Forces from 1995 to1998, serving extensively in south Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. In 1997, his 14-year-old sister was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem, and in 2000, following his father Rami Elhanan, Elik joined Parents Circle-Families Forum. Elik is also a military refuser. He joined Courage to Refuse in 2002 and in 2005 was a co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian group Combatants for Peace, for which he served as the Israeli director in 2006-07. In 2012 Elik participated in the attempt of the Swedish boat S/V Estelle to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. He is currently the secretary/treasurer of American Friends of Combatants for Peace. Elik received his Phd in Middle East studies from Columbia University and teaches at CCNY. Elik and his wife, Danielle live in Brooklyn and are members of Veterans For Peace.