Palestinian Americans

‘Kiss me, I’m Palestinian:’ Arab-American combats stereotypes with comedy
Noora Faraj, Al Arabiya

‘Kiss me, I’m Palestinian:’ Arab-American combats stereotypes with comedy

Jennifer Jajeh rummages through her wardrobe and tries on a green top that says, “Kiss me, I’m Palestinian.” She takes it off, opting instead for a grey number that says “Arab” in big bold letters, but then there is a buzz at her apartment door. It is the delivery of a parcel that has been thoroughly inspected by customs.

Kibbeh Time: Tanoreen Scores a Cookbook Deal
Hugh Merwin, NYMAG.COM

Kibbeh Time: Tanoreen Scores a Cookbook Deal

Fans of Tanoreen's Middle Eastern food admirable eggplant, sumac-tinted sujuk, beet pickles, pillowy hummus, lamb kibbeh, and tabbouleh laden with mint and parsley so green and evenly chopped it seemingly emerged from a lawnmower retrofitted with razor sharp ginsu knives will be happy to know chef/owner Rawia Bishara is writing a cookbook.

Thom Bishops plays the lead in a film about refugees in Europe
Badar Salem, Variety Arabia

Thom Bishops plays the lead in a film about refugees in Europe

After playing the role of a handsome young American man in love with a Jordanian girl in Deema Amro's debut film "A Seven Hour Difference", Thom Bishops, an American Palestinian actor, is now taking on a much more challenging role.

Tareq Abboushi: Musician and composer

Tareq Abboushi: Musician and composer

Musician and composer Tareq Abboushi grew up around music but didn't plan on it being his livelihood. "My mother is a piano teacher, so I've been interested in music since I was a kid, but never really thought that it would be a career," he explains. "I just played the piano - it was a hobby more than anything else. When I first went to college, I studied advertising. Later on, it became clear that music was what I wanted to pursue."

Lila Abu-Lughod: Professor and author

Lila Abu-Lughod: Professor and author

Professor Lila Abu-Lughod's most recent work is the seminal book: Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory. Edited with Ahmad H. Sa'di, it focuses on Palestinian memory and the experience of expulsion. It was published by Columbia University Press in April 2007. "Although all my own anthropological fieldwork over the last 30 years has been in Egypt, my chapter in the book is about my father's return to Palestine after 40 years," she says.

Lama Abu-Odeh: Professor and author

Lama Abu-Odeh: Professor and author

Lama Abu-Odeh is an accomplished scholar and professor at Georgetown University Law Center as well as at the university's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Before joining the Georgetown faculty in 1999, she taught at Stanford Law School. Abu-Odeh has written extensively on Islamic Law, including "The Politics of (Mis)Recognition: Islamic Law Pedagogy in American Academia," published in the American Journal of Comparative Law.

Nasser Abufarha: Social entrepreneur and scholar

Nasser Abufarha: Social entrepreneur and scholar

Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA) founder Nasser Abufarha is bringing Palestinian olive oil and other traditional delicacies to mainstream American and European markets, while also improving economic conditions for farmers in the West Bank. While studying at the University of Wisconsin, Abufarha learned about fair trade practices being used in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Ahmed Abukhater: Author, Business Executive, and Record-setting Athlete

Dr. Ahmed Abukhater: Author, Business Executive, and Record-setting Athlete

An environmentalist and athlete, Palestinian American Dr. Ahmed Abukhater grew up with a desire to fix the inequalities in Gaza, one of the most dangerous being the water supply. Dr. Abukhater's book,"Water as a Catalyst for Peace - Transboundary Water Management and Conflict Resolution" was published in August of 2013.

Susan Abulhawa: Novelist and humanitarian

Susan Abulhawa: Novelist and humanitarian

By day, award-winning author and Palestinian American Susan Abulhawa is a science writer for medical journals. Her real passion, however, is literature. After spending four years writing "early mornings, at night, on the weekends, any spare time I could find," her debut novel Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury Press, 2010) was born.