Palestinian Americans

Lameece Issaq
IMEU

Lameece Issaq

In 2015, actor and writer Lameece Issaq will celebrate the five-year anniversary of Noor Theatre, the production company she co-founded that is dedicated to developing and supporting the work of Middle Eastern theater artists. Since its inception in 2010, Noor Theatre has been in residence at the renowned off-Broadway New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, and as Issaq looks back, she’s thrilled to find that what she’s doing is gaining traction.

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.

Ali Abunimah: Commentator and author

Ali Abunimah: Commentator and author

Ali Abunimah likes to solve problems. Concerned about accurate reporting on Palestine, Abunimah co-founded Electronic Intifada in 2001, a popular website devoted to fair coverage of the region. He has also become a frequent media commentator.

Paul Ajlouny: Publisher and businessman

Paul Ajlouny: Publisher and businessman

Businessman Bulus (Paul) Ajlouny is a US Navy veteran and former publisher of Jerusalem's renowned daily newspaper, Al-Fajr. Born in Ramallah, Palestine in 1933, Ajlouny is the former Vice President and General Manager of Kinney Mechanical Maintenance, where he held responsibility for the maintenance of the World Trade Center, two Port Authority buildings, and other large-scale complexes.