Palestinian-American Profiles

Sameh Wadi: Chef
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Sameh Wadi: Chef

The story of how Palestinian-American chef and restaurateur Sameh Wadi ended up in Minneapolis is standard fare in the chronicles of American immigration — a cousin went first, and so his family followed. Wadi, 31, was born in Kuwait to Palestinian refugees, and after living briefly in Jordan and then Canada, he arrived in the Twin Cities at the age of 13 and hasn’t left.

on April 14, 2015
Lila Abu-Lughod: Professor and Author
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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.

on February 10, 2015
Lama Abu-Odeh: Professor and Author
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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.

on January 31, 2015
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.

on January 5, 2015
Laila Al-Marayati: Doctor and Humanitarian

Laila Al-Marayati: Doctor and Humanitarian

Dr. Laila Al-Marayati is a former Presidential appointee and Director of Women's Health at a large community health center in California. Born in 1962 and raised in a Palestinian family in Los Angeles, she ran her own gynecological practice for 11 years after earning her medical degree from UC-Irvine and receiving specialty training in gynecology at Los Angeles County USC Women's Hospital.

on December 28, 2014
Khaled Al Sabawi: Entrepreneur and Geothermal Pioneer

Khaled Al Sabawi: Entrepreneur and Geothermal Pioneer

Named one of the world's top energy entrepreneurs by the Global Post, Khaled Al Sabawi is a leader in green energy and the first certified geothermal engineer in the Middle East. He is founder and president of MENA Geothermal, a Palestinian company specializing in geothermal heating and cooling systems.

on December 15, 2014
Naseer Aruri: Professor and Author
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Naseer Aruri: Professor and Author

Naseer Aruri was the Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he taught from 1965 to 1998. Along with his prominent scholastic post, he held several significant positions both in and outside of government. He was a member of the Palestinian National Council, the parliament-in-exile of the Palestinian people and decision-making body of the PLO.

on December 2, 2014
Sam Bahour: Businessman and Entrepreneur
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Sam Bahour: Businessman and Entrepreneur

Sam Bahour is far from your typical successful businessperson. Born in Ohio in 1964 to a Palestinian father and Lebanese-American mother, Bahour visited Palestine every summer. After graduating from Youngstown State University in 1989 with a degree in computer technology, he worked for several software development firms. In 1995, he decided to relocate to Palestine with his family to work on the privatization of the communications sector.

on November 21, 2014
Ibtisam Barakat: Writer, Poet and Educator

Ibtisam Barakat: Writer, Poet and Educator

Born in Beit Hanina, near Jerusalem, Ibtisam Barakat's life was turned upside down at age three, when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the 1967 war. "I will never know what my life would have been like without having grown up under Israeli occupation," says writer, poet and educator Barakat. "This influenced me in every way. And it made me sensitive to all the issues of injustice that exist in the world."

on November 17, 2014