Palestinian-American Profiles

Chicago Palestinian Series: Palestinian-American Chef Abeer Najjar
Director Colette Ghunim, Producer Miasarah Lai

Chicago Palestinian Series: Palestinian-American Chef Abeer Najjar

Chicago-based Palestinian-American chef Abeer Najjar creates fusion dishes inspired by her Palestinian upbringing, using food to keep her heritage alive. “Our narrative as Palestinians is being erased.”

Tatreez & Tea Preserves Palestinian Embroidery in the Diaspora
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Tatreez & Tea Preserves Palestinian Embroidery in the Diaspora

The second edition of Tatreetz & Tea, a book on the history of Palestinian embroidery, is set to be released later this month. Tatreez & Tea, a U.S.-based initiative dedicated to preserving Palestinian embroidery (tatreez), folk art, and storytelling, celebrates the release of its second edition book this June 30th.

Mural Honoring Palestinian History and Culture to be Unveiled in San Francisco
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Mural Honoring Palestinian History and Culture to be Unveiled in San Francisco

Motorists entering the 101 in San Francisco’s upper market will soon see a large, vibrant wall with kids climbing over it. The wall is part of a mural being painted by artist Chris Gazaleh on a residential building owned by Ron Dudum...

Faisal Saleh, Entrepreneur & Founder of Palestine Museum US
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Faisal Saleh, Entrepreneur & Founder of Palestine Museum US

After 40 years of entrepreneurial work in employee benefits, magazine publishing, and software development, Saleh decided to focus his determination on creating an institution where, in his words, “Palestinian artistic achievement is celebrated as part of the rich diversity of people and cultures that make up the United States.”

Dr. Farouq Ahmad Zuaiter (“Abu Abbas”) - In Memoriam
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Dr. Farouq Ahmad Zuaiter (“Abu Abbas”) - In Memoriam

Dr. Farouq Ahmad Zuaiter passed away on February 15, 2018. “Abu Abbas” as he was referred to often was a highly respected financial executive, investment manager and a significant contributor to the economic growth of the Palestinian economy in the face of Israeli occupation.

Rami Ibrahim: Record-Breaking Muay Thai Fighter, Gym Owner, and Coach
Valerie Bisharat, IMEU

Rami Ibrahim: Record-Breaking Muay Thai Fighter, Gym Owner, and Coach

Rami Ibrahim, the longest active Muay Thai fighter in North American history, originally hails from the Palestinian town of Silwad, and is carving out a name for Palestinians in the world of combat sports. The No.1 ranked fighter in the United States and 10th in the world, Ibrahim is the only professional Muay Thai fighter who holds ten championship titles.

Amer Zahr: Comedian
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Amer Zahr: Comedian

If you’re a Palestinian and you want to find reasons to be sad, it’s not difficult,” says Zahr. “I believe that no matter who we are, and no matter what sort of situation you’re in, there are at least 5 to 10 funny things that happen to you every day. Or if you’re a Palestinian, it’s more like 50 or 100 things. We live in a surreal universe, and we see a lot of weird stuff.”

Ahmad Abuznaid: Lawyer and Social Justice Organizer
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Ahmad Abuznaid: Lawyer and Social Justice Organizer

Ahmad Abuznaid, co-founder and Legal and Policy Director of Dream Defenders, is empowering the next generation of Palestinian-American youth organizers to mobilize alongside other communities of color. Founded after the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and headquartered in Florida, Dream Defenders is a non-profit organization that provides trainings for youth (primarily ages 13-35) around Palestine, campaign strategy, power mapping, mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, and more.

Susan Abulhawa: Novelist and Humanitarian
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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.