Palestinian-American Profiles

Preserving Palestinian Culture, One Seed at a Time
Joshua David Stein, The Village Voice

Preserving Palestinian Culture, One Seed at a Time

Tanoreen’s owner, Rawia Bishara, was born in Nazareth and followed her husband to the United States in 1973. In 1998, after raising two children, she opened the place with only ten seats.

George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician
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George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician

Reflecting on his career and writing, Bisharat explains, “Fighting injustice is what inspires me professionally, personally and creatively through my legal career, as an educator and as a musician.”

Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for  “Alternative Facts”
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Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for “Alternative Facts”

Palestinian-American law professor turned blues musician George Bisharat has a new album out on July 16. Taking the blues world by storm as Big Harp George, his latest record, Uptown Cool, is already creating a lot of buzz. Alternative Facts is the first video off the album, a biting parody about living in a post-truth world brought on by the Trump administration.

Chicago Palestinian Series: Professor Iymen Chehade
Director Colette Ghunim, Producer Miasarah Lai

Chicago Palestinian Series: Professor Iymen Chehade

Chicago-based professor Iymen Chehade is devoted to telling the story of Palestine and the fight against Israeli apartheid through college classrooms and his new project, Uprising Theater, a space where art will amplify struggles for social justice. "When you work on Palestine here, it's as if you're resisting over there."

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.