Palestinian-American Profiles

Paul Ajlouny: Publisher and Businessman
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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.

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.

Basma Alsharif: Visual Artist
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Basma Alsharif: Visual Artist

Basma Alsharif is Palestinian-American visual artist who works in film, photography, and installation, and who explores the human condition as it relates to geopolitics through her art. Her work has been shown at major exhibitions all over the world, including at Les Modules at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, and the Riwaq Biennial in Palestine.

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.

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.

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.

Khaldoun Baghdadi: Lawyer and Human Rights Commissioner

Khaldoun Baghdadi: Lawyer and Human Rights Commissioner

Khaldoun Baghdadi is a prominent Palestinian-American attorney and Chairman of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Born in Amman, Jordan in 1973, Baghdadi grew up in Orange County, California. He was awarded a fellowship to study at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank while earning his undergraduate degree from UC Irvine.

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."

Rawia Bishara: Chef and Culinary Artist

Rawia Bishara: Chef and Culinary Artist

Palestinian-American chef and proprietor of the Brooklyn-based restaurant Tanoreen, Rawia Bishara has received widespread acclaim for her Middle Eastern culinary creations from some of the most respected food critics and publications in New York City and beyond. Infused with the aroma of nine different spices imported regularly from her hometown of Nazareth, Tanoreen was chosen as New York Magazine's Critic's Pick.