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”
George Bisharat

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.

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
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

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.”