Palestinian Profiles

Sami Metwasi: Actor, Director, Singer, and Playwright
Vivien Sansour, IMEU

Sami Metwasi: Actor, Director, Singer, and Playwright

Actor, theatre director, and playwright Sami Metwasi is the star of Muayad Alayan’s latest film, “Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements,” which is set for release in 2015. It has been officially selected by one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the Berlin International Film Festival.

on February 21, 2014
Hassan Muamer: Environmental Advocate and Engineer
IMEU

Hassan Muamer: Environmental Advocate and Engineer

Architect and civil engineer, Hassan Muamer, is one of Palestine's leading environmental advocates. Born in 1985 in the village of Battir, Hassan believes that "personal attitude is the key to success." With perseverance and optimism, he has dedicated the last few years to the fight to save his village from the Israeli separation wall that is set to cut right through Battir's ancient terraces ending a centuries-old agricultural tradition.

on February 1, 2013
Naji Odeh: Mentor and Community Leader
Vivien Sansour, IMEU

Naji Odeh: Mentor and Community Leader

Director of the grassroots organization the Palestinian Youth Action Center (Laylac), mentor and community leader Naji Odeh works with young people in West Bank refugee camps to foster the spirit of volunteerism. “If we lose our spirit for giving, we lose our culture,” he says.

on January 15, 2013
Gaza Artist Majdal Nateel: “The Impact of Light & Glass”
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Gaza Artist Majdal Nateel: “The Impact of Light & Glass”

An art exhibition featuring the work of Gaza City artist Majdal Nateel was recently held in Gaza. The idea for the collection of artwork, The Impact of Light and Glass, Nateel explains, “is based on the question of what would happen if we examined our social habits under a magnifying glass.”

on January 1, 2013
Father Ibrahim Shomali: Catholic Priest
IMEU

Father Ibrahim Shomali: Catholic Priest

Building the separation wall in the Cremisan valley will deprive people from Beit Jala from their right to practice their religious, agricultural, and cultural traditions by severing them from the lands that have been in their families for generations. Father Ibrahim Shomali is the Catholic parish priest who has been leading an open-air mass in the valley in hopes to save the valley.

on January 1, 2013