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Miranda Oakley: Climber Extraordinaire Palestinian-American Profiles
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Miranda Oakley: Climber Extraordinaire

When Palestinian-American rock climber Miranda Oakley first stepped foot in a climbing gym, her sights weren’t set on breaking records or becoming famous in the climbing world. But in 2016, that’s exactly what happened when she became the first woman to climb the Nose of El Capitan solo in less than 24 hours.

about 2 weeks ago
Iman Jodeh: Colorado’s First Muslim and Palestinian Legislator Palestinian-American Profiles
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Iman Jodeh: Colorado’s First Muslim and Palestinian Legislator

Colorado state legislator Iman Jodeh made international headlines after winning her historic election as the first-ever Palestinian and Muslim American lawmaker elected to Colorado's House of Representatives. The freshman legislator smashed through many barriers, but Jodeh insists she’s never set out to do so. “Breaking that glass ceiling was never my goal,” she said.

on December 16, 2020
Rasha Mubarak: Activist Powerhouse Palestinian-American Profiles
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Rasha Mubarak: Activist Powerhouse

Rasha Mubarak is a powerhouse grassroots activist bringing the fight for Palestinian freedom into mainstream U.S. electoral politics, known among her peers for her hard work, dedication, and integrity.

on November 18, 2020
Abe Batshon: The Mastermind Behind BeatStars Palestinian-American Profiles
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Abe Batshon: The Mastermind Behind BeatStars

Turning his dream into a reality, Abe Batshon created an online music platform that is the first-of-its-kind, offering everything needed to help music creators and entrepreneurs get started growing their business. BeatStars, founded in 2008, empowers independent music producers and artists from around the world, helping them create top hits and generate millions.

on October 1, 2020
Hazem Harb: Contemporary Artist Palestinian Profiles
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Hazem Harb: Contemporary Artist

According to Hazem Harb, “an artist lives many human experiences.” Harb tries to capture those experiences in his work.

on August 31, 2020
Mental Health: Coronavirus Lockdown and Occupation in Palestine Testimonies
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Mental Health: Coronavirus Lockdown and Occupation in Palestine

In the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), movement restrictions and lockdowns are not unfamiliar to most. Indeed, during the height of the Second Intifada, many Palestinians couldn’t leave their homes, under threat of death.

on August 27, 2020
Beshara Doumani: Inaugural Mahmoud Darwish Chair at Brown University Palestinian-American Profiles
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Beshara Doumani: Inaugural Mahmoud Darwish Chair at Brown University

In a milestone for the field of Palestinian studies, Brown University established last month a new permanent position, the Mahmoud Darwish Chair of Palestinian Studies. This first-of-its-kind chair at a major research university “signifies Brown’s commitment to the vitally important field of Palestinian Studies in perpetuity.” A leader in the field, Professor Beshara Doumani was appointed as the first holder of the Mahmoud Darwish Chair as of July 1, 2020.

on July 21, 2020
Waleed Zuaiter and His Latest Project: Baghdad Central Palestinian-American Profiles
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Waleed Zuaiter and His Latest Project: Baghdad Central

“Deep inside, I always knew I wanted to become an actor,” says Waleed Zuaiter, star of Hulu's highly-praised Baghdad Central. Yet Zuaiter, whose acting credentials are extensive, did not take a direct path to acting. Born in Sacramento, Zuaiter moved to Kuwait with his family at the age of five and spent his summers back in the Bay Area where his mother’s family was based. He describes his childhood as “the best of both worlds.”

on May 5, 2020
Blanche Araj Shaheen: Making Middle Eastern Food Easy Palestinian-American Profiles
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Blanche Araj Shaheen: Making Middle Eastern Food Easy

“A tool of mass cultural preservation”—that’s how Blanche Araj Shaheen describes her new cookbook. Feast in the Middle East (2020) features an array of dishes from across the Levant with detailed instructions and histories behind each recipe.

on February 24, 2020