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It is here! Palestine Foundation’s first annual benefit banquet on Sunday, November 17, 2019.  Featuring Dr. Joseph Massad.   Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available

Joseph Massad

Professor, Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History

Joseph Massad teaches and writes about modern Arab politics and intellectual history. He has a particular interest in theories of identity and culture – including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1998. He is the author of Desiring Arabs (2007), which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question (2006); and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (2001).

His book Daymumat al-Mas’alah al-Filastiniyyahwas published by Dar Al-Adab in 2009, and La persistance de la question palestinienne was published by La Fabrique in 2009. The Arabic translation of Desiring Arabs was published in 2013 by Dar Al-Shuruq Press in Cairo under the title Ishtiha’ Al-‘Arab.

His latest book is Islam in Liberalism,”University of Chicago Press, 2015. The book was translated to Arabic under the title Al-Islam fi al-Libraliyyah, Dar Jadawel, Beirut, 2018.

Nisreen Hajaj

Nisreen Hajaj, is a Palestinian singer/performer from Safad, Palestine who began her musical career at age 16. Nisreen is the winner of several awards including LBCI Studio El-Fan in 2006 for the Arab World Category representing Palestine. She is also the Golden Medal winner in the International FIDOF Competition on the National Lebanese Broadcasting Station (2009). Nisreen studied music at the National Lebanese Conservatory including Middle Eastern Chanting and ‘Oud. Nisreen was a lead singer in Ferqat Haneen Lel Ughniyah Al-Felasteeniyyah and sang for Palestine, the homeland she was deprived of.

Her repertoire includes traditional Palestinian Folklore which she hopes to preserve for generations to come.She performs in the United States and Canada and pledges that she will keep on the fight for justice through her voice and music.

Amer Zahr

Amer is a Palestinian-American comedian, musician, & writer. As the child of Palestinian refugees, his special brand of comedy is fresh, enlightening, and, of course, hilarious.  He has performed to live audiences throughout America, Canada, and the Arab World, making people laugh in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Amman, Muscat, Beirut, Nazareth, Haifa, Yafa, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Jerusalem.