National, international speakers invited!

The American Muslims for Palestine has invited dozens of renowned and well-respected local, national and international speakers. We will continue to update this list as speakers confirm their attendance.

Rafeef Ziadeh

rafeefRafeef Ziadeh is a Palestinian performance poet and human rights activist based in London. Her performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online within days of their release. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the Word of Mouth programme to create her debut spoken-word album Hadeel. Since releasing her album, she has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting workshops. She was chosen to represent Palestine at the South Bank center Poets Olympiad in 2012.

Rafeef’s debut ablum Hadeel is dedicated to Palestinian youth, who still fly kites in the face of F16 bombers, who still remember the names of their villages in Palestine and still hear the sound of Hadeel over Gaza.

Ghada Owais

ghada owaisGhada Owais is an anchorwoman and reporter for Al Jazeera Arabic. She is known for her tough, no-nonsense style of reporting who holds officials accountable. She is also known for special programming and coverage, such as the Lebanese dialogue in Doha in May 2008 and coverage from Khartoum in June 2008. Ms. Owais traveled to Gaza to report during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli assault in December 2008-January 2009 that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. Ms. Owais is a war correspondent, also covering the revolutions in Syria and Yemen.

Mohammad Abbasi

AbbasiMohammad Abbasi has had over ten years of business development experience with emphasis on leadership and team building while coaching, consulting and training business associates and sales forces nationally for the second largest Real Estate Company in America. Prior to that, he also has over seventeen years of sales experience focused on high productivity while striving to maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and quality of life.

Mohammad Abbasi is socially active, as well. He has helped launch several mosques and schools in New Jersey. He is also a Friday Khateeb and lecturer since 1990 and has raised funds for countless Islamic projects nationwide since the 1980's. He is a lecturer and trainer in the area of leadership, and organizational development and is active in interfaith and law enforcement since the early 90's.

Mustafa Barghouti

mustafa barghoutiMustafa Barghouti is a Palestinian physician, activist, and politician who serves as General Secretary of the Palestine National Initiative (PNI), also known as al Mubadara. He has been a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (Palestinian Parliament) since 2006 and is also a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council. In 2007, Barghouti was Minister of Information in the Palestinian unity government.

In 1991, Barghouti was a delegate to the Madrid Conference, which was held with the aim of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the First Intifada. Barghouti was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 by Máiread Maguire, who had won the prize in 1976

Bill Fletcher

Bill FletcherBill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.

Fletcher is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of; and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of “The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941″; the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of “Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice“; and the author of “‘They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty other myths about unions.” Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the Web.

Dr. Manal Fakhoury

ManalDr. Manal Fakhoury is the owner and director of Fakhoury Leadership International., which focuses on empowering youth in leadership training and success principles. Dr. Fakhoury has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well as an MBA. She is the chairman of United Voices for America, a civic engagement organization working to increase the participation of people of color, minorities and youth in the political process. She serves on several boards and is the president of Toastmasters United. Dr. Fakhoury lives with her husband and five children in Florida. 

Taher Herzallah

taherTaher Herzallah is the national Campus Coordinator for the American Muslims for Palestine. In this capacity, Mr. Herzallah acts as a liaison between students in Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Assocations on campuses across the country. He helps these groups procure grants, materials and speakers. He also is instrumenntal in helping students set up programs and activities. Mr. Herzallah is also one of the 'Irvine 11," a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. 

Imam Zaid Shaker

zaid shakirImam Zaid was born in Berkeley, CA and accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University.

Abdelfattah Morou

Abdelfattah Mourou is a Tunisian lawyer and politician and has a bachelor’s degree in law and another one in Islamic sciences. Murou is a cofounder of the Tunisian Islamic Tendency Movement, which adopted the name Harakat al-Nahda (Renaissance Movement) in 1989 and he is one of its influential leaders.

Kristin Szremski

Kristin Szremski is an award-winning journalist, spending more than 20 years as an investigative reporter and editor. Ms. Szremski has been published nationally and internationally. Her work has appeared on Al Jazeera English, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, San Francisco Examiner, Mercury News, and  online at the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Dallas Morning News, among other news outlets globally. She has also worked as a correspondent for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald, among others. She is a member of the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, Association of Women Journalists, Investigative Reporter and Editor, the Chicago Headline Club and the Muslim American Association of Journalists.

Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid

osamaDr. Osama Abu Irshaid, AMP board member, is the founder and editor of Al Meezan newspaper, a national newspaper, published in Arabic. He is also a highly sought after political analyst and commentator. He lectures frequently on Middle East and American politics. Dr. Abu Irshaid has also authored and co-authored several books, articles and studies, published in English and Arabic, on issues relevant to the Middle East and its politcal climate. He is the co-author of the controversial study: "Hamas: Ideological Rigiditiy and Political Flexibility," which was published by the United States Institute of Peace in 2009.Abu Irshaid is a regular commentator on Palestinian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as on American domestic and foreign policy on various Arabic satellite networks, such as Al Jazeera, Syrian TV, Al-Alam, Abu-Dhabi, and Alhiwar TV.  Dr. Abu Irshaid completed his PhD at Loughborough University, in the United Kingd

Othman Atta

othman atta

Milwaukee attorney Othman Atta is the executive director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, where he has served in various positions for the past 30 years.

In this capacity, Mr. Atta is expanding programming and outreach, especially for younger members. He is also focused on collaborating more with local and national organizations as well as finding ways to serve Milwaukee’s growing immigrant population.

Mr. Atta was born in Palestine. He received his degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University Law School. He is an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights and often is a guest lecturer for the American Muslims for Palestine. Mr. Atta also advocates on behalf of other social justice causes and in 2001, he received the Wisconsin ACLU’s Civil Libertarian of the Year award.

Dr. Hatem Bazian

Hatem BazianDr. Hatem Bazian is the chairman of the American Muslims for Palestine, a national, grassroots organization, whose mission is to educate the public about issues related to Palestine and its rich, cultural heritage. He is also a senior lecturer in the departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as an adjunct professor of law at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Bazian is an adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is a co-founder and academic affairs chair at Zaytuna College of California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in America. In 2009 at Berkeley, Dr. Bazian founded the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islam Phobia, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of the ‘othering’ of Islam and Muslims.
Known for being an organic intellectual, a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people, Dr. Bazian has played a significant role in almost every human and civil rights movement in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as nationally and internationally, including the defense of Affirmative Action in California, American with Disabilities Act, the anti-Apartheid and anti-globalization movements, and Central American solidarity struggles.
He is the author of the book “Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness: A Textual Survey of Muslim claims and rights to the Sacred City.