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.

Omar Offendum

omarOmar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera / PBS / LA Times / Rolling Stone / VICE / NY Times / The European), toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and most recently been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa.

Kefah Zreegy

zreegyKefah Zreegy is a renowned Palestinian munshed. 

Mohamed al Monef al Marzouki

marzoukiHis Excellency Mohamed al-Monaf al-Marzouki was the president of Tunisia from 2011-2014.
Through his career he has been a human rights activist, physician and politician. President al-Monaf al-Marzouki was a passenger on the most recent Freedom Flotilla vessel, the Marriane, which was comandeered by the Israeli navy in international waters.

Dr. Abdallah Marouf

maroufDr. Abdallah Marouf is a Palestinian academic, activist and researcher. Dr. Marouf is also a lecturer with the International Faculty of Islamic & Religious Studies, at
İstanbul 29 Mayıs University

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.

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.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

amani al khatahtbeh1Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founding editorin-chief of, the leading online magazine for American Muslim women. Formerly the media relations specialist of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington, D.C., she is a rising voice in social, cultural, and women’s issues, regularly appearing on such media outlets as CNN, The Huffington Post, and more. She is a human and civil rights activist and was one of the student organizers to force out former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from her commencement invitation at Rutgers University in 2014. She was the first Palestinian-American to be elected as the opinions editor of The Daily Targum, which resulted in a nationwide controversy over her censorship. At 23 years old, her opinions have been quoted in such publications as Fortune, Wall Street Journal, and International Business Times. She has previously consulted Arab governments on youth interests.

Jamal Rayyan

jamal rayyanJamal Rayyan is a Palestinian-Jordanian news television anchorman. Currently, he hosts a news program for Al Jazeera. Previously, Rayyan worked for BBC in London. He helped create a training program for news anchors at Al Jazeera, before assuming his current position. 

Phyllis Bennis

bennisFellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the advisory board of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. She continues to serve as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.

Judge William Haddad (Ret.)

Judge HaddadJudge Haddad, of Northern Illinois University School of Law, retired from the bench in 2013 where he served as judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Prior to his judicial appointment, Haddad was a partner with Haddad, Schlack & Associates. He began his legal career as Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County.

Rania Khalek

Rania KhalekRania Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. Her work appears on Truthout, Extra, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, the Electronic Intifada and more.

Imran Salha

salhaImran Salha is a Palestinian American Daaiyah who now resides in the Chicagoland area. He is currently the Religious Coordinator at the Islamic Center of Wheaton and also serves as an advisor for MAS Youth Chicago. Imran was born and raised in New Jersey and was heavily influenced by the mashaayikh who taught him there including Sheikh Mohammed Qatanani and Sheikh Mohammed Moussa. Imran and his wife are currently medical students doing their rotations here in the Chicago area, and he hopes to serve the Deen of Allah (SWT) in any capacity that he can

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. 

Sheikh Kifah Mustapha

sh. kifah mustaphaSheikh Kifah Mustapha is the Imam and the Associate Director of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, IL, and a teacher of Islamic Studies at Universal High in Bridgeview.
He also is the appointed representative for the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Lebanon (Darul Fatwa) on behalf of the Lebanese Community in the USA.

Sheikh Kifah Mustapha serves as the chairman of the Illinois Council of Imams and Scholars; president for the Shura of Islamic Family Counselors of America; chairman of the Quran Institute of Chicago MAS. He is also a member on the advisory boards of the Mission and Spiritual Care for Advocate Health Group in Illinois; the Council for the Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation; and American Islamic College in Chicago.

Dr. Rashid Khalidi

rashid khalidi_alex_levacRashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974.  He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. Dr. Khalidi's current book is "Brokers of Deceit: How the US has undermined peace in the Middle East," published by Beacon Press. Other titles include "Sowing Crisis: American  Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East" (2009); "The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood" (200 He teaches courses on Modern Middle Eastern History; The United States, the Middle East and the Cold War; Islamic Movements in the Modern Middle East; The Modern History of Palestine; and Nationalism in the Arab World.

Lamis Deek

Lamis DeekLamis Deek, an attorney and human rights advocate specializing in defending Arab & Muslim community members, activists and organizers against governmental attack. Lamis is a long time member of Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, the Arab Muslim American Federation, and the National Lawyers Guild. She is co-founder of the US Palestine Community Network.

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. 

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.

Kwame Rose

kwame roseKwame Rose is a social activist, hip-hop artist, blogger and speaker. He is best known for having boldly held mainstream media, particularly Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, accountable for its inaccurate representation of protestors during the Baltimore Uprising. After having served on the executive board of Brothers In Action, Inc., a mentoring group for young Black males in Baltimore City, for several years, Kwame is currently developing his own youth based advocacy group called V.O.I.C.E.S. (Vocalizing Our Intelligence Creating Effective Solutions).  Kwame has been featured on countless national and international media outlets and is emerging as a sought out public speaker whose talks focus on justice issues. At just 21 years old, Kwame has emerged as a leader, community  organizer, and motivator for youth advocacy.

Reverend Donald Wagner

Reverend Donald Wagner was the co-founder and director of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding and previously served Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Evanston, Illinois, where he resides. His books include: All in the Name of the Bible (editor, 1986), Peace or Armageddon (with Dan O’Neill, 1993), Anxious for Armageddon(1995), and Dying in the Land of Promise: Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentacost to 2000 (2000). In addition to serving on the board of Friends of Sabeel - North America, which he helped to found in the early 1990s, Don has provided leadership for groups such as the Holy Land Trust, Pilgrims of Ibillin, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, and Youth Advocates. He has led numerous study groups to the Middle East and works internationally to educate Christians about the problems of Christian Zionism.

Amal Ali

amal aliAmal Ali has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago where she conducted her graduate studies on the strategies employed by MuslimAmerican youth as they attempt to reconcile the conceptual differences in their hyphenated identity. A long-time youth activist herself, Ms. Ali has worked in youth development in many different capacities for more than ten years and is also a co-founder of the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago.

Rafeeq Jaber

Rafeeq JaberRafeeq Jaber, a long-time activist and well respected leader in the Muslim community, currently is the Regional Director of the Greater Chicago Area for the Muslim Legal Fund of America. Mr. Jaber is a co-founder of the Council of American Islamic Relations; the Chicago Center for Muslim Civil Rights; the United Muslim American Association and of a post 9/11 Muslim Christian dialogue group. He also currently sits on the board of the Spartan Educational Foundation in Oak Lawn, IL. 

Mr. Jaber is the proprietor of Jaber Financial Services. He was the president of the Board of Directors of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, IL, as well as a member of the board for several years. Mr. Jaber also was national president of the Islamic Association of Palestine. 

Janan Najeeb

palestien conference Janan Najeeb, a founding member and the current President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition has been a spokeswoman for Milwaukee’s Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, hospitals, and a wide range of community groups. She  serves on many boards and committees including the Milwaukee Association for Interfaith Relations, the Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue, UW-Milwaukee’s Public Health Community Advisory Council. She has served as a member of the UW-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Roundtable, and in 2008, she was designated as one of UW-Milwaukee’s Community Scholars in Residence.  

Max Blumenthal

max blumenthalMax Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post,, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. Blumenthal is the author of , Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel and Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. His current book, 51 Day War, about Israel's 2014 attack on Gaza, will be available for purchase and book signing at the conference. 

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.