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.

Dr. Mads Gilbert

mads gilbertDr. Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor, activist and politician Dr. Gilbert has treated Palestinians injured in Israeli assaults on Gaza at al-Shifa hospital. In 2008, he arrived on emergency assignment for the Norwegian Aid Committee with the surgeon Erik Fosse to support the humanitarian effort at al-Shifa Hospital during Operation Cast Lead, a period when foreign journalists were barred from entering the Gaza Strip. As international media reported from outside the conflict zone, Gilbert maintained frequent contact with Norwegian media, as well as segments of the world press, including CNN, BBC, ABC and Al Jazeera. He was at al-Shifa again during Israel's last assault on Gaza in July and August that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and injured at least 11,000

Dr. Ahmad Tibi

TibiDr. Ahmad Tibi is a Palestinian member of the Knesset, serving as the Deputy Speaker. Dr. Tibi is the leader of the Arab Movement for Change (Ta'al). Dr. Tibi currently is pushing for a new Basic Law calling for “a full civic partnership and recognition of Arabs as a national minority.” He rose to prominence after serving as a political advisor to the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat. Dr. Tibi is also a trained physician.

Sheikh Omar Suleiman

suleimanSheikh Omar Suleiman is the director of the Islamic Learning Foundation as well as a beloved instructor at Al Maghrib Institute. He has a large following, especially among youth, because of his many relevant lectures on video. Sheikh Omar is also a resident scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center, an instructor and academic advisor at Mishkah University and an instructor at Bayyinah Institute.

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.

Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery

Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery is an “academician by profession and politician by necessity." He served on the Foreign Relations Committee as a member of Parliament, before the coup. Dr. Dardery holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburg; his dissertation focused on “Euro-centrism vs. Islamism”. In 2005, he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Seton Hall University in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tamim Barghouti

Dr. Tamim Al-Barghouti is a Palestinian poet and political scientist. Al-Barghouti comes from a literary family. His father is the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, and his mother is the Egyptian novelist and scholar, Radwa Ashour. Al-Barghouti is the author of four poetry collections: meejana (Ramallah 1999), Al-Manzar (Cairo 2000), Qaluli Bethebb Masr (Cairo 2005), and Maqam Iraq (Cairo 2005). He is also the author of Benign Nationalism: Egyptian Nation State Building under Occupation (2007) and has recently published a book titled The Umma and The Dawla: The Nation State and the Arab Middle East.

Mohamed Zeyara

Mohamed Mohamed Zeyara, with more than 1 million "likes" on his Facebook page, is a public figure educating the public about Palestine. He was born in Canada but raised in Gaza, where many of his family still reside. Mr. Zeyara lost some family members in Israel's latest attack on Gaza. Mohamed Zeyara is a Muslim youth advisor, filmmaker, and mostly known for his online educational and motivational videos. Most of his knowledge is acquired from the 8 years of experience living in Gaza City during his adolescence. His videos have been watched by millions of Muslims and non-Muslims across the world. Inspiring youth with motivational and inspiring stories. He completed his Pre-Medical Sciences and is currently on his path to finishing his medical degree.

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.

Neven Melek

neven melekNeven Melek is a leading Egyptian Human Rights and political activist. She is a well known political commentator and appears regularly on Aljazeera news channel.she is a founding member of 'Christians against Coup' in Egypt. She has been a balanced and vocal voice against the military coup in Egypt and the consequential degradation of human rights in Egypt.

She is currently the defense lawyer for many anti-coup individuals who were prosecuted by the current regime including the Muslim Brotherhood leader: Dr Beltagi. She is well known for her principled stances for human rights and has defended the rights of Egyptians to protest

Miko Peled

Miko Peled is an Israeli peace activist, author, and karate instructor. He has written the book, "The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine," which highlights his transforamtion from a Zionist to a Palestine solidarity activist. Mr. Peledd has travelled extensively, giving talks about his experiences to audiences across the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

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 BlackCommentator.com; 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.

Josh Ruebner

 Josh Ruebner is the author of Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace and National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 400 organizations, including American Muslims for Palestine, that works to change U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians to support human rights, international law and equality. 

Josh is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs for Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. He holds a graduate degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has appeared on television stations such as NBC, MSNBC, and al-Jazeera; has been interviewed on dozens of radio and television programs; and his writings have appeared in such publications as USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Detriot Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Middle East Report.

Laila el-Haddad

laila el_haddadLaila El-Haddad is a Palestinian freelance journalist, author, blogger, and media activist from Gaza City. She is currently based in the United States. El-Haddad is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything in Between (Just World Books, 2011) and co-author of the The Gaza Kitchen (Just World Books, 2012). She is also a contributing author of The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict and a policy advisor with al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. El-Haddad writes principally for the al-Jazeera English website and the Guardian.

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. 

Sheikh Amin Al-Ali

amin aliSheikh Amin Al-Ali is the Imam of the Islamic Community Center of Illinois

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

Nihad Awad

nihad awadNihad Awad is the executive director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights organization  in the United States. In his capacity as the director of CAIR, Mr. Awad has developed relationships with several key political and legal agencies, including being a regular participant in the U.S. Department of State’s “International Visitors Program”, which welcomes foreign dignitaries, journalists and academics visiting the President of the United States. Numerous law enforcement agencies and Fortune 500 companies—including Nike and DKNY—have benefited from CAIR educational seminars on Islamic traditions and culture. In addition to resolving employment discrimination issues involving American Muslims, Mr. Awad has also conducted over 100 public relations and media training seminars nationwide.

 

 

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.