Palestine/Israel, Israel/Palestine — Imagining the Way(s) Forward with Palestinian Thought Leaders

Jul 23 2020


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The Foundation for Middle East Peace invites you to a webinar series:

Palestine/Israel, Israel/Palestine — Imagining the Way(s) Forward

PART 1: Palestinian Thought Leaders 

Thursday, July 23rd

11:00am – 12:15 EDT


Omar Baddar (Institute for Middle East Understanding)

Salem Barahmeh (Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy)

Dr. Yara Hawari (Al-Shabaka)

Amjad Iraqi (+972 Magazine)

Moderated by

Dr. Sarah Anne Minkin (FMEP)


After more than 70 years since the founding of the state of Israel and dispersal and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, more than 50 years of occupation and de facto annexation, and more than 25 years since the Oslo Accords, there is a critical need for thinking that moves beyond failed paradigms and challenges status quo assumptions.

The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) invites you to join us for two-part webinar series (via Zoom) featuring leading Palestinian and Jewish Israeli thought leaders who are exploring different paths toward an equitable, safe, and just future for Palestinians and Israelis, and whose ideas can change the debate and inform policy and opinion shapers in Israel, Palestine, the U.S., and beyond. 

Join us to listen to and engage these Palestinian and Israeli thought-leaders as they discuss the ideas for new and frameworks and tools needed to imagine and enact a different and more just future. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Please also join us for (or watch video of) Part 2: Jewish-Israeli Thought leaders on July 29th at 11am ET.

Panelist Biographies

Omar Baddar is a political analyst, digital producer, and human rights advocate based in Washington, DC. His academic research and policy work has focused on US policy on Palestine and Israel. He is the fomer deputy director of the Arab American Institute, and the former executive director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts. He has participated in dozens of panels, lectures, and debates on college and university campuses throughout the country, and his media appearances include MSNBC, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, Voice of America, among other outlets. You can follow him on Twitter at @OmarBaddar.

Salem Barahmeh is the Executive Director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy. He is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at the US Middle East Project and previously worked as an international affairs advisor to Dr. Hanan Ashrawi at the PLO and the Palestine Investment Fund. He has also worked at Portland Communications in London, as a Policy and Public Affairs Advisor to Gulf governments, and for the Palestinian Embassy to the United States. Salem received a BA in Government from Lawrence University and an MA in Law and Politics from King’s College London.

Dr. Yara Hawari is the Senior Palestine Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. She completed her PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, where she taught various undergraduate courses and continues to be an honorary research fellow. She is also a frequent political commentator writing for various media outlets including The Guardian, Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera English.

Amjad Iraqi is an editor and writer at +972 Magazine. He is also a policy analyst at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and was previously an advocacy coordinator at Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. In addition to +972, he has contributed to the London Review of Books, The Guardian, and Le Monde Diplomatique, among other outlets.

Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD, is an expert on the intersection between Israeli civil society and Palestinian civil and human rights advocacy as well as the ways that American Jews approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Sarah Anne works to deepen FMEP’s relationships with existing and potential grantees and build relationships with new philanthropic partners. She is a lecturer at the University of San Francisco and an affiliated faculty member at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley for research focusing on ethnic and religious identity, nationalism, and American Jews’ relationships with Israel.