In this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with Nooran Alhamdan about Palestinians in the US, shifts in American politics, where she finds Palestinian leadership, the Nakba, and what gives her hope. Nooran published this recent column in the Washington Post and co-moderated the recent event, “The Palestinian Nakba: What Happened in 1948 and Why It Still Matters” (which FMEP cosponsored).
Recorded on May 18, 2021
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Nooran Alhamdan is an MA candidate in Arab Studies at the Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She received her bachelor’s degree in analytical economics and political science, and a minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of New Hampshire. She is a former intern of the United Nations Population Fund and the Arab American Institute. She is also a recipient of an undergraduate international research grant and spent the summer of 2019 conducting a research project on Palestinian refugees in Jordan. In 2019 she was named a Harry S. Truman scholar, representing the state of New Hampshire. Nooran is currently a graduate research fellow for the Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs at the Middle East Institute.
Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD, is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships. She is an expert on the intersection between Israeli civil society and Palestinian civil rights and human rights advocacy as well as Jewish American relationships with Israel/Palestine. She leads FMEP’s programming, works to deepen FMEP’s relationships with existing and potential grantees, and builds relationships with new partners in the philanthropic community. She is an affiliated faculty member at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies.