People

Tareq Baconi

Tareq Baconi is completing his doctorate in Middle East Politics at Kings College London. His work focuses on Palestinian politics, particularly Hamas and governance in Gaza. He has an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and his writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Sada, The Guardian, The Daily Star and Open Democracy.

Sam Bahour

Sam Bahour does business consulting as Applied Information Management (AIM), specializing in business development with a niche focus on the information technology sector and start-ups.  He helped establish PALTEL and the PLAZA Shopping Center. Until recently, he served on the board of trustees of Birzeit University and was the University’s treasurer.  He is also a Director at the Arab Islamic Bank and the community foundation Dalia Association.  Bahour is co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians (Olive Branch Press).

Sami al-Banna

Sami al-Banna is Director and Chief Technology Officer, NPS Office of Innovation, North American Public Sector at CSC. He was previously director of knowledge systems at McKinsey and Company.

Linah al-Banna

Linah al-Banna is a Child Psychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Rana Barakat

Rana Barakat is an assistant professor of history and contemporary Arab studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago writing about popular politics and resistance in early twentieth century Palestine. Her research interests include the social history of Jerusalem, colonialism, and revolutionary social movements.

Ahmad Barclay

Ahmad Barclay is an architect and environmental designer presently based in Beirut. He is co-founder of arenaofspeculation.org, and also works on Visualizing Palestine and #3awda. Ahmad previously worked with DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) on the “Laboratory of Returns” project, investigating architectural models for the return of Palestinian refugees.

Omar Barghouti

Omar Barghouti is an independent researcher, commentator and activist committed to upholding international law and universal human rights. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Barghouti is a frequent public speaker and prolific writer. Among other works, he contributed to the philosophical volume, Controversies and Subjectivity (John Benjamins) and to The New Intifada: Resisting Israel's Apartheid (Verso Books, 2001).

Ayah Bashir

Ayah Bashir holds a Master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a member of the steering committee of PACBI (The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and of the Gaza-based organizing committee for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Ayah is also a member of the One Democratic State Group. She has published articles at Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, Mondoweiss and Middle East Eye.

Hatem Bazian

Hatem Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has taught at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and is also a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to Berkeley’s Religion, Politics and Globalization Center as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California.

Samia al-Botmeh

Economics and Gender Studies at Birzeit University in Ramallah, West Bank. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, and her thesis is entitled “Gender Differentials in Labor Market Outcomes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Previously, al-Botmeh worked as Senior Researcher and Coordinator of Research at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) in Ramallah and has published extensively on contemporary Palestinian economics, labor markets, and gender differentials.