There isn’t a place around the world where Palestinians aren’t making a difference and inspiring people every day, but MOR would like to highlight some Canadian Palestinians, who we should all be proud of – they have gone beyond the ordinary to reach where they are today and are doing great things for their community and for Canada overall.
Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom is a cooperative village jointly founded by Israeli Jews and Arabs in an attempt to show that the two peoples can live side by side peacefully, as well as to conduct educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples.
Based in New York City, Lubna Abura is a single mother of twins, who never imagined herself in the kitchen making some of the finest za’atar crackers out there. She is now in the midst of expanding her business.
Ghassan Amayra is the director of MENA Catalyst, a a social enterprise aimed at transforming the entrepreneurship and youth employment landscape in Palestine. Along with a group of talented and committed Palestinians from around the world they are working to build a “Palestinian virtual global economy”.
October marks the start of the Olive Harvest season in Palestine. The olive tree industry is a vital part of Palestinian identity, history and culture and makes up a large percentage of their income and food supply. Since 1967, the olive harvest tradition is in danger by settlers and the IDF soldiers, who attack farmers, destroy trees and steal their olives after they have been collected, making the Palestinian farmers fear for their livelihood.
Samia Nasir Khoury is a community volunteer who served as national president of the YWCA in Palestine, and as President of the Rawdet El-Zuhur School in Jerusalem. Samia lives in Jerusalem and was married to the late Yousef Khoury and was fortunate to live and enjoy Palestine before 1948.
Summer is the perfect time for family gatherings and outdoor picnics. On the 4th of July, Mai Kakish loves to celebrate being an American with Palestinian Roots with a delicious family BBQ.
There are many things that give me pleasure in being able to say “I am Canadian”. One being how vast and stunning the country is and most importantly, how precious the values Canadians share. The importance of equality, inclusion, democracy, economic security, safety, diversity, openness, sustainability, respect and compassion are what makes us admired around the world and what makes me proud to be Canadian. Happy Birthday Canada!
Muna reminisces about growing up in Canada. Every meal her family shared together was special. It was also during those beautiful family meals that her father would share interesting stories about his childhood in Palestine. This Ramadan, she hosted a Palestinian ‘iftar’ dinner with some traditional recipes.
Like their brethren all over the world, Palestinian Muslims are observing the month of Ramadan. But they also face unique challenges performing their Ramadan duties under Israeli occupation and discrimination. Conflict simmers with the heat, deprivation and restrictions.