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Palestinian Awareness Week: Start Here

Get to Know Palestinians Outside the News

If you have had a desire to understand more about Palestinian people, then you are in for a journey that encompasses a dive into culture, history, and resilience in the face of challenges. It's an opportunity to delve into a community deeply rooted in its homeland and traditions.

In connecting with Palestinian people, one encounters a mosaic of experiences, shaped by a blend of ancient heritage and contemporary challenges. From the bustling markets of Jerusalem to the serene olive groves of the West Bank to Palestinian diasporans living outside of the Middle East, there are many untold stories that media doesn't always capture.

To engage with Palestinian culture is to embrace a heritage marked by hospitality, where guests are welcomed with open arms and conversation. It's a chance to savor the flavors of traditional cuisine, or to dance to the rhythms of dabke, a spirited expression of communal joy and solidarity.

Yet, beyond the vibrant colors of Palestinian embroidery and the haunting melodies of the oud, lies a deeper narrative that one can learn from. Genuine curiosity opens doors to meaningful connection and mutual understanding. It's an invitation to listen, learn, and empathize with a community whose stories deserve to be heard and honored.

Facts about Palestinian Americans

Palestinians in the United States number approximately between 150,000 and 200,000. Except for a period of several years in the mid-twentieth century, official United States immigration figures have counted Palestinians together with immigrants from Arab countries. Many Palestinians immigrated since 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but the United States dropped “Palestinian” as a separate immigration category in that year. 

Civic Engagement for Palestinians

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