Sam Bahour

Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American business development consultant from Youngstown, Ohio, living in the Palestinian city of Al-Bireh in the West Bank. He frequently provides independent commentary on Palestine and serves as a policy advisor of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He is co-author of HOMELAND: Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians (1994) and blogs at www.epalestine.com.

Trump’s First Steps on Israel/Palestine

Again, the Republican candidate in the U.S. presidential elections lost the popular vote but won the election.  Such is a function of the mechanics of the U.S. flavor of democracy where not every vote matters; only votes in key states matter.  Nevertheless, billionaire Donald Trump is heading to the White House. Continue Reading...

The Almighty Military Order

If your Palestinian neighbors and friends seem slightly on edge today, please excuse them.  October 29th brings back horrific memories to Palestinians everywhere, young and old.  It was 60 years ago today that a scene of cold-blooded murder fell upon the hill-top Palestinian village ofKafr Qassem (also written Kfar Kassim), located in Israel about 20 km east of Tel Aviv, near the Green Line (1949 Armistice Agreement’s demarcation line) separating Continue Reading...

Palestinian Universities on the Frontline

Palestinian universities are fighting an uphill battle on two fronts, one being the Israeli military occupation, and more recently, the other being the Palestinian government.  Although each poses two very different sets of challenges, one outcome is clear.  If immediate and decisive intervention is not forthcoming, the structural damage that will set back entire generations of Palestinian students will haunt Palestine’s developmental Continue Reading...

A Palestinian Stalwart Rests

Some people don’t deserve the harshness life imposes upon them. Jaber El-Wanni was one of those persons. This summer, when I last visited him in his home to bid him farewell before heading back to Palestine, I was speechless.  How do you tell someone goodbye when you both know it will be the last time you will ever see each other?  The fragile giant of a man that barely resembled the Jaber I chose to remember, slowly got out of his recliner Continue Reading...

PayPal and Palestine

As a Palestinian-American management consultant in Ramallah, Palestine, I advise my Palestinian clients living under Israeli military occupation to use world-class software and online services, assuring them that it will help them enter global markets.  Some of these clients are not-for-profit outfits, like the Palestinian Circus School and Birzeit University; others are tech start-ups, many of which are funded by U.S. tax dollars via USAID. Continue Reading...

Some May 2016 quotes from the heart of Israel

"If there is something that frightens me about the memories of the Holocaust, it is the knowledge of the awful processes which happened in Europe in general, and in Germany in particular, 70, 80, 90 years ago, and finding traces of them here in our midst, today, in 2016." - IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Yair Golan speaks at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak on May 4, 2016 SOURCE: Continue Reading...

This is what being drunk on power looks like.

                                      This is what being drunk on power looks like. The collapse of slavery in the U.S., Apartheid in South Africa, and the Berlin Wall in Germany is what it will ultimately feel like. Editor's Note: This essay originally appeared on December 23, 2015 Continue Reading...