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.

Jews of the world, disunite…in Israel!

Stop loving Israel to death If you are Jewish and living outside of Israel, what are you waiting for? Israel awaits you. What’s taking you so long? Uncle Bibi wants YOU! As a Palestinian living in Palestine, I anxiously await your arrival. I have spoken directly to thousands of you over decades about Israel and its actions. Most recently, I had a conversation with over 100 of you on Zoom. The conversation and audience questions were all too Continue Reading...

The Almighty Military Order

Forty-eight civilians, 1 fetus, and 10 pennies If your Palestinian neighbors and friends seem slightly on edge today, please excuse them. October 29 brings back horrific memories to Palestinians everywhere, young and old. It was 64 years ago today that a scene of cold-blooded murder fell upon the hill-top Palestinian village of Kafr Qassem (also written Kfar Kassim), located in Israel about 20 km east of Tel Aviv, near the Green Line (1949 Continue Reading...

Trump and Netanyahu’s Celebration of Failure

The announcement of normalized relations between the UAE and Israel comes as no surprise for Palestinians. The normalization by several Gulf States, led by the Emirates, and Israel has been ongoing for a long period of time, under the table in a way, and this brings it to the surface. In analyzing, I would say it was brought to the surface at this specific time for a very concrete reason. And that’s Trump-Netanyahu’s failure to move forward on Continue Reading...

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...