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.

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...

The Sabra and Shatila Massacre is Personal

These last few days, as they do every year, weigh heavy on every Palestinian’s heart.  For me, and my family, the heaviness is also personal. Every Palestinian carries around two hearts.  One is similar to that which all others carry; it keeps us alive, active, working, loving, moving, singing, playing, and hopeful that tomorrow will bring a better day.  The second is very difficult to explain; it is the one that carries within it dark and heavy Continue Reading...

A Resolution Germany Owes History

One way or another, Germany’s Bundestag is about to make history with the upcoming vote on the issue of recognizing Palestinian statehood.  A positive vote for Palestine would finally strengthen the European Union’s weakest link in contributing to Middle East Peace.  A negative vote for Palestinian statehood would leave the Palestinians with no political horizon, which can only lead to more violence and/or a strategic shift where Palestinians Continue Reading...

Restoration of Buildings vs. Memories

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it.  I’ve lived in Palestine for 21 years and passed by the village of 'Ein Siniya hundreds of times, but can’t recall ever actually visiting it, that is, until today. 'Ein Siniya is a small Palestinian village in the West Bank’s Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, 10 kilometers north of Ramallah, northeast of Jifna, the village renowned for its apricots.  It lies in a valley surrounded by olive and fig Continue Reading...

What I am Supporting

Dear friends, I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year, despite all. It is this time of year that is also tagged as the month of giving.  I, like you, am bombarded with funding requests during the end of every year.  Some are agitated by this, I am not.  Civil society, one that is not coerced by the powers that be, can only do its work with public support.  There are scores of people doing good Continue Reading...

Palestinians must be Stopped!

I have had enough of those Palestinians.  I think the world in general is also fed up with Palestinians.  They have gone too far in demonizing Israelis and must be stopped.  The international community must act now before it is too late and Israel is wiped off the map and a second tragedy of historic proportions fall on a significant part of the world’s Jewish population. Continue Reading...

Dear Mayor, Thank You, But No Thank You

It was recently reported in The Daily Jewish Forward (Bloomberg To Dedicate $1M Genesis Prize to Boosting Israeli-Palestinian Trade, Josh Nathan-Kazis, December 02, 2013) that New York City Mayor and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, was awarded the first-ever Genesis Prize, $1 million “which is meant to honor an exceptional Jew.” In his acceptance speech, given at an official Hanukkah party in New York, Mayor Bloomberg remained true to U.S. Continue Reading...

A Peek inside Kerry’s “Peace” Efforts or Propaganda?

The first proclaimed leak from Secretary John Kerry’s efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as it is so often called, were published last week in the reputable London-based daily Arabic newspaper, Al-Hayat.  The source is said to be a posting on the website of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, who claims the information was leaked to them by someone attending the tightly closed negotiating Continue Reading...