Our Team

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Dr. Osama Abuirshaid is the Executive Director and a board member of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). He is a board member of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella organization of eight major national American Muslim organizations. He lectures frequently on Middle East and American politics. He is a regular commentator on Palestinian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as on the American domestic and foreign policy on various Arabic satellite T.V. channels such as Aljazeera. He authored or coauthored several books in Arabic and he published dozens of studies and articles in Arabic and English, on issues relevant to the Middle East and its political climate. He is the co-author of the controversial study: "Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility," which was published by the United States Institute of Peace in 2009. He is a community activist and speaker. Abuirshaid completed his PhD in Political Science at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

Taher Herzallah is the Associate Director of Outreach & Community Organizing for American Muslims for Palestine. In this capacity, Mr. Herzallah acts as a liaison between campus activism groups on campuses across the country. He helps these groups procure grants, materials and speakers and is also instrumental in helping students set up programs and activities. Mr. Herzallah also coordinates AMP's grassroots organizing and helps facilitate national coalition building . He is also working to develop AMP chapters across the country. 

Mr. Herzallah is one of the 'Irvine 11,' a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. Mr. Herzallah was also one of six people arrested for protesting the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February 2017. Mr. Herzallah has had articles published in various media outlets including the Orange County Register and Al Jazeera English. He has been featured on several media and radio interviews throughout the country and internationally. Mr. Herzallah studied Political Science and International Affairs at UC Riverside.

Hareth is a senior communications specialist and events management consultant with over 17 years of experience across diverse and multi-cultural organizations. He was a senior member of world's largest and award-winning press freedom campaign team at Al-Jazeera, and leader of over 20 PR campaigns for Al-Jazeera projects and others. He was also the project manager of over 150 events in the US, Europe, Middle East & North Africa including forums, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and international conferences. Hareth shares prestigious and internationally recognized awards with his teams including the Global SABRE Award by The Holmes Report 2015, PRWeek Global Awards 2015 (Issues & Crisis).

Ayah Ziyadeh is AMP's advocacy director. She is a Palestinian-American human rights scholar, activist, advocate, and writer who maintains a track record in organizing awareness of Palestine and other crucial human rights issues.

She has 5+ years of political and grassroots advocacy and lobbying campaign experience. This experience consists of being legislative staff, a lobbying intern working closely with the ACLU, and an organizer working with several different organizations and coalitions, providing her with extensive knowledge of all of the spaces contributing to policy-making and advocacy.

Aside from her work, Ayah has completed her master's in International Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Relations. Throughout her graduate experience, she specialized in Palestinian rights, resistance, and the dynamics of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. She has completed an abundance of research and policy work on the issue.

Abderrahmane is a human rights activist, journalist, and political commentator, holding a Bachelors in International Relations and Islamic Studies from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Comparative Politics and International Relations from Texas Tech University. In 2016, Abderrahmane worked on the Bernie Sanders for President campaign as a field organizer in Brooklyn, NY. He is the former Manager of the Freedom First campaign, where he led the effort to educate Hollywood and Silicon Valley on Saudi whitewashing efforts. Now, he publishes regularly across international news outlets at the intersection of US foreign policy and MENA authoritarianism.

Mohamad Habehh is the National Development Coordinator with American Muslims for Palestine. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in social work & political science. He has experience working with a variety of marginalized communities including incarcerated persons. He currently works to establish & coordinate Palestine grassroots advocacy efforts nationwide - holding workshops and Friday sermons. He has been featured on global platforms like TRT World for his expertise.

Zarefah Baroud is the Digital Media Associate with American Muslims for Palestine. She is also currently a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter’s European Centre for Palestine Studies. Baroud received her Master’s degree in Policy Studies from the University of Washington, where she researched American aid programs to the Israeli military. You can find her articles on various online news sources, including AlJazeera, Middle East Monitor, TeleSUR, Mondoweiss, Socialist Worker and others. 

Tarek Khaill is an attorney, lecturer, and activist. He worked with the Illinois Coalition Against Torture (ICAT), an organization which seeks to end domestic police torture and raise awareness of global torture.  He was also a volunteer Attorney with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) , the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. He’s currently a Chicago board member and Education Coordinator for the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). Tarek lectures on topics such as modern Palestinian history, Middle East politics, and Palestinian rights under international law.

Malak Shalabi works as the Media Coordinator with American Muslims for Palestine. She has written on torture, occupation, and U.S. imperialism in the Middle East. She is an immigration attorney based out of Seattle, Washington. 

AMP National Board

  • Dr. Hatem Bazian, Chairman

  • Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, Executive Director

  • Hussein Al-Khatib

  • Salah Sarsour