Staff and National Board
Dr. Osama Abuirshaid is the National Policy 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.
Leena Al-Arian is the Communications Manager of American Muslims for Palestine. She is a Palestinian American mother and activist living in Boston, MA. She has worked at the the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the Middle East Children’s Alliance, and United Voices for America. She holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. Leena is a contributor to the volume, Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
Kareem El-Hosseiny is the Government Relations Coordinator of American Muslims for Palestine. He moved to the D.C. area from Columbus, OH where he grew up and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Political Science and International Relations. He has been an activist for human rights since childhood, volunteering and organizing locally within his community. In 2009, one year after the Gaza Massacre, Mr. El-Hosseiny had the honor of participating in the Viva Palestina medical aid convoy to Gaza with British MP George Galloway. The images that he witnessed and the people that he met forged a deep love within him and solidified his dedication to the Palestinian cause.
Since joining AMP in 2016, Mr. El-Hosseiny has worked to defend and promote the rights of Palestinians within the context of American political discourse. He took the issue of Palestinian rights to both the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions where he met with delegates and advocated for basic humanity for Palestinians. Mr. El-Hosseiny has worked on campaigns such as the campaign to defend Palestinian human rights activist, Issa Amro. This campaign resulted in gaining support for Palestinian human rights from 37 Members of Congress. He helped lead the effort to oppose the confirmation of US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and was one of six demonstrators (including fellow AMP staffer, Taher Herzallah) who interrupted his Senate confirmation hearing. In February 2017, Mr. El-Hosseiny led a large multi-organizational response to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the US and organized protests in 16 cities across the United States (and one in Tel Aviv). One defining characteristic of Mr. El-Hosseiny is his passion and excitement to see justice prevail and his belief that there is no partial commitment to justice.