Staff and National Board
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.
Shakeel Syed is the Regional Director for American Muslims for Palestine for the West Coast and a lifelong human rights advocate. Syed has traveled to Occupied Palestine several times until 2017 when Israel banned him for his support to Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS).
Syed currently serves the boards of Clergy & Laity for Economic Justice (CLUE) and Death Penalty Focus and has served as the founding Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council of southern California & as the Vice President of ACLU - Southern California.
Josh Ruebner is the Managing Director of American Muslims for Palestine, responsible for staff management and development, and organizational planning and development.
He is an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, the Senior Principal of Progress Up Consulting, former Policy Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service.
Ruebner is the author of Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State? His writings appear frequently in publications such as USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Huffington Post, Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, and Alaraby Aljadeed.
Raed Jarrar is AMP’s Advocacy Director. He is a Palestinian-American blogger and political advocate based in the Washington, DC. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked as a lobbyist on political issues pertaining to Palestine and the U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East, he has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, led national advocacy days in Washington, DC, and is a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English.