Amer Zahr

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Amer Zahr in Dearborn in 2017
Amer Zahr in Dearborn in 2017 performing at the Arab American National Museum

Amer Zahr is a Palestinian-American comedian and political activist.

Early life[edit]

Zahr was born in Jordan to refugee parents of Palestinian heritage originally from Nazareth, and then moved to the United States when he was three years old.[1][2][3] His father is Christian and his mother is Muslim, and he was raised with both traditions in the Philadelphia area.[4]


In 2013, Zahr founded the "1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival," which continues annually.[5] He wrote "Being a Palestinian Makes Me Smile" and made the documentary We’re Not White, which was released in August 2017.[6][7][8][9]

In 2016, Zahr served a national surrogate for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Zahr lives, and is based in, Dearborn, Michigan.[12] He is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.[13]


  1. ^ "US-Palestinian comedian brings laughter to Ramallah". 9 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Arabs and African Americans: A Complicated Relationship Between Solidarity and Bigotry - New America Media".
  3. ^ "Arab American event in Flint offers insight through comedy, food and art".
  4. ^ "Arab-Muslim comedy finding voice after 9/11".
  5. ^ "48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit".
  6. ^ "Inside the house of Omar Mateen, a hateful mass murderer who loved his toddler".
  7. ^ "Middle Easterners assert their own unique identity". 16 March 2014.
  8. ^ ""We're Not White" - a film by Amer Zahr". YouTube. 16 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Film sends note to Census Bureau: Arab Americans are not "white"". Michigan Radio. 29 August 2017.
  10. ^ "In New Jersey, Arab Americans Rally for Bernie Sanders". Observer. 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  11. ^ Nagl, Kurt. "Dearborn: Arab Americans gear up to vote, defying Trump". Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  12. ^ Jilani2016-03-09T21:32:41+00:00, Zaid JilaniZaid. "Bernie Sanders Won America's Largest Arab Community by Being Open to Them".
  13. ^ "AMER ZAHR at University of Detroit Mercy". Retrieved 2018-06-09.

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