Yousef Munayyer

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Yousef Munayyer
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Munayyer, a frequent guest on news programs, discussing the Middle East
Education Ph. D. in Government and Politics
Occupation Political analyst and scholar, writer, commentator

Yousef Munayyer (Arabic: يوسف منيّر‎) is a Palestinian American writer and political analyst based in Washington, D.C., United States. Munayyer was born in Lod, Israel. He is the Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. Previously he directed The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development and its educational program, the Palestine Center[1] and was also a policy analyst with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.[2] He holds both US and Israeli citizenship.

Early life and education[edit]

Munayyer holds a Ph.D in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. He also holds a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a 5 College Degree in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.[3] His academic research interests include political repression and the intersection of foreign policy and civil liberties.


Munayyer has been a leading advocate for Palestinian rights and is widely published on issues relating to Palestine, Israel, the broader Middle East as well as the civil liberties of Arab and Muslim Americans.

His writings have appeared in every major metropolitan newspaper in the United States and he has appeared on numerous national and international television and radio programs to discuss the Middle East and Palestine. He has spoken on a number of policy panels and is often invited to speak on the Middle East and Israel/Palestine at Universities and Colleges.[4][5]

In 2015, he appeared on a list of the "100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40" at number 16.[6]

He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to "a Palestinian from Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank". They met in Massachusetts when they attended neighbouring colleges. They both live just outside Washington.[7]


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