Patrons

Ghada Karmi is Founding Patron of the Palestinian History Tapestry Project. She is a Palestinian, born in Jerusalem, who grew up in London after the 1948 Nakba.  Ghada is a doctor of medicine, a writer, and academic. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her articles on Palestine have appeared in a wide variety of publications. Her books include In Search of Fatima: a Palestinian story (2002), Married to another man: Israel’s dilemma in Palestine (2007), and Return: a Palestinian memoir (2015). [London]

 

Salman Abu Sitta, Founder and President of Palestine Land Society (www.plands.org), is dedicated to the documentation of Palestine’s land and people. He has authored six books on Palestine, including the compendium Atlas of Palestine 1917- 1966 (2010) (editions in English and Arabic), the Atlas of the Return Journey (editions in English, Arabic, English and Hebrew), and Mapping my Return: A Palestinian Memoir. He has authored over 300 papers and articles on Palestinian refugees, the Right of Return, the history of the Nakba, and human rights. Dr Abu Sitta is active in many academic, legal and human rights groups. [UK]

 

Rita Giacaman is professor of public health at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory. She founded the Institute in which she continues to work, currently on the development of measures which are relevant and appropriate for context in assessments of psycho-social health. She is also identifying ways in which interventions can generate active and positive steadfastness and resistance to ongoing war-like conditions, especially among children and young people. [Ramallah]

 

Akihiro Seita has been the WHO Special Representative at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) HQ in Amman, Jordan, and Director of UNRWA’s the Health Programme since 2011. UNRWA provides primary health care to 5.5 million Palestine Refugees in five different locations (fields): Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. UNRWA has 144 health centres with 3500 staff to respond to 9 to 10 million visitors every year. Dr Seita is in charge of this extensive provision of primary health care for Palestine refugees. [Amman]

 

Gill Yudkin is a retired General Practitioner who worked in inner London.  In the 1960s, Gill worked in Tanzania as a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) volunteer and went on to become a VSO volunteer selector. Work in the charitable sector continued after she retired from general practice, and Gill joined a small Jewish grant-giving charity – the British Shalom-Salaam Trust (BSST – www.bsst.org.uk) in 2008. Later that year, a visit to Israel/Palestine under the aegis of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions confirmed her determination to support Palestinian people living under the yoke of the Israeli occupation.  She became chair of BSST in 2009. [London]

 

Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker, known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism. Her books include No Logo (1999), The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007), This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate (2014), No is not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World we need (2017), and On Fire: The Burning case for a Green New Deal (2019). She is currently the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University, [USA].

 

Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches science at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He is founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Institute for Biodiversity Research at Bethlehem University (http://palestinenature.org). His books include Mammals of the Holy Land (1996), Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle (2004) (English, Spanish, and German), and Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment (2011) (Arabic, English, French, forthcoming in Italian). [Bethlehem]

 

Jon Snow: “The Palestinian History Tapestry represents a beautiful counterbalance to the images of Palestine and struggle that the modern world associates with the region. As a journalist I have reported often from the region and have never been left unaware of the rich Palestinian culture, together with the beauty of the land. I am proud to have become a Patron of the PHT Project and hope most fervently that it will play an ever-bigger part in widening the understanding of the culture and creativity of the Palestinian people.” [London]

 

Miriam Margolyes OBE, a well-known British-Australian actress and voice artist. She is a pro-Palestinian activist, having been a member of the British-based ENOUGH! coalition that seeks “a just settlement between Israelis and Palestinians”. She is also a signatory of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. Her many acting roles are in theatre, in film and television. She won a BAFTA Award for her role in The Age of Innocence and went on to take the role of the endearing Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series. [London/Australia]

 

Mary Nazzal-Batayneh is a barrister and social entrepreneur, whose career has focused on social justice. Named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and one of Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Arab Women”, she has been recognised for her legal activism, business success, and community impact. Mary is the founder of Landmark Hotels and founding partner of 17 Asset Management, which seeks to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is also one of the founders of the Palestine Legal Aid Fund.