Our Mission

Palestine Advocacy Project is an all-volunteer organization that creates public media and education campaigns that expose Americans to the Palestinian struggle and advocate for an end to Israeli human rights abuses.

We Support

Equal rights: All people living in Palestine/Israel have the right to live under a government that is accountable to them, serves them equally, and provides them equal treatment under the law.

Security: Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live free from fear of traditional and structural violence against them and their property.

Democracy: Civil society-led action, including the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign (BDS) and popular struggle, is fundamental to meaningful change.

We Oppose

Apartheid: The indefinite occupation of the West Bank, the siege of Gaza, and inequitable application of law within Israel, which deny Palestinians the political rights to which Israeli Jews are entitled, constitute apartheid.

Ethnic cleansing: The use of military force and brutalization, home demolitions, deportations, and bureaucratic violence to remove Palestinians from their historic homeland and establish Israeli control of this land constitutes ethnic cleansing. 

Violence against civilians: Attacks by state or non-state actors against civilians are violations of international humanitarian law.

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Governance

Palestine Advocacy Project is a nonprofit corporation registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is governed and operated by a diverse Board of Directors and a committed team of volunteers. 

Board Members

RICHARD COLBATH-HESS

Rick founded the first state-wide living wage campaign for human service workers in the country. His life-long community organizing work has been recognized by the City of Cambridge with a Peace and Justice Award.  He recently retired from his position as adjunct faculty from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he taught leadership and organizational development.

CLARE MAXWELL

Clare is an activist and social worker from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has traveled to the West Bank as a Human Rights Observer on multiple occasions. In addition she has worked in community empowerment and social justice initiatives in Morocco, Kenya, and several parts of the United States.

RaFAEL MOURE-ERASO

Rafael Moure-Eraso is currently an Emeritus Professor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.   He was the Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) until 2015.  He has worked in immigrant human rights and public policy. He is in the roster of U.S. Scholars and Professionals of the Fulbright Specialists Program of the U.S. Department of State (ECA). His interest in human rights and public policy has brought him to PAL-AD to be an advocate for human rights of Palestinians.

JASON VAGLIANO

Jason Vagliano is a Board Member from Cambridge, Massachusetts with a background in digital marketing. His interest in human rights and public policy inspired him to get involved with Palestine Advocacy Project. He helps oversee many of our web-based initiatives. 

MONA ABDO

Harvard School of Public Health


Team Members

PAUL NORMANDIA

Paul Normandia is a graphic designer, illustrator and printing industry professional in Boston, MA. He is a worker­-owner at Red Sun Press, a cooperatively ­run printing and graphic design shop. Paul is involved in a number of local activist groups.

SOFIA WOLMAN 

Sofia currently serves as Disarmament Associate with the American Friends Service Committee, where she is working to strengthen the movement for nuclear abolition. She remains active in a campaign she developed to divest Earlham College’s holdings in companies profiting from the Israeli occupation, and organizes the First Fridays Youth Open Mic in Jamaica Plain.

MOHAMMAD AL-AZZA (PHOTOGRAPHER)

Mohammed is an award winning photo journalist from Bethlehem, Palestine. He directs the Arts & Media Unit of Lajee Center in Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine. In this capacity, he helps youth to produce photography and video projects. In 2013, he was targeted and shot in the face by the Israeli army while filming an army incursion into the Aida refugee camp. He was subsequently arrested and beaten by Israeli occupation forces.


Advisory Board

Sami Awad – Holy Land Trust, Palestine

Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian nonprofit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence. In 2006, he ran as an independent candidate in the Palestinian Legislative Council Elections (the Palestinian Parliament). He also established the Travel and Encounter Program, which aims to provide tourists and pilgrims with unique religious and political experiences in Palestine; the Palestine News Network, the first independent press agency in Palestine and a major source of news on life in Palestine today; and Al-Kul Television. He has traveled to several countries to speak about non-violence. Sami is one of the subjects in the documentary Little Town of Bethlehem.

JAKE CHASE-LUBITZ - Former President, Palestine Advocacy Project

Jake spent three years in Palestine, where he provided marketing and communications services for a number of private and public organizations operating in the areas of tourism, investment, and diplomacy. He currently serves as the Director of Communications for an enterprise payment management firm, and consults on a range of digital communications projects.

Sara Husseini - Policy and Communications Advisor, Palestinian Ambassador in Germany

Sara Husseini is Policy and Communications Advisor to the Palestinian Ambassador in Germany. Before moving to Berlin, Sara was based in Palestine as an advisor to senior government officials across a number of PLO departments, primarily within the office of the Chief Negotiator. With a particular focus on international responsibility vis-à-vis the Palestine-Israel question, she engages on a daily basis with a wide range of international stakeholders, including government officials, parliamentarians, policy makers, journalists and members of the public. She holds a BA in German Studies and European History, an MA in Islamic Studies and a PhD in Early Christian-Muslim Relations in the Middle East, all from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Mazin Qumsiyeh – Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He is director of the main clinical cytogenetics laboratory and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity Research. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities. He published over 130 scientific papers on topics ranging from biodiversity to cancer. He was chairman of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and currently serves on the board of Al-Rowwad Children’s Theater Center in Aida Refugee Camp. He published hundreds of refereed articles and several books including “Mammals of the Holy Land”, “Sharing the Land of Canaan: human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment”. He also has an activism book published electronically on his web site. His main interest is media activism and public education. He gave hundreds of talks around the world and published over 250 letters to the editor and 100 op-ed pieces and interviewed on TV and radio extensively.


Palestine Advocacy Project denounces anti-semitism, islamophobia, racism and discrimination towards any group on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sex, including trans-gender, trans-sexual, and homosexual persons.