Industry: Culture and society
Designation: Writer and political analyst
Country: US (Palestine)
Country of origin: @YousefMunayyer
Born in Lod, Israel, 31-year-old Munayyer is executive director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. He has also served as executive director of the Washington DC-based not-for-profit the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development and The Palestine Centre. Both organisations aim to provide humanitarian support to Palestinian people and promote Palestinian-Arab culture in the United States. Munayyer contributes to American newspapers including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe and has appeared on numerous international television and radio programmes to discuss the Middle East. In particular, he has criticised Israeli occupation of Arab territory and called on the US government to implement a fundamental policy change.
In a piece for the New York Times in 2012 he complained that because he is an Israeli citizen, he has to fly into Ben-Gurion Airport when visiting Israel, but his wife, who has a Palestinian ID, must fly to Amman, Jordan, resulting in “a logistical nightmare that reminds us of our profound inequality before the law at every turn”.
Last year, Munayyer became involved in a heated argument with Fox News presenter Sean Hannity over Israel’s bombing of Gaza. The conservative host refused to allow Munayyer to speak on several occasions, which led to British comedian Russell Brand lampooning the incident via a YouTube clip. Munayyer has dual American-Israeli citizenship and lives in Washington DC.