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Taghyeer U.S. Tour


Taghyeer Founder Ali Abu Awwad, after nearly three years denied entry to the United States, was the lead presenter in a speaking and fundraising tour that reached nearly 2,000 people in 24 American venues. He was joined by Taghyeer Executive Director, Muhanad Kharaz, and Stephen Stern, the Co-Founder and Director of the U.S. Friends of Taghyeer Movement. The tour began on January 5, 2020 and lasted until February 5, 2020. We are grateful for major tour support from the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and J Street; and to 40 U.S. donors (so far), and especially the Topol Family Foundation of Boston, for providing funds for Taghyeer activities in Palestine.


Taghyeer inspired audiences around themes concerning the need for building a Palestinian mass civil society movement based on nonviolent identity in action. Audiences heard that the key to change lay in the Palestinian grassroots taking responsibility for social change, bettering community living conditions, while partnering across Palestinian society to build a path to end occupation. Throughout the tour, key relationships were established or renewed among conflict resolution and nonviolent action professionals, in universities and Middle East advocacy organizations, across Muslim, Jewish and interfaith communal spaces, and among Palestinian American community leaders. The tour ended with Ali galvanizing a large international, inter-communal audience at the Middle East Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. According to organizers, it was the first standing ovation in the event’s 13-year history.

Ali Abu Awwad Taghyeer Speaking Tour - January/February 2020   places  and sponsors


January 5

Washington DC
Launch event, Friends of Taghyeer Movement 

January 6

Washington DC
IPF Atid at Gather DC 


January 9 

New York City
Tibet House - Annie Berdy; Friends of Taghyeer Movement; J Street, IPF Atid 

January 12 

Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Monmouth Reform Temple, Muslims 4 Peace 

January 14 

Maitland, Florida (Orlando)
Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando and Jewish Federation 

January 16 

Chicago, Illinois
University of Chicago, One Voice on Campus 

January 17 

Chicago, Illinois
Mishkan Chicago J Street 

January 18 

Chicago, Illinois
Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace 

Chicago, Illinois

J Street private home 

January 19 

Chicago, Illinois
Moishe House, Hyde Park; IPF ATID, Moishe House 

Winfield, Illinois private home

January 22 

Washington DC
Howard University, One Voice on Campus 

January 23 

Washington DC private home

January 24 

Washington DC
Middle East Institute; J Street, Foundation for Middle East Peace, New  Israel Fund


January 26 

Scarsdale, NY private home

January 27 

New York, New York
Columbia U. SIPA 

January 28 

Needham, MA
Our Generation Speaks 

January 29 

Durham, NH
Friends Forever International, J Street 

Concord, NH
Temple Beth Jacob, J Street  

January 30 

Medford, MA
Tufts University, One Voice on Campus 

Cambridge, MA
Harvard University, Amitai Abouzaglo 

Brookline, MA
Temple Beth Zion, J Street

February 2 

Potomac, MD
Am Kolel Renewal Community 

February 5 

Washington DC
Middle East Prayer Breakfast 

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