rooted in palestine

The “Rooted in Palestine” project seeks to collect oral histories of Palestinian refugees in the US and explore the role religion does/does not play in one’s understanding of journey, struggle, and liberation. This growing archive will serve to build community relationships, inform scholarship, and educate the public on the experience and uniqueness of the Palestinian diaspora.

nada samih-rotondo

Nada was born in Kuwait City but her family is originally from Yaffa, Palestine. At six years old, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait left Nada and her family forced to flee and seek refuge in the United States. Nada recounts the struggles of adjusting to life in America while undocumented, navigating her Palestinian identity through the stories of her grandmother, and challenges with religous identity.

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may kassicieh

In loving memory of May Kassicieh. May graciously recalls growing up in a diverse community in Jordan but maintaining a strong connection to Palestine. She also describes her passion for tatreez, traditional Palestinian cross-stitch, and her experiences as an educator. For May, sharing stories through everyday conversations and her craft help to center her Palestinian identity, even in the diaspora.

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Layan was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Layan’s parents are from Shufat and she most recently visited Palestine at the age of 13. In her narrative, Layan shares the experience of visiting Palestine at a young age, her experiences with Islam in the United States, finding strength in Palestinian-American community, and what home means to her.

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