• 1319 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor
  • Washington, DC 20036

Please join the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and UNRWA USA on August 16 for a discussion featuring Yousef Bashir, Mohammed Eid, and Rhana Natour (PBS Newshour). 

Meet the speakers

Yousef Bashir is an activist, speaker, and author of the forthcoming memoir The Words of My Father.  Born in the Gaza Strip, Yousef was inspired by his father’s message of peace and co-existence. Yousef subsequently earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University and a M.A. in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University. He has spoken to countless gatherings across the United States on the urgency of peaceful coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis and the dire conditions in the Gaza Strip and The West Bank. Now based in Washington, D.C., Yousef was selected for a Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellowship to work with the Partnership for a Secure America, a think-tank that advocates bipartisanship among Congressional staffers. Yousef then served as a foreign affairs intern in the office of Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) before working full time as a foreign affairs fellow in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Currently, Yousef works at the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States.


Mohammed Eid is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Global Studies and International Development through a joint program at UNC and Duke on a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Previously, Mohammed studied applied linguistics at the University of Southampton in England, and worked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency as a youth education specialist. He later joined UNRWA’s emergency response team during the 2014 Israel military assault on Gaza. Mohammed is volunteering with UNRWA USA in Washington, D.C. this summer.


Rhana Natour (moderator) is a national affairs reporter and producer for the PBS Newshour in Washington D.C. She has lived and worked in the Middle East throughout her career and is passionate about telling stories that provide three-dimensional portrayals of the people who live there. In 2014, while at ABC News, Rhana earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the Nightline special “Crisis in Syria”. She lived in the West Bank for nearly two years as part of the producing team for “Speed Sisters”, a feature-length documentary that follows the first all-female race car driving team in the region. Rhana was a Fulbright scholar to the United Arab Emirates and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and pastries will be served.