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George R. Salem

Advocate for Palestinian Heritage

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Date of Birth:



Jacksonville, Florida

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Why Featured?

Contributions to Law and Palestinian Causes

Brief bio

George R. Salem is a distinguished American lawyer known for his expertise in labor law and his deep involvement in Palestinian and Arab American community affairs. With a career spanning several decades, Salem has been a significant figure in legal circles and a proactive advocate for Arab American rights.

Major Milestones


  • Legal Career: George R. Salem has had a long and influential career as a lawyer specializing in labor law, working with various prestigious firms and organizations.

  • Strategic Advisor Role: He has served as a strategic advisor at DLA Piper, aiding in the development of the firm’s Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices.

  • Political Engagement: Salem played vital roles in the campaigns of U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush.

  • Co-founding the Arab American Institute: In 1985, Salem co-founded this institute to help advance the rights and integration of Arab Americans.

  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor: In 1992, Salem was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his exceptional contributions to his community and the broader American society.

  • Promotion of Labor Rights: Throughout his career, Salem has negotiated landmark settlements and headed major legal initiatives that shaped labor law practices in the U.S.

  • Advocacy for Arab Americans: As a co-founder and chairman of the Arab American Institute, he has been at the forefront of advocating for the political and social integration of Arab Americans.

  • Philanthropic Efforts: His contributions extend into philanthropy, where he has actively supported causes benefiting Palestinian and Arab American communities...See More

  • Educational Contributions: He has supported various educational initiatives that aim to enrich understanding and cooperation between America and the Arab world.

  • Leadership in Community Organizations: He has held leadership roles in numerous organizations, including the United Palestinian Appeal, contributing to developmental projects in Palestine...See More

Date of Last Update: 
June 26, 2024

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