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Nadia Hijab

Journalist and Influential advocate for Palestinian rights

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Date of Birth:



Aleppo, Syria

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Leading voice in Palestinian advocacy and policy analysis.

Brief bio

Nadia Hijab is renowned for her work as a Palestinian political analyst, author, and human rights advocate. She has been a compelling voice in international forums, articulating the rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people and critiquing policies affecting the Palestinian territories.

Major Milestones


  • Co-Founding Al-Shabaka: One of Nadia Hijab's most significant achievements is co-founding Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, in 2010. This independent, non-partisan think tank has become a crucial platform for Palestinian scholars and policy analysts to share their insights on the path to Palestinian self-determination.

  • Renowned Public Speaking and Advocacy: Hijab has been an influential voice in international forums, advocating for Palestinian rights and self-determination. Her speeches and presentations at universities, think tanks, and conferences worldwide have contributed significantly to raising awareness and understanding of Palestinian issues.

  • Publication of Key Works on Palestinian Issues: Nadia Hijab has authored and co-authored several important works on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian rights, and strategies for statehood. Her books and articles are considered essential readings for those interested in Middle Eastern politics and the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

  • Leadership Roles in Human Rights and Policy Organizations: Beyond Al-Shabaka, Hijab has held various leadership and advisory roles in international human rights and policy organizations. Her expertise has guided research, strategy, and advocacy efforts aimed at promoting human rights and justice.

  • Influential Media Appearances: Hijab's appearances on international media outlets have made her a recognizable and respected figure in discussions about the Middle East. Her interviews and op-eds have been featured in major publications, further amplifying her voice and the Palestinian cause...See More

  • Journalism and Media Commentary: Hijab began her career as a journalist in Beirut and later served as the Editor-in-Chief of Middle East Magazine in London. Her frequent media appearances as a commentator on Middle East affairs have contributed significantly to public understanding and dialogue about the region and the Palestinian situation specifically.

  • United Nations Development Program: In 1989, Hijab moved to the United States, where she worked as a development specialist for the United Nations Development Program in New York City for 10 years. Her role involved fostering development projects, highlighting her commitment to improving socio-economic conditions in developing regions.

  • Human Rights Advocacy: As a tireless advocate for human rights, Hijab has co-founded and participated in several campaigns promoting Palestinian human rights in the United States. Her activism underscores her dedication to advancing the rights and well-being of Palestinians and addressing injustices faced by the community.

  • Authorship: Hijab is the author of "Womanpower: The Arab debate on women at work" published by Cambridge University Press, and co-authored "Citizens Apart: A Portrait of the Palestinians in Israel" (I.B. Tauris). Her literary contributions offer critical insights into gender issues and the status of Palestinians, providing valuable perspectives on socio-political dynamics in the Arab world and Palestine...See More

  • Senior Fellowship at the Institute for Palestine Studies: As a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies, Hijab engages in research and scholarly work that further illuminates the complexities of the Palestinian experience and the broader Middle East context. Her scholarly contributions enrich academic discourse and support informed policy discussions related to Palestine.

Date of Last Update: 
April 2, 2024

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