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Naseer H. Aruri

Prominent Palestinian-American Scholar

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Influential advocate for Palestinian rights

Brief bio

Naseer H. Aruri was an esteemed Palestinian-American scholar and activist renowned for his expertise in Middle East politics, particularly the Palestine-Israel conflict, and U.S. foreign policy in the region. Throughout his career, Aruri demonstrated a steadfast commitment to human rights and played a pivotal role in advocating for the Palestinian cause on an international scale.

Major Milestones


  • Immigration to the United States (1954): Aruri moved to the U.S. to pursue higher education, eventually earning a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst​​.

  • Academic Career: He served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 1965 to 1998, where he was also a Chancellor Professor of Political Science​​​​...See More

  • Political and Human Rights Advocacy: Aruri was a member of the Palestinian National Council, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and served on the boards of Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch/Middle East​​​​.

  • Founding Member of AAUG: He was a founding member and twice president of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, the first Pan-Arab organization in North America​​​​.

  • Publications and Lectures: Aruri authored and edited numerous books and articles on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. foreign policy, contributing significantly to scholarly and public discourse on these subjects​​​​.

  • Scholarship on Middle East Politics: Aruri's scholarly work provided critical insights into the dynamics of the Palestine-Israel conflict and the impact of U.S. foreign policy in the region.

  • Advocacy for Human Rights: His involvement with major human rights organizations helped bring international attention to issues affecting Palestinians and other marginalized communities​​.

  • Institution Building: Aruri played a key role in establishing and leading organizations that supported Arab and Arab-American academics and activists​​.

  • Educational Impact: Through his teaching and mentorship, Aruri influenced generations of students and young scholars, fostering a deeper understanding of Middle East politics and advocacy for justice.

  • Promotion of the Right of Return: He was instrumental in organizing conferences and initiatives advocating for the rights of Palestinian refugees, contributing to the global discourse on their right to return

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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