About the Tour

Ziad Abbas will be on tour speaking about Gaza and the Right of Return.  He is a Palestinian refugee and journalist from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank. He is the cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center (www.ibdaa194.org) in Dheisheh where he has served as Executive Director since 1994. Ziad is also a journalist who has worked with Palestinian and international media and has participated in the production of several documentary films. He recently completed his Master of Arts in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training Graduate Institute. Currently on leave from the Ibdaa Cultural Center, Ziad is working with Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA, www.mecaforpeace.org), a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California.

For more than 20 years MECA has been sending food and medical aid to children in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq and supporting community projects to improve the lives of children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Immediately following the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, MECA brought in four tons of medicine for infants and children, several tons of baby cereal and powdered milk, an ambulance, wheelchairs and art supplies. The tour will help support MECA’s efforts in Gaza. Donations to MECA are welcome!

The tour is co-sponsored by Educational Praxis (www.educationalpraxis.org) a non-profit organization located in Putney, Vermont and by the Faculty For Israeli-Palestinian Peace-USA in Amherst, MA (www.ffipp.org).

Ziad Abbas standing at the wall in occupied Palestine



  1. best of luck, Ziad!! you are an amazing person. I’m privileged to have gone to grad school with you.

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