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2012 Palestine Center Annual Conference - Panel III

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Friday, November 9, 2012






9 November 2012
The Palestine Center
Washington, DC 






2012 Palestine Center Annual Conference
"Where are we headed? The U.S. and Middle East after Elections"

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Panel III - "Public Discourse on Palestine: Reasons for Optimism?"

As occupation persists and technology develops, a growing number of Americans are challenging the long-held Israeli narrative of events and history in the region. We ask what changes there have been in U.S. media coverage, what role new and social media plays in that and what we can expect of these trends going forward.

Mr. Samer Badawi
Communications Manager
Institute for Middle East Understanding


Samer Badawi is a communications manager with the Institute for Middle East Understanding, an independent non-profit that works to provide resources and accurate information about Palestine and the Palestinians to journalists. Previously, he served as Director of Resource Development and Communications with the Geneva-based Welfare Association, as Executive Director of United Palestinian Appeal in Washington, DC, and as DC correspondent for Middle East International. In addition to his work on Middle East issues, Badawi has served as a communications consultant to the World Bank, the IFC, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dr. Will Youmans
Assistant Professor of Media
George Washington University


Will Youmans is an Assistant Professor at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Broadly interested in questions of transnationalism and news media in conflict, his primary research interests include global news, journalism, media law, and social movements. He is currently researching the development of Arab media law as well as the role of transnational media in US-Arab relations. Youmans has presented at numerous conferences, including the annual gatherings of the Middle East Studies Association, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the International Studies Association, and the American Sociological Association.

Mr. Yousef Munayyer
Executive Director
The Jerusalem Fund


Yousef Munayyer
is Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and its educational program, The Palestine Center. He frequently writes on matters of foreign policy in the Arab and Muslim world, and civil rights and civil liberties issues in the United States. His Op-Eds have appeared regularly in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Detroit Free Press, and AlQuds Newspaper, among others. He has also appeared on national and international media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Al-Jazeera English, C-Span, and others.

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