(also check out:

Our Position on the issue of Palestine/Israel

Our Recommendations (books, videos, and websites we trust),

and our Photo Gallery)


Long story short....

Ziyad was born in Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1960, and immigrated as a nazeh (displaced person) at the age of 7 to Saudi Arabia. In 1983, he came to the United States to get his masters' degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Kathy was born and raised in Chicago and led a very ordinary life until...

Ziyad and Kathy met in Chicago, and were married in 1985. They have 4 adult children, 2 children-in-law, and 4 grandcats. They (Ziyad and Kathy, not the cats) are semi-retired and spend their time advocating for justice in Palestine and for multicultural, interfaith dialogue and understanding.

Please visit Our Position to know where we stand on the issues.

See Our Recommendations (under construction) for a list of books, videos, and websites that we think are great resources.