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.
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