for our work to continue.

Related Resources 

Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine
By Hannah Moushabeck

Ida in the Middle
By Nora Lester Murad
Other books by Murad, not children’s literature:
I Found Myself in Palestine
Rest in My Shade

"Palestinian Erasure Starts in Preschool - With Sesame Street’s Endorsement"
by Nora Lester Murad
September 30, 2022

"Censorship of Palestinians is So Normal, Even Antiracists Don't See It"
by Nora Lester Murad

"Palestine Children’s Book: Threats & Censorship"

Palestinian Feminist Collective

Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)

Nora Lester Murad’s collection of Teaching Resources addresses teachers’ questions and concerns when bringing the topic of Palestine to the classroom. Many resources including a 6-week curriculum, videos, and more:

See more curricula at

Attend the webinar with Defense for Children International–Palestine:
“Back to School in Palestine, Amid Detentions and Demolitions”
19 Sept 2023

Support HR 3103, The Palestinian Children and Families Act -
“Don’t allow U.S. aid to fund Israeli human rights abuses”
Send a message to Congress:

See the campaign of UNJPPI:
Canada, Stand up for Palestinian Children's Rights -


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Storytelling as Resistance: Palestinian Identity and Resilience in Literature for Young People

Wednesday, 17 May 2023
​Presented by UMKR and MFSA

Storytelling as Resistance:
Palestinian Identity and Resilience in Literature for Young People

presented by UMKR and MFSA
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
1:00 pm Eastern (US)

Talking about Palestine with our friends and family can be difficult for many of us. In this webinar, we will hear from a diverse panel of professionals - Christian, Muslim, and Jewish - who through their teaching and writing about Palestine for young people, convey a challenging subject in engaging and educational ways that overcome the all-too-common erasure of the Palestinian people and their story. Topics will include the importance of representation and truth-telling and how children can learn about difficult subjects in age-appropriate ways. Booklists, curriculums, and other resources will be shared that can help us learn how best to convey the Palestinian story to children. Our discussion and resources should provide valuable insights and learning for Palestine-related conversations and communications with adults as well.

Our Panel:
HANNAH MOUSHABECK is a second‐generation Palestinian American author, editor, and marketer who was raised in a family of booksellers and publishers in Western Massachusetts and England. She recently published her first picture book: "Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine," a story that brings Palestine to life for children of the Palestinian diaspora and that can resonate with diverse immigrant families. Born in Brooklyn into Interlink Publishing, a family‐run independent publishing house, Hannah learned the power of literature at a young age and was taught that “books are the gateway to a country’s soul." She has worked in editing and marketing children’s books for Chronicle Books, Interlink Publishing, and The Quarto Group. She has also has served as co-chair of the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Committee, and on the executive board of the Boston Teen Author Festival. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts on the homelands of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc Nations.

NORA LESTER MURAD is a writer, educator, and activist, who has recently won the 2023 Arab American Book Award in the young adult category. She co-authored “Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots” with Danna Masad and edited “I Found Myself in Palestine: Stories of Love and Renewal From Around the Globe." Her young adult novel, “Ida in the Middle,” about a Palestinian- American girl’s search for belonging, includes curricular materials for 6th-9th grade. While living in Palestine, Nora co-founded Palestine's first community foundation, Dalia Association, and the aid accountability initiative, Aid Watch Palestine. She now lives in Massachusetts where she organizes to expand the teaching of Palestine in schools, among other social justice issues. Murad is a policy member with Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network and been published widely on the subjects of international aid and community philanthropy, including in The Guardian, Aljazeera, Huffington Post, OpenDemocracy, and Counterpunch.

ABEER RAMADAN-SHINNAWI is a Palestinian American educator of 20+ years who has used her upbringing as a child of immigrants to help connect students, schools, and communities by providing curriculum and activities that reflect BIPOC students and teachers. Ramadan-Shinnawi founded Altair Education Consulting in 2019, to create learning pathways that amplify the voice and history of the Arab/Muslim American communities. She has been a resource teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Social Studies, served as an equity liaison and the co-facilitator of an affinity group for teachers of color, and created and facilitated a student support group for Arab/Muslim immigrant female students. A member of many Teacher Advisory groups, she has written numerous education guides and has been featured in several conferences and podcasts. Abeer was also the program leader for the non- profit Re-Imagining Migration.

Our moderator, LISA BENDER, is Chair of United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR), the grassroots movement mobilizing United Methodist advocacy for Palestinian liberation and a just peace in Palestine/Israel. She also leads UMKR's Boycott and Divestment Committee and serves on the Steering Committee of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, an alliance of diverse justice- seeking movements and ethnic caucuses in the United Methodist Church. Lisa worked for 18 years as the Executive Secretary for the Director of Connectional Ministries of the UMC's Susquehanna Conference. Today she serves her conference on the boards of Mission Central, Global Ministries, and Preachers' Aid Society. Lisa was a delegate to the UMC General Conference in 2012, 2016, and 2019 and is an alternate to General Conference 2024.

Watch the webinar below.
Below the video, see information and resources shared during the webinar.

United Methodists are responding to Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth ,a statement of faith and urgent call to action from Christians in Palestine.  UMKR seeks, through nonviolent means and in partnership with Palestinian Christians, freedom, justice and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.