Jerusalem Fund

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The Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development "is an independent, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization based in Washington, DC. Funding for operational expenses is derived from investment income. This, together with donations from private individuals throughout the U.S., supports our humanitarian grants.

"The Jerusalem Fund is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States. Donations to The Jerusalem Fund are deductible from U.S. federal income taxes to the extent allowed under the law." [1]


In 1995 they received a $35,000 grant and a $30,000 grant from the NED which they channelled to the Center for Palestine Research and Studies. "The Washington-based Jerusalem Fund/Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, together with the Center for Palestine Research and Studies (CPRS) based in Nablus, West Bank, received Endowment support to carry out teacher training workshops in democracy education. The Jerusalem Fund/Center for Palestine Research and Studies will carry out a series of ten one-day teacher training workshops designed to provide elementary and secondary school teachers with methodology and materials for introducing the principles of democracy, the democratic process, and elements of representative government into the classroom. The workshops will be held at various locations in the West Bank and Gaza. (1/95)" and "The Jerusalem Fund/Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, together with the Center for Palestine Research and Studies (CPRS) based in Nablus, West Bank, received renewed Endowment support to produce a teaching manual/workbook for use by secondary school teachers. This manual will provide teachers with methods and materials to introduce issues of democracy and human rights in the classroom. (9/95)." [1]


  • Subhi D. Ali, M.D., F.A.C.S., is Chairman of the Board. A graduate of Howard University Medical School in Washington, DC, his training in General Surgery was completed at Howard University Hospitals where he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Surgery prior to relocating to Waverly, TN in 1976, where he serves as Chief of Surgery at Three Rivers Hospital. He is currently the President and Treasurer of Howard University’s LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Surgical Society Foundation. In Tennessee, he has been active in the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) since 1980. He served as President of TMA in 2003-04 and chaired the Tennessee Medical Education Fund for several years. He continues to chair the Investment Committees of both organizations in addition to serving on the Tennessee Delegation to the American Medical Association. In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor to the Tennessee State Board of Medical Examiners and is a Fellow of the National Federation of State Medical Boards. Currently, he serves on the boards of several academic and professional organizations. He is president of the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) Foundation since 2001 where he served as the National President in 2000-2001. He is a retired Brigadier General of the Tennessee State Guard Medical Corps where he served as Surgeon General from 1991-2001. Dr. Ali serves SGAUS currently as Treasurer and Editor of the Journal and Website. In 2004, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the national Physicians Foundation for Health Systems Innovations (PFHSI) where he chairs the Communications and Audit Committees in addition to serving on the Grants and the Finance and Investments Committees.
  • Omar J. Fayez, Esq., is Secretary of the Board. He is a litigation attorney with Querrey & Harrow in Chicago, Illinois, and a member of the American Bar Association, Arab-American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and other professional associations. He also serves as pro bono counsel for several non-profit organizations and has published on legal and political issues.
  • Yousef Munayyer – executive Director[2]
  • Eid B. Mustafa, M.D., F.A.C.S., is Treasurer of the Board
  • Naseer H. Aruri
  • Mohayya H. Khilfeh, M.D., M.P.H., is currently a pediatrician at the South Holland Health Center, Illinois. Her medical career has included serving as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, NAAMA, and several other professional societies. She served on the Board of Trustees at An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine, from 1983 through 2000.
  • Nabil E. Khoury, M.D., is Physician-in-Charge at the Henry Ford Medical Center, West Bloomfield, Michigan. He has lectured and published widely on emergency medicine and other areas, and is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Physicians. He is a former president of NAAMA and former board member of the Michigan chapter. He is also a former president of the Association of Arab American University Graduates.
  • Sari A. Nabulsi, M.D., M.B.A., is currently a pediatrician at the Pediatric Medical Center and a Pediatrics Professor at Texas Tech University, Midland, TX. He has presented on several medical topics including the diagnosis and treatment of Autism as well as the management of Down’s syndrome. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Medical Association and the Midland County Society. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for NAAMA (National Arab American Medical Association).
  • William Youmans - is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is a columnist with the Arab-American News and a blogger ( His writings have been published in UCLA's Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law and in several anthologies. As the political hip-hop artist, the Iron Sheik, his work has been featured by the New York Times, CNN, BBC and Rolling Stone (France), among others.
  • Samar Assad is Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund
  • Hisham Sharabi, Ph.D. (deceased)
  • Samih Farsoun, Ph.D. (deceased)





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  1. Democracy Projects Database, NED, accessed August 22, 2007.
  2. Yousef Munayyer, “Liberal Zionism”: A Contradiction in Terms, The DailyBeast, 20 March 2012.