About

Samia Nasir Khoury retired in 2003 after serving for 17 years as president of Rawdat El-Zuhur, a coeducational elementary school for the lower income community in East Jerusalem. She continues to serve as treasurer of the board of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in East Jerusalem and on the board of trustees of Birzeit University in Birzeit, Palestine.

Samia was born in Jaffa, Palestine on November 24, 1933. She graduated from Birzeit College in 1950, and was awarded a BBA degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 1954. Samia then returned to Birzeit, and worked from 1954-1960 at her former school as executive secretary, registrar and director of women students’ activities. Birzeit, which was founded by her aunt Nabiha Nasir in 1924, would eventually develop into the first university in Palestine. In 1960 she married Yousef Khoury, an engineer. After 44 years of marriage and the blessings of two children and six grandchildren, Yousef passed away in early 2004 in their beloved home of Jerusalem.

Samia was deeply involved with the YWCA, including serving as the national president of the YWCA of Jordan for two terms (as the Palestinian West Bank had been annexed to Jordan in 1950). When Jordan severed its ties with the West Bank in 1988, the YWCA of Palestine was reestablished, and she was its first president from 1991-96. Her breadth of international experience has also included addressing two UN NGO Forums: in New York in 1996, and in Athens in 2000.

Samia writes about justice, truth, and peace for the Palestinian people, the relationships between people and the land, the context of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relationships in the Holy Land, concerns for children in conflict, and gender issues.

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  1. A personal message from Jerusalem | Sumnonrabidus's Blog Says:

    […] a member of St. George Episcopal Cathedral in Jerusalem, sent me the following message today. I met Samia Khoury  by email many years ago. We finally met at the Sabeel Center in Jerusalem in 2008. Samia sends […]

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    […] a member of St. George Episcopal Cathedral in Jerusalem, sent me the following message today. I met Samia Khoury  by email many years ago. We finally met at the Sabeel Center in Jerusalem in 2008. Samia sends […]

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    […] author, grandmother, and political leader Samia Khoury, posted her own witness to the hunger strike, with a pained awareness of how little attention the […]

  8. almanzali Says:

    Dear Samia,

    I am working on a documentary on tango in the Middle East, and have read references to tangos taking place at the Odeh/Audi Hotel in Ramallah. I came across this article (http://archive.thisweekinpalestine.com/details.php?id=4218&ed=228&edid=228) with archive photos of the hotel that are said to come from you. Would it be possible for you to send me a higher resolution of the photos?
    I am contacting you here because I could not find your email.

    Best,
    Maira Manzali

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