The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is proud to announce that Dr. Hanan Ashrawi has joined the Advisory Board of the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) Leadership Program. Dr. Ashrawi is a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, making history as the first woman to hold a seat in the highest executive body in Palestine.

HCEF’s Know Thy Heritage Program  empowers Palestinian youth in the Diaspora  by strengthening their knowledge of their Palestinian identity, culture, history, traditions, as well as their understanding of Palestine’s economic, political and social structures, and environment.  The Know Thy Heritage Program connects youth of Palestinian ancestry around the world to their roots in Palestine, a part of The Holy Land.

In 2011, HCEF and its partners brought 33 Palestinian-American youth, currently living in the United States to “Explore and Live Palestine” for 3 weeks.  In 2012, HCEF held its second KTH Youth Leadership Program.  41 youth delegates representing 5 states in the US and four countries, Australia, Canada, England and France, ‘Explored and Lived Palestine’ and attended HCEF’s First Palestinian Diaspora Youth Conference at the Conference Palace in Bethlehem, as part of the activities of the second delegation.Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a featured speaker at the First Palestinian Diaspora Youth Conference, imparted wisdom and knowledge as her words and presence had a profound impact on the KTH Delegates. Dr. Ashrawi offers a truly outstanding role-model for young women around the world, especially for those of Palestinian ancestry.

Dr. Ashrawi joins the company of many other distinguished KTH Leadership Program Advisory Board Members,  including Samer S. Khoury, President of Engineering and Construction, Consolidated Contractors Company,  Hashim Shawa, Board Chairman and General Manager, Bank of Palestine, George Salem, Esq., Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC, Ammar Aker, Paltel Group, CEO and Zahi Khoury, Chairman, Palestinian Tourism Investment Company & Chairman, and others.

We eagerly anticipate all that Dr. Ashrawi will bring to the Know Thy Heritage Leadership Program as a member of the Advisory Board. 

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