Amal Elsana Alh'jooj

Director of North American Relations

Amal Elsana Alh'jooj is the Director of North American Relations at AJEEC-NISPED (Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development). Prior to this appointment, she served as the organization’s first co-executive director and founding director of AJEEC. Amal was born in 1972, the fifth of thirteen children. At age17, she established the first Arab Bedouin women's organization. Today, Amal is a key shaper of public opinion regarding the status of the Arab minority and the status of women in Israel.

Amal is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. To list a few: In 2012 Hebrew University of Jerusalem awarded her the Solomon Bublick Prize in recognition of her longstanding activism on behalf of the rights of the Bedouin in Israel while Ben-Gurion University of the Negev awarded her the Spitzer Prize for Excellence and Innovation in the Field of Social Welfare. In 2011, she was awarded the Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East together with her co-executive director Vivian Silver; in 2010, she was chosen by The Marker as 1 of 101 most influential people in Israel; in 2008, she was a keynote speaker at the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Institute; that same year, November 7 was proclaimed Amal Elsana Alh'jooj Day in Hartford Connecticut. In 2005 she was a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize within the framework of the "One Thousand Women" submission; in 2003 she won the Lady Globes “Career Women of the Year” award.

Amal holds a BA from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and an MA from McGill University in Montreal. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at McGill University and is temporarily residing in Montreal with her husband Anwar and their twins Moad and Aden


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