Palestinians Podcast was created in 2015 by Dr. Nadia Abuelezam. She wanted to create a forum for Palestinians to share their own narratives while also creating a storytelling community through live storytelling events. Her vision came to reality during the Boston Palestine Film Festival when the first ever Palestinians, Live! storytelling event was a smashing and sold-out success. The stories from that first show make up the first group of episodes on the podcast. Since then, Palestinians Podcast has collaborated with film festivals, museums, and organizations across the United States on storytelling workshops and live storytelling events. The podcast continues to release episodes at least once a month through the help of dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for people to join our team or contribute their own stories and recordings. If you'd like to share your story or help produce podcast material (social or audio), get in touch! 


Our Team


Nadia Abuelezam

Creator, Producer, and Host

Nadia is the creator and host of Palestinians Podcast. Outside of the podcast, Nadia is a public health researcher and professor interested in domestic and international health disparities. As a Palestinian-American, Nadia was motivated to create Palestinians Podcast to create a sense of community among Palestinians. As an avid podcast listener, Nadia sees audio as a powerful way to share stories that are often ignored by mainstream media.


Matt Nahass

Sound Engineer

Matt is from the San Francisco Bay Area and works in sports broadcasting for the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, 49ers, SJ Earthquakes, and Cal and Stanford Athletics. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film. As a Palestinian with a background in media, Matt understands the importance of the use of media to humanize the Palestinian people.


Sarouna Salfiti-Mushasha

Sound Engineer

Sarouna is a Palestinian audio engineer, music producer, and musician. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. She also plays the qanun and studied under oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen. Palestinians Podcast is one of the many ways Sarouna sees herself contributing to Palestinian representation in media.


Rihan Issa

Guest Producer

Rihan Issa is a Palestinian-American social worker living in Michigan. She has a passion for activism and social justice. Her love for storytelling was a result of hearing the many tales about life in Palestine as told by her family. Rihan hopes that by contributing to the Palestinians Podcast, she can inspire others to connect to the rich history and culture of Palestine just as she did - through the art of storytelling

Additional thanks:

  • Zein Nasser (summer intern, 2018)

  • Rashid Saleh (summer intern, 2018)

  • Hasheemah Afaneh (volunteer)

  • Jeanine Yacoub (guest blogger)

  • Thomas Klescka (digital media manager, 2015-2017)

  • Kiran Butte (summer volunteer, 2017)

  • Jasmine Khoury (summer volunteer, 2017)