Palestine Center

Washington, DC

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Palestine Center is a nonprofit focused on international development and relief services. With $1.0m in revenue and 5 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1982, Palestine Center is headquartered in Washington, DC. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 84% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $1.4m.

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Mission and Work


The JERUSALEM FUND provides education and cultural programming in order to promote awareness about palestinian and arab-israeli affairs. While its events have a local reach, its publications and information resources have a national circulation. It also sponsors a humanitarian and civil society assistance program for palestinians, as well as several diabetes clinics in palestine. It is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.

Program 1

$719k annual program spend • The palestine diabetes institute, launched in july 2009, is located in AL bierh, palestine. Moving from rented space in ramallah, the institute now occupies two floors (800 square meters) and has two staff endocrinologists, lab technicians, a nurse and an assistant. The institute addresses the growing diabetes epidemic in palestine through education and treatment and is the first such facility in palestine. The palestine diabetes institute has opened two additional locations to serve a wider population.

Program 2

$249k annual program spend • The Palestine Center, the educational program of the JERUSALEM FUND, focuses on the implications of specific U.S. policies with regard to palestine, providing a much-needed palestinian/arab perspective to the political, academic and media establishments of Washington, D.C. and the arab world. It gives voice to the palestinian narrative through policy briefings, lecture series, conferences, symposia, scholarly research publications and an extensive research library. Since its founding, it has held more than 1,000 events. It has been featured on c-span, AL-jazeera english, cnn and numerous other media outlets. Its annual internship program, nearly two decades long, has more than one hundred alumni.

Program 3

$93k annual program spend • The gallery, the cultural program of the JERUSALEM FUND, showcases the rich culture and national heritage of the arab people, although most of the events focus on palestinian cultural production. The gallery hosts monthly exhibits of fine art and/or photography. It sponsors a summer film screening series, evening musical performances,art workshops and an annual souk and olive harvest celebration.

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Mohamed Mohamed, Executive Director 

Mohamed is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he majored in Political Science and completed his senior thesis on statelessness and its practical implications on Palestinians living in the refugee camps of Lebanon. He also earned an M.A. in International Relations and an M.S. in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has written articles about Palestine issues that have been featured on Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, and others. Prior to joining The Jerusalem Fund, Mohamed campaigned and worked for a Palestinian-American city councilman and mayoral candidate in the city of Richardson, Texas. Mohamed can be contacted by email at or by telephone at (202) 338-1958.

Samirah Alkassim, Program & Communications Manager

Samirah is a filmmaker and film scholar, with published articles about experimental and independent film/video in the Arab world. Her films include experimental documentary Far From You about Egyptian singer Umm Kulthoum, among various other experimental films and installations. Her publications include the introduction to the English translation of Syrian film director Mohammad Malas’s book, The Dream – A Diary of a Film (American University in Cairo Press, 2016), about whom she also co-authored a book, The Cinema of Muhammad Malas: Visions of a Syrian Auteur (Palgrave, 2018) in the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema. as well as contributions to the Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema, 2nd Edition Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions in Theory and Practice (Palgrave, 2019). She has curated film programs including Films from the Arab World at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery and taught film studies in Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic), Egypt (American University in Cairo), the San Francisco Bay Area (U.C. Berkeley and Sonoma State University), and Virginia (George Mason University), where she currently teaches as an Adjunct Associate Professor. She has an M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College.

Dagmar Painter, Curator

Dagmar Painter transformed an ad hoc exhibit space into Washington, D.C.’s only full-time art gallery featuring the work of Arab and Arab-American artists. She has lived and worked in the Arab world for over 12 years and has traveled extensively in the Islamic world for over 30 years. In Washington, she previously established and ran the art gallery of the Embassy of Tunisia. She also directed Gallery Patina, a non-profit gallery of the National Council on Aging, which was featured on NBC’s Today Show. She was an Advisory Review Panelist for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grant Panel, a nominator for the Smithsonian Institution SARF awards, and a Juror for the Torpedo Factory Art Studios. She has written and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on cross-cultural and arts issues, at such venues as the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and Meridian House International. She also taught seminars on Middle Eastern textiles at the University of Tunis and the Centre D’Etudes Maghrebines, as well as classes at the National Museums of Lagos, Nigeria and Bangkok, Thailand. Selected publications include Arts in the Islamic WorldOrnamentCairo TodayFocus on PakistanThe Herald, India Today, Arts in EmbassiesA Practical Guide to Cairo and Savior: Tunis.

Rima Kamel, Finance, Grants & Development Associate 

An experienced researcher and analyst, Rima has used these skills in project evaluation, customer relationship management and strategic planning, primarily in non-profit settings. She has been involved in studies that covered a range of issues, from child-rearing practices and women’s economic development in the Middle East, to customer satisfaction, evaluations of the efficacy and impact of training programs, marketing analysis using database analysis and competitive research methodologies in the United States. Her most notable non-profit experience in the US has been with American Red Cross and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and has volunteered at Arab-American organizations in the Washington, DC area.

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