Irene is the Strategic Projects Coordinator at Just Vision, where she works to expand the reach of the organization’s new and existing projects that tell the stories of nonviolent resistance and community organizers. Her work focuses on transporting these projects into new media and mediums that transcend barriers to their impact.
Based in Jerusalem, Irene is a Palestinian community strategist and organizer who has studied, participated in, and organized nonviolent action and resistance for over a decade. She is a specialist in social media and nonviolent resistance in the Palestinian context, an area of particular interest for her. As part of her work in new and social media, she was an invited participant in the Third Arab Bloggers Meeting in Tunisia in 2011.
Irene is the co-producer of a series of short films, Home Front, Aspen ShortFest Official Selection 2012 as well as My Neighbourhood, an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival and Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival.
Prior to joining Just Vision, Irene was the Program Coordinator for the Division of International Politics and Foreign Policy at American University in Washington, DC, where she received an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Her thesis focused on the intersection of conflict resolution and identity, and the role of oral history in forming the identity of Palestinians-1948.
Irene is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, and English and is the co-author of "Textbooks as a Vehicle for Segregation and Domination: State Efforts to Shape Palestinian Israelis' Identities as Citizens" in the Journal of Curriculum Studies (Vol. 40, 2008).
Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah