[Nada] Samih spent the majority of her childhood in Johnston, RI, where she graduated from Johnston Public High School. But Samih and her mother were both born in Kuwait, moving to the US—to RI—when Samih was six years old. But Samih’s family roots are not Kuwaiti; they are Palestinian. All of Samih’s family is from Palestine; her maternal and paternal grandparents were born there and lived there till the Israeli-Palestinian War in 1948.
Her activism on campus, particularly with RICSJP is how her name was passed along to Jacob Pace, Program Coordinator of Washington, D.C.-based organization, Partners for Peace.
One of the cornerstone projects of Partners for Peace is the Jerusalem Women Speak Tour, a program that brings together “three women, a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim, who are living the realties of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [who] come to the United States to call for an end to war and suffering in the Middle East...”
“Each speaker brings her own voice to this movement, but represents an alternative vision for a more hopeful and peaceful future,” explained Pace, referring to this year’s three speakers in an interview I arranged shortly before the tour began.
[W]hen New England was chosen as the region to target, another woman’s voice answered the call in Samih. Ghada Ageel of Khan Unis Palestine, Shireen Kamis of Beit Jala Palestine, and Rela Mazali of Herzlia Israel—the speakers of Jerusalem Women Speak—will appear at RIC sponsored by RICSJP, The Unity Center and RIC NAACP on Tuesday, October 10 from 1:00-3:00 at the Student Union Ballroom.