Nora Lester Murad
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Nora Lester Murad's Discussions

Global Philanthropy Officer for Palestinian Community Foundation

Started Feb 4, 2014 0 Replies

The Global Philanthropy Officer is a strategic position responsible for conceptualizing, planning and implementing a philanthropy-development program that will redefine how Palestinians around the…Continue

Tags: Palestinian, fundraising, philanthropy

Should Palestinians Boycott International Aid?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nora Lester Murad Oct 21, 2012. 4 Replies

My many years of work to reform international aid to Palestine have culminated in a new analysis and a new strategic proposal: Palestinians (and perhaps other aid-dependent peoples) should consider…Continue

Tags: Palestinians, boycott, Palestine, self reliance, international aid


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Aug 28, 2015
Nora Lester Murad is attending Markus Forsberg's event

PHAP Online Learning Series on Humanitarian Law and Policy – Advanced learning session on humanitarian principles at Online

September 1, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
In September and October 2015, PHAP is organizing a special series of live online discussions structured around the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence. As part of the association’s support to the World Humanitarian Summit process, the focus of these events is less on theoretical definitions and more on the operational implications of these principles. The aim is not to “consult” directly on the principles, but rather to discuss – within the context of the…See More
Aug 28, 2015
Nora Lester Murad commented on TechChange's blog post How Facebook Helped Restore Family Links After the Nepal Earthquake
"This is a fascinating article. I wonder how a system like this could be useful in Gaza (given that there will almost certainly be another war) or if it might put people at risk by providing location information to the military."
May 7, 2015
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Jul 24, 2014
Nora Lester Murad commented on Anne Farrell's blog post Save Peace: letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli government & President Mahmoud Abbas,
"Hi Anne, this sounds like a really well-intentioned effort, but you've bought into and are propagating the lie that there is "balance" in this conflict. Israel is occupying Palestinians. Palestinians are resisting occupation.…"
Jul 22, 2014
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Jul 20, 2014
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Nora Lester Murad liked Roger Mac Ginty's blog post Should we ever use the word 'peace' in relation to Israel-Palestine?
Jul 7, 2014
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Apr 4, 2014
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Apr 4, 2014
Nora Lester Murad commented on Michael Gale's blog post Crowdfunding opportunity for nonprofits - application deadline April 24th!
"Has Global Giving modified it's anti-terrorism policies? Such a progressive idea as Global Giving should not be hampered by illogical and harmful policies that go far beyond the law and exclude worthy causes, without having any real effect on…"
Apr 1, 2014
Nora Lester Murad commented on Jennifer Lentfer's blog post 40 ways to help your organization survive tough financial times
"This is an excellent article with great ideas! I did a similar article called, "Are there alternatives to dependence on international aid? Yes!" at in…"
Mar 15, 2014

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Writer and civil society activist, originally from USA, now living in Palestine.
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individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Palestine: West Bank, Gaza Strip, Palestinian communities inside Israel, refugees and diaspora around the world.
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What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Writer of fiction and non-fiction; civil society activist
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Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
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Civil Society, Development, Facilitation, Human Rights, Organizational Development
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Advocacy, Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Fundraising, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
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International aid reform
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Nora Lester Murad's Blog

Are there alternatives to dependence on international aid? Yes!

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 2:51pm 0 Comments

You can view and comment on this post on my blog, "The View from My Window in Palestine" at or view it in the original publication, This Week in…


Checkpoint Etiquette

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 4:06pm 0 Comments

How would you behave at an Israeli military checkpoint? See my post: "Checkpoint Etiquette" at and please share your views.

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At 10:09am on April 4, 2013, Khalid said…

My pleasure, Nora. Sorry it took this long before I could see your request. Yeah, on the interview, you really impressed me and I loved your insistence eventhough they tried to bring in lies. You were splendid. And you represent my humble but painful position on peace and aid in the Middle East. They don't take responsibilities for their acts, and this is what is keeping that conflict never-ending.

Thanks so much.


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