Convention Panel: COGAT – Israel’s New Travel Restrictions

Washington, DC | | June 8, 2022|  The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce this panel at ADC’s annual National Convention in Washington, DC. “COGAT – Israel’s New Travel Restrictions: What Are They and How Will They Affect Travelers?” will focus on the complicated and soon-to-be implemented ordinance concerning entry of foreign nationals to the occupied Palestinian territories. Panelists will discuss the intricacies of the ordinance, who is affected by them, and the relevant consequences should they be fully implemented. In addition to hearing from experts, the panel will highlight the struggle faced by Palestinian-Americans who wish to visit family and their ancestral homeland. Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions. The panel will be moderated by ADC National Organizer, Jinan Shbat.

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Meet the Panelists:

Dr. Hanna Hanania is the past President of the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine (the largest Palestinian American organization). He is still a board member and co-chairs the government affairs committee. He also serves as founder and chairman of the United Arab Students Association (UASA) and Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP), organizations that enable local and national students and professionals to take stronger initiatives to integrate the issues that pertain to Arab-Americans and convey them in a very positive light.

Dr. Hanania was a board member of a human rights organization called Imagine-life and is currently a board member of the Holy Land Christians Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), New Dominion Political Action Committee (NDPAC).

In 2001, he graduated from University of Maryland with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1997 while serving two terms on Student Government and as the president of the International Student Council. He currently is a practicing family dentist in Virginia.

Miko Peled is a writer and human rights activist born and raised in Jerusalem.  He is considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine, support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, (BDS) and the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine.

Peled is a contributor to Mint Press News, he authors a blog, and a podcast at Pateron/ dedicated to tearing down the separation wall, the right of return and advocating the creation of one democratic state with equal rights. He travels regularly to Palestine, and he has been arrested several times by the Israeli authorities for his activities.

Educated in Jerusalem, Japan and the United States, Peled was a professional martial artist. He holds a sixth-degree black belt in karate. For 23 years Peled operated a martial arts school that was dedicated to teaching leadership skills and non-violent conflict resolution through martial arts.

In 2012 Peled sold his school and is now dedicating his time to writing third book, speaking around the world, and activism focused on transforming the racist Zionist regime in Palestine into a democracy with equal rights.

Chris Habiby is ADC’s Legislative and Policy Coordinator. He advocates for policies critical for our community before Congress and the Administration. He holds a Master’s degree in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy.

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Stay tuned for more details! We hope you can join us at the Convention and Gala. See you then!


June 17 & June 18



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