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Nora Lester Murad

Nora Lester Murad is a writer, educator, and activist. She co-authored “Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots” with Danna Masad and edited “I Found Myself in Palestine: Stories of Love and Renewal From Around the Globe” (both from Interlink Books). Her young adult novel, “Ida in the Middle,” about a Palestinian-American girl’s search for belonging, will soon have curricular materials for 6th-9th grade (see While living in Palestine, Nora co-founded Dalia Association, Palestine’s community foundation, and Aid Watch Palestine, an aid accountability initiative. She now lives in Massachusetts where she organizes to expand the teaching of Palestine in schools, among other social justice issues. She is a policy member with Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network and also teaches international humanitarian affairs. Nora blogs at