One of the first persons I met when I became active on the issue of Palestine and justice back when I was getting a degree in International Relations from Kent State was Sam Bahour . He's a businessman and entrepreneur who was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1964 to a Palestinian father and Lebanese-American mother. Sam moved with his family to the Israeli-occupied West Bank in the 1990s following the signing of Oslo Accords to become involved in developing the economy of the future Palestinian state. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1989 with a degree in computer technology, and subsequently worked for several American software firms, before moving to the West Bank in 1995. Since relocating to the West Bank, Sam has been involved in numerous business development initiatives. He was part of a group of businessmen who established the Palestine Telecommunications Company. He also founded several private businesses, and was part of a plan to open a Western-style shopping center in the West Bank. In addition, he earned an MBA in a joint program between Northwestern University in Illinois and Tel Aviv University in Israel. I have enormous respect and admiration for Sam as a man of dignity, intelligence and principle. I think this interview shows why.
September 20, 2014