Amer Zahr

Amer Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, and adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He has headlined packed houses at New York City’s world-famous Carnegie Hall and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  He is the founder of producer of the “1001 Laughs Ramallah Comedy Festival,” a production in Palestine, as well as the annual “1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival” in Dearborn, Michigan, in partnership with the Arab American National Museum. He is also the producer, writer, and star of “We’re Not White,” a documentary that takes a comedic and informative approach to the Arab-American struggle to get a box on the United States Census Form. Amer is the author of the well-read blog “The Civil Arab,” as well as his first book, “Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile.” Amer holds an MA in Middle East Studies and a JD (law degree), both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He writes and speaks widely on political and social affairs, and has appeared on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and Al-Jazeera.
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Thank you so much for coming out to support Playgrounds for Palestine at our annual gala! It was an incredible night of food, music, and fun. Thank you to our wonderful patrons, volunteers, speakers, staff, and to Olive Press Eatery for catering.

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“After the ‘Cast lead’ attack on Gaza, PfP shared a video of the kids finally able to go outside where there still stood a (PfP) playground.  It still brings tears to think about the joy of those kids swarming the playground…  It really brought home the great work PfP does. “