By Fadi Hijaz, Maram Musleh, Shaden Gannam, Tala Halawa
When we met George Hishmeh, we were instantly captivated by the way he spoke of his childhood home in Haifa, Palestine. At age 80, the seasoned journalist still tears up when speaking of the homeland he was forced to flee almost seven decades ago.
Hishmeh was born in Nazareth in 1933, but was displaced with his family after the 1948 Nakba. He lived in Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and eventually moved to the United States. He went on to write for various publications on MidEast issues and was the first Palestinian to write for the Washington Post. We met Hishmeh while visiting the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, D.C., where he is a founding member.
As a group of young journalists we look up to the achievements of Hishmeh’s generation, but we were also moved by his strong ties to his Palestinian Arab identity and how this commitment is reflected in his career and family life. For us, Hishmeh is much more than a journalist. He represents the struggle to protect the Palestinian culture and heritage.
Timeline: Life and Times of George Hishmeh
Setting the Scene