Huwaida Arraf (born 1976 in Detroit, Michigan) is a co-founder of the
International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian organization.
The stated mission of the ISM is to resist the Israeli occupation using
nonviolent tactics. Arraf is married to Adam Shapiro, another ISM
co-founder, whom she met while both were working at the Jerusalem center
of “Seeds of Peace”, an organization that seeks to foster dialogue
between Jewish and Palestinian youth.
Arraf, who is Christian, is the daughter of a Israeli Arab father and a
Palestinian mother. Arraf majored in Arabic and Judaic studies and
political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also
spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and studied Hebrew on
Huwaida later earned a JD at American University’s Washington College of
Law. Her focus was on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law,
with a particular interest in war crimes prosecution.