A Palestinian student at an American university in the West Bank is among the first American citizens of Palestinian descent to be granted citizenship by President Donald Trump.
The American University of Jerusalem found that Mohammed Abu Khatib, a Palestinian-American citizen of Israel who graduated from the College of William and Mary in Massachusetts in the 1990s, was born on April 10, 1965.
Born to a family in the city of Ramallah, Abu KHatib was the youngest of three brothers.
In 2001, Abu Shatib married a woman from the town of Beit Lahiya.
They had three children, and the family moved to Jerusalem in 2002.
He attended the University of California-Berkeley in the mid-2000s, where he received a master’s degree in political science.
In 2016, he was named one of the Top 100 Scholars of America by the Washington Post.
Abu Khatim is also a co-founder of the American Institute of Palestine Studies.
His doctoral dissertation is titled “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Comparative Perspective.”
In 2016, a committee led by former President Barack Obama appointed him as one of America’s top 100 scholars of American universities.
The panel also selected his research, including the recent book, The Arab-Jewish Divide: Israel’s Struggle to Rebuild a National Home, as one its top 10 books of the year.