Deborah Kanafani is the author of Unveiled “How an American Woman Found Her Way Through Politics, Love and Obedience in the Middle East (Simon and Schuster). In this memoir she visits the wives of Arab leaders who have the courage to stand up to their husbands and the men that surround them. She was married to Yasser Arafat’s senior advisor and spokesman and lost her children under Islamic law while writing her book. Her story is intertwined with the powerful women surrounding her as they become her mentors and teachers.
Ms Kanafani has been Director of International Productions for the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, where she wrote and produced programs on children’s and women’s rights for the UNDP, UNICEF, and various European countries. While in the Middle East she ran conflict resolution programs between Palestinians and Israelis. She was Executive Director of Women in Film and Video in Washington, DC, and a consultant for Oxygen Media. She began her career by founding a media affairs department for the National Association of Arab Americans to look at stereotyping, She is currently is writing a screenplay on the life of Queen Dina of Jordan and continues her work between Palestinians and Israelis using the arts in conflict resolution. Ms. Kanafani has an MSW. She can be contacted through www.deborahkanafani.com.