The American Friends of the Palestinian House of Friendship (AFPHF) is a group of people in the United States who are actively involved in supporting PHF.  We are based in Cambridge, Vermont, western Massachusetts, in the Boston area, Brooklyn and in the New York City area. Our activities include planning and hosting an annual fundraising event in each of our areas, and searching for grants and other projects that will be helpful to PHF. In addition we are in monthly contact via Skype with Mohammed Sawalha, Founder/Director of PHF, in order to discuss his on-going plans for PHF and Smiling Faces Summer Camp in Nablus.

Some of our previous and current projects include:

  • Connecting PHF with Playgrounds for Palestine which constructed a playground in the village of Asira al Shamaliya in 2016, for use by campers during the summer and by children in the village year-round
  • Connecting PHF with The Advocacy Project, in order to have a Peace Fellow come to Nablus in the summer of 2015 to work with PHF on administration and management. The Advocacy Project is now PHF’s fiscal sponsor in the United States.
  • Organizing annual fundraisers in the U.S. to support PHF’s work
  • Educational outreach to raise awareness about the context in which PHF exists

PHF Founder and Executive Director 

Mohammed Sawalha,

AFPHF Co-Founders 

Peter Titelman, PhD, Chair, Northampton, MA

Katharine Baker, PhD, Northampton, MA,

Sherrill Hogen, MSW, Conway, MA,

Advisory Board

Lois Jewel Barber, MA, Co-creator and Executive Director of Earth Action and 2020 Vision

Cynthia E. Cohen, PhD, Director of the Program in Peace Building and the Arts, Brandeis University

Elliot Fratkin, PhD, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies, Smith College

Sut Jhally,PhD, Professor of Communications, University of Massachusetts, Founder and Director of the Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA

Joseph Levine, PhD 

Celia Miller, Teacher and musician, Northampton, MA

Michel Moushabeck, Founder and Owner, Interlink Publishing Company in Northampton, MA, and the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble

Elizabeth P. Salett, MSW

Thomas Weiner, MED, Teacher and Writer, Northampton, MA

Regional Teams


Esther Farmer, Brooklyn, NY, 

Fran Miller, NY,

Sarah Sills, Brooklyn, NY,


Martha Nencioli, Somerville, MA

Susan Nye, Watertown, MA,

Clare Sheridan, Medford, MA


Pam Walker, Montpelier, VT,


Katharine Baker, Northampton, MA,

Sherrill Hogen, Conway, MA,

Peter Titelman, Chair, Northampton, MA,


Gay Harter, North Branford, CT,