Palestinian-Americans are Americans of Palestinian ancestry. While it is uncertain when the first Palestinian immigrants reached the shores of the U.S., the majority were Christians escaping Ottoman-ruled Palestine in the late 19th century. Subsequent waves of Palestinians emigrated to the U.S. to escape the various Arab-Israeli conflicts in the 20th century. 


There are between 150,000-250,000 Palestinian-Americans in the U.S., which accounts for approximately 10% of the 2 million Arab-Americans in the U.S. Palestinian-Americans are largely concentrated in Paterson, Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Phoenix, Detroit, Miami, and various cities in California. They live along side other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean communities, including Lebanese, Syrians, Greeks, Italians, Egyptians and Turks.


Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian-American men and 11 percent of Palestinian-American women hold a college degree. Palestinian-Americans are increasingly taking an interest in their ancestral heritage by studying Palestinian culture and language in formal educational settings.

Language and Culture

Palestinian culture is a blend of Eastern Mediterranean influences, sharing commonalities with the nearby peoples of the Levant. The official language of Palestine is Arabic.



The Mission

The General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the U.S. is the official representative of the PLO in the United States.

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