Basil is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow undertaking an independent project about Palestinian identity. His project has taken him to Sweden, Norway, France, Denmark, the UAE and Chile. Through his project, he hopes to interact with Palestinian communities to better understand Palestinian identity, and its manifestations within and outside Palestine.
Basil recently graduated from Earlham College with a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies. Last summer, with the help of the Pollination Project and a number of organizations, he carried out a summer program that brought six Palestinian youth to Derry and Belfast to learn more about the history and politics of Northern Ireland, and to draw lessons that are relevant to the Palestinian struggle for human rights, justice and equality.