Mosaic Intelligence Report- Studio
Since 2001, Dajani has produced more than 1,800 installments of Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, winning the Peabody Award in 2004. Two years later, Dajani launched the Mosaic Intelligence Report, a weekly video analysis broadcast on Link TV and distributed over the web. He has also worked as producer and in an editorial capacity on several television productions, including Occupied Minds, a documentary shedding light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Who Speaks for Islam?,and PBS Frontline World War of Ideas as a consultant and author of The Arab Media Revolution.
Dajani is a frequent guest on numerous national and international media broadcast networks and a contributor to the Listening Post on Al Jazeera English. He has published several articles on the Middle East in many print and electronic media outlets and blogs regularly on The Huffington Post. He is the co-host of Arab Talk on KPOO radio, and serves on the board of New America Media, the largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations in the U.S. He is also a San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner, appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Prior to this, he served on the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission (2005-2009) where he was elected chair in 2008. He served for two years (2003-2004) as President of the Arab Cultural & Community Center of San Francisco.
Born in Jerusalem to a prominent Palestinian family,Dajani completed his early studies at Collège des Frères,and attended Columbia University in New York City where he received a B.A. degree in Political Science.
64th Annual Peabody Award- Producer, Mosaic
10th Annual Webby Awards Honoree- Producer, Mosaic
ACCC- Community Service Award- 2005
New California Media -Special Achievement Award- 2003
San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission- Certificate of Honor- 2009
OCCUPIED MINDS takes viewers on an emotional, intensely personal odyssey through one of the world's most volatile regions. The film follows Palestinian-American journalist Jamal Dajani and Israeli journalist David Michaelis as they travel together to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace. Together they hope to offer unique insights into the divisive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The two journalists meet with a variety of people, including a Palestinian gunman who is on Israel’s most-wanted list; an Israeli soldier who discusses his military service; an Israeli surgeon who lost his eyesight in a Palestinian suicide bombing; a Palestinian farmer whose pasture was divided by one of the walls being built around Israeli enclaves and an Israeli mother who lost her son in the conflict. As Dajani and Michaelis make their way through contemporary Israel and Palestine, they struggle to find lasting solutions to what many believe to be a never-ending conflict.
"Brilliant...This must-see film is, in the words of Dajani, 'a narrative not heard in the mass media,' and, added Michaelis, 'the story you haven’t heard before.'" -Washington Report on Middle East Affairs