In 1982-83, Palestinian survivors from the Sabra and Shatila massacres were brought to the United States to receive treatment from the Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette, PA. In a heartbeat, my mother loaded up the van with tons of food, gifts, clothes – along with all our Syrian cousins – and went to the hospital to comfort, feed and just be there – to provide a sense of cultural familiarity for those kids who went through hell, by no fault of their own, and were now in a country unknown to them.

Years after she died, we honored her by hosting her famous Children’s parties for Somalian Refugees from Catholic Charities. These children, and adults, saw atrocities before them that I couldn’t imagine in my most horrifying dreams.

FROM VEILS TO THONGS: An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America

In FROM VEILS TO THONGS, Khalil exposes what she calls, THE REAL WAR ON TERROR, presenting a hilarious, yet poignant, Colbert-like take on living in cross-fire of the conservative Arabic and liberal American cultures