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Palestinian and Proud: Interview With Real Estate Developer Mohamed Hadid


Hadid attended both North Carolina State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He eventually moved to Los Angeles and created a real estate development company. Hadid built several hotels and mansions in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities.


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