Maria Khoury, Palestine Christian Writer

mariakhouryMaria (Kouremenou) Khoury is the author of Orthodox Christian children’s books including Christina Goes to the Holy Land, walking the footsteps of Christ. She is a graduate of Hellenic College (1982), Harvard University (1985), and Boston University (1992) with a doctor of education degree.

Born in Tripoli, Greece, she was raised in Denver, Colorado. On Dec 31, 2009 she was included on the top four Human Rights Champions list by DC Human Rights Examiner along with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Hillary Clinton. Maria is the author of Witness in the Holy Land (distributed by, a publication reflecting personal experiences living under military occupation with her husband, the former Mayor of Taybeh David Canaan Khoury, and three children Elena, Canaan, and Constantine. Her articles have been published worldwide in numerous newspapers and magazines and have been translated to various languages bringing awareness of the Christian presence in the Holy Land.

Maria Khoury has been the Taybeh Oktoberfest organizer since 2005. Dividing her time between her homes in Boston and Taybeh, she travels throughout the world promoting the Christina Books and making presentations about the dwindling Christian community in Palestine. She encourages travelers to stay at the new Taybeh Golden Hotel and experience rural life in Palestine.