Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 8, November

9/11 Commemoration at L.A. Islamic Center
Rabbis, priests, Buddhist monks, Mormons, Muslims, consular officials and law enforcement leaders from the FBI and LAPD, along with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, stood united on the podium at the Islamic Center of Los Angeles at noon on Sept. 11 to commemorate...
A Conversation with R. Hakan Tekin, Turkey's Consul General in Los Angeles
Good will between the people of the Arab world and Turkey has been at an all time high since May 31, when Israel commandeered the humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza and killed at point-blank range nine Turkish citizens, including a young Turkish American,...
Activists to Take Case to Congress after Supreme Court Ban on "Terror" Contact
The U.S. Supreme Court's June 20 decision on Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, making it a crime to provide any "material support" to an organization designated as "terrorist," has had a chilling effect on human rights, peacebuilding, development,...
Afghanistan's Untapped Riches Fueling Conflict?
In light of the recently publicized findings that Afghanistan has an estimated $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC held a July 14 panel discussion titled "High-Value Resource Contracts,...
"Amreeka" Screening and Discussion with Executive Producer Alicia Sams
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington, DC held a special screening of the award-winning film "Amreeka" at its Georgetown headquarters on Sept. 1, 2010. Executive producer Alicia Sams was on hand to answer questions about this...
Anti-War Amendments to Supplemental Funding Bill Get Support-But Not Enough
The August issue of this magazine described how the Senate transformed H.R. 4899, a relatively modest $6 billion disaster relief and summer jobs bill, into an "emergency" supplemental appropriations bill to provide about $35 billion for the military...
Beating Death of Young Egyptian Leads to Protests, Trial of Policemen
Khaled Said was killed on June 6 after police in Alexandria, Egypt grabbed him from an Internet café and two plainclothes policemen allegedly beat him to death.At first, Egyptian authorities claimed that Khaled had died from swallowing a packet of drugs....
Bethlehemite Wins Debate
Vivien Sansour had hardly returned to Southern California from her new home in the West Bank City of Jenin (see page 43) when she drove three hours to Ventura on July 28 to deftly debate two Israel apologists in Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Jet lag...
Bethlehem University Graduate from Gaza City Visits San Francisco
Seven months after receiving her bachelor's degree in business administration from Bethlehem University, Gaza City resident Berlanty Azzam made her first visit to San Francisco. Accompanying her was Bethlehem University vice president for development...
Beyond Arab Poll Results
Arab support for the two-state solution remains surprisingly high, according to Dr. Shibley Telhami, who discussed the results of the University of Maryland's annual public opinion poll-carried out by Zogby International in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE,...
California Legislators, Interfaith Leaders Condemn Rise in Islamophobia
California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and the Sacramento office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) sponsored a Sept. 1 press conference outside the state capitol building to condemn the...
Conversion Bill Debate Evidence of American Jews' Increasing Discontent with Israel
In July, an Israeli parliamentary committee advanced a bill that would give the chief rabbinate, the religious authority in Israel run by ultra-Orthodox Jews, the sole power to decide which conversions to Judaism are accepted. The bill overturns an Israeli...
East Jerusalem's Shu'fat Refugee Camp: "For All Practical Purposes, Ramallah"
From routine clashes in the streets, to the talk of "final status issues" by international diplomats, Arab East Jerusalem continues to be at the center of the struggle in Palestine/Israel. In recent years, there have been some particularly prominent...
Fully Understanding Implications of Kosovo, Rule of Law, Israel Ignores and Obstructs
In the previous issue of the Washington Report this reporter mentioned the International Court's okaying of Kosovo's declaration of independence and its relevance for Palestine-which is why, of course, Israel disdained to repay all of Washington's diplomatic...
Ground Zero and Islamophobia in America
Helping Moderate MuslimsBy Imam Feisal Abdul RaufIt is customary for Muslims to begin by first invoking the name of the all-merciful and all-compassionate creator, the creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the God of Abraham,...
HCEF Conference to Examine Business Opportunities in Palestine
Along with its traditional, and very popular, annual conference, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is organizing a Nov. 5 and 6 forum at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC to examine "Business Opportunities and...
In Gaza, Apathy and Skepticism over Peace Talks Abound
To a stranger, the sight of a Gaza beach crowded with children, women and men may make him think he is in Chicago or Hawaii instead. People from every neighborhood in Gaza are here, it seems-some swimming or kicking a ball on the sand, others playing...
International Al-Quds Day in DC
International Day of Al-Quds is an annual protest held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in most Muslim and Arab countries, and by Muslim and non-Muslim communities around the world. The word "Quds," Arabic for "the holy place," is the...
Interns Tell a "New Story"
Five Israeli and five Palestinian young people participated in New Story Leadership for the Middle East (NSL)'s pioneer project this past summer. For six weeks, groups of two interns, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, lived together and worked in...
Iraq: Mission Transformed?
At a Sept. 7 program at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, two speakers discussed the end of combat operations in Iraq and the changing nature of the U.S. mission there.Antony Blinken, security adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden,...
Israel's Hysteria over the Prospect of Iranian Nuclear Weapons
In Capitol Hill's Cannon House Office Building July 13, the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) held the 61st presentation of its Capitol Hill Conference Series, titled "U.S. Policies toward Israel and Iran: What are the Linkages?" Introduced by MEPC president...
Kathy Kelly Talks about the Killing Fields in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Activist, author and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly spoke at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines on July 30 about her concern over civilian deaths in the U.S. war in Afghanistan and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),...
Muslims in America: Myths and Realities
The Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA) sponsored a lively discussion on Capitol Hill on Aug. 31 about the image of Muslims in America in the wake of the Park 51 controversy. The association's president, Assad Akhter, welcomed attendees...
Negotiating for a Framework Agreement: "The Opposite of a Peace Treaty"
There is a story about a man who dictated his will. He divided his property generously, provided for all the members of his family, rewarded his friends and did not forget his servants.He finished off with a short paragraph: "In case of my death, this...
Nov. 2 Election a Chance to "Just Say No" to Congressional Israel-Firsters
With the possibility that the Republicans may retake control of the House, which they lost in 2006-two years before Barack Obama was elected president-and possibly even the Senate, the upcoming Nov. 2 election is getting much more attention than the...
Other People's Mail
The Intractable Middle EastTo The Washington Post, Sept. 6, 2010Regarding George Bisharat's op-ed, "Israel and Palestine: A true one-state solution": For too long, the debate over how to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been frozen in time....
Peace Talks and Troop Withdrawals, but No Peace in Sight
The muted ceremonies that took place across America on Aug. 15 were a sad reminder that-although the U.S. has been engaged in almost continuous warfare since World War II-V-J Day 1945 was the last time Americans celebrated a war's end. Sixty-five years...
Publishers' Page
The Cordoba Initiative Uproar...Brought out the worst in America. A wave of anti-Muslim "demagogic buffoonery" hit the U.S. during this mid-term election silly season. Rather than uniting to condemn the verbal and physical attacks on Islam-and, by implication,...
Statement of Muslim American Imams and Community Leaders
Eight influential American Muslim leaders and imams visited former Nazi concentration camps in Germany and Poland, from Aug. 7 to 11, on a trip led by Rabbi Jack Bemporad of the Center for Interreligious Understanding, a co-sponsor of the tour, and Marshall...
Successful Fund-Raiser in New York Harbor for U.S. Boat to Gaza Project
Despite a scary moment, in the end the Aug. 5 sunset cruise aboard the Paddlewheel Queenin New York Harbor, a fund-raiser to benefit the U.S. Boat to Gaza campaign, was a huge success. The cruise sold out, with 450 people purchasing tickets, and raised...
Thanks-Giving Chapel's Islamic Design a Visual, Spiritual Gem in Downtown Dallas
Sitting amid the steel and glass skyscrapers of the Dallas business district, Thanks-Giving Chapel's white spiral building is a beautiful-and unusual-sight. A curvilinear chapel resembling the 9th century Al-Malwia (snail shell) freestanding minaret...
The Rains Came
Pakistan's "biblical floods," as my friend Arnaud de Borchgrave aptly calls them, are having a potent effect on the twisted geopolitics of the region.According to the U.N., the vast floodwaters have affected 20 million Pakistanis. Over 1,500 people have...
The Role for Muslim Think Tanks
The topic for the American Muslim Alliance Foundation's monthly forum, held Aug. 9 at the Martin Luther King Library in Washington, DC, was "Capacity Formation: Emerging Roles of Think Tanks in Muslim Countries/Communities."Professor Sulayman Nyang,...
The Tenuous Presence of Religious Diasporas in Singapore
The oldest surviving church in Singapore, and the second to be built there, is the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator. It marks its 175th anniversary this November. The church sits at the foot of Fort Canning Hill, first seat of...
Torture Victims Will Appeal Ruling to the Supreme Court
The lawsuit of five men against Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. for its role in the Bush administration's extraordinary rendition program was dismissed in a ruling handed down by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Sept. 8. The decision...
Tunisia's Nabiha Gueddana on Gender Equality
At a Sept. 8 program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, Dr. Nabiha Gueddana, president and director-general of Tunisia's National Agency for Family and Population, discussed the state of women's rights and empowerment in Tunisia and elsewhere....
Two States, One Holy Land: A Framework for Peace
As the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" struggles to inch forward again in an atmosphere of profound pessimism bordering on hopelessness, what is most sadly missing is any compelling vision of how a Holy Land at peace could be structured so as to...
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