Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AMEU Celebrates 40 Years of Educating Americans about Middle East

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AMEU Celebrates 40 Years of Educating Americans about Middle East

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AMERICANS FOR Middle East Understanding (AMEU) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding at a March 25 dinner in Washington, DC. Board members and their guests honored executive director John F. Mahoney; paid tribute to Jack Sunderland, AMEU co-founder and its president from 1967 until his death in 2005; and presented a plaque for distinguished service to Shibabaw Wubetu, AMEU's accountant and office manager for the past 22 years.

Twelve of AMEU's 14 board members were present for the occasion, including Rosmarie Sunderland, widow of Jack Sunderland, who accepted an award citing her late husband's "vision, leadership and humanitarian efforts." Sunderland also was a co-founder in 1968 of American Near East Refugee Aid, which operates in the occupied Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Jordan to provide relief supplies and collaborate with local institutions in education, health and community development projects.

Emcee for the evening was current AMEU president Bob Norberg, who presented an award to Mahoney for "30 years of devoted service" to the organization.

One of AMEU's founding objectives, Norberg explained, was to identify, publicize and cooperate with other organizations with similar aims, and a number of the invited guests were recognized for their individual and institutional efforts toward educating Americans about the Middle East and working for a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians. …

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