Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Activist Takes Gaza Issue to Streets of Seattle

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Activist Takes Gaza Issue to Streets of Seattle

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RITA ZAWAIDEH helped found the Arab American Community Coalition to protect her community's civil rights and combat hate crimes and harassment after the attacks on 9/11. Zawaideh also owns Caravan-Serai Tours, a travel agency based in Seattle, WA, which specializes in designing and booking tours to the Middle East and North Africa. Her tours offer a rich cultural and historical mix of the sights, sounds, traditions and tastes of the Middle East.

She also founded Arab Film Distribution and Salaam Cultural Museum, both based in Seattle, to educate Americans about the rich culture in the Arab world. Zawaideh, who was born in Madaba, Jordan, came to Seattle at an early age. She frequently lectures to schools, organizations, business and travel groups.

It should come as no surprise that during Israel's recent assault on Gaza, Zawaideh decided to do something concrete to help educate average Americans. She launched an ad campaign for Seattle buses with ads reading: "Save Gaza! Justice for All. Paid for by the Arab American Community Coalition, theaacc. …

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