Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Activism, Convenings and Deaths

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Activism, Convenings and Deaths

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ACTIVISM

The ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program of Al-Najah University, Nablus, has issued a call for volunteers willing to participate in a "Shabab" (youth) reconstruction project in the summer of 2003. In collaboration with Service Civil International Germany, ZAJEL hopes to reconstruct youth institutions in Nablus destroyed or rendered inoperable by the Israeli army.

Work will be done in camps of 10 to 20 participants of all races, ideologies and nationalities, who will live and work together for the duration of the project. The camps will be gender-balanced and will consist of an equal number of international and local volunteers, to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. Lectures and cultural activities also are planned.

Volunteers must pay for transportation, and possibly $150 in accommodation fees. For more information contact ZAJEL at , or call Alaa Yousef in Palestine at 011-970-9238-1113 or 011-970-9-238-1117.

CONVENINGS

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is hosting its annual convention Dec. 21-22 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. This year's convention, titled "American Muslims: Standing Up for Freedom and Security," will feature discussions of terrorism and counterterrorism, the state of American democracy, US. Muslim charities, the USA PATRIOT Act, and issues of Muslim-American identity. Speakers include academics, authors and professionals with expertise in civil rights and Islam. …

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