Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Exhibits, Launchings, Convenings, Lectures & Deaths

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Exhibits, Launchings, Convenings, Lectures & Deaths

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EXHIBITS

"Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum" remains on view at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, the last U.S. venue for the traveling exhibition, until Jan. 18, 2004. The exhibition includes almost 150 works ranging from massive sculptures to ancient papyrus, and has been viewed by around one million visitors in the U.S. Advance reservations are encouraged. For more information visit or call (410) 547-9000.

LAUNCHINGS

Danielle Smith and Thom Saffold have founded Hurriyah Films, a studio dedicated to producing films that demonstrate the chilling reality of Israel's military occupation of Palestine. Hurriyah Films will compile, produce and air the hours of video shot by activists while in Palestine, with the goal of informing and motivating people to get involved in the struggle for peace with justice in Palestine. In addition to giving activists video toolkits to use for public education, the producers are exploring ways of using video depicting Israeli human rights violations as evidence before courts and the United Nations.

While Hurriyah Films is fully operational, they request help in attaining some significant needs critical to its sustainability: $200 for telephone and Internet service outreach; $300 to bar-code 12 videos to be sold on Amazon.com; 1500 for materials (blank videos, labeling, printing, design); and $6,000 to finish Hurriyah's feature film and "The Activist Toolkit" video.

For information on how to donate, contact Danielle Smith via e-mail at: .

CONVENINGS

New Jersey Solidarity (NJS) is organizing and hosting the Third Annual Student Conference on Divestment from Israel, to be held Oct. 10-12 at Rutgers University, New Jersey. NJS has issued a call to "all Palestinian, Arab, solidarity, and peace & justice organizations to render all material, organizational, and political support possible" to ensure the conference's success.

Since the International Call to Divest from Israel was issued Nov. 29, 2000, groups from at least 19 U.S. universities have circulated petitions calling on their administrations to divest from Israel. The planned NJS conference come under attack by New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey and Zionist groups, but will proceed as scheduled, after a Rutgers University panel ruled in favor of NJS. To join in support, visit .

LECTURES

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC's Georgetown neighborhood offers a series of free lectures that are open to the public. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 PM in the Dumbarton Oaks Music Room, Julian Raby of the Freer Gallery of Art will give an illustrated talk on "The Last Day: The Building of the Dome of the Rock." Dumbarton Oaks is located at 1703 32nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. For additional information call (202) 339-6401 or e-mail .

DEATHS

Moshe Carmel, 92, the general who commanded Israel's capture of Haifa, Acre and the northern Galilee during the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli war, died Aug. 14 in Tel Aviv. Born in Minsk, formerly in Poland, Carmel moved to Palestine when he was 13, in 1924. In his youth, in the mid-1930s, Carmel was active in Jewish terror attacks against Palestinian Arabs, and was imprisoned by the British authorities from 1939-1941 for his participation in the militant Hagana, predecessor of the Israeli army. Retiring from the army with the rank of general in 1958, Carmel served as a member of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, until the 1970s. …

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