Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Banquet, Conference, Human Rights March, Bazaar, Film Tour, Scholarship, Deaths

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Banquet, Conference, Human Rights March, Bazaar, Film Tour, Scholarship, Deaths

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"Muslims in America: Defining Moment" is the theme for the Council on American-Islamic Relation's annual fund-raising banquet, which will take place Nov. 29 at the Sheraton Hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Focusing on the political and civil rights issues currently facing Americans Muslims, the dinner will feature presidential candidates, congressmen, and national Muslim leaders. Confirmed presenters include presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, Rep. Nick J. Rahall II (D-WV), and comedian Azhar Usman. For more information call (202) 488-8787.


The Muslim Public Affairs Council will hold its annual convention on Dec. 20-21 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The year's theme is "Progressive Islamic Thought and Human Rights," and will feature discussions on political empowerment, civil liberties, electoral politics and Middle East peace. For more information, call MPAC at (213) 383-3443.

Human Rights March

A group of women from Oslo are asking women worldwide to join them in a march for human rights from Dec. 20 to Jan. 11 in Israel and Palestine. In the past, the group has organized human rights marches in Central America and Russia. Israeli and Palestinian women's groups will also participate in the three-week march, which will include discussions with individuals and organizations in Israeli and Palestinian civil society, cultural and musical exchanges, and sightseeing. For more information, visit .


Mosaic, an American charitable foundation sponsored by the spouses of Arab ambassadors to the United States, will hold its Seventh Annual Arabic Bazaar Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. In addition to an exhibition, exquisite handicrafts will be for sale, including jewelry, silver, linens, throw pillows, clothing, crafts, and other accessories. A silent auction will also take place, with items from each of the countries represented by the Mosaic Foundation Trustees. An Arabic Cafe will feature coffee, tea and pastries from the Middle East. Admission is $5. For further information, call (703) 288-4500.

Film Tour

The award-winning documentary "Forget Baghdad" will go on tour beginning in March. The film, which will be presented by New York University cultural critic Prof. Ella Shohat, features commentary on ArabJewish cultural relations. It traces the lives of four Iraqi Jews-all at one time members of the Communist Party of Iraq - who left their homeland for Israel in the early 1950s under pressure from both Iraqi Rightists and the new Zionist state. The movie, made by Iraqi filmmaker Samir, delves into the complexities of Jewish identity, moving beyond the simplistic dichotomy of Jew vs. Arab. This program is now available to colleges, universities and film societies interested in booking March 2004 engagements. For more information, visit .


Arab-American students who excel in journalism, radio, television and/or film are encouraged to apply for the 2004 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship. The scholarship is open to juniors, seniors or graduate students who are U.S. citizens of Arab heritage attending college in the 2003-04 academic year and majoring in journalism, radio, television, or film, with a GPA of at least 3. …

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