Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Rafah Appeal, Online Encyclopedia, Iraq, New Film, Cannes Award, Deaths

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Rafah Appeal, Online Encyclopedia, Iraq, New Film, Cannes Award, Deaths

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Urgent Appeal for Rafah

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, has set up an Emergency Rafah Relief Fund in response to Israel's recent incursion into the Gaza refugee camp, killing Palestinian civilians and devastating the infrastructure. A donation of any amount is welcome, and will be directed to UNRWA for distribution to the victims to help them get through the coming months. Make checks or money orders payable to "PRRC," write "Emergency Rafah Relief Fund" in the memo section, and send to: Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition: P.O. Box 1172 Orange, CT 06477. Credit card donations can be made at . Because PRRC is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, donations are fully tax-deductible under IRS guidelines,.

Online Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem by lssa Nakhleh, a major reference work on Palestine, is now available free of charge on the Internet. Originally published in 1991, the two-volume encyclopedia can be accessed at: . The encyclopedia includes detailed references to many different sources, from eyewitness accounts to United Nations documentation and reports from the Public Record Office in London. In his foreword, John Quigley, professor of international law, writes: "The consequences of Mr. Nakhleh's analysis are serious. If the government of Israel has committed even a fraction of the international crimes he describes, then virtually every high official in Israel from 1948 to the present is subject to prosecution as a war criminal."

Iraq After June 30

Washington Post foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, a 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner and Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will speak July 8 at noon, at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, on the June 30 U.S. handover of power in Iraq. The Center is located at One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004. For more information call (202) 691-4000.

New Film Released

A new film entitled "Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" has been released by Arab Film Distribution. Directed by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally, the pivotal video exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites, working in combination with Israeli public relations strategies, exercise a powerful influence over news reporting about the Mideast conflict. The film combines American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists and political activists such as Noam Chomsky, Seth Ackerman, Hanan Ashrawi, Mjr. Slav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Robert Fisk and many others. DVD Special Features include bonus interview footage, extra media examples and English/Spanish subtitle options. The video may be purchased at .

Cannes Award

On May 22, Israeli director Keren Yedaya won the Cannes Film Festival's Golden Camera award for her film "Mon Tresor," and dedicated the award to the Palestinian people. "I come from Israel and we are responsible for the slavery of three million Palestinians," she said in accepting her award. "I love Israel; I love my country. But, please, there are many people in Israel who arc fighting this occupation, help them, help the Palestinians. …

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