Arab Voices Community Calendar
The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices.  Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area.  To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.

 
 2009 Events

Click here for a list of UPCOMING events._

 
December 31, 2009  -  HPFF 2010 Call of Entries Deadline
 
The Houston Palestine Film Festival invites artists to submit films for its third annual film festival in Houston, Texas, April 2010. The Houston Palestine Film festival aims to bring an independent view of Palestinian culture, society and Politics. The first two festivals were a local success with recognition from community members and city officials. Palestinian artists or artists whose work deals with Palestinian culture, society and Politics are encouraged to submit their productions for review by the committee. Documentary, docudrama or fiction films of any duration will be considered for inclusion in the festival.
 
Please submit all requests before December 31st, 2009.
 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
December 27, 2009  -  Demonstration to Commemorate the Anniversary of Israel's Massacre & War Crimes in Gaza
 
When: Sunday, December 27, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak (Galleria area), Houston
 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
December 26, 2009  -  AMJA Seminar: Muslim Family in U.S.
 

Come and spend a day with the scholars of Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA). One Day Educational Seminar
 
Lectures in Arabic & in English
Direct translation to Arabic & English
Babysitting
Lectures for Youth      
 
When: 
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Time:  10 am to 8 pm
Location:  Norris Conference Center, 803 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
  
Contemporary Fiqhy issues
Youth sessions
 
For registration or more information, visit www.amjaonline.org.

 

 
December 18, 2009  -  Christmas Celebration
 
Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC) and Birzeit Society cordially invite you to a Christmas Celebration.
 
When:  Friday, December 18, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Cafe Byblos, 6134 Richmond, Houston, Texas 77057
 
Jabur and Byblos Live Band
Full Cold Mezzeh, Mixed Grill Dinner, Dessert and Soft Drinks
Tickets are $50.00 per person

For tickets, please call Mohamed Abu-Hussein 713-240-9766, Musa Musallam 713-206-9000.
 

 
December 10, 2009  -  Human Rights Day Illuminated
 
A presentation with Vincent Warren, the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). CCR is a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vince oversees CCR’s litigation and advocacy work which includes combating the illegal expansion of presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition, torture and warrantless wiretapping; holding corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; and, challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.
 
When:  Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
     
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.
 

 
December 6, 2009  -  Syrian American Club Christmas Party
 
When: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Location: Al-Sham Cultural and Community Center
 

For more information,
visit www.syrianamericanclub.com.
 

 
December 5, 2009  -  Inclined to Speak: A Dialogue with Four Arab American Poets
 
Inprint and the MFAH present Inclined to Speak: A Dialogue with Four Arab American Poets
Readings by poets Elmaz Abinader, Kazim Ali, Hayan Charara, and Eliot Khalil Wilson
 
At no other time in American history has our imagination been so engrossed with the Arab experience. The MFAH and Inprint present a reading and discussion featuring four of today's foremost Arab American poets. While the work of these poets varies, both in form and subject matter, their experiences as Arab Americans and as artists bring them together. These poets, all contributors to Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, help to shape our understanding of our diverse national identity. They do so with an astonishing array of poetic sensibilities, engaging culture, politics, loss, art, and language itself.
 
When: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time: 3 pm
Location: Brown Auditorium Theater in the Caroline Wiess Law Building
 
Presented in conjunction with the MFAH´s recently created permanent gallery, Arts of the Islamic World, this reading will provide an opportunity to participate in a dialogue that is enlightening, original, and heartening.
 
In addition to reading their poetry, poets will discuss their work in a Q&A session moderated by Hosam Aboul-Ela, Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston.
 
Admission is open to the public and free with general museum admission. Museum members always receive free admission. A reception and book signing follows the program.
  

For more information,
visit www.mfah.org.
 

 
December 1, 2009  -  US Immigration Laws in a Global Business Era
 
Speaker: Kenneth J. Harder
 
Immigration affects economic, demographic, political and security concerns. Over recent years, immigration has received ever greater media attention. It is certain to receive significant scrutiny in the current election cycle. This program will first explain how immigration law is currently structured addressing who qualifies to immigrate, procedures available and obstacles to lawful immigration. Secondly, the presentation will discuss current trends in immigration law including enforcement measures against employers and the localization of immigration law through state and municipal initiatives. Finally, the presentation will examine past and current legislative proposals and evaluate the prospects for immigration reform in the next Congress.
 
When:  December 1, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, 2323 S. Shepherd Suite 1150, Houston
 
Price: Members: $20.00, Non-members: $40.00
Space is limited to 20 participants; Please register as soon as possible to secure your seat.
  

For more information,
visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
November 29, 2009  -  MAS Eid Party
 
Eid Mubarak! May Allah (swt) accept the hajj of all of our brothers and sisters who went on the pilgrimage.
 
Come join us for fun and activities at our Eid party on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Children's Show starts at 1:00 pm. There will be cartoon character, face-painting, and games for the whole family. Enjoy a Halal Buffet at Shahnai Elegant Hall. Dinner starts at 4:30 pm.

When: Sunday, November 29, 2009
Time: 1 to 7 pm
Location:  Shahnai Elegant Hall, 5912 Hillcroft Ave, Houston, TX 77036
 
Tickets: $15/adult and $10/children (4 and up). $60/family (MAX)
 
INFO: 713-820-3300 Br. Hamza, 713-548-3948 Sr. Nermin
 

 
November 29, 2009  -  ACC Eid Aladha Celebration
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center Cordially Invites You to Eid Aladha Celebration.
 
Live Entertainment, Face Painting, Balloons, Moon Walk, Free Gifts for Children
Food, beverage and game tickets will be sold separately
 
When:  Sunday, November 29, 2009
Time:  12 noon to 6 PM
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
No ENTRANCE FEE
 
For more information please contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.

Sponsored by: Moroccan Society of Houston, Al-Awada - Palestinian American Youth, Castle Furniture, Birzeit Society, Palestinian American Cultural Center, Ladies Group in Houston, Fadi's Miditerranean Grill, Mountain Press
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 28, 2009  -  MAS Katy Eid Carnival
 
When:  November 28, 2009
Time:  1 p.m.
Where:  Katy Masjid, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 

 
November 27, 2009  -  Anna Baltzer Discussing Life in Occupied Palestine
 
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, and granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, will present photographs and stories from her work documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent resistance in the West Bank with the International Women's Peace Service. Her presentation will cover checkpoints, the Wall, Israeli activism, censorship, nonviolent resistance, and other topics rarely covered by US media.
 
When:  November 27 @ 6 p.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 26, 2009  -  In Their Own Words on TV
 
The documentary film In Their Own Words - the Jersey Girls (who demanded 911 investigation) discussing the anomalies of that day and their difficulty of getting any questions answered by the administration. It includes footage from the corporate media to illustrate their concerns.
  
When:  November 26 @ 10 p.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 21, 2009  -  ACC Annual "Unity & Friendship" Gala
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) Galas are the cornerstone events of our community-wide effort to improve the Arab American Cultural and Community Center land and building, and to continue developing programs that serve the Arab American community as well as all Houstonians. The gala is a black tie event featuring dinner, dancing, a silent auction and entertainment in an elegant ambiance. 
 
When:  Saturday, November 21, 2009
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  The Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar (Downtown Houston)
    
For reservations and/or more information, visit www.accgala.com, or call 832-351-3366.
 

 
November 21, 2009  -  Anna Baltzer Discussing Life in Occupied Palestine
 
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, and granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, will present photographs and stories from her work documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent resistance in the West Bank with the International Women's Peace Service. Her presentation will cover checkpoints, the Wall, Israeli activism, censorship, nonviolent resistance, and other topics rarely covered by US media.
 
When:  N
ovember 21 @ 3 p.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 19, 2009  -  In Their Own Words on TV
 
The documentary film In Their Own Words - the Jersey Girls (who demanded 911 investigation) discussing the anomalies of that day and their difficulty of getting any questions answered by the administration. It includes footage from the corporate media to illustrate their concerns.
  
When:  N
ovember 19 @ 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 19, 2009  -  Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
 
Representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian faith traditions offer personal reflections on Thanksgiving.
  
When:  Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
 
A reception for the public follows the service.
  
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
November 19, 2009  -  Understanding Iran's Power Struggle
 
Mohsen Sazegara, Middle East Analyst
 
In the aftermath of the turbulent elections, the political and power structure of Iran remain uncertain. Competing security services, the Revolutionary Guard, the clerics, and of course, Ayatollah Khamenei all represent power centers. Ahmadinejad is trying to consolidate his base but is facing growing opposition from within the ruling elite. Who holds power in Iran today? Is the reformist movement likely to re-emerge? How can progress be made in nuclear issues?

Mohsen Sazegara is an Iranian journalist and pro-democracy political activist. He had been an early supporter of Iran’s Islamic revolution, a close aide to Ayatollah Khameni, and was responsible for setting up the Revolutionary Guard. After holding several high ranking positions in government, he became disillusioned with the revolution and began pushing for reforms. Arrested in 2003, he was released months later and fled to the United States. He remains one of the highest-ranking Islamic officials ever to have left the country. Now a prominent Middle East analyst in Washington, Sazegara stresses the need for nonviolent resistance to the current Iranian government.
 
When: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Westin Oaks Hotel, Consort Ballroom, 5011 Westheimer
 
Members: $35, Non-members: $40
 
For more information, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
November 18 2009  -  Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Time:  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Montrose Bridge (59 and Montrose)
  

For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
November 17, 2009  -  World Religion Class-Islam
 
A basic understanding of world religions is increasingly important in our society as we seek to create peaceful coexistence among people of all faiths and no faith. In this short public series, scholars of Rice University's Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance and Resident Scholars will explain the "basics" of major world religions. People of all backgrounds are welcome, and will find this class helpful regardless of any prior knowledge about religion.
 
Please note there is a fee for attendance. Single Class $12, Full Series $100.
  
When:  November 17, 2009
Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location:  ISGH, Eastside Main Center, 3110 East Side St., Houston, TX 77098
     
For more information, visit www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php.
 

 
November 15, 2009  -  Volunteers Needed to Help the Homeless
 
Muslim American Society is organizing a group of brothers and sisters who would like to help feed the homeless of Houston. We will be passing out laundry, working the reception desk, and serving food at Cathedral Health and Outreach Ministries, a non-profit organization.
 
One of their programs is called The Beacon which is a day center open Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon from 9 am -4 pm. They serve Houston homeless population by providing hot meals (600-800 a day), warm showers (100 a day) and laundry service (120 loads of laundry a day). Each day of service they need about 60 volunteers. For more info on this organization, please visit www.chomhouston.org.
 
If you would like to help out, please contact us below, or you can meet us there directly yourself. The location is in downtown Houston. When driving, go into the parking garage facing San Jacinto St, take a ticket, and it will be validated.
 
Contact: Hamza 713-820-3300 hamza@mashouston.org
Nermin Elhadik 713-548-3948 nbintawad@gmail.com
 
When: Sunday, November 15, 2009
Time:  11am to 2 pm
Location:  Cathedral Health and Outreach Ministries, 1212 Prairie Street, Houston, 77002
    
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
November 15, 2009  -  Katy Center Family Day
 
Please come and join the Muslim American Society (MAS) for the first Family Day in the New Activities Area of our Community Center. Try out the new basketball court, volleyball court, and children's playground! There will also be food from all the different cultures represented at the masjid. Come join us for food and fun this Sunday afternoon!
  
When:  Sunday, November 15, 2009
Time:  2:00 p.m. - maghrib
Location:  Katy Masjid, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
November 14, 2009- Anna Baltzer Discussing Life in Occupied Palestine
 
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, and granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, will present photographs and stories from her work documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent resistance in the West Bank with the International Women's Peace Service. Her presentation will cover checkpoints, the Wall, Israeli activism, censorship, nonviolent resistance, and other topics rarely covered by US media.
 
When:  N
ovember 14, 2009
Time:   10 a.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 13, 2009  -  Tariq Ali Speaks about Pakistan
 
Tariq Ali, British Pakistani Historian, Novelist, Author & Political Activist
  
He has written over a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, The Nation and the London Review of Books and is on the editorial board of the New Left Review. His latest book is called The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power.
  
When:  Friday, November 13, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
   
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
November 12, 2009  -  Houston Peace Forum: Iran
 
Professor Bob Buzzanco of the University of Houston, History Dept., and Zhaleh Sahand, native of Iran, will be presenters of a program focusing on Iran.
 
When:  Thursday, November 12, 2009
Time:  7:45 p.m.
Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, Room 302, 5200 Fannin
 
Parking is available directly behind the church or on surrounding streets.
 
For further information, contact Pat Nichols at 713-681-6267 or nicholspat123@gmail.com.
 

 
November 12, 2009  -  In Their Own Words on TV
 
The documentary film In Their Own Words - the Jersey Girls (who demanded 911 investigation) discussing the anomalies of that day and their difficulty of getting any questions answered by the administration. It includes footage from the corporate media to illustrate their concerns.
 
When:  N
ovember 12, 2009
Time:   9 p.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 11, 2009  -  The Greater Middle East
 
Richard Haass, President of Council on Foreign Relations
 
When:  Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Westin Oaks Hotel, Consort Ballroom, 5011 Westheimer
  
Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

Members: Free, Non-members: $20
  
For more information, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
November 9, 2009  - Anna Baltzer Discussing Life in Occupied Palestine
 
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, and granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, will present photographs and stories from her work documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent resistance in the West Bank with the International Women's Peace Service. Her presentation will cover checkpoints, the Wall, Israeli activism, censorship, nonviolent resistance, and other topics rarely covered by US media.
 
When:  N
ovember 9, 2009
Time:   10 p.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 7, 2009  -  Helen Thomas at HPJC's Annual Awards Dinner
 
2009 Houston Peace and Justice Center’s Annual Awards Dinner
 
This year's National Peacemaker Award Recipient and Keynote Speaker is Helen Thomas, doyenne of the White House Press Corps. Thomas has covered the administrations of ten presidents in a career spanning nearly sixty years. Other awardees will be recognized for their leadership and dedication to peace and justice work, including Ann Wright, retired United States Army colonel and retired official of the U.S. State Department, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.
 
When:  Saturday, November 7, 2009
Time:  6 p.m.
Location:
Marriott Hotel West Loop, 1750 West Loop S., between Westheimer & San Felipe
 
For more information or to volunteer to help make this special event happen, contact Charhonda at 832-288-4099 or Director@HPJC.org.
 

 
November 7, 2009  -  In Their Own Words on TV
 
The documentary film In Their Own Words - the Jersey Girls (who demanded 911 investigation) discussing the anomalies of that day and their difficulty of getting any questions answered by the administration. It includes footage from the corporate media to illustrate their concerns.
 
When:  N
ovember 7, 2009
Time:   10 a.m.
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 6, 2009  -  Screening of National Action Alert
 
Houston911Truth will screen the film National Action Alert. The film claims to provide “independent, verifiable evidence proving beyond a reasonable doubt that 9/11 attack was a state-sponsored, false-flag, 'black' operation involving a carefully planned and skillfully executed deception at the Pentagon.”
  
When:  Friday, November 6, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: 
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, 3815 Live Oak (at Alabama)
 
For more information, email Mike McInerney at mmci@wt.net.
 

 
November 6, 2009  -  Face2Face Film Screening
 
The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) makes its first ever appearance in Houston on November 6-8th. Under the theme One World, Many Stories this traveling exhibition will showcase a series of provocative and award winning documentary films from around the globe. The films aim to inform Houstonians of the significant social, political, economic and humanitarian issues the world is facing, while also allowing us to reflect on Houston’s own special role in the world. The exhibition will be hosted locally by the Houston Chapter of the United Nations Association at the Rice Media Center on the Rice Universtiy campus.
 
Face2Face (Israel/Palestine/France): In March 2007, French photographer and street artist JR and his friend Marco embarked on the biggest illegal photo exhibition ever. They photographed both Palestinians and Israelis doing the same jobs in each of their respective communities-then they posted these images face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on both sides of the Wall of Separation, as well as in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. The aim of the project was to contribute to a better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians who, although they are neighbors, often only see each other through the media and its stereotypes. A testament to the humanizing power of art, laughter and dialogue, the film portrays people from different political and religious backgrounds who come together to speak about being torn apart.
  
When:  Friday, November 6, 2009
Time:  8:30 p.m.
Location:  Rice Media Center at Rice University
 
For more information
, visit www.unahouston.org (upcoming events) or call 713-667-7044.
 
Fir a list of all films, click here.
 

 
November 5, 2009  -  Gaza Fact Finding on TV
 
Special talk/presentation (delivered in Houston in June 2009) by Palestinian-American attorney and activist Noura Erakat about her findings from a fact-finding mission to Gaza made in early February with the National Lawyers Guild.
 
When:  November 5, 2009
Time:  9:30 pm
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
November 1, 2009  -  Egyptian American Society Special Elections
 
When:  Sunday, November 1, 2009
Time:  1 - 4 p.m.
Where:  Los Cucos,
5851 Westheimer Rd., Houston, 77057 (near the Galleria)
 
For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com.
 

 
October 31, 2009  -  Gaza Fact Finding on TV
 
Special talk/presentation (delivered in Houston in June 2009) by Palestinian-American attorney and activist Noura Erakat about her findings from a fact-finding mission to Gaza made in early February with the National Lawyers Guild.
 
When:  October 31, 2009
Time:  11 pm
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
October 29, 2009  -  Poetry Evening Celebrating Jerusalem
 
Special event in Arabic (see flyer for more details).
    
When:  October 29, 2009
Time:  7 pm

Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 29, 2009  -  Gaza Fact Finding on TV
 
Special talk/presentation (delivered in Houston in June 2009) by Palestinian-American attorney and activist Noura Erakat about her findings from a fact-finding mission to Gaza made in early February with the National Lawyers Guild.
 
When:  October 29, 2009
Time:  9 pm
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
October 28, 2009  -  Dr. Barghouti & Baltzer on The Daily Show
 
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
 
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Former Palestinian Authority Presidential Candidate and Anna Baltzer, American Jewish Activist.
 
When:  October 28, 2009
Time:  10 p.m. Houston/Central Time
Where:  Comedy Central on TV
 
For more information, visit www.thedailyshow.com.
 

 
October 26, 2009  -  Gaza Fact Finding on TV
 
Special talk/presentation (delivered in Houston in June 2009) by Palestinian-American attorney and activist Noura Erakat about her findings from a fact-finding mission to Gaza made in early February with the National Lawyers Guild.
 
When:  October 26, 2009
Time:  11 pm
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
October 23-25, 2009  -  Sugar Land Mediterranean Festival
 
When:  Friday-Sunday, October 24-25, 2009
Location:  340 Eldrige, Sugar Land , Texas 77478

  
For more information, visit www.sugarlandfestival.org.
 

 
October 24, 2009 - MLFA's Educational Seminar and Fundraising Dinner
 

Special guests will include:
 
Sr. Yvonne Ridley, the award-winning journalist, human rights activist and Muslim convert. Yvonne was captured in Afghanistan while reporting on the war and has since researched many cases that are important to the Muslim community.
 
Br. Khalil Meek, President of the Muslim Legal Defense Fund (MLFA).
 
Mr. John Floyd, renowned criminal defense attorney and civil libertarian.
     
When:  Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.

Location:  Taj Hall, 5615 Savoy Lane, Houston, TX 77036
 

RSVP by emailing tausaf@mlfausa.org.
For more info, visit www.mlfausa.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
October 24, 2009  -  Financial Transactions In The USA
 

Lecture is Presented by Dr. Main Alqudah
 
The important teachings in this lecture: Introduction to Islamic Finance. Difference between Halal and Haram for certain financing. Process of buy
ing a house via mortgage. Basic jurisprudential rules of usury in Islam. Using credit cards, and to what extent is permissible. The permissibility of having a saving and checking account. Dealing with one's 401 (K) plan. How to avoid Riba.
  
When:  Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time:  
Between Maghrib & Isha
Location:  Islamic Dawah Center, 201 Travis @ Franklin, Houston, Texas 77002
 
For more info, visit www.islamicdawahcenter.org.

 

 
October 24, 2009  -  Health & Safety Fair
 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center - The 8th Annual Health & Safety Fair
 
When:  Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
Houston Police Department will be at this year's fair demonstrating safety tips.
 
Free Screenings for:
   Blood Pressure Screenings
   Glucose Screenings
   Examination of vision
   Pulmonary function test
   Lung Screenings
   Spine Screenings
   Chiropractic Screenings
   Respiratory Therapy
   Zumba Fitness Class Demo
   & so much more!!!
 
Volunteers Needed. For more information call Hakim Husein at 832-221-5424 or 832-351-3366 or niveen_acc@yahoo.com.
 

 
October 23, 2009  -  Gaza Fact Finding on TV
 
Special talk/presentation (delivered in Houston in June 2009) by Palestinian-American attorney and activist Noura Erakat about her findings from a fact-finding mission to Gaza made in early February with the National Lawyers Guild.
 
When:  October 23, 2009
Time:  2 pm
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
October 21, 2009  -  5-Bridge Protest for Palestine
 
The occupation of Palestine by Israel and supported by our tax money should end.
 
When:  Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time:  4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Locations: 
Suspension bridges (Woodhead, Dunlavy, Mandell, Graustark, Montrose not Hazard) on Hwy. 59 (Southwest Freeway) between Shepherd and Montrose
 
Signs will be provided.
 
For more information, contact Bob at
713-771-9439.
 

 
October 21, 2009  -  An Artistic Perspective on Palestine
 
When:  Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  The Old Bookstore, University of St. Thomas  

  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 19, 2009  -  Gaza Fact Finding on TV
 
Special talk/presentation (delivered in Houston in June 2009) by Palestinian-American attorney and activist Noura Erakat about her findings from a fact-finding mission to Gaza made in early February with the National Lawyers Guild.
 
When:  October 19, 2009
Time:  6 pm
Where:  Houston Public Access TV: Comcast Channel 17, Phonoscope Channel 75
 

 
October 17, 2009  -  Arabic and Islamic Culture and History
 
Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Education Workshop Series: Arabic and Islamic Culture and History
 
The Bilateral
US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Arab American Education Fund have collaborated to produce the first in BUSACC's Education Workshop Series.  The workshop, focusing on Arabic and Islamic Culture and History, will be conducted by the Arabic World and Islamic Resources group.
 
When:  Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 8 am - 4 pm
Location: McMurtry Auditorium, Rice University, 6100 Main, Houston, TX 77005-1827
 
Sponsors: Arab American Education Fund (6 CPE credits approved by the State of Texas)
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org/_events/default.aspx?event_id=270
 
Click here for reghistration & payment.
 

 
October 17, 2009  -  International Festival of Fort Bend
 
Come experience a celebration of multi-ethnic communities while enjoying music, dance, foods, and arts of different cultures.
  
When:  Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time:  11 am - 6 pm

Location: 
Stafford Convention Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477
  
The 2009 IFFB will be a multi-ethnic celebration of cultural diversity in Fort Bend County. It will be a high energy fun-filled event beginning with the National Anthem and a costume parade followed by various upbeat cultural performances and presentation of presentation awards.

Multicultural dances, Ethnic foods, Arts & craft booths, Children activities, Carnival rides and raffle prizes, International Fashion Show
  
For more information, visit www.if-fb.org.
 

 
October 17, 2009  -  1st Annual One World Music Jam
 
The Drumbeat Is On!  Texas Sized Jam Session Set to Ignite Houston...
 
KPFT 90.1 FM - Pacifica Radio presents the 1st Annual One World Music Jam: Ancient Beats, Ancient Rhythms.  KPFT 90.1 FM presents the 1st Annual One World Music Jam showcasing the thunderous sounds, graceful movements and symbolic regalia of traditional cultures. Experience a reverberating blend of ancient root rhythms and contemporary percussion arrangements from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Feel the vibes as each company performs together on the same stage for the first time ever during this live musical performance and dance celebration.
 
When:  Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time:  6 p.m.
Location:  Miller Outdoor Theatre
  
Admission is free. Covered seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is Wheelchair Accessible. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome on the hill. No glass containers please.
  
For more information, visit www.kpft.org.
 

 
October 9-16, 2009  -  Middle East "Energy Trade Mission"
 
Bilateral U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce Presents Middle East "Energy Trade Mission"
 
This trip to the Middle East will allow delegates to gain a first-hand understanding of the type of oil and gas services, materials, investments and partnerships that US companies may be able to provide their counterparts in the Arab World. Explore new business opportunities or expand existing ones with the four (4) national oil companies (NOC’s) representing United Arab Emirates (ADNOC), Qatar (QP), Bahrain (BAPCO) and Saudi Arabia (ARAMCO).
 
When:  October 9-16, 2009
 
Participation Fee: $5,850 (expenses for airfare, lodging, some meals and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant)
 
Space is limited so sign up now. For more information please click here.
 
For questions contact Ms. Aseel Saqer at aseel@bilateralchamber.org or Ms. Aida Araissi at aida@bilateralchamber.org, or call 713-880-8168.
 

 
October 15, 2009  -  Spiritual Gathering For Women
 
Three times a year the Greater Houston Amazing Faiths Project offers a gathering of women at a places of worship or faith community sites. The community of faith present their beliefs and practices during a 30-45 minute educational session. After the presentation women from various faith traditions and beliefs participate in dialogue while they share a culturally sensitive dinner provided by the host community. 
 

When:  Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time:  5:30 pm
Location: The Shrine of the Black Madonna, 5309 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Houston, 77021
 
For more information and to register, visit www.amazingfaithshouston.org.
 

 
October 15, 2009  -  The Taliban Generation
 
Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy examines the plight of Pakistan’s poorest children, revealing how the Taliban are recruiting increasingly young fighters. She interviews a 14-year-old boy in Karachi who’s desperate to become a suicide bomber. She meets a Taliban commander who takes children as young as five from small madrassas in deprived neighborhoods. Brutalized by poverty, radicalized by indoctrination and war, is this generation Pakistan’s future?
 
When:  Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Born in Karachi, Sharmeen Obaid- Chinoy was the first woman in her Pakistani family to receive a Western education. Obaid-Chinoy graduated from Smith College with a bachelor of arts in economics and government and then went to complete two master’s degrees from Stanford University in international policy studies and communication. She is the first non-American journalist to be awarded the prestigious Livingston Award and the youngest recipient of the One World Media broadcast journalist of the year award in the United Kingdom. Her work has earned her major awards in broadcast journalism including the Overseas Press Club Award, The American women and Radio and Television award, The Cine Golden Eagle Award, The Banff TV Rockie award and the South Asian Journalist Award.
 
Our program will include a 15-minute portion of the her film.  Copies of Pakistan's Taliban Generation will be available for sale.
 
Member: Free, Non-member: $20.
   
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811, www.wachouston.org.
 

 
October 10, 2009  -  Palestine Freedom Walk
 

On October 10, Americans in almost 50 cities across the United States will participate in Palestine Freedom Walks sponsored by the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER) in order to:  First, to raise awareness about the situation in Palestine among Americans who will take part in, sponsor and observe the walks, including your family members, friends, neighbors and community members.  And second, to raise funds for a powerful AAPER online advertising campaign calling for freedom for the Palestinian people
 
When:  Saturday, October 10, 2009
Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:  Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, 4033 Highway 6

 
To register and get more details, visit www.palestinefreedomwalkhouston.eventbrite.com/.
For more information about AAPER and the Palestine Freedom Walks, visit www.aaper.org.

   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 10, 2009  -  Pervez Musharraf in Houston
 
Former President of Pakistan
 
When:  Saturday, October 10, 2009
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location:  The Omni Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 4 Riverway
 
Pervez Musharraf served as the president of Pakistan from 1999 to 2008. With a clear vision for his country, he worked to strengthen democracy, promote reform, and transform Pakistan into a progressive, moderate, and prosperous Islamic state.
 
Musharraf began his presidency by examining dysfunctional institutions. He restructured the political system and made local government more effective, giving more power to people at the grassroots level. With his encouragement, women gained reserve seats at every tier of the Parliament. His reforms of the media allowed them to operate with less government oversight.

Under his leadership, Pakistan became the third-fastest-growing economy and a preferred country for investment. His policies and alliances helped Pakistan substantially lowered its foreign debt and reduce poverty, setting the country on a path of prosperity, growth, and economic reform.

Still a fragile democracy, facing many challenges, Pakistan today is a friend and strategic partner of the United States with a critical role to play in global politics.
 
Member ticket: $40 per person, Non-member ticket: $50 per person, Sponsor ticket: $250 per person
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811, www.wachouston.org.
 

 
October 1, 2009  -  Ten Days in Iran: What I Saw at the Revolution
 
Joe Klein, TIME Columnist
 
No matter what the outcome of the Iranian elections, they illuminated the divisions in Iranian society—not just between the working-class Ahmadinejad supporters and the wealthier, better-educated backers of Mousavi. It also put the internal rivalries at the highest levels of the Iranian government on public display for the first time. Joe Klein, one of our nation’s most astute political observers, was in Iran for ten days before and after the elections. He will assess the political process and the mood in Iran today.
 
When:  Thursday, October 1, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Westin Oaks, Consort Ballroom, 5011 Westheimer
 
Joe Klein is an author, political journalist, and columnist for TIME. His weekly column, In the Arena, covers national and international affairs and won the National Headliner Award for best magazine column. A veteran of nine presidential campaigns, he has been praised for his “dogged reporting, a thorough, subtle grasp of issues, and a cleareyed, compelling style.”

Klein is the author of Primary Colors; The Running Mate; The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton, and Politics Lost: How American Politics Was Trivialized By People Who Think You’re Stupid. Klein graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American Civilization and is a former Guggenheim Fellow. He appears frequently on Meet the Press and The Chris Matthews Show.
 
This event is for members only. Admission is complimentary.
 
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
August 3 through September 30, 2009  -  "When the East meets the West" Art Exhibit
 
Art exhibit by Ezzat Abouleish, M.D.
 
My goal of this art exhibit, as President Obama declared, is to bring the East and the West closer; to show the use of art as a common ground; to show the American people the beauty in Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Art; and to introduce colors, media, and Western rules of composition into Islamic Art. Since art is a universal language, my ultimate goal, by bringing both streams of art together, is to promote peace, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation between the East and the West, thus live in a more peaceful harmonious world.
 
The Art Exhibit will be on display August 3 through September 30, 2009.  The Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, August 3, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Location:  Clear Lake Freeman Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062
 

 
July 1 through September 30, 2009  -  Journey to Mecca
 
Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature, filmed in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, and filmed primarily in English with occasional Arabic and with background Berber. The film tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca. His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century, culminating with Battuta’s first Hajj. The story is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world every year, to perform rituals that have taken place for over 1,400 years.
 
This film features the first and only time an aerial view of the Hajj has been allowed. It took the producers of the film more than four years and with the passion of millions to accomplish.
 
When:  July 1 through September 30, 2009
Location:  Wortham IMAX® Theatre, One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030
   
Organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Islamic Da'wah Center.
 
For more information, visit http://www.hmns.org/see_do/imax/journey_to_mecca.asp.
 

 
September 27, 2009  -  MAS Eid Party
 
Eid Mubarak! Come join us for fun and activites at our Eid party. Children's Show starts at 5 pm. There will be cartoon characters, face-painting, and games for the whole family.
 
When:  Sunday, September 27, 2009
Time:  4:30 to 9:00 pm
Location:  Shahnai Banquet Hall, 5920 D Hillcroft Ave, Houston, TX 77036  (713-953-1388)
 
Enjoy a Halal Persian Buffet at Shahnai Banquet Hall. Dinner starts at 7:30 pm
 
Tickets: $15/adult and $10/children (4 and up). $60/family (MAX)
 
For info, call 281-530-4627 MAS SW office, 713-548-3948 Sr. Nermin
 
SPONSORS: Luxur Health Services and Garden Oaks Dental
 

 
September 25-26, 2009  -  In the Early Hours
 
MAS Youth invites you to In the Early Hours, a full-day seminar with Suhaib Webb & Arsalan Haque. This seminar explains one of the most uplifting and beautiful books in English addressing spirituality and self-development in Islam. Khurram Murad’s work, In the Early Hours, is a short but deep book that every young Muslim should read.
 
Join us for an inspiring analysis and practical tips on sustaining our relationship with Allah (swt).
 
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 1 through September 21, 2009  -  Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Islamic Science Rediscovered
 
Did you know that the first piloted flying device soared well before the designs of Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century? In the ninth century on a hill near Cordoba, Spain, a scholar and inventor named Abbas Bin Firnas harnessed himself to a feathered glider and briefly took flight, amazing his spectators. The glider is just one of the inventions recreated for Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered, an international touring exhibition making its Texan premiere at the Islamic Da`wah Center.  The exhibition celebrates the scientific and technological breakthroughs made by scholars during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (eighth to 18th centuries) and their lasting influence on modern science and technology.
 
When: July 1 through September 21, 2009
Location: Islamic Da'wah Center, 201 Travis, Houston, Texas 77002
 
For more information, visit www.islamicdawahcenter.org.
 

 
September 20, 2009  -  Eid Al-Fitr Celebration
 
The Syrian American Club welcomes all its members and friends to Eid Al-Fitr Celebration.
 
When:  Sunday, September 20, 2009
Time:  1 -5 pm
Location:  Café Layal, 6328 Richmond Avenue, Houston
 
ADMISSION $25 PER ADULT - $15 PER CHILD - WILL INCLUDE FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
 
For reservation, call 713-266-5567 or email SyrianAmericanClub@comcast.net.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 18, 2009  -  Rally for the Liberation of Palestine (Quds Day)
 
The Day of Quds is the day of the oppressed. People of conscience worldwide, gather to express solidarity with the oppressed and exploited of the world in general and Palestine in particular. You are invited to come and voice your opposition to the unjust, illegal, and inhumane occupation of the Holy Land by the usurping Zionist entity.
 
When: Friday, September 18, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Israeli Consulate Bldg. (NE corner of Wesleyan and Highway 59), Houston
 
Worldwide Movement for Justice and Peace (WMJP).
Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
   
For more information, call 713-305-4370.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 18, 2009  -  Ramadan Iftar at ACC
 
When:  Friday, September 18, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Sponsored by the
Arab American Cultural & Community Center.
 

 
September 16, 2009  -  The Color of the Race Problem Is White
 
A presentation and discussion led by Robert Jensen, journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.
 
When:  Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Sedition Books, 901 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77006
 
In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois suggested that the question white people so often want to ask black people is, "How does it feel to be a problem?" This program turns the tables and recognizes some simple facts: Race problems have their roots in a system of white supremacy. White people invented white supremacy. Therefore, the color of the race problem is white. White people are the problem. White people have to ask ourselves: How does it feel to be a problem?
 
Following the ideas in his book The Heart of Whiteness, Jensen argues that--even decades after the significant achievements of the civil-rights movement and with an African-American president -- it is still appropriate to describe the United States as a white-supremacist society, in terms of how we think and how we live. Through an analysis of contemporary racial ideology, Jensen presents a framework for critiquing the naturalizing of power and privilege in other arenas of our lives (gender, class, nationality, and ecology). How have we come to accept so easily systems of domination and subordination? How did we become resigned to hierarchy? How can we challenge the unjust and unsustainable nature of the systems in which we live?
 
For more information, visit www.seditionbooks.org.
 

 
September 15, 2009  -  The Power of Social Media in the Muslim World
 
Guest Speaker:  Mona Eltahawy, Journalist
 
The power of social media became very clear in the events following the Iranian elections. Twitter gave early real-time information about the postelection backlash. Blogs, YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook were used to access information, organize political action, generate local news reports, and promote citizen journalism. As means of communication are being redefined, so are the dynamics of human interaction. How is the Muslim world adapting this new technology?
 
When: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian-born columnist and an international speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. Her columns can be seen in Egypt’s independent daily Al Masry Al Youm, Qatar’s Al Arab, and Israel’s The Jerusalem Report. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently around the world. Ms. Eltahawy was the first Egyptian journalist to live and work for a Western news agency in Israel and knows both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict. She reported on the terrorist campaign in Egypt in the 1990s and is familiar with the groups and ideology behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and other subsequent Al-Qaeda operations. Eltahawy received the European Union’s Samir Kassir Prize for freedom of the press for her opinion writing and the Next Century Foundation’s Cutting Edge Prize for distinguished contribution to the coverage of the Middle East.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811, www.wachouston.org.
 

 
September 13, 2009  -  Ramadan Iftar (Pot Luck Night) at ACC
 
When:  Sunday, September 13, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Pot Luck Night Sponsored by the Sudanese Association and the Community at Large. 
 

 
September 12, 2009  -  "Amreeka" Film
 
"Amreeka" a film by Cherien Dabis (director in attendance!)
 
Presented by: Museum of Fine Arts Houston & Houston Palestine Film Festival
  
When:  Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time:  6 pm
Location:  Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005
 
Q&A with writer/director Cherien Dabis.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 11, 2009  -  “NANOTHERMITE” Documentary Screening
 
Screening of Dr. Steven Jones classic lecture on nano-thermite. Join us for the 8th anniversary of the crime of the century to learn all about this ground-breaking discovery of nano-thermite in the residue of the World Trade Center, and how it contradicts the 911 Commission's dismissal of the claim that the WTC buildings were brought down by controlled demolition!
   
When:  Friday, September 11, 2009
Time:  8 pm
Location:  The Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas.
  
For more information, visit www.houston911truth.net.
 

 
September 6, 2009  -  Ramadan Iftar (Moroccan Night) at ACC
 
The Moroccan Society of Houston cordially invites you and your family to attend Iftar/Dinner celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan.
 
When:  Sunday, September 6, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
Sponsored by the Moroccan Society of Houston. 
 

 
September 5, 2009  -  Ramadan Iftar (Al-Awda Night) at ACC
 
Al-Awda cordially invites you and your family to attend our Ftour & Dinner Celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan.
 
When:  Saturday, September 5, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
Sponsored by Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition-Houston. 
 

 
September 5, 2009  -  MAS Annual Ramadan Banquet
 
Donate in the month of Ramadan to get your extra blessings! The blessed month of Ramadan is right around the corner. Come join us at the MAS Annual Ramadan Banquet to support your favorite project - Houston Qur'an Academy, Clear Lake Youth Center, IAU Scholarship program, or donate to all of them! Guest Speakers will be Imam Mahdi Bray and Br. Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh. Prayers will be made on site.
 
When:  Saturday, September 5, 2009
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Hilton Westchase, 9999 Westheimer, Houston
 
Tickets: $25 Individual and $60 Family of 4
 
For more information, contact Hamza Bui (713-820-3300 hamza@mashouston.org).
 

 
September 4, 2009  -  Ramadan Iftar at ACC
 
When:  Friday, September 4, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 

 
August 30, 2009  -  Ramadan Iftar (Iraqi Night) at ACC
 
When:  Sunday, August 30, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Sponsored by the Palestinian American Cultural Center-Houston. 
 

 
August 28, 2009  -  Ramadan Evening / Iftar
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center-Houston is pleased to invite you and your family and friends are invited to a Ramadan evening and Iftar. There will be Iftar, Moonwalk for kids, Refreshments, Dessert, Arabic TV programming-Bab al Hara, Shisha, Basketball, Soccer and Movies on large screen.
 
When:  Friday, August 28, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
This event is sponsored by the Palestinian American Cultural Center-Houston in coordination with the Arab American Cultural & Community Center.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 26, 2009  -  Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Time:  5 p.m.
Location:  Mandell bridge (59 and Mandell)
  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
August 18, 2009  -  Success Strategies for Women Executives Doing Business in the Arab World
 

Career Workshop Series: Success Strategies for Women Executives Doing Business in the Arab World
 
Speaker:  Soumaya Khalifa, MBA, President, Khalifa Consulting
 
When:  August 18, 2009
Time:  8:00 am to 9:00 am
Location:  Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, 2323 S. Shepherd Suite 1150, Houston
  
Price: Members: $25, Non-members: $40, Space is limited to 20 participants
 
Soumaya Khalifa is the Founder and President of Khalifa Consulting. She began her career in a Fortune 100 company where she first saw the need for greater inter-cultural training in the workplace. With her background in Human Resources, she’s worked for the last 15 years with government, non-profit organizations, and corporations, helping them with everything from developing human resources infrastructure and employee handbooks to providing leadership training and diversity management. Since September 11, 2001, Soumaya has worked with law enforcement officials, giving them the cultural knowledge they need to build ties with Arab and Muslim American communities in the United States. Similarly, defense contractors operating in the Middle East have tapped her to train their employees. With American businesses branching out to new markets in the Arab world, Soumaya has helped corporations and non-profits strategize on how to develop their operations abroad and develop effective methods to manage non-American staff. Soumaya holds an MBA from Georgia State University in Human Resources and is a certified Organization Development professional, allowing her to appreciate complex employment issues and to provide input on strategy development, change management and organization alignment. Soumaya is a member of the Atlanta Diversity Managers Affinity Group and a vice-president of the Anti-Prejudice Consortium. She sits on the Atlanta FBI Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, and teaches a class entitled Arab World Insider: Secrets to Successful Business in Arab Countries at Emory University. Combining interactive workshops with real-world scenarios, Soumaya’s keynotes and training sessions are engaging and leave her audience better equipped to tackle culturally-rooted challenges.

 

 
August 16, 2009  -  Pakistan Day Parade Houston
 
Pakistan Day Parade Houston is geared towards youth, as it has been long felt that we must keep our nationalism alive in our children’s hearts and minds.
 
When:  Sunday, August 16, 2009
Time:  Beginning at 6 pm
Location:  Tranquility Park, 400 Rusk St. in downtown, Houston, Texas
 
Please join us and encourage our children to participate in this auspicious occasion. Amongst you, there will be official dignitaries from City of Houston along with several hundreds of Pakistanis.
 
For more information, visit www.pakistandayparadehouston.com.
 
Click here for parade flyer.
 

 
August 15, 2009  -  CAIR-Houston's Annual Banquet
 
This years theme focuses on outreach for improving America.
 
Join CAIR-Houston and the local Muslim community as they celebrate another year of successful achievements towards securing civil rights, promoting justice, and in increasing understanding in America.
 
Amongst this years speakers will be Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.
 
Reserve your seat today. Call 713 838-CAIR.
 

 
August 14, 2009  -  Honoring Cynthia McKinney and Houston’s Heroes
 
Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) invites you to honor Cynthia McKinney and Houston’s heroes who participated in the Viva Palestina relief convoy that broke the inhumane siege of Gaza.
 
Please join us in showing our gratitude and support for our heroes and discuss the future campaigns of the honoree Cynthia McKinney.
 
When:  Friday, August 14, 2009
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Cafe Layal, 6328 Richmond Ave., Houston
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 13, 2009  -  "The Land Speaks Arabic" Film
 
The Houston Peace Forum will screen the film "The Land Speaks Arabic" by Maryse Gargour. This film unearths rare, never before seen, photographic footage of historic Palestinian government documents with candid interviews of those who experienced the events from 1917 to 1948. The Gargour family lived in Jaffa until 1948.
 
When:  Thursday, August 13, 2009
Time:  Refreshments at 7:15 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m.
Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, Room 302, 5200 Fannin, Houston
               Parking is available directly behind the church or on surrounding streets.
 
There will be a discussion following the film.
 
For further information, contact Pat Nichols at 713-681-6267 or nicholspat123@gmail.com.
 

 
August 12, 2009  -  Professional Networking Event: Moroccan Mixer
 
Mix and mingle with Houston’s distinguished business professionals during an incredible evening of sounds, sights and tastes from enchanting Morocco. Enjoy an exquisite atmosphere featuring the Museum's Islamic Art Collection, a mini-Moroccan bazaar and ambience from the Maghreb.
 
Featuring Moroccan delicacies, henna art, mint tea service and authentic Moroccan objets d'art.
 
When:  August 12, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
 
Price: Free with Online Registration
 

 
August 12, 2009  -  Recession Buster Workshop
 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center
A Non-Profit, Non-Political and Non-Sectarian Organization
 
Arab American Business Network Monthly Network Lunch Meeting

"RECESSION BUSTER WORKSHOP"
HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER IN TODAY'S ECONOMY!
 
Presented by Erik Swanson

When:  Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Time:  11:30-11:55 Networking, 12:00-1:00pm Meeting & Luncheon
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Please RSVP no later than Monday August 10, 2009 by Phone: (832)351-3366 or by Email at Denise@ArabAmericanCenter.org.
 

 
August 7-9, 2009  -  August Films: "Laila's Birthday" & "Daggit Gazza"
 
"Laila's Birthday" followed by "Daggit Gazza"
 
Presented by: Museum of Fine Arts Houston & Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
When:  August 7, 8, 9, 2009
Time:  7 pm (on Aug 7 & 8); 5 pm (on Aug 9)
Location:  Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005
 

 
August 8, 2009  -  Fund Raising Dinner for Islamic Da'wah Center
 
When:  Saturday, August 8, 2009
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  Islamic Da`wah Center, 201 Travis @ Franklin, Houston, Texas 77002
 
Our guest speaker is Sheikh Abdul-Raoof Khawaldeh, The Imam of Masjid Irving in Dallas
 
Islamic Da'wah Center's main objective is to bring awareness about Islam through innovative and intriguing methods of da'wah.  We believe that by hosting high quality exhibitions we will intrigue the general community about Islam and lead them to inquire more about Islamic cultures. We are serving the community by presenting the true image of Islam. Please help us in our efforts. Your support is divinely rewarded.
 
For more information, call 713-223-3311 or visit www.islamicdawahcenter.org.
 

 
August 6-7, 2009  -  Basketball Camp
 
When:  August 6-7, 2009
Time:  12 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

  
For more information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
July 31, 2009  -  Sultans of Science Special Educators Preview Party
 
The Bilateral US Arab Chamber of Commerce cordially invites K-12 educators to attend a specially arranged viewing party of the landmark Sultans of Science global touring exhibition celebrating the advances in science and technology during the Golden Age of Islamic Civilization.
 
When:  July 31, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Islamic Da'wah Center, 201 Travis Street, Houston, Texas 77002
 

 
July 30, 2009  -  MAS Katy Basketball Tournament
 
Are you ready to show your b-ball skills?  There will be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament at Katy Masjid on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The tournament starts after maghrib prayer for ages 12-18 boys.
 
When: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Time:  after maghrib
Location:  MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 
Registration: Free  -  click here to register
1st place: $150 2nd place: $60 3rd place: $30
 
For more information, contact Zain Haqq (zzzaaaiiinnn@gmail.com, 832-236-2200).
 

 
July 29, 2009  -  Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Time:  5:15 p.m.
Location:  Mandell bridge (59 and Mandell)
  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
July 25, 2009  -  Muslim American Society (MAS) Family Day Camp
 
Come Enjoy the Summer with us! Share a meal with your brothers and sisters. Camp activities include: swimming, horseback riding, and much more.

Location:  Camp Pine Tree, 709 Riley Fuzzell Rd, Spring, TX 77373
When: Saturday, July 25, 2009
Time:  3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Fee: $15 each person 5 years and older (covers food and activities)

For more information, contact Sr. Dina (daa1997@gmail.com) or Sr. Nermin at 713-548-3948.
 

 
July 24, 2009  -  Save Jerusalem by Archbishop Attallah Hanna
 
Archbishop Attalah Hanna, Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem will be in Houston.
 
When:  Friday, July 24, 2009
Time:  8 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Admission: $10
 
For more info. call 713-240-9766
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 22, 2009  -  Syria Opens Up: New Possibilities for the
Syrian-US Relationship
 
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute
 
The U.S.-Syrian relationship has been strained in recent years over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and the struggle in Lebanon. The United States has not had an ambassador in Syria since 2005. George Mitchell's June visit to Damascus may signal a change in US policy and an opening to better relations. While the risks of engagement with Syria are clear, there may be opportunities as well, and it is expected that President Obama will appoint a new ambassador soon. What is next for US-Syrian relations and what policy options will the next US ambassador bring?
 
When:  Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: 
Westin Galleria Hotel, 5060 West Alabama, West Alabama Room, 3rd Floor
 
Andrew J. Tabler is a Soref fellow at the Washington Institute. He is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Syria Today, Syria's first private-sector English-language magazine. During his years in Damascus, Tabler achieved unparalleled long-term access to Bashar al-Asad and leading members of the ruling party. Mr. Tabler served as a consultant on U.S.-Syria relations for the International Crisis Group (2008) and as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs (2005-2007), writing on Syrian, Lebanese, and Middle Eastern affairs. He is a graduate of American University in Cairo.
 
Members: $40, Non-members: $50
  

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
July 20, 2009 -  The Iranian Election & its Implications for the Arab World
 
Speaker: Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh
 
When:  July 20, 2009
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Darband, 2707 Fountainview, Houston, TX 77057
 
Price: Members: $18, Non-Members: $25
Space is limited and online registration is required.
  
Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Coordinator of General Education at Harrisburg University, will speak on the recent election in Iran and its consequences for business in the Middle East.
Dr. Noorbaksh has published extensively on Middle East politics in such journals as the Foreign Policy Association, Middle East Policy Journal and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently writing a book entitled Islam, Nationalism and Democracy in Iran.
 
Dr. Noorbaksh earned his Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University as a Fellow for his Post-Doctoral studies and Research Scholarship in 1996.
 
Before joining Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in 2006, Dr. Noorbaksh taught at the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
July 20, 2009  -  Islam 101 by Yasmine Kassamali
 
Yasmine Kassamali of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Harris County Green Party on Monday, July 20. Her talk will emphasize issues affecting the Houston-area Islamic community.
 

When:  Monday, July 20, 2009
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Location:  Central Market, 3815 Westheimer on the 2nd floor.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 

 
July 20, 2009  -  Iran and the Green Movement
 
Mehdi Noorbaksh, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
 
The recent Iranian election controversy has raised a number of questions over Iran's political future. Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh will discuss the implications and consequences of the popular response known as the Green Movement.
 

When:  Monday, July 20, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum
 
Dr. Noorbaksh is writing a book on the interaction of Islam, nationalism, and democratic change in Iran. He specializes in international politics, global energy and health, and democratic movements and processes in Middle Eastern politics. He has published extensively on Middle East politics in journals such as the Middle East Policy Journal and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, and his MBA and MHA from the University of Houston. Before becoming a faculty member at Harrisburg University, he was teaching at the University of St. Thomas, Center for International Studies. Prior to that, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently a fellow at the Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas.
 

This event is Free and open to the public.
 

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
July 4, 2009  -  4th ICNA-MAS South Central Regional Conference
 
Serve Humanity for the Love of Divinity
 
Highlights of the Event:  Lectures on Islamic Values, Interactive Workshops, Special Youth and Sister's Programs, Ethnic Food (Asian/Arabic), Extensive marketplace
  
When:  Saturday, July 4, 2009
Time:  9 am - 10 pm
Location:  Student Center, Rice Memorial Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main, Houston, 77005
    
For more information, visit www.icnasouth.com.
 

 
July 4, 2009  -  2009 UTAA Taybeh Convention Banquet
 
We cordially invite the Houston community to celebrate a night commerating the beautiful village of Taybeh, Palestine.
 
Featuring Jabur and other live entertainment!  Dinner will be provided.
 
This will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet, mingle, and have a good time!
Hope to see all of you there!
  
When:  Saturday, July 4, 2009
Time:  7:30 pm
Location:  Location: Intercontinental Hotel, 2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027   
 
Host: Arab Roots  -  Tickets are being sold for $75. PLEASE CALL BEESAN JASER at 832-868-1231 to purchase tickets.
 

 
July 1, 2009  -  Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Islamic Science Rediscovered
 
Did you know that the first piloted flying device soared well before the designs of Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century? In the ninth century on a hill near Cordoba, Spain, a scholar and inventor named Abbas Bin Firnas harnessed himself to a feathered glider and briefly took flight, amazing his spectators.
 
The glider is just one of the inventions recreated for Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered, an international touring exhibition making its Texan premiere at the Islamic Da`wah Center.
 
The exhibition celebrates the scientific and technological breakthroughs made by scholars during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (eighth to 18th centuries) and their lasting influence on modern science and technology.
 
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Location:  The Islamic Dawah Center, 201 Travis, Houston, Texas 77002
 
Sponsors: MTE Studios, Liberty Science Center, Islamic Dawah Center
 
Educators Guide and school tours available upon request (tina@bilateralchamber.org).
 

 
June 20, 2009  -  Annual Young Muslim Quiz Competition
 
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA Houston Unit) will hold its 16th Annual Young Muslim Quiz Competition of Islamic Knowledge & Skills for the youths of Houston and surrounding areas will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009.
 
Objectives:  Bring the youth together to stimulate their spiritual and intellectual development, provide an incentive to acquire the knowledge of Islam and to study the history of Islam, help them improve upon their basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of Islam, provide the platform for a healthy competition to test this basic knowledge and understanding, develop their public speaking skills to help them assume their role as leaders in the future, build the bridge between Islamic schools and help the parents to build the familial bonds.
      
For more information, visit www.icnahouston.com/quiz/index.html.
 

 
June 19, 2009  -  Birzeit Society Fathers DAY Celebration
 
Families and Friends of Birzeit Cordially invite our Arab Community to Celebrate Father's Day.
 
When:  Friday, June 19, 2009
Time:  8:00 PM
Location:  6134 Richmond Houston, Texas 77057 (phone: 832-251-0505)
 
Featuring Jabur and Byblos Live Band
Full hot and cold Mezzah, Mix grill dinner, Desert and Soft Drinks

Donation $50.00 per person

Limited Tickets Availability, first come first serve, must RSVP.
 
Please call ASAP with your name, phone number and number of tickets: Musa Musallam 713-206-9000, David Rabie 832-671-2054, Mohamed Naser (Abu-Hussein) 713-240-9766, Emad Qatato 817-994-5461.
 

 
June 16, 2009  -  Fund Raising Dinner by George Galloway for Gaza
 
British MP George Galloway will be in Houston for a fund raising dinner to support his American Gaza Relief Expedition, which departs this year on the July 4, 2009. It is hoped to purchase 500 trucks filled with relief supplies in Egypt to drive across the Rafah border.
 
When:  Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Time:  6 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road
 
Fund Raising Dinner: $25  -  Childcare provided.
 
This event is sponsored by Al-Awda and endorsed by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 10, 2009  -  Caterpillar Protest
 
Take Action for June 10th Caterpillar Shareholders' Meeting!
 
When:  Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Time:  4 - 6 pm
Location:  Caterpillar Dealership in Houston located at 290 @ Pinemont
 
Signs will be provided but you may bring your own if you like.
  
The company which best exemplifies the interest of US corporations in the Occupation and the complete refusal to address human rights concerns in the region is Caterpillar. The most destructive weapon of the Occupation may not be an F-16 or helicopter gunship, but rather, an armor plated D-9 or D-11 bulldozer. These are the machines that have demolished thousands of homes, uprooted countless olive trees, and carved gaping holes in roads, making them impassable. Even when used in Israel’s colonial intrusions on the land through construction of
illegal housing or bypass roads, CAT equipment is being used daily in the commission of war crimes and violations of human rights.
 
Caterpillar provides the machinery of occupation and apartheid - their equipment is used to demolish Palestinian homes and agricultural land and to build illegal Jewish-only settlements and the apartheid wall. Take action to hold CAT accountable for these crimes in Israel/Palestine.
 
This event is being sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice Not War, and endorsed by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine.
 

 
June 4, 2009  -  International Law, Gaza and the Role of Congress
 
Palestinian-American attorney and activist Noura Erakat will present her findings from a fact-finding mission to Gaza made in early February with the National Lawyers Guild.
 
Noura is currently an adjunct professor of international human rights law and the Middle East at Georgetown University. She spent the past two years as Legal Counsel to a Congressional Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Noura holds law and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, where, as an undergraduate, she was a leading member of Students for Justice in Palestine. Her forthcoming publications include "Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict"
 
When:  Thursday, June 4, 2009
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Bilateral US/Arab Chamber of Commerce, 2323 S. Shepherd Dr., Suite 1150
Houston, TX 77019

 
Event sponsored by the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 3, 2009  -  Gilad Atzmon in Houston
 
Gilad Atzmon, Israeli expat, writer, philosopher, activist and talented jazz saxophonist will perform a stirring musical set in Houston.
 
When:  Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Station Museum, 1502 Alabama at LaBranch
 
Discussion and question/answer session will follow regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict.
 
Suggested Donation $20.
 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 2, 2009  -  Political Participation in Egypt
 
Amr Hamzawy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
 
Access to education, career development, and social roles are universal for today's youth. Egypt is greatly affected by these challenges, with unemployment estimated at 25% and limited entry to universities. This situation is becoming more urgent with the new voice of young Egyptians. They are using social networking sites to organize and campaign for change, widening the scope of youth activism and creating a new format of political participation.
 
Can the government of Egypt move fast enough to satisfy this energetic and ambitious generation?
 
When: Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Amr Hamzawy is a distinguished journalist and scholar of Middle East politics, and an expert on the reform process in the region. His research includes the changing dynamics of political participation in the Arab world and the role of Islamist movements in Arab politics. His most recent book, Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices, coedited with Anthony Chase, was published in 2006. Hamzawy regularly contributes articles in Arabic to various academic journals. He also writes a bi-monthly op-ed for the leading Arab daily al-Hayat and a monthly commentary for the Egyptian independent daily al-Masry al Youm. He previously taught political science at Cairo University and the Free University of Berlin.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 31, 2009  -  A Contemporary Art Exhibition: Al Asmaa' Al Husna
 
The Syrian American Club cordially invites you to attend the opening of A Contemporary Art Exhibition: Al Asmaa' Al Husna, hosted by Marwan Malas.
 
W
hen:  Sunday, May 31, 2009
Time:  11 am - 7 pm
Location:  The Syrian American Club, 5729 Winsome Rd., Houston, TX 77057
 

 
May 30, 2009  -  Zain Bhikha's Live Performance
 
An inspirational evening and dinner with Zain Bhikha and Baba Ali.
 
Helping Hand's Global Orphan Support Program helps orphans around the world who lost their hope the day they lost their parents. Together we can bring it back.
 
When:  Saturday, May 30, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston, TX 77042
 
Ticket: $30 per person, Family $100(4 ppl), $45 at the door.  Refreshments will be served.
 
For Other Information: Ilyas Hasan Choudry 832-275-0786
 

 
May 30, 2009  -  A Contemporary Art Exhibition: Al Asmaa' Al Husna
 
The Syrian American Club cordially invites you to attend the opening of A Contemporary Art Exhibition: Al Asmaa' Al Husna, hosted by Marwan Malas.
 
W
hen:  Saturday, May 30 (2 pm - 8 pm), and Sunday, May 31 (11 am - 7 pm)
Location:  The Syrian American Club, 5729 Winsome Rd., Houston, TX 77057
 

 
May 28, 2009  -  Arab American Business Network Lunch Meeting
 
Arab American Business Network Monthly Network Lunch Meeting
 
“Have you received a fair amount from your insurance company?
Should you reopen your settled claims after finding new damage?
When should a professional help with settled claims?”

Presented by Nolen Davis, Public Claims Adjusters & Associates
 
When:  Thursday, May 28, 2009
Time:  11:30-11:55 Networking, 12:00-1:00pm Meeting & Luncheon
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston
 
Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, May 26, 2009 by phone (832)351-3366 or by Email at Denise@ArabAmericanCenter.org.
 

 
May 24, 2009  -  Insight Into Egypt
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is offering an exciting opportunity to university students to explore Egypt!
 
Cairo is the home of the Arab League of States and this trip will give you not only the chance to see thousands of years of history but to experience diplomacy in action. In addition to the traditional tourist sites such as the Pyramids and Sphinx, we will be visiting the Arab League of States, the Foreign Ministry of Egypt, and others. You will also be able to get a firsthand view of Cairo's influential role in MENA commercial interests as well as a thorough overview of Egypt's diverse religious backgrounds. Guest scholar's will accompany us on every aspect of the journey to answer questions and provide deeper insight into this amazing city!
 
For more information, send e-mail to Tina Halcomb, Education Director,  edu@bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
May 23, 2009  -  Arabic School Graduation Party
 
When:  May 23, 2009
Time:  12 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

  
For more information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
May 20, 2009  -  Protest Israeli War Crimes
 
When:  Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Time:  5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Location:  Mandell bridge (59 and Mandell)
  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
May 19, 2009  -  Report from the Field: Exposing War Crimes to Save Lives
 
Marc Garlasco, Human Rights Watch, Senior Military Analyst
 
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas, Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum St, Houston
 
Marc Garlasco works deep in war zones as part of Human Rights Watch's Emergency team. Human Rights Watch is often the first on the ground and the first to publicly expose the abuses of war—a strategy that influences government policy when it matters most. Marc mobilizes quickly to interview victims and witnesses, report his findings to the world, and pressure governments to protect people caught in the crossfire. Marc will share his personal experience investigating conflicts in Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, and Lebanon. He will explain how he documented violations committed by both Israel and Gaza during the January 2009 conflict and how his weapon’s expertise has contributed to Human Rights Watch’s successful campaign to ban the use of deadly cluster bombs.

Marc Garlasco served for seven years at The Pentagon where he was Chief of High Value Targeting during the Iraq War in 2003. Marc was an intelligence professional at the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Iraq invasion where he led the effort to track and target Saddam Hussein. He has a B.A. in Government from St. John’s University and a M.A. in International Relations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.
  
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 17, 2009  -  "Break the Siege of Gaza" by George Galloway
 
British MP George Galloway will be speaking in Houston.
 
When:  Sunday, May 17, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston 77056
  
For more information, call 713-774-2500.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 17, 2009  -  Iman Academy Annual Fundraising Dinner
 
Iman Academy Schools & Childcare Centers Annual Fundraising Dinner
 
 
When:  Sunday, May 17, 2009
Time:  2 p.m.
Location:  Crown Plaza Hotel, 2712 S.W. Freeway, Houston 77096 (HWY 59 @ Kirby)
 
Special Guest Speaker: Sh. Abdul Rauf Al Khawaldeh
 
Bring your family and friends.  Babysitting is available.  Great program for youth.
 
For more information, call Iman Academy at 281-498-1345.
 

 
May 16, 2009  -  Americorps National Service Day
 
DePelchin Children’s Center at the ACC. Americorps National Service Day
 
We are accepting donations such as clothes, hygiene products, accessories for orphan teenagers.
 

When:  May 16, 2009
Time:  2 - 6 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

  
For more information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
May 16, 2009  -  Video Screenings and Discussion of Race
 
Presented by Center for Healing of Racism, Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. Yet race still matters. Just because race doesn't exist except in ideology doesn't mean it isn't very real, helping shape life chances and opportunities. The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits. The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The House We Live In uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture.
 
When:  May 16, 2009
Time: 
9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location:
Houston Community College Central, 1300B Holman corner Austin, Room LH101
 

Free, but reservations are required and donations are appreciated. To register, call the Center's office at 713-520-8226 and leave the name(s) and phone numbers of person(s) attending.
 
For more information, visit www.centerhealingracism.org.
 

 
May 15, 2009  -  Banquet Honoring Fred Rizk
 
Our Lady of The Cedars Maronite Church Banquet Honoring Fred Rizk
  

When:  May 15, 2009
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Omni Houston Hotel, Four Riverway, Houston Texas 77056
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 14, 2009  -  The Kurdistan Region: A Gateway to Doing Business in Iraq
 
Mr. Qubad Talabani, Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to the US
 
When:  Thursday, May 14, 2009
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown - Granger B
 
Qubad Talabani is the Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to the United States. In that capacity, Mr. Talabani works closely with the U.S. Government, the media and research institutions providing critical analysis and up-to-date information about the situation in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Mr. Talabani is frequently interviewed by the popular press and other publications. He has appeared numerous times to discuss Kurdish and Iraqi issues on major American television networks and international networks. Mr. Talabani’s family has been involved in Kurdish politics for decades. His father, Jalal Talabani, is the President of Iraq.
 
Members - $45 ($55 after date and at the door), Table of members - $450
Nonmembers - $90 ($100 after date and at the door), Table of nonmembers - $900
 
For more information, call Kristin Smith at 713-844-3694
 

 
May 12, 2009  -  The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Four Narratives and a Five-Component Strategy
 
Baker Institute fellow Yair Hirschfeld discusses current issues in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
 
Yair Hirschfeld, the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at the Baker Institute, discusses the rationale and content of a suggested five-component strategy for dealing with the current dilemmas faced in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. This strategy includes bottom-up movement toward a two-state solution, de-escalation in Gaza, developing phases of progress for the Arab Peace Initiative, dealing with Iran, and preparing a U.S. bridging proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian Treaty of Peace. Hirschfeld will also use four narratives — two Israeli and two Palestinian — to illustrate the point that, in order for peace negotiations to succeed, the narratives of both sides of the conflict should be complementary and possibly overlap.
 
When:  May 12, 2009
Time:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: 
 
By Invitation/RSVP
 

 
May 10, 2009  -  Spring Picnic and Celebration of Mother’s Day by PAB
 
Fun for the kids, Soft Drinks, Games, Free BBQ, Free Hamburgers, Activities and much more...
 
There will also be an update on the organization’s activities, including the purchase and shipment of medical supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip!
 
When: 
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Time:  12 noon - 7 pm
Location:  Randolph Park - Friendswood/Clear Lake, 5150 FM-2351, Friendswood, TX 77546
 
Park Directions:
  Take 45-South from Downtown Houston
  Take exit 29 towards Friendswood/FM-2351/Clear Lake City Blvd
  Turn right at FM 2351 Rd/Hastings Friendswood Rd
  Continue to follow FM 2351 Rd Destination will be on the right
 
Food will be served from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Please RSVP by Friday, May 8 with the number of adults and number of children t
hat will be attending along with your name and phone number (send e-mail to
pab-usa@hotmail.com or call 713-907-6370).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 8, 2009  -  Women as Agents of Change in the Middle East
 
Zainab Salbi discusses the evolving role of women in the Middle East.
 
Zainab Salbi co-founded Women for Women International in 1993 to provide women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. Salbi describes her life in Iraq in the best-selling memoir, "Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam." Her new book, "The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope," chronicles the stories of women who have overcome the devastation of war. She has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including the BBC, NPR, CNN, Fox News, PBS, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsweek. In 2006, Salbi spoke to global business leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. That same year she received Auburn Theological Seminary's highest honor, the Lives of Commitment Award, and was named "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian magazine. Salbi serves on the advisory boards of the Tällberg Foundation International Advisory Council, the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Women's
Rights Prize, World Pulse magazine, and the International Museum of Women. She also serves as a young global leader for the World Economic Forum and is a member of the International Women's Forum.

Salbi earned a master's degree in development studies from the London School of Economics
and Political Science in 2001 and a bachelor's degree in sociology and women's studies from George Mason University in 1996.
 
When: 
May 08, 2009
Time:  6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 
 
By Invitation/RSVP

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Kelly Day Endowment on the
Status of Women and Human Rights in the Middle East and the Ghada Irani Discretionary Fund.
 

 
May 6, 2009  -  Dinner with US Ambassador to Qatar
 
Ambassador Series: Dinner with Ambassador Joseph LeBaron, US Ambassador to Qatar
   

Executive Members Only
 

For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
May 5, 2009  -  Redefining the Battle
 
Speaker: Reza Aslan, Author
 
When:  Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas, Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum St.
  
By defining the war on terror as a struggle of religious ideologies, a cosmic war, or a battle of good and evil, we have unified terrorist groups who otherwise have little in common and allowed the conflict to be fought on their own terms. Reza Aslan argues that we should stop using the rhetoric of a religious battle. Instead, we should define our common interests and fight against the criminality, corruption, and frustration that are the real enemy.

Reza Aslan is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy and a Middle East analyst for CBS News. He is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. He holds degrees in religious studies from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as a masters of fine arts from the University of Iowa. Aslan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is also a featured blogger for Anderson Cooper 360 and cofounder and creative director of BoomGen Studios, a hub for creative content from and about the Middle East. Aslan was born in Iran, and he now lives in Los Angeles. His latest book, How to win a Cosmic War, will be for sale and signing at the program.
 
Free and open to the public, Registration requested. Space is limited.
  
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 4, 2009  -  Offshore Technology Conference Reception Honoring Delegates from the Arab World
 
12th Annual Offshore Technology Conference Reception: Honoring Delegates from the Arab World
  

When:  May 4, 2009
Time:  6 pm - 8 pm
Location:  Westin Oaks, Consort Ballroom I & II, 5011 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056
  
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
May 3, 2009  -  Interfaith Youth Cafe Dialogue
 
The Cafe Dialogue will give Houston area students the opportunity to share with their peers about their beliefs, faith traditions, and spiritual experiences in a safe and respectful setting. The AFP staff believes that providing youth with a great way to learn about one another's faith traditions will encourage greater religious understanding and respect among young people now and as they become adults! Youth of all faith traditions or no faith tradition are encouraged to participate.
 

When:  May 3, 2009
Time:  3 pm - 5 pm
Location:  Rice University, The Grand Hall, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005
 

Students 13-18 yrs of age may register.
 
If you have questions, concerns or would like more information you may contact us at amazingfaiths@imgh.org or call 713-533-4904.
 

 
May 1-3, 2009  -  Muslim Family Camp 2009
 
Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah (SWT), as the annual event of Muslim Family Camp has arrived again for this year 2009. This event nowadays has become one of the favorite activities among the Muslim communities of Indonesia, Malaysia and MAS (Muslim American Society) from Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. This is the third year these three communities have worked together to organize the event.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
Sh. Moustafa Mahmoud - Imam Masjid Bilal, Houston, TX
Sh. Mohammad Joban - Imam Masjid Al-Hikmah, Seattle, Washington
Br. Hesham Ebaid - President of MAS Houston
 
When:  Friday-Sunday, May 1-3, 2009
Location:  Fort Parker State Park, 194 Park Road 28 Mexia TX 76667
Phone:  254-562-5751
 
Registration: $75/adult, $30/child (Pre-K to High school)

For more info, or to register, visit http://spring09.muslimfamilycamp.org.
 

 
May 1, 2009  -  Film and Discussion on the Israel/Palestine Conflict
 
Film Showing: The Land Speaks Arabic (61 minutes)
 
Guest appearance: Julie Gustafson will relate her experiences about her recent trip to devastated Gaza after the Israeli massacre.
 
When:  Friday, May 1, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location: 
The Havens Center 1827 W. Alabama (Just west of Woodhead)
Free parking in St. Stephens Church parking lot at Woodhead and West Alabama

The Land Speaks Arabic
 
Maryse Gargour
In this documentary the late 19th century birth of Zionism—and its repercussions for Palestinians—is detailed with original source documents, Zionist leaders' quotations, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war. This award-winning film shines a spotlight on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement.
 
Maryse Gargour was born in Jaffa. She has been a journalist and a producer at the Office de Radio Diffusion et de la Télévision Française in Beirut. She has worked at UNESCO in Paris, at the International Council for Cinema and Television, and has also been a freelance journalist for international television news services in Paris. Her documentaries include: “Une Palestinienne face à la Palestine”, “Le Pays de Blanche”, "La Terre Parle Arabe" and wrote and produced "Jaffa la Mienne" and "Loin de Falastin".

Admission:  $5 suggested donation
   
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9430.

 

 
May 1, 2009  -  Syrian American Club Scholarship Endowment Gala
 
17th Annual Syrian American Club Scholarship Endowment Gala
 
When:  Friday, May 1, 2009
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Hilton Post Oak Hotel, 2001 Post Oak Blvd.
 
For more information, visit www.syrianamericanclub.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 29, 2009  -  Palestine & Israel: Roots of the Conflict, Gaza Massacre & Prospects for Peace by Norman Finkelstein
 
When:  Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Westin Galleria Houston, Plaza II (3rd floor), 5060 West Alabama

 

Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein is an American political scientist and one of the most prominent thinkers and speakers on the Palestine-Israel conflict.  His sincere, open, and honest assessment of the situation through a number of publications including “The Holocaust Industry”, “Beyond Chutzpah”, and “The Rise and Fall of Palestine” has attracted attention throughout the world.  He grew up in New York City and is the son of Holocaust survivors.  He specializes in Jewish-related issues and was most recently a Professor of  Political Science at DePaul University.

Admission: $10 or other cash donation at the door.
Doors open at 6:30 PM and will close as soon as seating capacity is reached. 
Seating will be available on a first-come basis.

  
Proceeds benefit The Palestine Children's Relief Fund |
www.pcrf.net
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 29, 2009  -  Blood and Oil Movie
 
How is our Oil Dependence Hurting America?  A showing of the movie Blood and Oil.
 
When:  Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Rice Cinema, Rice University

 
Followed at 8 p.m. with discussion by Michael Klare & Matthew R. Simmons (author of Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy).
 
For more information, visit www.hpjc.org, or call 281-414-1386.
 

 
April 29, 2009  -  Monthly Arab American Business Network Luncheon
 
When:  Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Time:  11:30 a.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
For more information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
April 26, 2009  -  Spring Picnic by ADS Houston
 
When:  Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time:  1 pm - 6 pm
Location:  Eldridge Park – Recreation Center, 2511 EldridgeRoad, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Eldridge Road near the West Airport intersection
  
Food will be served from2:00pm to 3:00pm.
 
Reservation is Required. For more information, visit http://adshoustonchapter.com.
 

 
April 25-26, 2009  -  Houston International Festival
 
When:  Saturday & Sunday, April 25-26, 2009
Time: 
Saturdays 12pm - 10pm, Sundays 12pm - 9pm
Location:  D
owntown Houston (includes City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park)
  
For more information, visit www.ifest.org.
 

 
April 25, 2009  -  HPFF: "Pomegranates and Myrrh" & "Arafat & I"
 
Houston Palestine Film Festival Lineup:
 
  - Pomegranates and Myrrh by Najwa Najjar (2008)
  - Arafat & I by Mahdi Fleifel (2008)
 
Director Mahdi Fleifel will be in attendance
   
When:  Saturday, April 25, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Rice Media Center

 
Reception hosted by Free Press Houston.
  
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
April 24, 2009  -  HPFF: "People not Places", "Memory of the Cactus" & "War of 33"
 
Houston Palestine Film Festival Lineup:
 
  - People not Places by Invincible/Olive Tons (2009)
  - Memory of the Cactus by Hanna Musleh (2008)
  - War of 33 by Richard Rowley (2007)
   
When:  Friday, April 24, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Rice Media Center

 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
April 24, 2009  -  Moroccan Society of Houston 4th Annual Gala 2009
 
Please Join us in Celebrating MSH 4th Annual Gala on Friday, April 24th, 2009.  Featuring: Hajj Moughit and More Surprises.
 
When:  Friday, April 24, 2009
Time:  8 pm - 1 am
Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2350 South Loop West @ Kirby
 
Gala benefiting MSH 2009 charity projects
 
For more information, visit www.moroccansociety.org.
 

 
April 24, 2009 -  Protest for Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi at Detention Center
 
The Coalition to Free Imam Bouchikhi has organized a peaceful protest outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building. This event is the latest in the efforts to support the Imam during his unjust incarceration for more than 120 days, without a release on bond.
 
When:
 Friday, April 24, 2009
Time:   3 to 5 p.m.
Location:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement Building, 126 Northpoint Dr. Houston, 77060
  

All sign posts must be wooden, not metal, the diameter cannot exceed 3/4" and all must be approved by the Coalition to Free Imam Bouchikhi.
 

 
April 23, 2009  -  Has Change Come? Human Rights in the US under the Obama Administration
 
The Rothko Chapel will present David Fathi, director of the US program of Human Rights Watch, to explore the question, "Has change come? Human Rights under the Obama Administration."
 
When: 
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Rothk
o Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
 
Suggested contribution of $5 - $10.
 
The US Program of Human Rights Watch works to defend the rights of particularly vulnerable groups in the United States, and has published groundbreaking reports on the death penalty, prison conditions, racial discrimination, and the rights of immigrants, among others. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2007, Fathi spent ten years as a staff lawyer with the ACLU National Prison Project, where he brought lawsuits challenging conditions in prisons, jails, and immigration detention facilities throughout the United States. An American of Iranian descent, Fathi is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

For more information, visit
www.rothkochapel.org/events.htm.
 

 
April 22, 2009  -  Demonstration Commemorating Deir Yassin Massacre
 
Demonstration Commemorating Deir Yassin massacre (continue the remembrance...)
 
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time:  5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Location:  Mandell bridge (59 and Mandell)
 
For more information, contact Bob at 713-771-9439
.
 

 
April 18-19, 2009  -  Arab American Festival
EVENT POSTPONED
DUE TO THE UNEXPECTED BAD WEATHER!
 
When:  Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19, 2009
Time:  12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
For more information, visit www.arabamericanfestival.com
 

 
April 18-19, 2009  -  Houston International Festival
 
When:  Saturdays & Sundays, April 18-19 & 25-26, 2009
Time: 
Saturdays 12pm - 10pm, Sundays 12pm - 9pm
Location:  D
owntown Houston (includes City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park)
  
For more information, visit www.ifest.org.
 

 
April 18, 2009  -  Immigration Workshop
 
The Joseph Vail Immigration Workshop at the UH Law Center offers three sessions in both English and Spanish. Almost everything of interest to immigrants and their advocates will be addressed. Among the subject matter of the first workshop are how to obtain a Texas ID or a Social Security number, Social Security benefits and access to a Gold Card. It will also give information and practical advice for enrolling undocumented and documented immigrants in schools K-12 plus other topics of concern to parents.
 
The second workshop covers the ABCs of employment immigration, raids, and worksite enforcement.
 
The third workshop focuses on obtaining and maintaining legal status.
 
When:  Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time:  8 am - 12 noon
Location:  Krost Hall, UH Law Center, University of Houston

  
Pre-registration is appreciated. For more information, on-line registration, and directions to the Law Center, visit http://www.law.uh.edu/workshop/homepage.html.
 

 
April 18, 2009  -  Sham El Neseem Picnic
EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO THE UNEXPECTED BAD WEATHER!
 
The newly appointed Egyptian American Society EAS Young Adults committee cordially invites you to the first EAS Sham El Neseem Picnic.
 
We request that you send us your RSVPs with the number of people attending by Wednesday April 15, 2009 so that we may properly account for food.
 
When:  Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time:  1 pm - 5 pm
Location:  Cullen Park
 
Click here for more details.
 

 
April 18, 2009  -  MAS Katy Fundraising Dinner
 
MAS Katy Center announces its 2nd Annual Fundraising Banquet: "Together We Can build an Exemplary Community". This year's speakers include Dr. Main Alqudah. Tickets are $25/individual and $60/family of 4.
 
Featuring:
 
  Dr. Main Alqudah - Professor, AOU
  Have You Seen Muslim Band - Noor
 
When:  Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Hilton Westchase,
9999 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042
 
For tickets, table reservations, and sponsorship info, please contact the MAS office at 281-530-4627, Br. Mohamed Elguindy at 713-480-2028, or Br. Hamza Bui at 713-820-3300.
 

 
April 18, 2009  -  HPFF: "Daggit Gazza", "To My Father (إلى أبي)" & "Keffiyeh"
 
Houston Palestine Film Festival Lineup:
 
  - Daggit Gazza by Hadeel Assali and Iman Saqr (2008)
  - To My Father (إلى أبي) by Abdelsalam Shehadah (2008)
  - Keffiyeh - Made in Palestine by Benoit Faiveley (2008)
  
When:  Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Rice Media Center

 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
April 18, 2009  -  Pax Christi State Conference
 
This year’s conference is titled “Courage and Hope in a Violent World” and features presenter Kathy Kelly. Kelly is a Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a Chicago-based campaign to end U.S. military and economic war against Iraq. Kathy was a co-founder of the Voices in the Wilderness campaign that worked to lift economic sanctions against Iraq, delivered medical supplies to Iraqis, and organized over 70 delegations as part of a campaign of civil disobedience from 1996 to 2003. Kathy has been to Iraq twenty-four times since the campaign began. Kathy spent one year in maximum security prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silos and was imprisoned for three months for crossing a line at Fort Benning, Georgia.
 
When:  Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time: 
8:30 a.m. Gather/Registration; 4:30 p.m. conclusion; 5 p.m. Liturgy
Location:  Dominican Sisters Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda
 
Requested Donation: $30 (includes lunch), students free, and no one will be turned away.
  
Hosted by Pax Christi Houston & the Dominican Sisters. To register and for more information, visit www.paxchristitexas.net.
 

 
April 17, 2009  -  HPFF: "Space Exodus" & "Salt of this Sea"
 
Houston Palestine Film Festival Lineup:
 
  - Space Exodus by Larissa Sansour (2008)
  - Salt of this Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr) by Annemarie Jacir (2008)
 
Director Annemarie Jacir and Lead Actress Suheir Hammad in attendance
 
When:  Friday, April 17, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Rice Media Center
 
Reception hosted by NAAP-Houston
 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
April 15, 2009  -  Demonstration to Protest US Funding of the Israeli Occupation (misusing our taxes)
 
Demonstration protesting the US funding of the Israeli occupation, and massacring Palestinians civilians (misusing our Taxes).
 
When: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Time:  7:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight
Location:  Houston Post office, Downtown Houston, 401 Franklin, Houston, Texas, 77001
 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine (www.hcjpp.org).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 14-15, 2009  -  Funeral Arrangements for Isa Skafi
 
It is with great sadness we announce the passing away of our friend Isa Nicoula Skafi.
 
Isa passed away on Thursday, April 9 after a courageous fight against leukemia. We extend our condolences to the Skafi family and our deepest appreciation for his years of service to and on behalf of the Arab-American community. Isa was a very active and respected member of the Community in Houston. He was well known by many and loved by all who knew him. A true hearted, caring, and a dear friend to many of us. He will be greatly missed.
 
The viewing will be held on on Tuesday April 14, 2009 from 5PM to 8PM.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 PM on Wednesday April, 15, 2009 in the Bradshaw-Carter Chapel by Father Milad Yaghi of Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church. The traditional mercy meal will be served by Isa's friends at the funeral home hall after funeral services.
 
All events will be held at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama, Houston, TX.
 
Isa will be flown to his beloved Palestine where he will be buried in Bethlehem.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5005 Mitchell Dale, Houston TX 77092.
 
The family will be accepting condolences on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 from 6PM to 8PM at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston, TX 77099.
 

 
April 12, 2009  -  Unimagined: a Muslim Boy Meets the West
 
Imran Ahmad – author of Unimagined and Trustee of British Muslims for Secular Democracy speaking tour U.S. Roadshow.
 
When:  Sunday, April 12, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: 
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, Channing Hall
 
To read more about Imran Ahmad, his book, or his tour, visit www.unimagined.org.
 

 
April 11, 2009  -  TUSANA Third Annual Dinner Event
 
The Tunisian Student Assocation in Houston at the University of Houston will be organizing the TUSANA Third Annual Dinner Event.
 
When:  Saturday, April 11, 2009
Time:  7 - 11 pm
Locati
on:  O'Quinn Great Hall, Athletic/Alumni Building, University of Houston
 
For directions and parking:  http://www.uh.edu/campus_map/buildings/AAF.php
 
The event is free of charge. You donation to TUSANA is highly appreciated.

 
We will be honored by the presence of his Excellency the Ambassador of Tunisia to USA, the Managing Director of the US-Arab Bilateral Chamber of Commerce Mrs. Aida Araissi and the African Record holder and the gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Oussama Mellouli.
 
For more informatio
n, call 832-752-0582 or visit http://uh.edu/tusana/.
 

 
April 11, 2009  -  Children Easter Egg Hunt
 
When:  Saturday, April 11, 2009
Time:  12 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
For more information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
April 9, 2009  -  Demonstration Commemorating Deir Yassin Massacre
 
Demonstration Commemorating Deir Yassin massacre
 
When: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time:  5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Location:  Mandell bridge (59 and Mandell)
 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine (www.hcjpp.org).
 

 
April 9, 2009  -  Gaza Trip Presentation by Julie Gustafson Lira
 
Presentation on trip to Gaza by HCJPP member Julie Gustafson Lira
 
When: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street
 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine (www.hcjpp.org).
 

 
April 7, 2009  -  Can the Middle East Resolve its Problems & Reform Itself?
 
Hind Kabawat, Lawyer & political activist
 
Forward Looking Leadership: Can the Middle East Resolve its Problems and Reform Itself?
 
When:  Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
With increased access to education and information, women and young people are adding their voices to the governance of the Middle East. They seek reform through public dialogue and are ready to discuss issues that have historically been closed. They understand the need to get beyond the endless cycle of blame-placing and find practical solutions to the serious issues facing the region. Can the Middle East, through these new voices, reform itself?
 
Hind Kabawat is a lawyer and political activist who lives and works in both Canada and Syria. She has led a variety of public diplomacy efforts in recent years in Syria, promoting interfaith tolerance, cooperation, and reform. She is a frequent commentator on educational modernization and conflict resolution. She holds a Bachelors in Economics from Damascus University; a degree in Law from the Arab University, Beirut; a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Toronto; and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
 

Members: free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
April 6, 2009  -  The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story
 
April Deconick, Ph.D., Rice University
 
Christianity was born out of the Jewish teachings of Jesus and James his brother at a time of social and political upheaval in ancient Palestine. Dr. April Deconick will examine the links between Judaism and Christianity. Archeological evidence will also discussed within this context.
 
When:  Monday, April 6, 2009
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030
 
Dr. Deconick is Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University. Her research interests include the mapping of ways that the Jesus tradition emerges across literature and traditions.
 
This lecture is co-sponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and is included in their course "The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story".
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
April 5, 2009  -  Birzeit Society Picnic
 
The Birzeit Society, Texas Chapter would like to invite all friends and family to a great picnic.
 
There will be plenty of food and fun for everyone!
 
Food and soft drinks will be provided. Hamburgers, chicken and hotdogs (grilled on site). Please bring a dessert to share. You can also bring your Tawlet Zaher, Tableh, Music, Argeelah and your kid's favorite toy for them to play.
 
When:  Sunday, April 5, 2009
Time: 10am-7pm
Location:  Fort Bend Kitty Hollow Park, 9555 Highway 6 South, Missouri City, TX 77459
 

 
April 4, 2009  -  U.S. Tour to Support the Palestinian People in Gaza
 
Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network present Hanien Folkloric Band featuring Al-Awda Dabkeh Troop.
 
When:  Saturday, April 4, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
Dinner & Event start at 7 p.m.
Babysitting available
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 3, 2009  -  Prayer Services for Dr. Wassef Abouelchabab
 
Our Deepest Sympathy
 
With great sorrow and sadness we received the news of the passing of Wassef Abouelchabab, who passed away Thursday, April 2, 2009. He is the husband of Nadia and the father of our friends Ayman, Kamal and Souheir Abouelchabab.
 
Prayer services will be held on Friday, April 3, after noon prayer at 1:30 pm at Masjid Al Farouq located at 1207 Conrad Sauer Drive, Houston, TX 77043, followed by the burial.
 
The family will be accepting condolences at their residence located at 4406 Oak Valley Drive, Missouri City, TX 77459 on:

Friday & Saturday April 3 & 4 after 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 5 (Ladies only) at 11:30 am for Khatem El Quran
Sunday, April 5 (men only) from 5 pm - 8 pm for Khatem El Quran
 
May God bless his soul and give comfort and patience to his family.
 

 
April 2, 2009  -  Qatar Airways Growth Strategy Among the Current Economic Climate
 
Speaker: Mr. Ali Al Rais, Qatar Airways Executive Vice President Commercial
 
When:  Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time:  11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Tony’s, 3755 Richmond Avenue Houston, Texas 77046
 

Price:  EXCLUSIVE INVITATION ONLY, Free for members
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Qatar Airways will host a private members only lunch featuring Mr. Ali Al Rais, Executive Vice President, Qatar Airways.  While other airlines are scaling back service and cancelling routes, Qatar Airways continues to expand all over the world including their upcoming direct airservice between Doha and Houston, Texas. Mr. Al Rais will be sharing his airlines' vision during these challenging economic times and giving us his insight on their ambitious strategy.
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
March 29, 2009  -  Syrian American Club Spring Picnic
 
Mashawi foods, fun and games.
 
When:  Sunday, March 29, 2009
Time:  1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: 
Clear Lake Park, 5001 Nasa Road 1, Seabrook, TX 77586

Click here for event flyer.
 
For more information, visit www.syrianamericanclub.com.
 

 
March 29, 2009  -  Moroccan Society of Houston Spring Picnic
 
The Moroccan Society of Houston will organize "MSH Spring Picnic - March 29th, 2009".
 
Picnic Agenda:
  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Welcome/ Registration
  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM- Food Served: Texas Style Burgers
  2:30 PM – Music

FUN, FUN, FUN ACTIVITIES, CHILDREN PLAY GROUND AND ACTIVITIES, OPEN ALL DAY SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, GAMES ALL DAY

When: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Time:  2:00 PM
Location:  Sugar Land, Lost Creek Park
 

For more information, visit www.moroccansociety.org.
 

 
March 29, 2009  -  Katy Center Groundbreaking
 
The Muslim American Society (MAS) Katy Center Groundbreaking Dream has finally come true! Please come join us on this very festive occasion.
 
When:  Sunday, March 29, 2009
Time:  2:00 to 5:00 pm
Location:  MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Road, Katy, TX 77094
 
Bring your entire family, as there will be food, games, and lots of fun! In addition, a special presentation will be done by the Architects on the Phases of Construction.
 
Confirmed speakers: Michael McCaul, U.S. Representative, Texas District 10,
M.J. Khan, Houston City Councilman, District F
 

 
March 29, 2009  -  Houston Qur'an Academy Open House
 
Houston Qur'an Academy (HQA) will host an open-house where parents can receive information on the upcoming 2009-10 school year.  HQA is a full-time school which combines Qur'an Memorization with teaching of Academic subjects. The school year begins in August 2009.
 
When:  Sunday, March 29, 2009
Time:  5:00 pm
Location: 
MAS Youth Center SW, 6226 Hwy 6 South, Houston
 
 For more information, please call 281-530-4627.
 

 
March 28, 2009  -  ISGH Annual Spring Festival
 
Delicious food, jewelry, garments, rides, games, etc.
 
When:  Saturday, March 28, 2009
Time:  12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location:  ISGH, NW-Spring Branch, 1209 Conrad Sauer, Houston, TX 77043
 
Booth Reservations: 281-668-3028, 281-844-2846
 

 
March 27, 2009  -  Palestine Land Day hosting Dr. Mustafa Barghouti  Cancelled (click here for more details)
 
The Palestinian American Bridge organization cordially invites you to attend Palestine Land Day hosting Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, member of the Palestinian Parliament, co-founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative.
 
When: Friday, March 27, 2009
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77056
 
Ticket: $75 includes full dinner (students: $40 with valid student ID)
Babysitter Available
 
For more info, call 713-240-9766 or 713-298-1406 or 713-907-6370
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 26, 2009  -  Luncheon with the Ambassador of Algeria to the US
 
Opportunities in Algeria
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host His Excellency Abdallah Baali, Ambassador of Algeria to the U.S.
 
 
When:  Thursday, March 26, 2009
Time:  Registration: 11:30 am, Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: The Intercontinental Hotel, 2222 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
 
Price: Members: $35, Non-members: $55
 
Algeria has recently announced billions of dollars in projects including the expansion of their port, power grid, refining and natural gas energy infrastructure. Good prospects also exist in real estate, healthcare and the tourism sectors. Very few U.S. companies have tapped into this market of 33 million people.
  
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
March 25, 2009  -  Films on “War & Peace”
 
When:  Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Location: 
Houston Community College Town and Country Center, Eagle Room, 1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy North.
 
11:15 a.m. Why We Fight - Why did President Dwight Eisenhower warn that our military establishment of today (1961) was unlike that of the past. This provocative film explores what “Ike” described as “the military- industrial complex.” Is war good business? Introduced by Professor Janice Greco - discussion follows.
 
1 p.m. Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life - The life and work of Vietnamese Zen monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, from his upbringing in war torn East Asia, to his exile in France and his activity for peace worldwide and an introduction to the community he founded, Plum Village.
 
Free and open to all.
 
For more information, visit http://commons.nwc.hccs.edu/reel/spring-2009-schedule/, or contact Dr. Ann Bragdon at ann.bragdon@hccs.edu or 713-718-5642.
 

 
March 24, 2009  -  "Peace in the Middle East: Lessons Learned and New Directions" by Hanan Ashrawi
 
A discussion with the institute's new Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies.
 
When:  Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Time:  6:00 PM
Location: 
Rice University, Baker Hall
 
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
 
Hanan Ashrawi is the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Baker Institute. A noted Palestinian legislator, activist and scholar, Ashrawi served as the official spokeswoman for the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace process during the Madrid peace conference in 1991.
 
In 2006, Ashrawi was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council on the “Third Way” party ticket. She founded and serves on the executive committees of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) and the National Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN). She also founded and is commissioner of the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR). Ashrawi serves on the advisory board of several organizations, including the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the International Human Rights Council. She is the recipient of the 2005 Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation, the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize and the 2002 Olof Palme Prize. Ashrawi is also the author of many books, articles, poems and short stories on Palestinian politics, culture and literature. Her book “This Side of Peace” (Simon & Schuster, 1995) earned worldwide recognition.
 
Ashrawi received her bachelor's and master's degrees from American University of Beirut and her doctorate in medieval and comparative literature from the University of Virginia. She has also received honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Arab world.
 

 
March 24, 2009  -  Employment and Education Workshop
 
Global Professional Services
The List Project [to Resettle Iraqi Allies], Houston Chapter and SHARRE invite you to attend Employment and Education Workshop for Recently Resettled Professionals.
 
When:  Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Time:  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Walking distances from Metro’s West Bellfort Park & Ride station, served by buses 8, 19, 265, 269, and 292
 
Workshop Topics:
• American Work Culture and Expectations [GPS]
• Degree Evolution [Span Tran]
• Certification & Higher Education Options [AIU]
• Mentorship for Professional Certification [ACC]
• How to Search for a job [Workforce Solutions]
• Resume Writing Resources [Workforce Solutions]
• IDA Saving Accounts & Business Micro-loans [Alliance]
• Community Resources & Networking Opportunities

Coming Soon: Job Fair!
FREE & Open to All Refugees Resettled in Houston!
Lunch and Childcare Provided. Volunteers Needed.
 
For more information and/or transportation requests contact: Mr. Naji AbdelSyed of Global Professional Services at (713) 530-8299, or Ms. Liz Vallette of The List Project-Houston & SHARRE at (832) 217-4142, TLPHoustonTX@gmail.com, www.thelistproject.org ~ www.sharre.org.
 

 
March 21, 2009  -  Screening of Short Films from Iraq
 
Screening of Short Films from Iraq with Big Noise Films Director
 
With over 1 million Iraqi dead, 4 million refugees, 4,000 dead American soldiers and a total cost of 1-4 trillion dollars, the war in Iraq remains the most important fact of American politics, but it has faded from the headlines. The scraps of television coverage that still make the news don't go far beyond US military press releases and Iraqi politicians interviewed inside the Green Zone. “Beyond the Walls: The Battle for Iraq's Future” is a collection of short films from the other side of the blast shields in Iraq's walled cities. Rick Rowley, of Big Noise Films, covers a very different side of the war than is ever seen on American television. He reported unembedded from war-torn Falluja, from the giant US prison at Umm Qasr, from the Mehdi Army stronghold inside Sadr City, from the places where mainstream corporate channels can not or will not go. Co-founder of Big Noise Films, Rick Rowley, will be in attendance and will lead a discussion following the film. Rowley has made several award winning feature documentaries with international theatrical distribution and has reported from the front lines of wars and the inside of social movements in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, South Africe, Mali, Niger, East Timor and South Korea. His work has appeared on BBC, CBC, CNN International, Al Jazeera, MBC, MTV, and Democracy Now.
 

When:  Saturday, March 21, 2009
Time:  8 p.m.
Location: 
Rice Cinema, Rice University, Entrance #8 (University & Stockton)
 
 
There is a $5 to $10 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
 
For more information, visit www.himc.org or contact Rob Block at 713-304-9837.
 

 
March 21, 2009  -  Egyptian American Society Tour of the Ship Channel
 
When:  Saturday, March 21, 2009
  
For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com/.
 

 
March 19, 2009  -  "Six Years: A Memorial" Art Exhibit
 
March 19 marks the 6th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Join Rice for Peace for a week of films, art, and discussions highlighting various aspects of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
 
"Six Years: A Memorial" Art Exhibit
Local artist Marc Levine showcases an exhibit about the victims of war
      
When:  Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time: 
11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Rice University,
Rice Memorial Center Grand Hall  (Rice Map)
  
For more information, contact activism@rice.edu.
 

 
March 19, 2009  -  Portrait of an Iraqi Refugee
 
March 19 marks the 6th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Join Rice for Peace for a week of films, art, and discussions highlighting various aspects of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
 
"Portrait of an Iraqi Refugee" is a film produced by Rice students Chris Tsang and Nathan Ross about the experiences of local Iraqi refugee families.
 
When:  Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time: 
6:30 p.m. free vegetarian dinner, 7-8 p.m. film and discussion
Location:  Rice University, Sammy's eatery in the Rice Memorial Center  (Rice Map)
  
For more information, contact activism@rice.edu.
 

 
March 18, 2009  -  Testimonies of War
 
March 19 marks the 6th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Join Rice for Peace for a week of films, art, and discussions highlighting various aspects of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
 
"Testimonies of War" includes excerpts from Winter Soldier. There will also be a panel featuring members of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War.
    
When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Time:  7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location:  Rice University, Sewall Hall Room 305
  (Rice Map)

Free snacks & coffee.

  
For more information, contact activism@rice.edu.
 

 
March 18, 2009  -  International Visitor Leadership Program
 
Young Business and Economic Leaders: Enhancing Leadership Potential
A Regional Project for North Africa and the Near East
 

When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Time:  6 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
These visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. Their program is arranged by Academy for Educational Development. Accompanied By: Ms. Aida Abuzayyad, Administrative Interpreter; Mr. Mustafa Sayid, Simultaneous Interpreter; Ms. Heba Muhammed, Simultaneous Interpreter; Mr. Hakim Ben Alaya, Administrative Interpreter
 
The goals of this project, as determined by the United States Department of State, are to:
 
* Provide an overview of the social, political, and economic origins of federalism in the U.S. with particular attention to the free market economic system;
 
* Illustrate the variety and scope of young people's involvement in business, law, politics, unions, education, health care, agriculture, and volunteer efforts;
 
* Identify the skills and training necessary for enhancing leadership, including the role of mentoring programs used in government, business, education, & religious organizations; and

* Offer networking opportunities for sharing innovative entrepreneurial & managerial strategies.

 
Click here for list of participants.
 
For more information, visit www.arabamericancenter.org.
 

 
March 17, 2009  -  "Rethinking Afghanistan" Short Films & Discussion
 
March 19 marks the 6th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Join Rice for Peace for a week of films, art, and discussions highlighting various aspects of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
    
When:  Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Time:  7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location:  Rice University,
Humanities Room 117  (Rice Map)

Free snacks & coffee.
  
  
For more information, contact activism@rice.edu.
 

 
March 16, 2009  -  A History of Iraq
 
Presentation by Rice lecturer David Getman
 
March 19 marks the 6th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Join Rice for Peace for a week of films, art, and discussions highlighting various aspects of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
    
When:  Monday, March 16, 2009
Time:  12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:  Rice University,
Humanities Room 117  (Rice Map)
  
 
Free lunch!
  
For more information, contact activism@rice.edu.
 

 
March 15, 2009  -  Gaza Graffiti
 
A benefit show for Houston Palestine Film Festival (HPFF) featuring INVINCIBLE - an amazing emcee out of Detroit.
 
Several local artists have donated their time and skills to support HPFF and to pay tribute to the ongoing catastrophe in Gaza. The show is DONATION ONLY - no one will be turned away!
  

When:  Sunday, March 15, 2009
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Avante Garden, 411 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77006

  
 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 12, 2009  -  Aaron Glantz Book Signing
 
The Houston Chapter of Veterans for Peace is bringing Aaron Glantz, author of "The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans," to town for a presentation and book signing. Veterans of the Iraqi conflict will participate in discussions after Mr. Glantz's presentation.
 
When:  Thursday, March 12, 2009
Time:  6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Fondren Hall, St. Paul's United Methodist Church 
 
There will be a charge of $10-$15 to attend and books will be available for purchase.
 

For more information, contact Jim Berry at jhberry@netzero.net or 281-286-8092.
 

 
March 11, 2009  -  Gaza to Gitmo: US Intervention in the Middle East and the War on Terror
 
Right now the U.S. government is occupying two countries, providing weapons and support for a third occupation and jailing supposed terrorists in prisons, known and unknown around the world.
 
Join us for a panel discussion about the U.S. presence in the Middle East and how that hurts both the people of the Middle East and those living here in the United States.
 
When:  Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location: 
Rodeo Room, University Center UH - Main Campus
 
For more information, email houston.iso@gmail.com or call 713-560-7227.
 
Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization - Houston, lraq Veterans Against the War - Houston, and Students for a Democratic Society - UH
 

 
March 11, 2009  - Pakistan & the US: Common Interests & a Shared Future
 
Husain Haqquani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the US
 
When:  Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League Building, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
  

The sixth most populous country in the world and facing enormous challenges, Pakistan is certain to be at the top of US foreign policy considerations. Pakistan needs the support of the entire international community, particularly the United States, as it moves to become a more secure and fully democratic society. America also needs Pakistan, as a friend and strategic partner in the struggle against terrorism. How can both countries increase economic cooperation and meet the challenge of global terrorism?
 
Husain Haqqani is Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. He previously served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka and as a political adviser to three Pakistani prime ministers: Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. Ambassador Haqqani came to the U.S. in 2002 as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He taught international relations at Boston University and was an adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is a leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers. His syndicated column is published in several newspapers in South Asia and the Middle East, including Oman Tribune, Jang, The Indian Express, Gulf News and The Nation (Pakistan).
 
Members: free, Non-members: $20
  
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
March 11, 2009  -  "Gaza We Are With You" Presentation
 
When:  Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  St. Thomas University / John's Hall, 3800 Montrose Blvd.
 
Sponsored by the International Studies Society (ISS).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 9, 2009  -  Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome
 
Jodi Magness, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
 
In 73-74 AD, a band of Jewish rebels at Masada committed suicide, bringing to a final close the First Revolt against Rome. Dr. Jodi Magness will review the history and archaeology of Masada, including Herod the Great's construction of lavish fortified palaces atop the mountain and the controversies surrounding Josephus' report of the mass suicide. We focus especially on evidence of the Roman siege from excavations that Jodi Magness co-directed at Masada in 1995.
 
When:  Monday, March 9, 2009
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030

  
 
This lecture is co-sponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and is included in their course "The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story", with media sponsorship by KUHF 88.7 FM.
   
Click here for more information.
 

 
March 8, 2009  -  GAZA: Udi Aloni Films and Discussion
 
The Rothko Chapel presents American-Israeli Jewish filmmaker, writer, and visual artist Udi Aloni in an afternoon of screenings of his popular allegorical fantasy Forgiveness (2006) and his 2002 documentary, Local Angel, which both address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have provoked strong reactions in the Middle East and internationally.  Jones Hall (Yoakum Boulevard at Sul Ross Street) at the University of St. Thomas.  In between the screenings, Aloni will discuss his work.
 
When:  Sunday, March 8, 2009
Time:  1
p.m. 
Location:  Jones Hall (Yoakum Boulevard at Sul Ross Street) at the University of St. Thomas
 
 
Suggested donation of $5 - $10.

 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org/events.htm.
 

 
March 6, 2009  -  First Friday Letters for Darfur
 
Meeks House at Covenant Church, 4990 Caroline, will be open on the first Friday of each month for people to drop by and write a letter that will support the efforts at bringing peace to the Darfur region. Letters may change from month to month, including a focus on governmental representatives, business leaders, and others. There will be information on hand so that participants can learn about what is happening and write letters accordingly. Everyone is invited to stop by, write a letter, and leave it with the church office to be mailed.

When:  Friday, March 6, 2009
Time:   p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location:  Meeks House at Covenant Church, 4990 Caroline, Houston
 
For more information, contact Jeremy Rutledge, jeremyrut@mindspring.com.
 

 
March 6, 2009  -  Memorial Service for PM Rafic Hariri
 

Please join the Future Movement-Texas Chapter to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the martyrdom of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and his friends.
 
Keynote Speakers:  MP Hadi Hobeich, Mr. Amin Bohsali, Mr. Moustafa Moukarim
Host: Wassim Jazi
  
When:  Friday, March 6, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Suites, 2400 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027 US
Phone: 713-927-9475
 
For more information, email: futuremovementtexas@hotmail.com, or visit Future Movement Texas

 

 
March 6, 2009  -  Bauer MBA Global Experience
 

Your Passport to International Business and Culture
 
Come and join us for an evening filled with international food, drink, and culture!
Represent your country and get involved!
 
The event will feature tables representing several different regions including Palestine, focusing on world economies and business cultures.  It also includes Musical Performance by Palestinian-American Musician Mohamad Rashed.
 
When:  Friday, March 6, 2009
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston, Hilton Hotel, Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom, 4800 Calhoun St.
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
March 6, 2009  -  Anarchists Against the Wall: Israel's Apartheid Wall and the Fight to Stop It!
 
On March 5 & 6, Shachaf Polakow, an Israeli activist against the occupation, and member of Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW), will give three presentations in the Houston area that will include film and photos, and will focus both on AATW's recent work in solidarity with Gaza and their ongoing work in the West Bank.

When:  Friday, March 6, 2009
Time: 
7 p.m.
Location: 
Sedition Books, 901 Richmond Avenue

The talk is sponsored by the UH Students for a Democratic Society.
  
For more information, contact Students for a Democratic Society (SDSUHtx@gmail.com, 713-304-9837).
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
March 5, 2009  -  Anarchists Against the Wall: Israel's Apartheid Wall and the Fight to Stop It!
 
On March 5 & 6, Shachaf Polakow, an Israeli activist against the occupation, and member of Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW), will give three presentations in the Houston area that will include film and photos, and will focus both on AATW's recent work in solidarity with Gaza and their ongoing work in the West Bank.

When:  Thursday, March 5, 2009
Time: 
2 p.m.
Location: 
University of Houston - University Center Atlantic Room (#74)
 
Time: 
7:30 p.m.
Location: 
East End Urban Market, 716 Telephone Rd.

The talk is sponsored by the UH Students for a Democratic Society.
  
For more information, contact Students for a Democratic Society (SDSUHtx@gmail.com, 713-304-9837).
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
March 3, 2009  -  Iraq and Beyond: The Real Story by Dahr Jamail
 
The independent journalist Dahr Jamail, who has reported from the Middle East for the last five years, will speak about the war in Iraq, the current situation in that region of the world, and the implications for human rights.  As well as writing for the Inter Press Service, and Le Monde Diplomatique, among others, Jamail reports on radio for Democracy Now!, and has appeared on the BBC and NPR and numerous other stations around the globe.  He was the recipient of the Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism in 2008 and also the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. The public is invited to meet the speaker after the program.
 
When:  Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time: 
7 p.m. 
Location: 
Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
 
Suggested donation of $5 - $10.

 
For more information, visit
www.rothkochapel.org/events.htm.
 

 
March 3, 2009  -  Engaging in Iran - Prospects for Expanding U.S.-Iran Exchanges
 
When:  Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time: 
11:30 a.m.
Location:  InterContinental Hotel, Houston

 
 
For more information, call 713-439-0051.
 

 
March 2, 2009  -  The Search for Truth in Iraq
 
Charles Duelfer, Former CIA
 
When:  Monday, March 2, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League Building, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
During the 1990’s, Charles Duelfer spent more time in Iraq than any other American. As the senior intelligence officer in search of weapons of mass destruction, he had interviewed top members of the regime. He knew the culture and understood the fears and phobias of those who had lived under Saddam. When Saddam Hussein was finally apprehended, Duelfer was put in charge of his interrogation.
 
Duelfer also knew many Iraqi citizens who were accomplished, qualified, and not sympathetic to the Saddam regime. Yet a fundamental lack of understanding between the US and Iraq had developed during the long period of sanctions. The resulting miscalculations were disastrous for both sides.
 
In 2004, President Bush asked Duelfer to investigate the Saddam regime and WMD to find out why US estimates had been so wrong. While the resulting Duelfer report is the comprehensive assessment about the search for WMDs in Iraq. But his book, Hide and Seek, is a more personal account of the people, events, and lost opportunities in the post-invasion years. It gives the American and Iraqi perspectives on why decisions were made, where they went wrong, and what might have been done to bring a smooth transition.
 
Charles Duelfer served as the deputy chairman of the United Nations weapons inspection team. He was also the leader of the Iraq Survey Group. He left the CIA in 2005 after a twenty year career as an intelligence officer.

 
Members: free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
March 2, 2009  -  Hellenism and Ancient Israel
 
Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., Houston Museum of Natural Science
 
When Alexander the Great marched his army through what is now modern Israel on his way to Egypt, he caused major changes in the political landscape. After Alexander’s death and the creation of the Hellenistic kingdoms in the region, these changes were made more permanent. This lecture will review these far-reaching shifts in the political landscape at that time.
 
When:  Monday, March 2, 2009
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030

 
Dirk Van Tuerenhout is curator of anthropology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
 

This lecture is co-sponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and is included in their course "The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story".
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
March 1, 2009  -  NAAP 5K Run/Walk for Gaza
 
Between Dec. 27, 2008 and Jan. 18, 2009, more than 1,300 Gazans were killed and more than 5,000 were injured. Of those killed, more than 30% were children and more than 10% were women.

On Jan. 21, Gaza’s power utility said 40% of the population was still without power, while 60% were receiving intermittent supply.  As of Jan. 23, 400,000 Gazans were still without water and 35,000 people were still displaced.  And on March 1, 2009, you will have the opportunity to help by taking steps that matter.
 
The Network of Arab-American Professionals of Houston (NAAP-Houston) will be holding a 5K Run/Walk where we will be taking steps to help mitigate the destruction that has fallen over those in the recent bombardments in Gaza.
 
Whne:  Sunday, March 1, 2009
Time:  9:00 AM
Location:  Eleanor Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Parkway Houston, TX
  
9 a.m - 10 a.m. : Registration/Sign-in. Event fee is $15 and open donations will be collected. All ages are welcome.
10 a.m. : Race begins.
11:30 a.m. : Post-race gathering with food, prizes and acknowledgments.
 
By participating in the NAAP 5K Run/Walk, you will be contributing directly to the people whose lives, health, families and homes have been destroyed. All funds raised will be distributed through the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) — one of the largest American non-profit organizations working solely in the Middle East for 40 years.
 
All donations are tax-deductible and proofs of accountability can be found at the ANERA website. www.anera.org.
 

 
February 28, 2009  -  Poetry Contest
 
Program is sponsored by Firm Apparel and Muslim American Society (MAS) Youth.
  
When: 
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location: 
Mumineen Hall (next to Nigerian Masjid), 8875 Benning
 
Tickets are $5 if you have on Firm Apparel Gear, and $7 at the door.
 

 
February 26, 2009  -  The Moral Dilemmas of Spying
 
Jim Olson, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
 
Whne:  Thursday, February 26, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
In the war against terrorism, nations are fighting networks and non-national organizations. Operating without borders or control centers, this new enemy poses a greater challenge to the resourcefulness of intelligence officers. While no one doubts the need for counter intelligence, field officers are often faced with questions of morally acceptable behavior. Former intelligence officer James Olson describes how murky their moral choices can be.
 
Using scenarios from the files of actual cases, he presents some of the split-second decisions that he and his wife Meredith faced during their CIA careers. They are questions of life or death that few people outside the intelligence community ever have to consider. Agents themselves have asked for guidance and clarity on the rules of engagement and acceptable tactics.
 
Jim Olson is a senior lecturer for the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and a former intelligence officer. During his 25 years with the CIA, Olson held many overseas assignments and served as Chief of Counterintelligence at headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. Olson is also the recipient of several awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. He is the author of Fair Play: the Moral Dilemmas of Spying.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20.00
 

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 25, 2009  -  Luncheon with the Ambassador of Egypt to the US
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a Luncheon featuring His Excellency Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States.
 
When:  February 25, 2009
Time:  Registration: 11:30 am, Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: The Intercontinental Hotel, 2222 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
 
Price: Members: $35, Non-members: $55
 
Sameh Hassan Shoukry assumed his position as Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States on September 22, 2008. Prior to his current post, Ambassador Shoukry served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva from 2005 to 2008. He served as Assistant Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2005. He was Ambassador to Austria from 1999 to 2003, during which period he also served as Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna and Governor of Egypt on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
February 23-24, 2009  -  Memorial Honoring those that were Lost in the GAZA Massacre
 

The most recent Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has left more than 1,300 people dead and almost 5,500 people injured. A large number of the victims have been innocent civilians, including a great number of women and children.
 
The Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine Youth Group (HCJPP-Youth) and the University of Houston Muslim Student Association (UH MSA) will be holding a memorial honoring those lost in the massacre in Gaza. A symbolic cemetery will be set up to commemorate the victims.
 
When: February 23-24, 2009
Time:  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:  Where:
University of Houston-Main Campus, in the field in front of the Library (between the Library and the PGH building)
 

For more information, visit www.hcjpp.org

 

 
February 20, 2009  -  MYC SW Parental Workshop - Urban Epidemic
 
Muslim American Society (MAS) Youth Southwest presents a program for parents to inform them of the Urban/Hip Hop Culture and how it affects the youth of the 21st century. Speakers include Br. Abdullah Oduro and Br. Adnan Jalali.
 
When:  Friday, February 20, 2009
Time:  7 pm
Location:  MAS Youth Center SW, 6226 Hwy 6 South
 
For more info, contact Br. Abdullah at 713-269-9135.
 

 
February 19, 2009  -  The Siege of Gaza by Dr. Rashid Khalidi
 
Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and author of numerous books including, most recently (2006), The Iron Cage: The Story of The Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, will speak about the siege of Gaza.  Khalidi brings close to four decades of academic research about the history of the modern Middle East to bear in his analysis of the current situation.
 
When:  Thursday, February 19, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: 
Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
 
Suggested donation of $5 - $10.

 
For more information, visit
www.rothkochapel.org/events.htm.
 

 
February 19, 2009 - Peace in the Middle East In the Shadow of Gaza & Iran
 
Oded Eran, Director, The Institute for National Security Studies in Israel
 
When:  Thursday, February 19, 2009
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Dinner Program: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m
Location:  The Westin Galleria Hotel, Monarch Room, 5060 West Alabama
 
Within hours of his confirmation, U.S. envoy George Mitchell headed to the Middle East. He moved quickly because of the fighting in Gaza. In the background, Iran’s nuclear program added a sense of urgency. What are the implications to regional peace if Iran gets the bomb? How would a nuclear Iran alter the region’s alignments? What are Israel’s options?

Dr. Oded Eran is presently the Director of the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, and was formerly the Ambassador of Israel to the European Union. His forty years with the Foreign Service have included postings in the Israeli embassies in London and Washington. While Ambassador to Jordan, he led the Israeli team in negotiations with the Palestinians. As Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs in the Foreign Ministry, he directed negotiations on the Association Agreement with the European Union in 1995 and participated in the talks on the Paris Economic Agreement with the Palestinians.
 
Members: $40, Non-members: $50
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 9, 2009 -  Occupation 101 Screening and Talk with Alison Weir
 
When:  Monday, February 9, 2009
Time:  3 - -5 pm
Location:  University of Houston, Houston Room (2nd floor, University Center)
 
We will begin with a talk by Alison Weir,
Founder and Executive Director of If Americans Knew; and then show the documentary and have a Q and A session with Alison Weir after the screening.
 
Co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association at UH, Amnesty International and the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 8, 2009  -  Candlelight Vigil at Rice
 
Rice for Peace along with the Rice Muslim Student Association are planning to host a short candlelight vigil to honor all those lost during the recent siege on Gaza and to raise funds for humanitarian aid. We hope the vigil can be an event that 1) reflects on the human costs of the recent siege and 2) makes a call for peace.
 
When:  On Sunday, February 8, 2009
Time:  6 pm
Location:  Rice University

 
We will also have a couple readings from local poet Fady Joudah, statements from student groups, and performances by student musicians.
 

 
February 6, 2009  -  Collegiate Model Arab League
 
The Model Arab League (MAL) is much like the Model United Nations (MUN) in that students act as delegates of their respective nations and engage in dialogue concerning social, economic, political, cultural and various other affairs.  MAL is unique because it strictly deals with Middle Eastern and other Arabic speaking states.
 
While "student diplomats" attempt to solve problems facing leaders of the Arab world, they gain valuable leadership training and hone their skills in public speaking, writing, debating and critical thinking. The MAL Club is open to students from all majors. We welcome you to join us and participate in all future simulations.
 
When:  February 6, 2009
Time:  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location:  University of St. Thomas 3800 Montrose Houston, Texas 77006-4626
Price: $60 per country team registration $40 per student diplomat
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
February 4, 2009  -  Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family
 
As part of its monthly film series, Houston Indymedia will screen 'Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family'
 
When:  Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location, Rice Cinema, Houston
  
Much of the mainstream discourse about the current conflict in Gaza portrays it as an eternal struggle between two groups fighting since biblical times.  'Gaza Ghetto' dispels this myth, examining the impact of displacement on the life of Abu el-Adel and his family through intimate scenes of daily life in Jabalia, the largest Palestinian refugee camp.  The film follows them as they return to the site of their former village, now the site of a Jewish settlement inside Israel.  As the grandfather and great-grandfather point out an orchard and sycamore fig that used to belong to their family, a Jewish resident emerges and orders them to leave, claiming they need a permit to be at the site.  After spending this time with Abu el-Adel and his grandchildren you will understand how the roots of the Palestine-Israel conflict influence today's harsh realities and dreams of peace, justice and stability.  'Gaza Ghetto' is the first documentary film made in Gaza, and sadly all of the themes still seem as excruciatingly relevant 20 years later.
 
After the film, we will be joined by local Palestinian activists for a discussion about the ongoing crisis.
 
This event is cosponsored by the Houston Palestine Film Festival and the Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine.
 
Rice Cinema is located at Rice University, Entrance # 8 (University & Stockton).  We will be asking for donations at the door, however, no one will be turned away.
 

 
February 3, 2009  -  The Peacemakers
 
Martin Indyk
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Brookings Institute
 
When: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway Plaza, The Grand Salon West Ballroom
  
The Omni Hotel offers complimentary self-parking in the Riverway Garage and event self-parking at a rate of $6.00 in the hotel garage. Valet parking is available at $9.00 per vehicle.
 
Making peace in the long-troubled Middle East is likely to be one of the top priorities of the next American president. He will need to take account of the important lessons from past attempts, candidly described by Ambassador Martin Indyk.

Ambassador Indyk gives vivid details of high-level meetings, showing how difficult it can be for American presidents to understand the motives and intentions of regional leaders and how easy it is for them to miss the rare opportunities for progress. As a new administration takes power, this experienced diplomat distills the lessons of past failures to chart a new way forward.

Former United States Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk is currently a senior fellow and Director of the Saban center for Middle East Policy in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Ambassador Indyk has taught at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Columbia University, Tel Aviv University, and Macquarie University. Ambassador Indyk has served as special assistant to President Clinton and as senior director of Near East and South Asian Affairs at the United States National Security Council, as well as having served eight years as the founding Executive Director for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His latest book, Innocents Abroad, will be available for sale at the program.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 1, 2009  -  Screenings of "Jenin Jenin" and AATW Shorts
 
Screenings of "Jenin Jenin" and AATW shorts
 
When:  February 1, 2009
Time:  8 p.m.
Location: 
 Sedition Books, 901 Richmond Ave., Houston
 
Jenin is a Palestinian city and refugee camp that the Israeli army attacked in April, 2002.
The fierce fighting ended with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Numerous human rights groups accused Israel of committing war crimes during the attack.
 
"Jenin Jenin" (2002, 54 min.) includes testimony from Palestinians who went through the ordeal. Also being screened are some short documentaries from the group Anarchists Against the Wall, a direct action group which was established in 2003 in response to Israel's construction on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank. The group works in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation.
 

 
November 1, 2008-February 1, 2009  -  Iraqi Artists in Exile Exhibition
 
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 7pm.
Free Admission
 
NOVEMBER 1, 2008 - FEBRUARY 1, 2009
 
Participating Artists:
SADIK KWAISH ALRAJI . HIMAT . AYAD ALKADHI . ALI TALIB ALKAYALI . DIA AZZAWI JANANNE AL ANI . MAHMUD AL OBAIDI . SHAKIR HASAN AL SAID . MOHAMMED AL SHAMMAREY . ABDEL KARIM KHALIL . NEDIM KUFI . HANAA MALALLAH . RAFA NASIRI . KAREEM RISAN . FAISEL LAIBI SAHI

The Station Museum of Contemporary Art wishes to announce its forthcoming exhibition, Iraqi Artists in Exile, It will open November 1, 2008 at 7pm
 
The staff of the Station Museum organized Iraqi Artists in Exile in solidarity with the Artist Rescue Mission of Houston as part of a more comprehensive aid program to help Iraqi artists. The exhibition consists of fifteen Iraqi artists whose art meets the highest standards of contemporary art. The artists are Ali Talib Alkayali, Abdel Karim Khalil, Ayad Alkadhi, Dia Azzawi, Faisel Laibi Sahi, Hanaa Malallah, Himat Mohammed Ali, Jananne Al-Ani, Kareem Risan, Nedim Kufi, Mahmud Al Obaidi, Mohammed Al Shammarey, Rafa Nasiri, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Shakir Hasan Al Said.
 
Their artwork is not only representative of modern Iraqi culture but also makes a significant contribution to contemporary world culture because of its unique and timely aesthetic. This aesthetic consists of references and symbols that often date back thousands of years and that bind the modern Iraqi aesthetic to the ancient past. It is important to note that the arts have flourished in Baghdad for seven thousand years.

Many exiled artists now live in small towns and cities in many parts of the world or in exclusively Arab neighborhoods that are not easily accessible to outsiders. Many of them have suffered the loss of their careers’ work. Most of the artists had important works in Baghdad’s Museum of Modern Art that was completely looted during the initial stages of the occupation.. Others had to leave much of their artwork behind. Nevertheless, these exiled artists have gone on to create new artworks that reflect not only the pain but also the collective creative imagination of the Iraqi people. M. Al Shammarey, one of the artists, has said, “It would be impossible to call yourself an artist if there is no reference to the war in your work. The war is the time we are living in.”

The reality of the Iraq war has been obscured by poor reporting and by important issues like global-warming, gay marriage, the election, the collapse of the market. But the war is the main event. Besides the terrible human cost to our soldiers and their families, the war is costing the nation more than three hundred million dollars a day. The human cost to the people of Iraq and the damage to the country’s infrastructure is almost beyond description. Ninety percent of the roughly one million Iraqi casualties have been women and children. As a consequence of the American war and occupation, Iraq’s libraries, bookstores, museums, art galleries, art studios have been destroyed and Iraqi artists, writers, professors and intellectuals have been terrorized, killed, or forced into exile.
 
Station Museum of Contemporary Art
1502 Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77004
713.529.6900
www.stationmuseum.com
 

 
January 31, 2009 - Closing Reception for the Iraqi Artists in Exile Exhibit
 
The reception is sponsored by Houston Palestine Film Festival (among others), which will announce its line-up for the 2009 festival. There will also be a focus on solidarity with the people in the Gaza Strip.
 
When:  Saturday, January 31, 2009
Time:  7-11 p.m.
Location:  Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St., Houston
 

 
January 27, 2009 - Luncheon with the Ambassador of Libya to the U.S.
 
His Excellency, Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali, Ambassador of Libya to the United States
 
When:  Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Time:  Registration: 11:30 am, Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: The Intercontinental Hotel- Legends Ballroom I & II, 2222 West Loop S, Houston
 
Location:  Price: Members: $50.00 Non-members: $100.00

The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a Luncheon featuring His Excellency Ali Aujali Ambassador of Libya to the United States. This visit comes after decades of tense relations between the US and Libya, recently resolved after the settlement of the Lockerbie Case. The compensation agreement was the last hurdle to a full normalization of ties with Washington.

Ambassador Aujali was named Chief of the Libyan Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. in 2004, after serving as charge d'affairs at the Libyan Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. Over the years, he has served as Libya's ambassador to Argentina and Brazil.
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
January 26, 2009  -  Occupied Minds: A Palestinian-Israeli Journey Beyond Hope and Despair
 

The World Affairs Council & Lone Star College-Cyfair will host an international education presentation entitled Occupied Minds: A Palestinian-Israeli Journey Beyond Hope and Despair.  The guest speaker is Jamal Dajani who is an award winning producer & senior director of Middle Eastern Programming at Link TV.  Please join the World Affairs Council & Cyfair in welcoming Mr. Dajani as he takes us on an educational journey regarding the events related to Palestine and Israel. 
 
When:  January 26, 2009
Time: 
1:30 p.m. – 2:15, Questions & Answers: 2:15 – 2:30
Location: Lone Star College-Cyfair, Conference Center 151
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
January 26, 2009  -  America: A View from the Middle East
 
Jamal Dajani, Link TV
 
When: 
Monday, January 26, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Dinner Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Westin Oaks Hotel, The Roof 21st Floor, 5011 Westheimer
 
The US presidential elections attracted attention from around the world and especially from the Middle East. How was the process covered and what does the region now expect from the new administration? Career journalist Jamal Dajani gives an inside look into how the important relationship between the Middle East and America is discussed in the Arab media.
 
Jamal Dajani is an award winning producer and Senior Director of Middle Eastern Programming at Link TV. Since 2001 he has produced more than 1,700 installments of Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, which won him the prestigious Peabody Award. Dajani has worked on several television productions, including Occupied Minds, a documentary shedding light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Who Speaks for Islam?, both of which aired on Link TV and PBS stations.
 
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dajani completed his early studies at Collège des Frères and attended Columbia University in New York City, where he received a B.A. degree in Political Science.
 
Members: $40, Non-members: $50
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
January 25, 2009  -  Gaza Solidarity Day: Fund Raiser & Informational Session
 
Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine will hold a special GAZA SOLIDARITY DAY: Fund Raiser and Information Session
  
When:  Sunday, January 25, 2009
Time:  2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 

WHY: To send urgently needed medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals to Gaza via the United Nations - UNRWA
 
WHO: Dr. Azmi Bishara (conference call), Palestinian politician, former Knesset member
          Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History at Rice University
          Dr. Gerard Daniel Cohen, Assistant Professor of History at Rice University
 
Baby sitting will be available. Refreshments will be provided.
 

For more information, visit www.hcjpp.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 21, 2009  -  Palestine 101
 
An introduction to the history of Palestine, Israel and the struggle for justice, hosted by Students for a Democratic Society-UH and Sedition Books.
 
Featuring Ala Alazzeh and Hadeel Assali.
 
When:  Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Sedition Books, 901 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas
 

 
January 21, 2009  -  Talking with Iran
 
Trita Parsi, National Iranian Council
 
When:  Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League Building, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, The Ballroom
 
In partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Iranian Film Festival

President Obama is expected to engage in more direct talks with Iran soon after he takes office. But how should the US approach these talks? Who holds real power in Iran and what do they want?
 
As the country increases its nuclear development the stakes grow higher each day. Iran’s internal politics are fraught with divisions between radicals and moderates. Regional relations are equally complex. How can the next U.S. president begin an effective and productive dialog with Iran? Is there common ground?
 
Dr. Trita Parsi is president of the National Iranian Council and an expert on Iranian foreign policy and US-Iranian relations. His articles have been published in the Financial Times, the Globalist, the Jerusalem Post, and the Daily Star. Dr. Parsi is a frequent commentator on US-Iranian relations and Middle Eastern affairs, and has appeared on BBC World News, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Al Jazeera, C-Span, NPR, MSNBC, Voice of America and British Channel 4.
 
Members: free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, phone: 713-522-7811,
www.wachouston.org.
 

 
January 19, 2009  -  Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
 
CAIR-Houston invites you to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. parade, sponsored by the Black Heritage Society.

This year the parade, in solidarity with the situation in Gaza, will have a car for the Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Those same words that held so true during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s make a very strong statement during this time, as people all over the world witness the atrocities taking place in Gaza.

Join CAIR-Houston and the Black Heritage Society as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his message of peace, justice and equality for everyone.

As an activist who dedicated his life to equal rights, Dr. King's message can be and should be applied to all people, everywhere. Mindful of his moral courage and self-sacrifice, CAIR-Houston urges all of you to continue his legacy by adding your voices to the millions from around the world who are demanding an immediate end to the killing of men, women and children in Gaza and the surrounding areas.

The parade will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19 at 12 p.m. It will start at the corner of 610 Loop South and Martin Luther King Boulevard, moving on to the intersection of MLK Boulevard and Griggs Road, ending in MacGregor Park, located at MLK Boulevard and Old Spanish Trail.

ACTION REQUESTED: WHAT: Attend the MLK parade
WHERE: 610 Loop South and Martin Luther King Boulevard, moving on to the intersection of MLK Boulevard and Griggs Road, ending in MacGregor Park, located at MLK Boulevard and Old Spanish Trail.
WHEN: Monday, January 19 at 12 p.m.
 
For more information, visit www.originalmlkparade.com.
 

 
January 16-18, 2009  -  The Early Muslims: The Post-Prophetic Era and Its Contemporary Relevance
 
Theme: It is almost universally recognized by both Muslims and non-Muslims that one of the greatest contribution of Islam is its' legal system, a discursive tradition that has become both adaptive and timeless. Yet, many Muslims are unaware that the process of expounding the legal principles of the Qur'an and Sunnah into a codified system of law lagged far behind the social and political exigencies the law was meant to cover. Moreover, the stories of the major individuals in this saga bear immense spiritual instruction.
 
Scholars: Dr. Muneer Fareed, Dr. Abd al-Hakim Jackson and others
 
When:  Martin Luther King Day Weekend - January 16-18, 2009
Location: University of Houston, Houston, Texas
 
Tuition: $125 Student, $150 Professional, $250 Couple (includes all meals, not lodging)
 
For more information, visit www.alimprogram.com/programs/winter.shtml.
 

 
January 18, 2009  -  Candle Light Vigil for Gaza
 
When:  Sunday, January 18, 2009
Time:  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location:
Waterfall at Williams Tower, Galleria Area, 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston TX 77056
   
Why: To commemorate the loss of innocent civilian lives during the latest Israeli massacre in Gaza.

 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine (www.hcjpp.org).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 17, 2009  -  Gaza Solidarity Night
 
When:  Saturday, January 17, 2009
Time:  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location:  ISGH SE Community Hall, 8830 Old Galveston Rd, Houston, TX 77034.
 
The purpose of this event is to educate and mobilize our community to take a stand and action. The event will feature speakers, videos, discussions and breakout sessions. We are inviting members of congress, city council, mayor and other dignitaries to attend.
 
Hope to see you their with your friends
 

 
January 16, 2009  -  Silent Protest of Israel & its War Crimes in Gaza
 
When:  Friday, January 16, 2009
Time:  3 pm - 6 pm
Location: 
Holocaust Museum, 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004
   
Why:  To raise awareness of the massacres being committed by Israel and that "Never Again!" means Gaza as well.
 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine (www.hcjpp.org).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 15, 2009  -  The Crisis in Gaza Panel Discussion
 
Ussama Makdisi and Ranan Kuperman on the crisis in Gaza
 
Hillel (Foundation for Jewish Campus Life), the Muslim Students Association, and the Rice Student Forum on Arab-Israeli Affairs have come together to bring you a thought-provoking panel discussion about the recent events in Gaza.
 
Both professors (see below) will give short opening statements presenting their views on the current situation. The rest is up to you! The majority of this discussion will be an open Q&A session, moderated by Dr. Jill Carrol of the religious studies department.
 
Ranan Kuperman is the Alexander Visiting Professor from Israel in the Rice department of political science. He received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University and was lecturer of International Relations at the University of Haifa. His research is in the fields of foreign policy decision-making, low intensity conflict and political economy. His most recent book is Cycles of Violence: The Evolution of the Israeli Decision Regime Governing the Use of Limited Military Force.

Ussama Makdisi is the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Arabic Studies and Professor of History at Rice University. He is the author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon (2000), "Anti-Americanism in the Arab World: An Interpretation of a Brief History" in Journal of American History (2002) and an editor with Paul Silverstein of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (2006).
 
When:  Thursday, January 15, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location:  Herring Hall 100, Rice University, Houston, Texas
 
Refreshments will follow after the event.
 

For more information, visit http://gsa.rice.edu/content/panel-discussion-crisis-gaza.
 

 
January 11, 2009  -  Emergency Fund Raising Event for Gaza
 
When:  Sunday, January 11, 2009
Time:  4 - 6 p.m.
Location:  Hilton West Chase, 9999 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77042
 
Sponsored by MAS Houston, ICNA, Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine, National Arab American Medical Association
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 10, 2009  -  Protest the Israeli Military Assault on Gaza
 
In order to call attention to the number of women, children and civilian men being killed daily in Gaza, a group of students from the University of Houston have organized a protest this Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at Westheimer and Post Oak in front of the Galleria.
 
We ask those who attend to follow the following guidelines:

Do not obstruct either car or pedestrian traffic.
To focus on the innocent people who have been killed or are suffering daily from the siege upon Gaza.
 
If, by some chance, a ceasefire is called beforehand we will carry through with the event in order to remind people the humanitarian crisis will not disappear overnight.
 

 
January 9, 2009  -  Protest the Israeli Military Assault on Gaza
 
When:  Friday, January 9, 2009
Time:  3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: 
Israeli Consulate, 24 Greenway Plaza, northeast corner of Weslayan & Highway 59
   
The Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (HCJPP) will hold a demonstration on Friday, January 9, 2009 in front of the
Israeli Consulate, 24 Greenway Plaza, northeast corner of Weslayan & Highway 59.
 

 
January 8, 2009  -  Candle Light Vigil to Show Solidarity with Gaza
 
When:  Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time:  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 
Israeli Consulate, 24 Greenway Plaza, northeast corner of Weslayan & Highway 59
   
The Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (HCJPP) will hold a Candle Light Vigil to show solidarity with Gaza on Thursday, January 8, 2009 in front of the
Israeli Consulate, 24 Greenway Plaza, northeast corner of Weslayan & Highway 59.
 

 
January 7, 2009  -  Protest Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
 
CONTINUE PROTESTING THE ZIONISTS MASSACRE OF THE PEOPLE OF GAZA.
 
When:  Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Time: 
 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Location:  MANDELL & DUNLAVY BRIDGES OVER HWY 59 (SOUTHWEST FWY), Houston
 
Pick up signs on the Mandell bridge.
 
DIRECTIONS: If you take the SW freeway from either direction, exit Shepherd/Greenbriar. Take Greenbriar and go south toward Rice U. to the first street (Millford), turn left and go 5 blocks to Mandell, turn left to bridge.) Key map 492-Z
 
Bring flags and your own signs if you like (minimum 8" letters preferred). We have these and other signs:
 
STOP THE GENOCIDE ON GAZA
STOP FUNDING ISRAELI ATROCITIES
ISRAEL BRUTALIZES WITH OUR TAX MONEY
GAZA SUFFERS-FREE PALESTINE
ISRAEL KILLED 200 IN ONE DAY
ISRAEL HAS GONE MAD
FREE GAZA.ORG
WAKE UP U S A
STOP ISRAELI CRUELTY
 
For more information, call 713-771-9439.
 

 
January 4, 2009  -  Peaceful Gathering to Protest the Israeli Military Assault on Gaza
 
When:  Sunday, January 4, 2009
Time:  3 - 6 pm
Location: 
Westheimer at Post Oak (Galleria Area)
   
The Israeli army has entered the Gaza Strip as it escalated its offensive on the eighth day of operations. The Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (HCJPP) will hold a demonstration this Sunday, January 4, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Galleria area on the corner of Westheimer and Post Oak (2521 Post Oak Blvd Houston, TX 77056) in protest of the Israeli military assault on Gaza which has left over 470 Palestinians dead and 2500 injured. 
 
The HCJPP calls for an immediate Israeli ceasefire and a complete end to the blockade. HCJPP calls upon the current and forthcoming administrations to work towards a peaceful and just resolution to the ongoing conflict.
 
Click here for HCJPP Statement.
 

 
January 2, 2009  -  Peaceful Gathering to Protest the Israeli Military Assault on Gaza
 
When:  Friday, January 2, 2009
Time:  3 - 6 pm
Location:  Israeli Consulate,
24 Greenway Plaza, northeast corner of Weslayan & Highway 59
  
The Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (HCJPP) will hold a demonstration this Friday, January 2, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in front of the Israeli Consulate in protest of the Israeli military assault on Gaza which has left over 400 Palestinians dead and 2,000 injured.
 
The attacks came after several weeks of an Israeli blockade which left most of Gaza's 1.5 million inhabitants without sufficient food, water, fuel, electricity, or medicine. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has now reached an unprecedented level of severity as hospitals are incapable of dealing with the sheer number of patients and the electricity, water, and sewage systems are barely functional.
 
The HCJPP calls for an immediate Israeli ceasefire and a complete end to the blockade. HCJPP calls upon the current and forthcoming administrations to work towards a peaceful and just resolution to the ongoing conflict.
 

 
January 1, 2009  -  Rally to End the Siege and Killing in Gaza
 
Join us this Thursday January 1, 2009
1-3 pm peaceful Rally in front of the Israeli Consulate in Houston
Location: 24 Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas 77046 [on Wesleyan Near US 59]
 
Rules/ Info for attendees
1- All banners, signs, or posters will be subject to approval by the organizers on the day of the event.
2- Permit has been obtained for the rally and police officers will be onsite
3- local media is invited. Three dedicated media spokesmen on behalf of the organizers are appointed.
 
MAS Freedom Condemns Civilian Attacks in Gaza; 385+ Reported Killed

"We cannot remain silent while the Palestinian people continue to suffer from these abominable acts, and we call upon all Americans of good will and conscience to join us in calling for a cease fire on both sides and an end to the Gaza embargo,"
 
For additional information contact MAS Freedom of Houston at 281-530-4627 or Email inquiries can be sent to info@mashouston.org.
 
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