A Palestinian family reacts after Israeli bulldozers demolished their home in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5, 2013. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Newly elected Israeli Knesset member Yair Lapid (l), leader of the Yesh Atid party, speaks to Naftali Bennett, head of the hard-line national religious party the Jewish Home, during a Feb. 5 reception in Jerusalem marking the opening of the 19th Knesset. (URIEL SINAI/GETTY IMAGES)
Richard Curtiss at work in his Washington Report office. (STAFF PHOTO D. HANLEY)
Then-Vice President Dick Cheney (l) and Likud chairman Benyamin Netanyahu, out of office at the time and serving as the official Israeli opposition leader, at a March 23, 2008 breakfast meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (r) shares candies with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim during a Feb. 11 visit to the rebels’ stronghold in Sultan Kudarat on the island of Mindanao. (KARLOS MANLUPIG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Emad Burnat views his five broken cameras in his documentary of the same name. (PHOTO COURTESY KINO LORBER)
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2009, page 57
Mosaic Foundation to Partner With ONE DROP Foundation
THE MOSAIC Foundation, an American charitable organization founded by the spouses of the Arab ambassadors to the United States, held its annual gala April 28 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Since the Mosaic Foundation was established 12 years ago, the organization has awarded more than $10 million to worthy causes that improve the lives of women and children. Its efforts have promoted understanding between the United States and the peoples of the Arab world.
This year the Mosaic Foundation supported numerous projects dedicated to highlighting mankind’s interaction with water, and announced a pilot project in the Middle East with the ONE DROP Foundation established by Guy Lalibert, owner and creator of Cirque du Soleil. ONEDROP is working to give every child the opportunity to live a life free of water poverty and the perils of water-borne illness and death.
Mona Hamdy, executive director of the Mosaic Foundation, told more than 500 attendees why the organization focused on water for its 2009 grants. “We believe that access to clean, reliable sources of water is one of the most effective ways to decrease poverty, fight disease, and improve the lives of those in need,” Hamdy said.
Also honored were Blue Legacy International and EarthEcho International, each founded by relatives of the legendary explorer Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
The Mosaic Foundation also recognized the service and sacrifice of Arab Americans in the U.S. military, including Gen. John Abizaid, U.S. Army (Ret.), and 1st Sgt. Jamal S. Baadani, founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military (APAAM). For more information visit <www.mosaicfound.org>.
—Delinda C. Hanley