An artist’s collage juxtaposes the real-life conditions Palestinian workers face in the occupied West Bank with Scarlett Johansson’s role as SodaStream spokesmodel. (Courtesy Electronic Intifada)
Outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, activists demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his peace proposal, Jan. 29, 2014. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)
A Jewish settler (unseen at left) places the Israeli flag on a road sign as Israeli troops encircle Palestinian villagers protesting the army’s cutting branches off olive trees on a road leading to the illegal Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of Bethlehe
Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)
U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March 2005, page 77
Sabeel Events, Study Tour, Music Seminar, USS Liberty Reunion, Film Award, Death
—Compiled by Janet McMahon
Study Tour to Israel and Palestine
Arabic and Eastern Music Seminar
Xauen Music, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Sephardic, Turkish, and Armenian music, announces The Heartland Seminar on Arabic and Eastern Music, to be held March 19-23 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin.The five-day residential program is designed both for people who wish to begin their study as well as those who seek to improve their skills through individualized instruction, lectures, and workshops. Special sessions will be devoted to topics such as music marketing and promotion, composition, technical issues, and education. The instructors are Hicham Chami of Chicago on qanun, Hanna Khoury of Philadelphia on violin, Scott Marcus of Santa Barbara on ney, Naser Musa of Los Angeles on vocals, Karim Nagi Mohammed of Boston on percussion, and Kareem Roustom of Boston on oud. All have extensive background in education and workshop-conducting in addition to being recording artists and performers. Cost, which includes lodging, meals, and instruction, is $495 for five days or $315 for the weekend only. For additional information, visit <http://www.xauen-music.com/events/a_20050319_hsam_1y/a_20050319_
USS Liberty Reunion
The USS Liberty Veterans Associaion will hold its annual reunion June 9-12 in Washington, DC. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Washington, located at 15th and Pennsylvania Aves., with a double rate of $139 per room. This rate is available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Reservations may be made by calling (800) 424-9540, or on the hotel’s Web site, <hotelwashington.com>. Be sure to say you are with the LVA to qualify for the special rate. On Sat. evening, June 11, the LVA banquet will be held at the Army/Navy Club, 901 17th St. Tickets are $75 per person and must be prepaid no later than two weeks before the event. Send checks to and request additional information from Pat Blue-Roushakes, 1819 Horseback Trail, Vienna, VA 22182, (703) 938-4670.
Chicago Palestine Film Festival Award
Emerging Palestinian-American filmmaker Jacqueline Salloum was named the recipient of the first Chicago Palestine Film Festival completion fund award, given to filmmakers of Palestinian origin or filmmakers working on Palestine-related films to assist them in completing a film in the making. This first award will go toward the completion of Salloum’s “SlingShot HipHop: The Palestinian Lyrical Front,” a documentary focusing on the daily life of Palestinian rappers living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside the Green Line. For more information on the film, which is slated for a 2005 release, visit <www.slingshothiphop.com>. Information about the Chicago Palestine Film Festival and its upcoming fourth annual film festival is available on its Web site, <www.palestinefilmfest.com>.
Walter Paul White, 74, a retired foreign service officer with the U.S. Information Agency, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 13 at an Alexandria, VA hospital. A native of Mentone, AL, he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1952 with a degree in journalism, then worked for a year at the Atlanta Constitution. He served in the Marine Corps from 1953 to 1955 and retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1967 with the rank of major. He also graduated from the National War College in 1972. From 1956 to 1986, he served in eight countries—Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Iraq and Morocco—and in several capacities, including press attaché, public affairs officer and cultural affairs officer.While stationed in Washington from 1964 to 1967, he was deputy chief of the Near East Division of the Voice of America and its acting chief in 1982. In 1995, he was the American representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s mission to Tajikistan. While there, he helped monitor human rights violations and progress toward democratic processes by the Tajik government. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Colleen Kelly White, three children, a brother, and two grandchildren.