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, August 2006, page 56
American-Arab Conference Honors, Inspires Community
THE AMERIAN-ARAB Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) held its 26th annual convention at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC from June 15-18. Banquets, panel discussions, films, music, artwork, and exhibition booths laden with embroidery, pottery and books illustrated this year’s theme: “Celebrating Our Heritage: Building Our Future.”
Attendees spent the first day of the conference lobbying members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Prince Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., hosted a reception at the Embassy featuring delicious Middle Eastern food. Following the reception, an Open Mic/DJ party was held back at the hotel.
The following day, June 16, Mike Wallace, senior correspondent for “60 Minutes,” woke up the audience at a panel discussion about the media. He challenged the audience to provide examples of anti-Arab discrimination. Arab-Americans took the bait, telling tales of terrible bias, and a lively discussion ensued.
Friday’s luncheon featured Col. Larry Wilkerson, former Department of State chief of staff and author of Is the U.S. Being Transformed into a Radical Republic? Bachar Sbeiti, a brilliant 6-year-old Lebanese Canadian, received ADC’s Child Achievement award. ADC presented its Lifetime Policy Achievement Award to Clovis Maksoud, who served as Arab League ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States, and who is now a professor of international relations and director of the Center for the Global South at American University in Washington, DC.
—Delinda C. Hanley