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, January/February 2012, Pages 46-47
Iqraa' Runs for Palestinian Education
Iqraa', a D.C. running club, participated in the Oct. 15 Baltimore marathon and in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC Oct. 30 to raise money for Palestinian education. Iqraa' means "read" in Arabic and is an appropriate name for the running group, as it was founded in 2008 to raise funds for educational projects in Gaza and the West Bank.
Each runner found sponsors to contribute to the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), a DC-based NGO founded in 1978 to help improve Palestinian lives amid occupation and economic stagnation.
According to UPA, this year Iqraa' raised $10,500, with additional funds still to come in from those who volunteered to cheer the runners and help at the marathons. It is estimated that the final total will be about $12,000.
Half of the funds will go toward scholarships for Palestinian students to attend Gaza universities, including the University of Palestine, the Islamic University of Gaza, the University College of Applied Sciences, and Al-Azhar University; the other half will support after-school tutoring for special education students at the Spafford Children's Hospital in East Jerusalem's Old City.
Iqraa' is part of the Marathon Charity Cooperation, a group of 14 charities that operate for varying causes, including the Burma Humanitarian Mission, the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking, and the Association for India's Development.