Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, October 2001, page 113
Compiled by Janet McMahon
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) is sponsoring a Sept. 15 rally in Montreal, Canada to “End Israeli Colonialism—Unite for Justice.” The daylong event will begin with an information bazaar, with some 100 organizations participating, at 10 a.m. at the corner of DeMaisonneuve and Guy in downtown Montreal. From there, demonstrators will march to the U.S. Consulate, then return to the bazaar site passing the Israeli Consulate. Some 20,000 people are expected for what organizers hope will be one of the largest pro-Palestinian events held in North America. Additional information is available at the Web site <www.sphr.org>.
In observance of the first anniversary of the al-Aqsa intifada, the Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign will hold a national demonstration in London on Oct. 13. Participants should assemble at the Hyde Park Marble Arch at 11:30 a.m. for a march to the U.S. Embassy, followed by a rally in Trafalgar Square. For additional information contact Al-Awda in London, 020-7900-6767.
Nominations currently are being accepted for the 2002 Martin Ennals Award (MEA) for Human Rights Defenders. Named after the first secretary-general of Amnesty International, who died in 1991, the Award is granted annually to an individual or, exceptionally, an organization currently involved in human rights work, and who has demonstrated an active record of combatting human rights violations by courageous and innovative means. The MEA encourages in particular those who are working in conditions hostile to fundamental human rights and who are in need of protection. The value of the annual award is 20,000 Swiss Francs, to be used for further work in the field of human rights. The application form and additonal information is available from the MEA Web site, <www.digitalsmile.com/
“Le Temps de Vivre,” an exhibition of sculptures and ceramics by artist Khalil Bendib, will be on view until Sept. 15 at the Alliance FranÃ§aise de San Francisco Art Gallery, 1345 Bush St. (between Polk and Larkin Sts., Civic Center BART station), San Francisco.
The Washington, DC Internation Film Festival presents the 6th Annual Arabian Sights 2001 film festival, featuring contemporary Arab cinema, Oct. 5-14. All films (all with English subtitles) will be shown at the Loews Cineplex Foundry Theaters, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St., NW. For complete information call (202) 724-5613 or visit the Web site <www.filmfestdc.org>.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art, located on the National Mall, will present “Turkish Cinema Now,” a survey of recent Turkish films, all with English subtitles. Screenings will be held Sundays Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., and Fridays Oct. 5 and 12 at 7 p.m. For information on specific films to be shown call (202) 357-2700 or visit the Web site <www.si.edu/asia>.
A benefit concert for the preservation of classical music in India and Pakistan will be held at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Indian master classical vocalist Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan will perform classical Raaga, Sufi, Urdu, and Persian Ghazel music. For tickets call (925) 798-1300; for more information call (510) 534-2977.