April 4. Tune in to WGBH-TV to see Mai Masri's new film, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears, 10:00 p.m. Masri's film will be preceded by "Battle for the Holy Land" at 9 p.m.

April 10. American Friends Service Committee series. Elaine Hagopian, "Dangers of a Widening War," at the Friends House, Brattle Street, opposite Longfellow's house, 7 p.m.

April 12-13. Friends of Sabeel in North America Conference, featuring Bishop Desmond Tutu, Sara Roy, Phyllis Bennis and others, Old South Church, Copley Square. The conference opens April 12 in the evening, with most of the talks on April 13. Specific information will be available later.

April 14. Tikkun of New England Conference with Rabbi Michael Lerner, "Building Peace and Justice" at Belmont Methodist Church, Common St. near corner of Trapelo Rod, Cushing Square, Belmont, 1:00 - 6:30 p.m.

April 21. Second in Episcopal Diocese series. Hanan Ashrawi, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Spokesperson for the League of Arab States,
St. Paul's Cathedral, Tremont St. Boston, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

April 25. Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Harvard Center for M.E. Studies. Guy Grossman, Lieutenant (Reserve-Paratroopers); and Member, Leadership Circle, Ometz le-Sarev, The Israeli Refusal Movement, "Israeli Army Refusers: Ethical and Ideological Underpinnings and Society Responses," 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Coolidge Hall, Room 3 at 1727 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

April 28. Ecumenical Committee on the M.E. Crisis. "Who are the Palestinian Refugees?" Program includes brief history of the Refugee issue by Elaine Hagopian, followed by the latest film by Mai Masri depicting refugee life, "Frontiers of Dreams and Fears;" followed by a Q/A period with Susan Akram on the present legal status of the refugees at the Christ Church of Cambridge, Zero Garden St., Cambridge, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.

May 6. Episcopal Diocese Series (Third). Yeheskel Landau, Israeli Founder and Religious Director of Open House, an Israeli, Palestinian, and Christian peace and support center for children and adults at St. Paul's Cathedral, Tremont St., Boston,
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

May 7. Ecumenical Committee on the M.E. Crisis (with additional sponsors). Ms. Neta Golan, a young Israeli peace worker and a cofounder of the International Solidarity Movement, a nonviolent resistance movement. Ms Golan is known for her courage in confronting Israeli army attempts to demolish Palestinian homes and destroy Palestinian villages, at Christ Church of Cambridge, Zero Garden St., Cambridge, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Arabesque Mondays Presents

Performing Um Kulthoum, Asmahan, Leila Murad, Faiza Ahmed, Fairuz and Traditional Moroccan
Hamid Talhi on Oud
Boujemaa Razgui on Nay,Violin
Jamal Sinnu on Qanoon
Karim Mohammed on Riqq

For more info, see: Arabesque

Monday November 19th at 8pm
CLUB PASSIM 47 Palmer Street Harvard SQ. Cambridge, Ma.
$10 Admission
Reservations are highly recommended.

Call 617.492.7679 and listen carefully for Arabesque on Monday November 19th.
Using the recorded service, specify if you want a table.
Please arrive before 7:30pm to secure your seats.

Arabesque Mondays Resumes...
Celebrating Arabic Music and Culture

Introducing to Boston....
Vocalist Taoufiq ben Amor (Tunis/N.Y.)
Professor of Arabic Language at
Columbia University & Middlebury College
Singing Mawaweel, Muwashahaat, Qudud and Aghani with the
SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble of Boston
featuring Qanoon, Violin, Oud, Riqq and Tabla

see the flyer @:

Monday October 15th from 8pm to 10pm
Club Passim
47 Palmer St. Harvard Sq.
Cambridge MA.

Table Reservations are recommended.
Call Club Passim at 617.492.7679
and listen for "Arabesque on October 15th."
Please state how many persons and if you want a table.
Please arrive by 7:30pm to assure your reservation.

Cheb Mami
in Concert

Berklee Performance Center
July 12, 2001
8:30 pm

tickets available at TicketMaster.

for complete tour schedule, check

Farida & the IRAQI Maqam Ensemble (FIME) in a USA tour.

This HISTORIC tour will take place in
NY on Saturday, May 5,
Washington, DC on Friday May 11,
Boston, MA. on Saturday, May 19, and finally in
Chicago, IL on Monday, May 21.

This is the first time at which a female Iraqi singer will be the feature of a musical tour around the United States. Farida is a remarkable vocalist who has established a reputation throughout the Arab world and Europe for her brilliant performances of the classical Iraqi maqam, highly improvisational music that is traditionally sung by men. She will be accompanied by the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble, a prominent group founded by Mohammed Gomar in 1989 to continue the mission and project initially founded by the late Munir Bashir.

Farida graduated from the Institute of Music in Baghdad, mastered nineteen maqams and became the first woman to teach classical maqam in Iraq. She has participated in many international events, including prestigious festivals in Moscow, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Holland, England, France, Germany and Belgium.

"…the interplay between singer and musicians is wondrously seductive…sheer brilliance…"

Sponsored by:
World Music Institute
Smithsonian/Freer Gallery of Art
Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Co-Sponsord by:
* Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Music Study Group, Harvard University
* New York State Council on the Arts
* New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Saturday, May 19, 2001
8:00 PM
The Tower Auditorium
Mass College of Arts
621 Huntington Ave. Boston, Mass.
$50, $30
Reserved Seating
Tickets will NOT be sold at the door
For reservations, call the Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS) at
(617) 86-INEAS (864-6327) or
(617) 486-9232

Arabesque Mondays presents

Arabic Nay (bamboo flute) Master

Renown for his performances in the recordings and concerts of
Fairuz and Ziad Rahbani

Monday April 16th @ 7:30pm
47 Palmer st. Harvard SQ.
Cambridge. MA.
Table reservations call 1.888.457.7800

Musical Accompaniment by
Jamal Sinno/Qanoon
Karim Mohammed/Riqq and Tabla

Fine Arabic food available.
Adults and Children welcome.

Ali Abunimah

Author of numerous op-ed responses to the mainstream press and co-author with Rani Masri of a chapter in "Iraq Under Seige" (South End Press)

Will discuss the role of transnational media in distorting the truth of assassinations, house demolitions, massacres, as well as numerous unreported human rights violations of Palestinians, by both Israeli military and civilians, that have been characteristic of the occupation of Palestinian homes and farms for over 30 years.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Building 4, Room 163
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge Massachusetts

March 21, 2001, 7-9pm
This event is free and open to the public.

for more information please contact

An Evening of Quintessential Arabic Classical Music

Simon Shaheen with
The Near Eastern Music Ensemble
and Rima Khcheich,
Professor of Vocal Music at the National Conservatory of Music in Lebanon.

The Near Eastern Music Ensemble includes masters of the Oud, Violin, Ney, Qanoon and Percussion, and musicians who have performed with Fairouz and Ziad Rahbani.

Sunday March 4th , 8pm.
The Longy School of Music
33 Garden st. Harvard Sq. Cambridge, MA
(near the Sheraton Commander Hotel)

$25 open admission (arrive by 7:30pm)

The seats are limited and tickets have been selling rapidly! To assure seats, please order tickets in advance.
Call 888.457.7800 or see
Simon Shaheen with Qantara and Rima Khcheich

Simon Shaheen
Benefit Concert for Palestine
Suheir Hammad, Author and Poet

Sunday December 17, 2000
7:30 p.m. sharp

Harvard University
Paine Hall, Music Building
Oxford Street

tickets for $25 & $100* available at the Harvard Box Office, 617-496-2222
$100 tickets include reception after the performance.

Suheir Hammad is the author of "Born Palestinian, Born Black" and "Drops of This Story". Suheir's work has won numerous awards, including the Audre Lorde Award for poerty (1995 & 2000), a Van Lier Fellowship and several residencies.

Simon Shaheen is known internationally as a unique virtuoso of the ud and violin, dazzling listeners with his soaring technique, melodic ingenuity and the ease with which he jumps from traditional Arabic, jazz and classical music styles.

Simon Shaheen & members of Qantara
Simon Shaheen - Oud and violin
Bassam Saba - Nay and flute
Francois Moutin - Double bass
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Karim Mohamed - Riq

All funds go to medical relief.

4th Annual Intercollegiate Arab Students Conference (IASC)

"The Arab Future: Being Informed and Taking Action"

October 7, 2000
Harvard University

Join Arab college students from all over the country in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a day of panels and presentations featuring prominent professionals and academics with an interest in Arab affairs.

This year's conference will strive to foster awareness of Arab heritage and culture among participants as well as to encourage them to support their culture and Arab causes. To that end, the conference will feature five panels:

Panel 1: The Arab Woman in the 21st Century
Panel 2: Arabs: Their Religion
Panel 3: Arabs and the American Political Process
Panel 4: Lobbying for Arab Interests on College Campuses
Panel 5: Creating Competitive Knowledge-Based Industries in the Middle East."

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Khurram Afridi
is a co-founder of Techlogix
Dr. Patrice Brodeur, Assistant-Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College
Dr Yvonne Haddad, Professor of Christian-Muslim Relations, Center for Muslim- Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Ray Hanania is a veteran Chicago political reporter and an established writer
Gassan Al-Kibsi is a consultant at McKinsey and Company
Dr. Hala Maksoud is President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
David Nasser is the National Field Director at the Arab American Institute (AAI)
Fadia Rafeedie, Graduated from UC Berkeley College as the recipient of the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior the University Medal
Michael Shehadeh, western regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Please visit the website to see an updated list of speakers and panels.

Registration Information
- Registration will be possible between August 20th and September 22nd.

- We will only be able to accommodate 300 people at the conference and registration will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

- Registration will be only available on the web. However, it will not be possible to submit payment for the conference via the website.

- Once the registration form has been submitted via the website, we will reserve places for you for a one week period. If we do not receive your registration payment during that period, we will have to cancel your registration.

- The conference registration fee will be $8 per person and will include a light breakfast and lunch. There is also an option of attending a dinner on Saturday night following the conference, which will cost an additional $12.

International Night
North East Brewing Company
1314 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, Massachusetts

Featuring the latest and Hottest dance club music from all over the World:
Euro, Latin, Arabic, US, Techno, Club with Boston's Legendary International DJ the Sultan of Spin

Summer Schedule: Thursday, July 13
Fridays: July 28 and August 4, 11, 18

Doors Open at 9:00PM
Cover $7
21+ and valid ID required
Valet Parking Available

The North East Brewing Company is conveniently located on the B-Green Line in the Boston Area.
It offers a great variety of foods and drinks. For more information and directions to the NEBC, view their site:

For more information on the event please call Anan, evenings at 617-787-1737
Or Dani, evenings at 617-713-4540
Or view the "current events" section at

Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Rabbis for Human Rights

The only organization in Israel today concerned specifically with giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights.

Presentation on

The Struggle for Human Rights in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Wednesday, July 12, 5:15 PM*
Room 94 - Northeastern Law School
400 Huntington Ave

*Time and Room are tentative!
Please email for current information if you plan to attend.

What is Rabbis for Human Rights?
RHR teaches a different understanding of the Jewish tradition. RHR is also the only Israeli rabbinic organization comprised of Reform, Orthodox, Conservative and Reconstructionist rabbis and students. RHR is the rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel.

Current projects include:
Participation in the Israeli Coalition for the Prevention of Home Demolitions
- Participation in "Etzba Al HaDofek, a coalition to preserve and improve health care for all Israelis.
- Advocacy for the Jahalin Bedouin who have been negotiating for decent living conditions after their dwellings were bulldozed.
- Educational activities connected to human rights, including the teaching in schools and on campus and creating a Talmudic style commentary on Israel's Declaration of Independence.
- Working with "Workers Hotline" to insure that foreign workers who have suffered work related injuries are aware of their rights and receive proper treatment.

Teaching about the Arab World: A Workshop for Educators

May 5, 2000 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
St. John of Damascus Church, Dedham, MA (intersection of Rtes. I-95 and 135, exit 17)

Workshop fee: $10.00 (Check or PO payable to The Boston Globe) 6 PDPs will be awarded. A luncheon of Arabic food is included. During the lunch break, tours of the church will be available.

Learn about the geography, history, cultures, religions, and traditions of the area we call the Arab world. Participate in hands-on activities and practice worksheets which can be taken directly back to the classroom.

Highlight of the day will be A Medieval Banquet in the Alhambra Palace, a cross-curriculum activity in which students take on the roles of notable figures in medieval life gathered for a banquet in 15th century Spain.

Teachers of all subjects and grade levels, as well as administrators are welcome to attend. However, secondary school teachers in the social studies are the primary focus.

This full-day workshop is led by Audrey Shabbas, nationally recognized as one of the preeminent instructors on the Arab World and Islam. Ms. Shabbas will demonstrate techniques and provide information that will enable educators to communicate more effectively with their students about the Arab world, Islam and the Middle East. Workshop participants receive free of charge a comprehensive easy-to-use reference guide and extensive reading materials that can be used in their classrooms and school systems.

The principal reference is The Arab World Studies Notebook, which will be available to workshop participants for only $15.00. (check or PO payable to Middle East Policy Council)

To reserve your place, contact
Christine Bezreh, (781)449-1230

Presented by the Boston Globe and the Middle East Policy Council

The Right of Return: Palestinian Refugees and Prospects for a Durable Peace

One-Day Conference Presented by the Trans-Arab Research Institute
In Cooperation With Boston University Arab Students Association

Boston University School of Law Auditorium
765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA (behind Marsh Chapel)
APRIL 8, 2000

Panel One: 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Critical Analyses of Israeli, American, European and PLO Positions

Video: 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Video - Children of Shatila

Panel Two: 1:45 - 3:30 p.m. Right of Return and Restitution

Panel Three: 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Palestinian Refugee Voices and Social Conditions

Discussion Session: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Refugee Rights: Looking to the Future

For for further information, contact: Elaine Hagopian:
Nancy Murray:

Coffeehouse Wayn Ma Kan
Saturday January 29, 2000 at 1pm
@ The Arabic Hour Studio (617-323-2226)
Special guest poets:
Nathalie Handal and Lisa Suhair Majaj
The Neverfield Poem by Nathalie Handal - will be the subject of an interview on a forthcoming Arabic Hour program.

Please submit your Boston Area events!