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  Last updated March 27, 2017

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March 27-30, 2017  -  Israeli Apartheid Week 2017
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This year will mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration. IAW will be an opportunity to reflect on this century of resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. The BDS movement continues to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.
For IAW at UH, we have organized a week of events that will demonstrate the challenges that Palestinians face in the occupied territories, educate students on how we can show solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and how the Palestinian struggle intersects with other struggles around the world. We will also be hosting and co-hosting these upcoming events throughout the week:

  March 27 & 28, 2017  -  Mock Apartheid Wall

Date: Monday (3/27) + Tuesday (3/28)
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Butler Plaza, University of Houston
For more information, click here.


March 27, 2017  -  The Black Radical Tradition and Palestine, with Dr. Gerald Horne

Join Students for a Democratic Society and Students for Justice in Palestine at UH as we kick off Israeli Apartheid Week with an important talk from Dr. Gerald Horne.

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Agnes Arnold Auditorium 2, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston
As Donald Trump’s hardline right-wing administration launches attacks on working and oppressed communities, new questions arise for the present and future of the Black liberation struggle in the United States. On the belief that democracy as a whole in the U.S. has historically been led by, and has always depended on the strength of support for, the Black liberation struggle, SDS would like to open up questions on the direction of that struggle in light of the past. What strategy should the Black struggle adopt—domestic or internationalist? What alliances should it form? How can students and progressives best provide support? The Black Radical Tradition has historically advocated for building international alliances, strengthening bonds of solidarity and action between the targets of the U.S. at home and abroad. In the recent past, the working relationship between Black and Palestinian organizations has become an especially bright flashpoint of international solidarity, building a movement across borders based on fighting common oppression. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Gerald Horne, John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies, on the history of the Black Radical Tradition and the enduring importance of its ties to the Palestinian liberation struggle.
For more information, click here.


March 28, 2017  -  Spoken Word with Remi Kanazi: Resistance and Palestine

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Social Work Auditorium #102, University of Houston
With the support of BDS Houston, day two of IAW (Israeli Apartheid Week) welcomes Palestinian-American performance poet Remi Kanazi. Remi is a poet, writer, and editor based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008).
His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. He has also taught poetry workshops from Oklahoma to the West Bank.
Students: FREE, Community members: $10
For more information, click here.


March 29, 2017  -  "Ayny" & "House" Short Film Screening & Discussion
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: A. Arnold Room 204, University of Houston
Join SJP for a screening of "Ayny" & "House" two films by the Oscar Award-Winning Palestinian film director Ahmad Saleh. We are so excited to screen these beautifully evocative pieces during our Israeli Apartheid Week!

The screening will follow with a discussion on the films with the director.

Ahmad Saleh is a writer & director based in Germany. His first work was a stories collection titled Zowwadan, which was awarded the A M Qattan's Young Writers Award in 2004 in Palestine. His first short film "HOUSE", which he made in his Master’s in Digital Media at the University of Arts Bremen in Germany, had a successful tour since it was released in 2012. The film earned several important awards in Europe, USA, Iran and Jordan. Recently, he finished another Master’s study in film, in which he wrote and directed another two short films and started writing his first feature. His graduation project “Ayny” won a golden Oscar at the Student Academy Awards 2016 in the foreign animation category.

Based off of a true story, a cruel war has destroyed two brothers’ home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life. Yet, she is anxious her sons could fall into danger if they leave the house. The boys chase their dream to play a musical instrument they’ve fallen in love with, a magnificent oud. Trouble follows; but as strong birds will always fly, the two boys become one to overcome their trauma.

For generations a family lived in a spacious, beautiful and generous house. The generosity of the house had become part of their life. Guests were always welcome to enjoy a pleasant stay. Until one guest arrived with a different plan in mind. House is an artistic portrait of Palestine and a simple narration of the artist's conception of the situation. The film detaches all the complicated layers that are put by the mass media on top of the situation, and tells the complete story — origins and consequences — in a level that any human in the world can understand.
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March 30, 2017  -  Screening of "Speed Sisters" and Discussion
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: A. Arnold Room 204, University of Houston
Join us Thursday for a documentary screening of "Speed Sisters" followed by a brief discussion. Watch the trailer to learn more here: 
The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. You won't want to miss seeing this incredible film!
"The documentary focuses on Marah, Noor, Mona, Betty and team captain Maysoon. Noor boxes and lifts weight, Maysoon plans her marriage while driving along the walls that divide Israel, Marah shares the racing zeal of her dentist father, Mona tends to get into wrecks and Betty has a ferocious desire to win. They are dedicated to the auto-cross racing of navigating obstacles and cones on small tracks, a fitting metaphor for the geographical and political constraints that define Palestine." Read more here:
For more information, click here.

Hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine at UH. For more information, click here.


March 31-April 2, 2017  -  Annual Lebanese Festival
Join us for THREE days of amazing cultural exhibits, delicious food, continuous entertainment, and fun activities that will transport you to the land of the cedars. It will be a one of a kind experience as attendees are whisked away on a memorable and exquisite journey to explore all that Lebanon has to offer. The 3rd Annual Houston Lebanese Festival will be unlike any other festival before. It will be filled with surprises that take you to the streets, the sights, and the sounds of Lebanon.
This event is hosted by the American Lebanese Cultural Center (ALCC). We have had tremendous success during the last 2 festival years as more than 10,000 visitors joined us per weekend. We hope to see you at Jones Plaza in downtown Houston on March 31 – April 2, 2017!
FRIDAY 5:00 PM till 11:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM TILL 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 2-12: kid’s games are included in admission tickets). Infants 2 years and under are FREE. A portion of admission proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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April 4, 2017  -  Israel's Politics of Fear and the Palestinians
Rice University History Department presents: Israel's Politics of Fear and the Palestinians with Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Date: April 4, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sewall Hall 307, Rice University
The talk will be based on Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian's newly published book about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict entitled Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear. By drawing attention to violence against Palestinians, and by pointing to legal, symbolic and material means of dehumanization, Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian will explore the production of racialized and violent forms of surveillance and fear that results in human suffering. In connecting the structures of Israeli power with the invisible and mundane lives of the colonized Palestinian people, the talk will share data, including photos, videos, and relevant laws, to show how the personal has become profoundly politicized. Moving from the dead to the newborn, from the graveyard to the womb, from the attack on home to homeland, Shalhoub-Kevorkian will discuss the way in which intimate agonies are political sites of colonial governance. Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Parking is available in Founder’s Court lot, located on the map, and is the most easily accessible parking for the lecture. Additional visitor parking is available near the football stadium, please note that this will include a short walk across campus.
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April 5-28, 2017  -  National Arab American Heritage Month

The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Houston


  April 5, 7:30pm: Opening night of "What We Carried: Fragments & Memories from Iraq & Syria"

A Photographic Exhibition by Jim Lommasson.
A national touring exhibition of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan
Refreshments and appetizers will be served

Opening night will include the opening of "What We Carried: Fragments & Memories from Iraq & Syria" in the presence of renowned freelance photographer Jim Lommasson, whose images document what it means to leave everything behind. Jim Lommasson is a freelance photographer and author living in Portland, Oregon. He received several prizes and was recently awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant for "What We Carried" project. Jim will give a talk about this exhibition, the carried objects and the stories behind them.

April 7, 7:30 pm: Beethoven Piano recital by Pianist Chaden Yafi
Venue: Kawai Piano Gallery, 5800 Richmond Avenue Houston TX 77057
Dr.Chaden Yafi, pianist: Earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, College of Fine Arts where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award Scholarship. Yafi holds also a Masters in Piano Performance and a Graduate Performance Diploma both from Longy School of Music in Boston, a Bachelor in Piano Performance from the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria, and a Bachelor in Pharmacy from Damascus University. She worked as piano faculty at Tufts University and Brookline Music School in Boston and also worked as Collaborative pianist at the University of Houston, and Artist in residence at the Opera House in Damascus.

April 19, 7:30 pm: Talk by Mona Hatoum about "Measures of Distance"

Mona Hatoum is a visual artist who was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and now lives and works in London. She has worked in a diverse range of media including performance, video, photography, installation and sculpture.

Hatoum first became widely known in the mid 80s for a series of performance and video works that focused with great intensity on the body. In the '90s her work moved increasingly towards large-scale installations and sculpture. Hatoum has developed a language in which familiar, domestic everyday objects are often transformed into foreign, threatening and dangerous things.

She has participated over the years in numerous significant exhibitions from London to Venice, Sidney, Paris, and Stockholm, just to name a few. In 2013-2014 she was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum St Gallen and the largest survey of her work to be shown in the Arab world was held in 2014 at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha.

April 21, 7:00 pm: International Cultural Ladies Night

This event is for ladies only. Members of our community from various countries from the Arab Wolrd and beyond are invited to decorate a table with artifacts and to bring sample staple food from their culture to share with other guests. All are encouraged to wear traditional clothes (even though not a must) and be ready to dance at the rythm of music from around the World.

To book a table, please contact ACC at 832-351-3366 or email

April 27, 7:30 pm: Screening of "A Thousand And One Journeys- The Arab Americans" followed by Skype Q&A with filmmaker Abe Kasbo
Abe Kasbo is the producer and director of “A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans”. He grew up in Aleppo, Syria before immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of ten.

In 2007, he founded Zeitoune FilmWorks, LLC to produce A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans, the first ever feature-length, broadcast quality documentary chronicling the rich yet silent history and contributions of Arab Americans to the American fabric.

A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans is the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric. The film vividly paints a portrait of the Arab-American immigrant experience through the stories of people who, like all Americans, immigrated in pursuit of the American Dream, including Senator George Mitchell, Jamie Farr, General John Abizaid, Anthony Shadid, Helen Thomas and more. With historical immigration patterns as background, the film explores the personal stories of Arab-Americans and how they have contributed to the collective American experience.

April 28, 7:30 pm: Closing reception ~ Jazz performance by Raphael Gadot Trio, including Osama Raad on Drums

The Raphael Gadot Trio is a Houston-based jazz band that plays original music composed by the trio. They also play some standard pieces that are rearranged by the band members. They live in Houston, Texas but they are international. Raphael is from France. Alex is from Russia. Osama is from Lebanon:

Raphael Gadot -Piano
Alex Kostin - Contrabass
Osama Raad - Drums

They have two CD recordings: Square Flower and Hypnosis

All events, except the Piano Concert, are held at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston, Texas 77099

Events are free and open to the public, but registering (RSVP) is required so we can plan accordingly.

For more details or questions please contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or email

Special thanks to our

- Sponsors: Mr. Bassam Barazi and Dr. Aziz Shaibani

- Community Partners: The Menil Collection~ Arab American National Museum~The Moody Center for The Arts at Rice University~ The Syrian American Club



April 7, 2017  -  PCRF Houston Chapter Meeting

Please join The Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF - Houston) on Friday, April 7th as we celebrate PCRF's achievements in Houston and share the exciting plans we have for the future of the Chapter!
For more information click here and please RSVP by sending an email to
We look forward to seeing you again and having your continued support in our mission to give these children the care that they need.


April 8, 2017  -  Open Mosque Day: Building Alliances - Bettering Communities
We will be most honored to host you, your family, friends, colleagues, Arab Voices listeners, their families, and friends at the interesting Open Mosque Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094.
It is our sincere hope that this event will build alliances, better communities, and create lasting friendships.
Open Mosque Day Highlights:

• 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Welcome, Lunch, Social Hour, Henna Design, Face Painting, Tour of the Mosque, Islamic Art
• 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Break for Muslim Prayer
• 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Short Presentation: Myths Vs Facts, What is Islam & Muslim, Women in Islam, Sharia Law, American Muslims' Contributions in last four centuries
• 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Open Forum: Q&A and discussion; conclusion with final remarks
Muslim American Neighbors are looking forward to hosting you all.
Please RSVP at

Event Organized By:
ICNA Houston, MAS Katy Center-Masjid ArRahman, and GainPeace

Sultan Salahuddin 1.832.725.8572
Dr Sabeel Ahmed 1.800.662.ISLAM; E-Mail: Sabeel@GainPeace.Com


April 18-23, 2017  -  "Stories of Refuge" and "Camp Pause"
Dictaphone Group

Stories of Refuge

Follow the story of three Syrian refugees who fled the war in Syria and sought refuge in Munich, Germany. Each was given a discreet camera and asked to film a day in their lives in the refugee camp. The installation is outfitted so that the audience watches these films while lying in bunk beds, as if characters in the unfolding scenes.
Tue 4/18/17–Sun 4/23/17
MATCH Gallery, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Tue 4/18/17
Opening Night Celebration at the MATCH beginning at 6pm


Camp Pause

Four films are projected onto the four walls of a gallery. Each film follows a Palestinian resident of a refugee camp on the coast of Lebanon, walking from their dwelling to the sea. Along the way, they speak of the history of the land, their arrival, and everyday life in the camp.

Tue 4/18/17– Sun 4/23/17
Video Installation
The Brandon at Brasil, 1709 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006

Fri 4/21/17
Opening Reception from 7-9pm at Brasil Cafe'

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May 13, 2017  -  Free Family Health Fair
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Houston is holding a FREE Family health fair for the community at large in Houston, on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in partnership with key organizations in town (NAAMA, HPD, UT Health, Harris County Public Health, Community Health Choice, the Autism center LoneStar Lend, and Gateway to Sobriety).
This health fair event is held in conjunction with NNAAC Annual National Arab American Service Day .
There will be free screening of vital health signs in addition to smoking cessation, mental health counseling, dental exams, and more.
We are planning fun activities for kids, free giveaways, mini Yoga sessions and more!
Light refreshment will be served!
click here for event flyer.


May 12, 2017  -  Defining a Western Muslim Identity

Friday, May 12, 2017
7 PM - 10 PM
ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
Risala Foundation is pleased to host Dr Jonathan Brown and Laila El-Arian for a special event in Houston!

DR JONATHAN BROWN is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. His most recent book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.

LAILA EL-ARIAN is a Senior Producer for Al Jazeera. She received a BA in English literature from Georgetown University and an M.S. from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.

Her work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, The Independent, and other publications, and she is co-author of Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians.
For more information, click here.


June 12-23, 2017  -  Arabic Summer Camp at ACC

Register your child for our Arabic Summer Camp from June 12th-June 23rd at the The Arab American Cultural & Community Center.

The camp consists of two one-week sessions. Kids can attend session one, session two, or both sessions. The camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the option of Pre-care and After-care at additional charge.

The camp is suitable for all kids age 4 to 13 years old, native and non-native Arabic speakers, who want to learn Arabic and immerse in the Arab Culture. We make this camp an Arabic language learning and cultural experience opportunity through a combination of language lesson, daily themes, conversational time, and hands-on fun extra curriculum activities including Arts & Crafts, Arabic songs & movies, splash day, Arabic software interactive games, and more! The school thrives on celebrating the Arabic language and Arab culture in a neutral environment, away from religion, nationality, or politics.
Kids and Youth will be divided by age and/or level group.
Lunch is not provided. Children should bring their own snacks and lunch.
We do offer siblings & early bird discounts.
The Minimum number to hold summer camp is 15 students*.
The deadline to register is May 5th

Camp Cost:
Session 1: June 12 to June 16- Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of $170
Session 2: June 19 to June 23- Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of $170
Extended Care:
Pre- Care: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. $30 per week
After Care: 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $60 per week
Special Discounts:
Full session camp for both Sessions 1 and 2: Cost $300
Siblings Discount: $10 off/per additional sibling
**We reserve the right to cancel the camp if we do not reach the minimum, in which case we will refund the full amount.
Fees are non-refundable unless we do not hold the camp. Thank you for understanding
For any questions, please email or call 832-351-3366.
To Enroll your child, please Click Here.


July 6-8, 2017  -  Annual Ramallah Convention

This year, the Ramallah Social Club of Houston will be hosting the Annual Ramallah Convention.
Date: July 6, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive , Houston, TX 77042
We plan on having multiple events throughout the weekend for all ages, from kids/adult activities during the day, to banquets/parties at night!
For more information, visit


Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and of course mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in time for the opening on May 24, 2013.

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