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Arab Film Festival Dearborn
May 31 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
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Arab Film Festival Dearborn May 31 June 10

Arab Film Fest accepting submissions

The 13th Arab Film Festival (AFF) at Cinetopia is now accepting submissions from local, national and international filmmakers for this year’s program.

Running May 31 to June 10, 2018, AFF includes films from the Arab World and Arab America in the genres of drama, comedy and documentary, in both short-form and feature lengths. The films will be presented at various locations, including at the Arab Museum. Please double check by clicking here.

To submit, go to the AFF submission page HERE.

The early deadline for submissions is Feb. 9, late submissions will be accepted until Feb. 23.

This year’s focus, engaging marginalized voices through film, is inspired by the launch of AANM’s community film project funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

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Arab Radio June 15: National Arab Heritage Month in April @ WNZK AM 690 Detroit, Michigan
Jun 15 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
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Arab Radio June 15: National Arab Heritage Month in April

[We apologize for the inconvenience … this interview, originally scheduled for May 18 has been rescheduled to June 15, 2018. Please make sure to listen. Warren and Amal have started a great campaign to launch a national Arab Heritage Month]

Warren David and Amal David, publishers of and Arab American activists based in Washington D.C., will join Ray Hanania on Yalla! Fight Back Radio on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7 am (CST)/8 am (EST) for a discussion about the campaign to designate April as National Arab American Heritage Month.

You can listen to the radio show live in Greater Detroit and in Michigan by tuning in to WNZK AM 690 radio at 8 am in Detroit or by listening to the show live online using one of the links below:

Remember, the shows airs in Detroit at 8 am until 9 am, but live in different time zones including Chicago at 7 am, Dubai at 4 pm, Occupied Jerusalem time at 3 pm and Los Angeles at 5 am (PST).

About our guests:

Warren and Amal David are the publishers of the news and feature website and are the driving force behind the national campaign to designate the month of April as National Arab American Heritage month. Currently, Arab Heritage month has been celebrated during different months in different cities and state and the David’s have been campaigning to create one consistent month for all Arab Americans throughout the United States.

Currently, they have recognized April as Arab American Heritage month in six states (California, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, Georgia) and in Washington DC.

Illinois has traditionally celebrated Arab American heritage month in November of each year.

But the new proposal comes at a great time for Illinois as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, one of the most anti-Arab politicians in America, has killed Arab American Heritage month celebrations in Chicagoland, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has sponsored legislation to censor the free speech of Arab American citizens living in the state.

Yalla! Fight Back live radio WNZK AM 690 Radio and online, and podcast.

Yalla! Fight Back live radio WNZK AM 690 Radio and online, and podcast.

Click here to listen to the show live online at (7 to 8 am Chicago CST time, or 8 to 9 am Detroit EST time).

Yalla! Fight Back is a part of the US Arab Radio Network broadcast Monday through Friday from Detroit, Michigan on WNZK AM 690 radio and hosted by Laila Alhusini. Yalla! Fight Back an effort to energize and empower Arab Americans to stand up for their rights …

The radio show call-in number is 248-557-3300

You can read my columns in English and Arabic online at the Arab News newspaper and online at the Locally I also write for the Southwest News Newspaper group … every week … doing my best to upset as many people as possible … Go to and get info on the radio show, listen online, buy my new book Yalla! Fight Back, and standup and FIGHT BACK for Arab, Chaldean and Muslim rights …

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60th Annual Ramallah Convention July 4 – 7, 2018 @ Ramallah, Palestine
Jul 4 – Jul 7 all-day
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60th Annual Ramallah Convention July 4 – 7, 2018

The American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine will host its 60th Annual convention July 4 thru 7, 2018 in Ramallah, occupied Palestine.

The convention will bring more than 1,000  Christian Palestinians to the Holy Land and to the village that was originally founded in the 16th Century by five brothers. Many of the attendees are descendants of those five brothers and families that fled the violence following Israel’s creation in 1948 and Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank in 1967.

You can get more information on the convention by clicking here.

View of a Palestinian Arab community in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

View of a Palestinian Arab community in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

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Lindblom Chicago students to attend 37th International Student Congress in Amman @ Amman Jordan
Jul 10 @ 2:33 pm – Jul 16 @ 3:33 pm
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Lindblom Chicago students to attend 37th International Student Congress in Amman

The 37th International Arab Youth Congress which will be held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein in Amman, Jordan from 10 – 16  July 2018, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF.

The congress is a thematic event that gathers 4 youth, age 14 – 16, from different countries around the world for a week of learning and cultural interaction.

The program is designed to tackle global issues that impact the quality of life of youth through conducting creative workshops in drama, music, songs, Dance, poetry and visual arts.

Chicago Mayor congratulates student participants in Qatar Debate World Championships. Photo courtesy the Office of the Mayor of Chicago

The theme of this year’s congress is “Youth Participation in Gender Equality for Sustainable Development”.

The participants will examine the challenges and obstacles that hinder gender equality and youth participation in their respective countries and proposed solutions. They will also share related success stories and policies.

Topics related to the theme include:

Ø  Stereotype and Misconceptions about Gender Roles in Society

Ø  Equal Opportunities in Education and Work

Ø  Gender Based Violence

Ø  Social Cohesion and Social Justice

IAYC will also include informative sessions on: Artificial intelligence, Cyber Bullying and Media literacy.

The conference is co-sponsored by the National Center for Culture & Arts (NCCA), Royal Jordanian Airlines, the Government of Jordan, and UNICEF.

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Annual Taybeh, Palestine OktoberFest Sept. 8 – 9, 2018 @ Taybeh Brewing Company
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day
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Annual Taybeh, Palestine OktoberFest Sept. 8 – 9, 2018

The Taybeh Brewing Company has been welcoming people from all corners of the world to celebrate Oktoberfest every year since 2005 whenDavid Khoury become the first democratically elected Mayor of Taybeh. The Taybeh Oktoberfest is a dream come true for Nadim Khoury, master brewer, who inspired the Taybeh Municipality and all local civic organizations to collaborate in boosting the collapsed local economy and placing Taybeh on the international map.

This unique event has been called the highlight of Palestine reaching over sixteen thousand visitors annually.

Mafar Band performs in Taybeh Palestine at Taybeh OctoberFest

Mafar Band performs in Taybeh Palestine at Taybeh OctoberFest 2016

The exquisite hills and valleys of the village offer the perfect escape from any busy schedule for all international and local people who come to support local products and boost the economy while celebrating the deep cultural heritage offered by one of the most ancient spots in Palestine also known by its Biblical name, Ephraim.

The two-day celebration usually happens on the first Saturday and Sunday of October (excluding religious holidays) and gives venue to local music groups to celebrate their talent and skills in promoting a different face of Palestine. Artists from Brazil, Germany, Greece, Spain, England, Sri Lanka, and Japan have performed in the last eight years in Taybeh.

Visit the Taybeh OktoberFest Facebook Page for updates on this year’s events by clicking here.

Taybeh Brewing Company
Taybeh, Ramallah District
West Bank, Palestine
Tel/Fax +972-2-289 8868

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ADC 38th National Convention, Washington D.C. @ Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – Sep 30 @ 10:00 pm
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ADC 38th National Convention Sept. 28 – 30

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) would like to announce that our 38th National Convention will take place in Washington, D.C. the last weekend of September 2018!

We are excited to invite you to join us this year from Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Save the dates–we hope you will be able to join us!

As always, we look forward to coming together as a community to discuss the urgent issues affecting Arab-Americans across the country. There is no better time and place to join the efforts in fostering equality, protecting Arab-American civil rights and promoting intercultural dialogue than at the 38th annual ADC National Convention.

ADC Convention photo

ADC Convention photo

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Al-Bireh Society Convention Orlando, Florida @ Omni Hotel
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – Dec 23 @ 11:00 am
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Al-Bireh Society Convention Orlando, Florida

The Al Bireh Society will host it’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Hotel Dec. 21 through 23, 2018.

Visit the Al Bireh Society Facebook Page by clicking here

Visit the Al Bireh Society website by clicking here.

For more information, contact: Al Bireh Society, Inc., 1806 N. FRANKLIN STREET TAMPA, FL 33602, or email

Al Bireh Society

The Al Bireh Society is a non-profit charitable educational American Palestinian organization whose proud members derive their ancestry from the original family from the city of Al bBireh, Palestine.

Our objective is to serve our membership and the Palestinian, Arab, non-Arab, and charitable communities in the United States and abroad.

Our mission is to perpetuate the Al Bireh family by means of providing educational, humanitarian, financial, charitable and cultural programs as well as social interaction, and to enhance and promote the interaction of its members to the Arabic culture and to promote our culture and heritage to those outside our community, to the American public at large, and to the descendants of Al Bireh living throughout the world. Our mission is to be accomplished as provided for within the By-Laws.

The Al Bireh Society has two major chapters, one in Washington D.C., and the other in Orlando, Florida.

Al Bireh is a Palestinian village located near Ramallah, Palestine.

Past conventions:

DC ChapterThe Washington DC Chapter of the Al Bireh Society. We have a strong group including members who hosted the 2013 Al Bireh Convention. Located in the nations capital, we are always happy to welcome new members!
Florida ChapterThe Florida chapter members hosted the 2014 Al Bireh Convention, and are always excited to meet new members.


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