Welcome to KARAMA
KARAMA is an independent, non-partisan organization seeking to promote understanding of the issues facing the Arab and Islamic world, and of the Palestinian issue in particular. KARAMA’s vision is that a fresh understanding of the hopes and aspirations of the area’s people will replace the stereotypes and distortions that dominate public discourse on the region. We are involved in several projects to help realize this vision. On this website you can find information about these projects and you can access resources that we have collected or created that speak to the vital issues of the Arab and Islamic World.
KARAMA Commemorates the 68th Anniversary of Al Nakba, a Story of Ethnic Cleansing, Resilience and Resurgence
On May 14, KARAMA, together with BDS San Diego, Jewish Voice for Peace and Palestinian American Women's Association-San Diego will commemorate the 68th anniversary of Al Nakba by presenting a program wiith the theme "A Story of Ethnic Cleansing, Resilience and Resurgence.".
The commemoration will feature first hand eyewitness testimony of survivors, screening of the short film Ismail inspired by the Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout, music by Naima Shalhoub and keynote address by Dr. Jamal Nassar. The evening will include a Palestinian dinner. It will take place 5:00-8:00 PM at the Recital Hall in Balboa Park and is co-sponsored by CAIR.
KARAMA Benefit Features Classic Egyptian Film Struggle on the Nile Starring Omar Sharif and Hind Rostom
On Sunday, May22, Karama will screen the classic 1959 Egyptian film Struggle on the Nile directed by Atef Salem and starring Omar Sharif and Hind Rostom. Seldom seen in the U.S., the film is iin black and white and is in Arabic with English subtitles. The screening will be KARAMA's annual Spring fundraiser and will be held at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills, San Diego's premier outdoor theater.
The screening will begin with a reception with Arabic mezza (appetizers) and refreshments at 6:00 PM. The film will be shown at 7:30 PM. Also, a selection of framed photographs of pre-1948Palestine from KARAMA's Palestine Photo Project will be available for viewing and purchase. Admission is $25. Click here for tickets.
To download a flyer with more details about the event, click here.
KARAMA Initiates Palestine Photo Project
The KARAMA Palestine Photography Project reproduces archival high quality images of historic pre-1948 Palestine for exhibition worldwide.
Based on more than 22,000 photographs in the Library of Congress Matson Photograph Collection, the Project selects images taken during the British Mandate period of Palestine's history with a goal of making them available for public exhibition at galleries, libraries, museums and other appropriate venues.
The Matson collection is a treasure trove of images of pre-1948 Palestine. They make clear that Palestine was not "a land without people" but, rather, a place with a sophisticated culture populated by people with a clear sense of self-identity.
KARAMA will be announcing exhibition venues in the coming weeks and months.
KARAMA offers supplementary materials
and on teaching
the Palestine/Israel conflict
KARAMA has developed a packet of supplementary materials that is intended to be used as an aid in presenting the information already in seventh grade social studies textbooks. The materials are organized into three content categories plus an overview and a list of links to additional resources. The three categories are Introduction to Islam, Beliefs of Islam, and Islamic Achievements. Please review these materials, and if you find them useful, feel free to download and reproduce as needed. To see these materials, click here.
In addition, Karama offers the Lesson Outline and supplementary materials for the workshop Teaching the Palestine/Israel Conflict: A Multuple Narratives Approach developed by Dr. Samia Shoman. To see these materials, click here.
The piece below is KARAMA's overview of the issues of the region.
The Modern History of the Arab and Islamic
World is Inseparable From Colonialism
From the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1917 Balfour Declaration, and the 1920's League of Nations Mandates to the contemporary occupation of Palestine and calls for "regime change," major features of the region have been imposed by the West with little regard for the rights and hopes of the people living there.