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. 

flyer for nakba commemortion program
The film the Israeli lobby
doesn't want you to see!

The Lobby - USA

Shown in 2 parts
2:00 PM Sunday, June 30
&
2:00 PM Sunday, July 7
Point Loma Library
3701 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107

In 2016 and 2017, Al Jazeer's investigative reporting unit produced a 4-part documentary showing how the Israeli government works with American civilians to undermine discredit and intimidate critics of Israel, supporters of
Palestine and, especially, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

But before the documentary series could be aired, Pro-Israel partisans from the US pressured the government of Qatar to quash the story. Al Jazeera gave in and The Lobby - USA never made it to the viewing public...until someone leaked all 4 episodes. Electronic Intifada posted them on the internet.

Each segment is a little over 40 minutes long, so for presentation purposes, KARAMA has divided them into 2 screenings on consecutive weekends.

Altogether, the 4 episodes of The Lobby - USA give a remarkable inside view--based on an extensive undercover investigation--never seen before of how US zionists conspire to target those who speak out for Palestine.

Sponsored by KARAMA, the film showings are endorsed by ADC San Diego, Islamic Center of San Diego, Jewish Voice for Peace-SD, Majdal Center, and Palestinian Youth Movement-SD.

2019 San Diego Arab Film Festival Concludes;
Audience Choice Awards Announced

This year, for the first time, the Festival gave Audience Choice Awards for feature and short films.  The  Audience Choice Awards went to 10 Days Before the Wedding (feature film from Yemen) and The Cord (short film from Syria).

10 Days Before the Wedding was directed by Amr Gamal and was the opening night film for the Festival.  Amr Gamal came to the festival and to present his film.  10 Days was Yemen’s first ever submission to the Oscars.  Although it wasn’t selected as a nominee in the Oscars foreign language film category, it has been well-received at film festivals internationally.  Here, it was selected from the 9 feature films screened.

Allaith Hajjo’s The Cord was one of more than 80 short films submitted to the 2019 Festival.  It’s screening here is believed to be its first in the western hemisphere.

Planning is already starting for the 2020 San Diego Arab Film Festival, tentatively scheduled for March 27-28 and April 4-5.

KARAMA Initiates Palestine Photo Project

Ramallah Woman

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.

You can find out more about the Palestine Photography Project here.

Also, Kararama has published a book containing more than 50 selected reproductions. For information about buying the book, click here.

KARAMA offers supplementary materials on teaching about Islam
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.

League of Nations Mandates, 1920.

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.

              Click here to read more.