Palestinian Art at Washington
Palestinian Heritage Foundation and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC) are cosponsoring a cultural exhibit at the National
Cathedral in Washington, DC, during March and April 1998. The exhibit will
reflect the history of Jerusalem for the past 5000 years.
display will feature art, embroidery, pottery, ceramics, glass and
calligraphy produced by Palestinians in Palestine. It will also include
crafts made of olive-wood and mother-of-pearl, manufactured in Bethlehem
mount an effective and impressive display, the PHF will meet with
Arab-American organizations in Washington to raise funds to cover the
expenses needed to set-up this exhibit.
you wish to help in making this special event a success, please send your
tax-exempt contribution to: PHF, BOX
531 West Caldwell, NJ 07007, earmarked Washington National
Cathedral Exhibit. A list of all contributors
will be posted at the Cathedral during the exhibit.
Prince Turki Donates $6000 to PHF Activities
Royal Highness Prince Turki Bin Abdul Aziz, a philanthropist, Arab
nationalist and ardent supporter of education for Arab students and
cultural projects around the world has donated $6000 to support the
activities of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation. This generous
contribution came on the eve of the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary, in
appreciation of PHF’s continued achievements in promoting Arab art and
Turki is the son of King Abdul Aziz Bin Saud, founder of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia and one of the six brothers of the Kingdom’s present ruler,
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
the years, Prince Turki has generously provided assistance to those in
need. He has devoted his life and a significant part of his personal
financial wealth to helping Arab countries meet the educational and
scientific challenges of the twenty-first century.
Speaking on behalf of the fortunate and wealthy, the
Prince said, “we have an obligation and a duty to provide for education
leading to increased knowledge of the human conditions of those who have
less than ourselves.”
unwavering support for Arab education and culture, Prince Turki has been
able to ensure the success of financially needy Arab students and cultural
organizations. His vision that “Knowledge is the Key to Freedom and
Peace” continues to spread throughout the Arab World and around the
Prince’s reputation for philanthropic
leadership has not gone unnoticed. Prince Turki is the Honorary Chairman
of the International Union to Combat Cancer in the Middle East. This is
the first time a non-medical person was asked to fill this role.
1989, Prince Turki agreed to lead the campaign to restore one of the
greatest repositories in written history,
the fabled library of Alexandria, Egypt. The doors of the library
closed for the last time about 2000 years ago.
a special ceremony organized by the Committee to revive the ancient
library in Alexandria, Prince Turki was the first
to donate a generous $3
million. Most recently, HRH donated US$550,000 towards the building of the
School of Science and Technology at AL KUDS University.
Palestinian Heritage Foundation would like to take this opportunity to
thank HRH Prince Turki for his generosity and dedicated support of the
Foundation’s educational and cultural activities.
was a fascinating fine arts exhibition, which pays
homage to a resilient Middle Eastern nation trying desperately to recover
its dignity after almost two decades of turmoil and vicious civil war.
The exhibit featured diverse works by three prominent
adult artists from Lebanon and fifty award-winning pieces by Lebanese
Hours” was held at the Neighbour House Bed and Breakfast on West
Mill Road in Long Valley, NJ, from October 13th through the 25th. Local
schools were encouraged to arrange field trips to the exhibit. The public
had the opportunity to meet the artists at a special opening reception
arranged in their honor on Saturday, October 18th.
occasion was celebrated with Arabic music and a lavish array of Arabic
food and beverages.
of the Lebanese artists participating in “Lebanese
Hours” are currently living in the United States. Ms. Jihan
Tannous, a friend of the Foundation, was always fascinated by the
simple beauty of the Lebanese landscape and architecture. She travels back
to Lebanon often to record the splendor of her country and the daily life
of her people. Most of her work focuses on architecture: the human
presence marked by things left behind, an open window or an open door
which invites the viewer in. In 1989 she said “ I left home but home
never left me. More than ever I feel a yearning for what made Lebanon that
unique: the beauty of its landscape and the warmth of its people.”
Soumaya Samaha is a very active artist whose work is frequently shown in galleries
throughout New York City. The lyrical spirit in her pastels and oils,
often on handmade paper, emerges from her Middle Eastern roots.
Nishan Kazadjian’s works are the result of a long search to find a language that
integrates diverse aspects of art and architecture in a single, new
entity. The inspiration for this art derives from various sources,
including the simple white-washed houses of the Greek Islands, and the
work of Rietweld, Mondrian and others.
A New Children’s Story
By Naomi Shihab Nye
Shihab Nye, best known for her poetry anthologies (The
Tree is Older Than You Are; I
Feel A Little Jumpy Around You; and
This Same Sky) and her endearing picture books
(Benitos Dream Bottle; and Sitti’s
Secrets;) tackles uncharted waters with her first novel, HABIBI:
A Novel (Simon &
Schuster Books for Young Readers; Ages
provocative story for middle grade readers, HABIBI
is the story of a fourteen year old girl and her experiences in
present-day Jerusalem. Publishers
Weekly states that HABIBI,
a...” soul-stirring novel about the Abouds, an Arab American Family, puts
faces and names to the victims of violence and persecution in Jerusalem
today.... Nye’s climatic ending will leave readers pondering, long after
the last page is turned, why Arabs, Jews, Greeks, and Armenians can no
longer live in harmony the way they once did.”
successfully builds a bridge to the Arab World, introduces a family, which
readers will not soon forget, and offers a hope for peace.
Lecture at Princeton Middle East Society
Sunday November 16, Hanan was guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the
Princeton Middle East Society (PMES) at the All Saints Church in
Princeton. Hanan’s lecture was followed by a
delicious Middle Eastern dinner, specially catered for the event.
the lecture, three dresses representing Bethlehem, Ramallah and Beit Dajan
were modeled by three young Palestinian-American girls, Nadia Taha and
Randa and Mona Munayyer.
embroidery from Najdeh and In’aash workshops in Lebanon were available
for sale along with a free copy of the ARAMCO WORLD special issue on
in 1983, the PMES consists of academic, business, religious and diplomatic
figures in the Princeton area. Many have lived, worked, or traveled in the
Middle East and are interested in expanding public awareness and
understanding of the history, culture and current affairs of the area.
evening was made possible by the dynamic members of PMES, Mrs. Rima Taha
and Dr. Hilal Taha of Princeton, New Jersey.