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 Statement on the 70th Anniversary of Al Nakba

graphic calling for return after 70 years

May 15, 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba," the Catastrophe that marks the loss of Palestine and the creation of Israel, a rogue state which acts with impunity on the world stage and which has enjoyed unlimited support from successive U.S. administrations. The actions of the current administration, including its recognition of the illegal and immoral annexation of Jerusalem, and its unconscionable justification of the massacre of Palestinians by Israel in recent weeks, is a spot on this nation's history which cannot soon be forgotten or erased. On this day, Karama stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine and against those who wish to normalize its occupation, subjugation and annexation. Therefore, Karama proclaims the following:

May 15, 2018

San Diego Arab Film Festival Is Changing!

The San Diego Arab Fim Festival is growing and changing! After 6 six years of scheduling the Festival is October and November, the Festival is changing to Spring. To make the transition, The Festival will screen one film in the fall and will resume its full screening program in April 2019. As in 2017, the 2019 Festival will offer 10 sreenings divided between the Museum of Photographic Arts and AMC Mission Valley 20. Details about these screenings will be coming soon!

For more information about the Festival, visit www.sandiegoaff.org.

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.