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.
Commemorate 69 Years of Al Nakba
Join KARAMA, ADC San Diego, BDS San Diego, Jewish Voice for Peace-SD, Middle Eastern Rights Association, Palestinian Youth Movement-SD and PAWA-SD on May 20
2017 is a year of many anniversaries for Palestine: It's been 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since Partition, 50 years since the capture of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, and 30 years since the 1st Intifada.
This year, KARAMA, together with the other sponsoring groups will be commemorating al Nakba and celebrating the continuing struggle for Palestine at a program in Balboa Park that will feature:
- Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada,
- Kenan Adnawi, internationally acclaimed oud virtuosos,
- Banah Ghadbian, poet and social justice activist,
- Ahlam Muhtaseb, co-director of 1948: Creation and Catastrophe, and
- Arabic dinner.
See the announcement below for more details.
And be sure to buy tickets! This year, tickets will only be available on-line with any unsold tickets being sold at the door.
2017 San Diego Arab Film Festival Set for October 20, 21, 28 & 29
The San Diego Arab Fim Festival is growing! 2017 is its 6th year, and it will expand to 10 screenings at 2 different venues. The first 3 screenings will be on Friday, October 20 , and Saturday, October 21, at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Seven screenings will be at AMC Mission Valley 20 on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29. The increased number of screenings will allow the Festival to offer a wider range of films and topics.
For more information about the Festival, visit www.sandiegoaff.org.
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.