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Fifth Annual Community Education on Israeli Arab Issues
Together with members of the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues, the IAC co-sponsored the Fifth Annual Community Education on Israeli Arab Issues on February 22, 2015. The day began with a keynote address by Dr. Dalia Fadila, President of Al-Qasemi College of Engineering and Science. It was followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Fadila, Dan Arbell, Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Israel Studies at American University, and Safa Garb, JDC Division Director, Arab Society and Infrastructure, and moderated by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Co-chair of the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues. After the keynote address, attendees are invited to the DC premiere of Dancing Arabs by filmmaker Eran Riklis. The film told the story of First love, school bullies, British New Wave ... and SCUD missiles. This bittersweet '80s coming-of-age drama from the director of The Syrian Bride and Lemon Tree adapts two autobiographical novels by popular Israeli-Arab writer Sayed Kashua. Eyad is a gifted Arab teenager who wins the chance to attend a prestigious Jewish boarding school. Isolated and lonely at first, he soon develops close friendships and begins fitting in. Soon however, heartbreak, personal tragedy and politics threaten to destroy his adolescent idyll. As Eyad moves into manhood, he makes impossible decisions about where he will stand and who he will be in a divided country. The screening was followed by a reception and World Cafe-style discussion.