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AHRC Mourns the Passing Away of H. E. Dr. Clovis Maksoud

A great Arab American passed away today. Dr. Clovis Maksoud leaves a great legacy. Below is the press release issued by AHRC, a human rights organization of whcih he was the honorary chair: The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) expresses its profound grief for the passing away of H.E. Ambassador, Dr. Clovis Maksoud. Dr. Maksoud died earlier this morning. The death of Dr. Maksoud  is a great loss to the Arab American community, the Arab World and, indeed, the whole world. Dr. Maksoud’s legacy and contributions to humanity will live on and continue to inspire us for years to come. The death of Dr. Maksoud brings back the painful memory of the passing away of his wife, Dr. Hala Salam-Maksoud, a great activist and a wonderful human being. The “Maksouds’ era” was one of the greatest and most consequential eras in the history of the Arab- American community. The Maksouds were brilliant organizers, thinkers, scholars, loyal friends, and genuine fighters on behalf of social justice, equa…

On Arafat- Elias Choufani, his daughter and her poetic license

PLO leader Yasser ‪#‎Arafat‬ was a leader of a revolution who received in 1974 a standing ovation at the General Assembly. He led his men, on the ground, in 1982 under extraordinary circumstances with the PLO and allies vastly out-manned and outgunned. In 1988, because the US denied Arafat a visa, the UN General Assembly took the extraordinary measure of moving its meeting from NYC to Geneva so that he could address it.

‪#‎EliasChoufani‬, whose daughter made a "poetic piece" where he attacks Arafat, is a mere paper pusher- with strong 'tude. A chickenhawk who never saw any military action.
Of course the enemies of the Palestinian people will focus on the paper pusher, his daughter and her poetic work- and will use his "poetic words" to attack Arafat's legacy.
Choufani's poetic license deserves a less than poetic response.

AHRC Annual Banquet "Spirits of Humanity Gala" to be held on May 12, 2016 at Greenfield Manor in Dearborn

The Michigan- based American Human Rights Council (AHRC) is holding its annual gala on May 12, 2016 at Greenfield Manor in Dearborn, MI. This year's gala has an impressive keynote speaker and honorees. Below is the information on the gala provided by the AHRC:

AHRC is pleased to host High Official of the United Nations for its 2016 "Spirit of Humanity" Gala.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) is pleased to host at this year's annual gala Dr. Rima Khalaf, Under-Secretary and Executive of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Khalaf previously served as the Regional Bureau for Arab States with the United Nations Development Program where she initiated projects to promote good governance, human rights, and human development in Arab countries. In addition, Dr. Khalaf was the principal architect behind the pioneering ESCWA Arab Human Development Report "Arab Integration: A 21st Century Development I…