Senator Shaoquett Moselmane MLC Honours the Eminent Composer Marcel Khalife

    

    

Senator Shaoquett Moselmane MLC Honours the eminent Marcel Khalife, Composer, Singer, and Oud Player.

On Valentine Day, 14 Feb 2019, I had the honor to present to the great Artist Marcel Khalife, my artwork entitled “Passport from the Hearts” that reflects the meaning of humanity in the joint work of Composer/Singer Marcel Khalife and the late poet Mahmoud Darwish. My digital painting is based on his famous poem “Passport” in which he says: “All the hearts of the people are my nationality…So take away my passport!” Thanks to the Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC for honoring the eminent Marcel Khalife and for the invite.

 

This New Year’s Eve Celebration; Fireworks light up Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House

This New Year’s Eve Celebration; Fireworks light up Harbour Bridge & Sydney Opera House

By Marcelle Mansour OAM,

Sydney’s midnight fireworks displays have welcomed the new year 2019 with a series of captivating and record-breaking which wowed thousands of revelers. The fireworks were one of the most complex displays in Australia’s history included gold, purple and silver fireworks pulsating to the tune of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, made famous by Aretha Franklin, who passed away in August last year.

According to the media reports: “There was strobe on and off in various colours — red, orange, green, lemon — and they’re very bright so the whole Harbour has lighted up.”Magnificent fireworks were displayed over the Harbour included two new colors of lime and peach that never-before-used in the show while the new technology allowed for the use of more pastel. There were also pulsating fireworks representing this year’s theme, the Pulse of Sydney.

Journalists reported that Sydney Harbour show has used 8,5 tonnes of fireworks and featured more than 100,000 pyrotechnic effects. The celebrated coathanger was decorated with an extra 1000 lighting effects and lit until 1 am while the Opera House had more than 800 fireworks shot from its vessels. The show was the by-product of four months of planning, with 18 pyrotechnic computer coordinators.

More than one million people braved stormy conditions in Sydney to celebrate the show that was watched by more than a billion people around the world. Sydney is one of the first cities on earth to start famous Harbour.“As a spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky at midnight, a giant typo was beamed onto a Harbour Bridge pylon telling the crowd it was still 2018.

This New Year’s Eve celebration of the fireworks was just awesome. Fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Australia. We wish this year of 2019 to bring goodness to humanity, the joy on earth, and peace to the world.

Areej Masoud:“Any Hope for Palestine Now, or Ever?”A Speaking Tour Coordinated by (PIEN)

   

     

Areej Masoud: “Any Hope for Palestine Now, or Ever?”
A Palestinian Christian Speaking Tour Coordinated by (PIEN) Network

By Marcelle Mansour OAM

Areej Masoud, a Christian Syriac Orthodox Palestinian born in Bethlehem who currently works as the Development & Communications Department Coordinator at Bethlehem Bible College. Areej obtained her qualifications in Theology and Psychology from Bethlehem University and accomplished her dissertation on Zionism and Kairos Palestine Document. Since then, she has become eager to speak on behalf of her people to tell the real story of occupied Palestine. Areej is an activist and a well-articulated passionate speaker who longs to reach out to the world to talk about the reality of the bitter situation of Palestinians that is hidden from the mainstream media.

Areej has recently been on numerous speaking tours affiliated with churches and International peacemaking organizations. She has recently traveled to Australia where her speaking tour was organized by an act of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN). The primary mission of PIEN  is to raise the awareness of people that Australian Christians are seeking lasting peace and justice for the people of Palestine and Israel. It held nationally a full program around the major cities of the Australian interstates such as Perth, Bendigo, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and in Canberra, the capital city, and others.

In Sydney, I had the opportunity to attend twice Areej’s public lecture titled “Any hope for Palestine now, or ever?” and to hear her insightful talk sharing her stories with Australians.  The lecture was held in Sydney on Wednesday 24th October 2018, at the Tinsley Institute, Morling Colledge, Macquarie Park and followed by dinner.

Pastor Darrell Jackson, the Associate Professor of Missiology, and Senior Lecturer at Morling College at the University of Divinity and Australian College of Theology;  made a concise introduction about the Palestinian issue, said an opening prayer and hosted the event.

Areej Masoud Areej spoke on the subject of the current situation of Palestine accompanied by slides, she made an insightful speech on behalf of her Palestinian people revealing to the world her actual reality of the current political situation; often concealed from mainstream media. A reality of the ongoing tension where access to basic necessities such as health care, education, water, shelter, freedom of movement and economic security is greatly restricted. This dehumanizing plight which facing Palestinian Christians is a major issue. “The conflict is not a conflict of different faiths; it is about the aggression of the Palestinian people suffering the occupation and the loss of their land,” …“According to Christian theologians; The Israeli occupation has a political, cultural and educational impact on Christian Palestinians; Christians suffer the same injustice as all Palestinians leading to a high number of Christians’ migration.” Areej said. Then she spoke about the meaning of Hope, quoting: “Hope is the capacity to see God in the midst of trouble.” Rev. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho – Bethlehem Bible College.

“God did his part, the ball is in the court of humankind that transformed faithful are to engage the word challenge the monopoly of power and live the life of an already liberated people.” Rev.Mitri Raheb, President, Dar al-Kalima (The House of the Word) University College in Bethlehem. Areej asked the audience to spread the word by telling people to come to meet Christian Palestinians, to learn and to share their stories.

Areej’s presentation was followed up with a Question and Answer period where the session went smoother and followed by dinner. Nell Potter, Artist, and Manager at Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN) spoke about the painful situation of Palestine which she visited recently. She also gave a brief talk about PIEN’s mission, aims, and goals and made a specific announcement about the available various informational flyers to be handed out to Australian people, and urged the audience to read them and to distribute them to others. For those flyers are designed and intended to raise the general awareness of the Palestinian cause and to get the word out.

On Saturday night 27 October 2018, it was wonderful to see Areej again when she gave her last presentation on her PIEN speaker tour at Balmain Uniting Church where Pastor Stewart Mills hosted the event, and Palestinian food was served.

It is worth mentioning here that all the audience were Australians, and a few Australian Palestinian people; including Dr.  Mahmoud Abu Arab and his family, Suzan Wahhab and her family. The attendees were involved in the discussion showing full support and empathy with the Palestinian people, promising to help them and wishing them peace with justice.

It is fitting to pay tribute here to the wonderful work done by both the members of PIEN network in Australia and the visiting speaker from Palestine, Areej Masoud, as she proved to be a young Palestinian woman who speaks courageously and tactfully. Areej traveled to many parts of the world and Australia and talked about the story of her occupied Palestine. Her conversation was very impressive as she touched so many people’s hearts and minds. Congratulations to the Palestinian struggler young woman Areej, and thanks for her invaluable efforts, which will always be a guiding light in the hearts of Australians.

 

 

My LensCulture review Received, NYC, Aug 2018!

In July 2018, I entered the contest of Lens Culture’s Art Photography Awards, Fine Art Series Category, and submitted ten images of my project titled Discover the Power of SuperConsiousness, that involved my ten photographs of my fine art images.

I Received a Submission Review! Everyone who enters with 5+ photos is eligible to get written feedback from an industry professional about their submission!  For a related series of 10 photos reviewed as one entry. Submission should work together as a group, thematically or aesthetically. A group International Jury of photography experts based in NYC selects the best photos from all over the world.

I am delighted that my artworks had the opportunity of the exposure to the academic insightful criticism from trusted and qualified industry professionals.  Really I enjoyed reading the meaningful feedback, and the professional constructive critique of an expert reviewer with many thanks.

I am sharing the review that I received as they promised. Thanks for the great review and valuable suggestions once again.

Here are the photographs of my light art paintings, and the Submission Review!

https://www.lensculture.com/submission-reviews/56091

Hope Out of Patience

Hope Out of Patience

By Marcelle Mansour OAM

Sydney – Australia 17 August 2018

 

Have you ever seen the beautiful splendor

Of the dignified Palestine Land?

Have you ever wonder why?

Historical Palestine vanishes from the world map?

O dear Palestine, ancient Palestine!

Will never be wiped off the map.

Have you ever experienced the empathy from home expel?

Or hung around your neck

A precious ancient key belongs to your stolen home?

 

Have you ever felt the bravery,

In those daring charming eyes?

Or sewed the unique cross-stitch

Of the iconic Palestinian embroidered dress?

Or touched the Cactus of Palestinians’ hearts?

Walking on just a ripple of burning hope …

To find a way to live and cope …

Patience becomes the way of life …

The symbol of Palestinians’ strife …

Longing for justice and liberation

Throughout the painful decades of Israeli occupation

Seventy years of the raven Nakba!

Fifty-one years of the dark Naksa!

And twenty-five years of impotent peace talk!

Left Palestinians with nowhere to walk …

Seven harsh decades of the Palestinian cause

Of preserving self-humanity…

And keeping dignity …

In limitless means …

Constantly echoing, ringing, and whispering in the ears …

 

Palestinians’ Right of Return is a global role

Concerns on the matter of international laws

Should never make the issue closed

Hoping to make the conflict resolved

A two-state solution will definitely work!

 

For the sake of world’s magnificent love

The hope of peace will rekindle soon from above

Palestine will hug the joyful lyrics of divine Dove.

 

Launching the Partnership of Al Mustaqbal in Australia with Al Markazia in Lebanon

   

    

    

By Marcelle Mansour OAM

It is with great pride and pleasure that Al Mustaqbal, (Future) Lebanese and Arabic Newspaper in Australia launched the Partnership with Al Markazia Central News Agency in Lebanon, who recently announced the appointment of Al Mustaqbal newspaper as Correspondents for the Australian Continent.  The launch officially took place on Friday the 20 July at Al Mustaqbal’s premises, Bankstown, in the presence of The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane, MLC, Parramatta Liberal Geoff Lee MP, Joseph Rizk OAM; CEO & Managing Director at Arab Bank Australia,  Community Organizations’ Leaders, Political and Social Figures, Media Representatives, and Friends.

For several decades the newspapers have played an integral part in the Australian Arabic Communities. Al Mustaqbal (Future) newspaper is the essential source of grassroots, Australian local news and Overseas and Lebanese information that matters most to readers.

The General Manager of the Al Mustaqbal, Dr. Jamil El-Doaih, welcomed all and said the partnership project was founded by Mr. Joe Khoury OAM, who is regarded as the Dean of Journalism and Media in Australia. Al Mustaqbal and Al Markazia exchanged journalism will remain open to everyone in Lebanon and Australia, for democracy depends on reliable access to true information. This encourages all to know what’s happening in our world, and it can help all to have access to true information for years to come. El-Doaih also welcomed all interested people to contribute to the newspaper and to cooperate fruitfully as one family for the public goodness.

The President and Editor-in-Chief of the Al Mustaqbal, Joe Khoury OAM, said it is exciting to have a key milestone to deliver news and information on the latest top stories with one of the top leading agencies.  Al Markazia was established in 1974 and today, it is one of the leading agencies in Lebanon and the Middle East, and now in Australia. The mission of the partnership is to create and deliver first quality service. It will hopefully be an excellent source of news designed to help the fast easy communications between Australia and Lebanon. It will cover the news of the most important topics that include political, social, cultural and economic issues.

Shaoquett Moselmane MLC stated that Joe has been providing journalism service to the community for nearly half a century, and he has a deep understanding of the important issues of both societies of Australia and Lebanon. Shaoquett awarded Joe with a gift of appreciation in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the media in Australia and Al Markazia Agency in Lebanon.

Geoff Lee MP congratulated Joe and his entire team on behalf of New South Wales government, for his continued work and the fantastic role that plays an integral and important part in bringing together the Australian Lebanese Community relation. “This is the next stage in your business from Lebanon to Australia and vice versa,” he said.

Dr. Mustapha Alameddin praised Joe Khoury’s credibility as a long lasting service, a long time ago as a journalist in the days before the World Wide Web. “What we’ve witnessed today is a historical event and a long-term project. In the world of journalism, Australia and Lebanon can’t live without each other for they have a cultural bond like an iron chain that binds their two societies together.” Alameddin said.

Mr. Ibrahim Barrak gave an expression of gratitude toward Joe Khoury who has been working hard silently in providing the truth in his journalism, acknowledging that Joe is a pleasant fellow who is the symbol of kindness, clarity, and a grateful heart, and has never caused any harm to any person during the long period of his journalistic profession. Undoubtedly, one of the project‘s aims is to show the good image of Lebanon and Australia.

This was followed by a number of prominent speakers who spoke highly of Joe Khoury for his friendly popular personality and professional journalistic efficiency.

It is worth mentioning here that I personally have known Joe Khoury for forty years, and I believe that his personality is extremely ethical that is characterized by the conception of honesty, transparency, luminosity, and integrity.  Joe is a rare unique community friend who has a soundness of moral character and depends on reliable access to information.  His newspaper of Al Mustaqbal (Future) newspaper is based on his profound success and constructed expertise in trustworthy journalism.  The partnership with Al Markazia Central News Agency in Lebanon will definitely make it more competitive and highly rewarding, for it will act as the backbone of the media industry in both printing press and digital media.

Congratulations to Mr. Joe Khoury OAM on the appointment of Al Mustaqbal newspaper as Correspondents for the Australian Continent, and extending warm Congratulations to the launching the partnership of Al Mustaqbal Lebanese and Arabic newspaper in Australia with Al Markazia Central News Agency in Lebanon, with the best wishes for continued future success.