The State of Palestine opened a competition for "The State of Palestine Award" in 2015; though the competition was opened for all Arabs; the committee in charge of selecting the winners awarded me this most prestigious award; the ceremony was held in The Cultural Palace in Ramallah in November, 2015, and was attended by Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine; President Abbas emphasized in his speech the Palestinian commitment to peace and opposition to violence and terrorism, including state terrorism. In the meantime, he stressed the importance of culture and the praised the Palestinian mind in defending the Palestinian cause worldwide. Being the recipient of the highest award, I spoke in the name of honorees.
The Arab Community in Houston have named me the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. As a result, I flew to Houston where I received the award during the community's annual Gala on October 1st, 2016. Dr. Kamal Khalil, President of the Arab Community and Cultural Center presided over the ceremonies; and the mayor of the city of Houston and many dignitaries, including the Ambassador of Tunisia, attended the ceremonies. After the official ceremony ended; hundreds of people enjoyed the gala activities of Tunisian music, a fashion show, excellent food and dancing.