On November 13, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual report for 2017 based on data collected under the Hate Crime Statistics Act. Here at the Arab American Institute, we have identified improving the data collected in the FBI's annual report as a top-line priority for 2019. For more...
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Washington Watch: The Struggle to Advocate for Palestinians Has Never Been Easy
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
It has never been easy for Arab Americans to advocate for Palestinian rights and while we've made real progress, the challenges continue to grow. I learned early on that this wasn't ever going to be a fair fight. In their relentless effort to silence our voice, supporters of Israel waged a relentless campaign to delegitimize us. During the 1970's and 1980's, groups like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) used the credibility they had earned fighting bigotry and injustice to defame and exclude us from political participation.
"As I work toward commemorating Nizar Qabbani, I like to imagine having known him in person." — Leila Khoury (Cleveland, OH)
"The experience of hosting my own radio show has proved to be not only enthralling, but therapeutic as well." — Dr. Ramzi Salti (Stanford, CA)
"Never give up hope. No matter the struggle, wherever you are around the world." — Alaa Basatneh (Des Plaines, IL)
"The ‘I Can’t Breathe’ PAC is an…attempt to bring us together for a righteous cause" — Tarik Mohamed (Brooklyn, NY)
"The narrative following 9/11 was ‘Them versus Us’ and all of a sudden I was them and us." — Rania Matar (Boston, MA)
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After all the votes were tallied, the November 6th midterm election ushered in a new group of leaders to serve at all levels of government. Many of these leaders—some reelected, some in different positions, and others who are newly elected—are Arab Americans, and their successful elections mean greater representation in local...
During this election season, much attention fell on campaign bigotry and political and hate-inspired violence across the country. But after (most) votes were counted last week, the country began to celebrate the historic winners, which included a long list of inspiring Arab Americans. But more than the names on the...
WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute expressed concern and disappointment with the release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 2017 hate crime statistics. As expected, hate crime surged yet again in 2017. However, the data contained some glaring omissions, including three of the most severe acts of bias-motivated violence...