Dr. James Zogby on Arabs in Politics LISTEN

Posted by KPFA on September 07, 2016

BY 94.1 KPFA SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Did you know that in many states, Arab numbers are equal to or greater than Jewish numbers — but for a variety of reasons, Arabs have never defeated a candidate with their clout. Why? In this episode, Arab American Institute president, Dr. James Zogby explains. He gets real about what it takes to achieve power in this country and he would know … For decades, he’s been working tirelessly in Washington to influence power in a pretty hostile climate. Don’t miss...

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Muslim Comedy Show Brings Laughs To RNC

Posted by Lakewood Observer on August 03, 2016

BY MIKE DENEEN August 2, 2016 

Thousands of visitors came to Cleveland last month to be part of the Republican National Convention. Most came for serious business – whether delegates on the floor or protesters outside. However, one group came not for business, but for comedy – albeit comedy with a message.

As you are likely aware, Republican candidate Donald Trump has generated tremendous controversy in his campaign, particularly in regards to Muslims. The Arab American Institute Foundation decided rather than doing traditional programming at this year’s RNC, it would put on a comedy show. “BANNED: Dangerously Funny Arab...

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Battle Over Palestine May Spill Into Democratic Convention

Posted by Truthout on August 02, 2016

BY RANIA KHALEK  July 21, 2016 

The Democratic primary race for president is effectively over following Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

But the battle over Israel and Palestine within the party is just getting started and will likely spill over into the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.

Throughout the platform writing process, those appointed to the drafting committee by Sanders shattered the illusion of lockstep Democratic support for Israel, first in Washington, DC, then in St. Louis and finally in Orlando, where the drafts were voted on by the full platform committee on July 9th....

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Mike Pence Ran A Controversial Ad About Arabs In An Early Campaign

Posted by Buzzfeed News on August 02, 2016


When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ran for Congress in 1990, his campaign came under fire from Arab-American groups for a political ad that was labeled racially-insensitive.

Pence, who is reportedly a finalist to be chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, later expressed his regrets about his behavior in that race in an op-ed titled“Confessions of a Negative Campaign.”

The ad, which BuzzFeed News was unable to obtain and view but was widely reported on in local press at the time, featured a man with a heavily Middle Eastern accent wearing a black...

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Inside the Democratic Party’s Showdown Over Israel-Palestine

Posted by Foreign Policy on July 01, 2016

BY MOLLY TOOLE  June 29, 2016 

The meeting at a St. Louis hotel had run for more than nine hours and stretched into the night by the time the main reason Jim Zogby was there came up. As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s primary point person on the intractable Israeli-Palestine conflict, long a political landmine in U.S. presidential politics, Zogby was ready for a fight.

“We do not often see the Arab-Israeli conflict through Palestinian eyes,” Zogby began, according to an informal transcript of the meeting obtained byForeign Policy.

He was pushing an amendment calling for “an end to occupation...

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Could Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric influence politics well beyond 2016?

Posted by PBS NewsHour on December 11, 2015

BY DANIEL BUSH  December 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM EST

Despite widespread condemnation from critics at home and abroad, Donald Trump’s poll numbers aren’t suffering. His lead has only increased since he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, proving that such inflammatory rhetoric resonates with many Republican primary voters and alarming party elites who now see the businessman as a serious threat to win the GOP presidential nomination.

Whether this strategy translates to a win in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 — or helps propel Trump to the nomination — remains to be seen.

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BBC World News: Trump under fire - the backlash continues

Posted by BBC World News on December 09, 2015

Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US has sparked a furore: the White House says the plan should disqualify Mr Trump from becoming president. The Pentagon says it hurts America's national security. And even the Republican speaker of the House says this is NOT what the party stands for. BBC World News presenter Mike Embley discussed the backlash with Gabriel Debenedetti, National Political Reporter with Politico and Maya Berry, the executive director of the Arab American Institute.

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Arab Americans In Dearborn Fear ISIS, And The White Supremacists Who Think They Are ISIS

Posted by ThinkProgress on December 04, 2015

By Justin Salhani

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN — When news broke that ISIS killed 130 people in Paris, this Detroit suburb known for its thriving Arab American community prepared for the inevitable retaliation. The day before, three Dearborn, Michigan residents had been killed in an attack — also claimed by ISIS – in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, but locals here often aren’t afforded the time to mourn.

Dearborn, a city of 95,000 people, has the highest concentrations of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the United States, making the community here a target for anti-Muslim sentiment. While the city resembles an American...

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How Arab Americans make their voices heard

Posted by ShareAmerica on December 03, 2015

By M. Scott Bortot

Arab Americans have a strong track record of making their voices heard in the U.S. democratic process, whether through educating voters, volunteering for political candidates or running for national office.

It’s the oldest of American stories. Citizens come together to influence their government on issues of concern. Sometimes the group shares an economic interest — think farmers, or automobile plant workers — or concern about a specific issue, like civil rights. Sometimes groups identify by ethnicity.

“By taking part in the political process, Arab Americans can help shape the...

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DC protests mark the end of PEP era — progressive except Palestine

Posted by Mondoweiss on November 12, 2015

By Kristin Szremski The maelstrom known as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blown through the nation’s capital, and dozens of activists are taking a breather after weeks of organizing that culminated in several actions and events. While the rallies and pickets were relatively small compared to efforts put forth in powerhouse cities like Chicago and New York, organizers say their reverberations are powerful. What happened in Washington DC this week has changed the course of activism here on the issue of Palestine. A total of five actions played out from Friday, Nov. 6 through Tuesday. From pushing back...

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