Blytheville native to receive major award

Posted by Blytheville Courier on April 21, 2017

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Arab American Greg Simon will accept the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at the 19th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Salan, Communications Director of said that Simon, originally from Blytheville and born into a long family history in the community, will be receiving a “major award” for his commitment to public service. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Biden Cancer Initiative. His family came from Georgia and settled in Blytheville and...

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Don't conflate legitimate criticism of Israeli policy with anti-Semitism: Amy Kaplan and James Zogby

Posted by PennLive on April 12, 2017


The recent desecrations at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mount Carmel, fit a pattern of increased anti-Semitic incidents and crimes throughout the United States.

Law enforcement and civil rights organizations have recorded an alarming growth of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment in general.

These acts have brought American Muslims, Arab Americans and American Jews together to denounce these heinous episodes and raise funds to repair cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia.

That's the good news. Americans came together to stand against hatred and bigotry and will continue to do so.

But one other thing...

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Posted by Star-Telegram on December 22, 2016

Obama shuts down Bush-era Muslim registry to keep Donald Trump from using it


In 2001, Roskana Mun was a 16-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant living in one of New York City’s most diverse neighborhoods. After 9/11, the U.S. government started tracking foreign Muslim men and boys, and Mun’s neighborhood changed as men were detained and in some cases deported.

“Women had to juggle raising a whole family and face the threat of detention,” Mun said. “Girls had to step up, and young people...

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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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