S.E. Cupp, James Zogby Trade Accusations over Media Treatment of Hamas

Posted by Mediate on August 10, 2014

CNN commentator S.E. Cupp battled Arab American Institute President James Zogby over what Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter called “bias by omission”: media outlets potentially swaying the tenor of a Israel-Hamas story by leaving out crucial details about the players.

Cupp argued that’s exactly what happens when news shows portray Hamas as a political organization as opposed to a terror group monomaniacally bent on the wholesale destruction of Israel. “It’s something that should be said any time you’re discussing what Hamas wants,” Cupp said, though Stelter said he heard that said plenty. “Any time it is omitted that Hamas wants...

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Is the Media Biased Against Israel?

Posted by The Blaze on August 10, 2014

TheBlaze’s own S.E. Cupp engaged in a war of words with the president of the Arab American Institute on CNN’S “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning.

Cupp contended that the media displays tacit anti-Israel, pro-Hamas bias every time the Gaza conflict is covered and reporters don’t mention a crucial fact: the Hamas charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.

“It’s something that should be said any time you’re discussing what Hamas wants,” Cupp said. “Any time it is omitted that Hamas wants the annihilation of the Jews and the destruction of Israel, that … creates...

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Philip Montgomery: From a Harlem Frame Shop

Posted by BagNews Notes on August 08, 2014

I’m not sure what kind of stock you put in polls, but according to Zogby (commissioned by the Arab American Institute), American’s attitudes toward Muslims and Arabs is getting worse. Based on the survey, favorability toward Arab-Americans has dropped from 43% in 2010 to 36%. Favorability dropped for Muslim-Americans in the same period from 36% to 27%.

I saw first this photo three week ago. Taken by Philip Montgomery, it was part of a slideshow published in the New York Times. It accompanied a background piece on Montgomery’s now five year project photographing Islamic communities in the New York metro...

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Gaza

Posted by C-SPAN on August 07, 2014

James Zogby talked about the latest developments in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Among other topics he discussed what he believes would be necessary for a long-term ceasefire and solution, policing of the Gaza Strip, and the behavior of both Hamas and Israel.

C-SPAN Radio’s Bobbi Jackson read news headlines at the conclusion of the program.

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Week In Review: Does Iran benefit from Gaza crisis?

Posted by Al-Monitor on August 03, 2014

On July 30, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, Commander Qassem Suleimani, praised the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, “the political leaders of Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and all the resistance groups."

Suleimani's praise for Hamas is noteworthy. There had been a chill in Iran-Hamas ties since Hamas broke with Syria, and by extension Iran and Hezbollah, in 2012. Hamas, which has since been isolated in its regional alliances, had sought to restore ties with Iran even prior to the current...

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How Arabs View President Obama and the United States

Posted by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs on August 01, 2014

On June 4, 2009, a newly inaugurated President Barack Obama gave a much-anticipated speech at Egypt’s Cairo University. ­The “Cairo speech,” as it has come to be known, was to signal a change in relations between the U.S. and the Middle East.

Five years later, what has changed? That was the topic addressed by James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), in a recent Zogby Research Services poll (conducted in May) on Arab attitudes toward the United States. The Middle East Institute and AAI co-hosted a launch of the poll’s results and a discussion of their significance at...

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Arab Americans Give Back to their Communities

Posted by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs on August 01, 2014

Arab-American organizations around the country took part in the 10th annual National Arab American Service Day on Saturday, May 17. Organized each year by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), the event brings Arab Americans together for a day of giving back to their communities.

This year there were 24 service projects nationwide, including an Arab American Institute partnership with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI) in Washington, DC. Two shifts of volunteers prepared  a community garden for planting—weeding, mulching and digging holes in a farm in the Fort Totten neighborhood, where residents learn to grow their own fresh,...

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What will it take for the ceasefire to succeed?

Posted by CNN on August 01, 2014

For the first time in weeks, Gaza and Israel are bracing for quiet.

Both sides agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire and negotiations that could lead to a longer cessation of violence.

Erin discussed the deal and the likelihood that it will succeed with Dan Senor, Co-Founder of the Foreign Policy Initiative and James Zogby who is the President of the Arab American Institute.

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Gaza: Falling rockets and failing media

Posted by Al Arabiya on August 01, 2014

Lies are easily exposed when the truth comes out.

Indeed, social media outlets and several journalists with refreshing conscience have finally spoken out against the farcically biased and unprofessional stance taken by the Western media in favor of Israel during its ongoing onslaught on Gaza.

MSNBC’s Rula Jebreal is one such example. Jebreal recently denounced the media for being complicit with the infamous American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) through their continuous funding. “It is because of this money that we journalists have become disgustingly biased in favor of Israel,” Jebreal said. “Just look at the airtime given to Israeli...

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Can the U.S. Have a Realistic Influence in Gaza?

Posted by Bloomberg on July 30, 2014

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Carnegie Endowment Senior Associate Michele Dunne and Arab American Institute Founder James Zogby examine the influence of Secretary of State John Kerry seeking a truce deal between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. They speak with Trish Regan on “Street Smart.” 

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