Losing Iowa

Posted by on September 10, 2010

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

And yet, contrary to the coastal...

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Muslim congressional staffers respond to mosque controversy

Posted by Christina Wilkie on August 30, 2010

Members of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA) will convene a panel discussion on Tuesday in response to the recent controversy over a proposed Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan.Billed as a discussion of "Muslims in America: Myths and Realities," the three-member panel will be made up of Arab American Institute president Dr. James Zogby, Muslim Public Affairs Council president Salam Al-Maryati, and Dr. Azizah Al-Hibri, founder of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.The panel will be moderated by a former member of the Bush administration, Suhail Khan, now a fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement.According to a...

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Miss USA Rima Fakih with AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on Riz Khan Show

Posted by Al Jazeera on June 05, 2010

AAI Executive Director Maya Berry joins the newly crowned Miss USA, Rima Fakih to talk about her recent win and the strange response it has generated from some in the neocon community.

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Part Two

"Was it affirmative action, political correctness, a plot to conceal a radical agenda or just a simple beauty pageant?The new Miss USA, Lebanese-born Rima Fakih, has sparked headlines around the globe for becoming the first Arab-American Muslim to win a major beauty contest. Those who see something more sinister at work than beauty...

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Arab-American Group Bestows Gibran Awards

Posted by Victor Shiblie on June 03, 2010

Special to the Diplomatic Pouch contributed by Victor Shiblie

Khalil Gibran was a 19th-century Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist whose work continues to inspire millions of people many years after his death. In his memory, the Arab American Institute (AAI) Foundation recently bestowed its annual Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards at a dinner marking the foundation’s 25th anniversary.

The April 21 gala, held at Washington’s Renaissance Hotel, attracted 700 people from across the nation.

The Corporation for National and Community Service received AAI’s Award for Institutional Excellence, while Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was honored...

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The 2010 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by Kate Oczypok on May 24, 2010

The 2010 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards were held on Wednesday evening at the Renaissance Hotel on 9th St downtown. The black-tie affair honored Hon. Richard M. Daley, Hon. Rosemary Barkett and Juma Al Majid. The Corporation for National and Community Service was also honored for their institutional excellence.

Sponsors enjoyed a reception before the gala, where Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Brian Baird (D-Wash.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) among others attended.

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U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by MoroccoBoard on May 23, 2010

On April 21, 2010, the Arab American Institute (AAI) held its 12th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered the key speech for the event.

Ambassador Rice recognized the honorees of the evening, among them: Mayor Daley, Judge Barkett, Mr. Zeitoun, Juma al-Majid, and the Corporation for National Community Service for their commitment to advancing the common good initiative. “This year’s honorees remind us of the importance of some great American ideals: service, responsibility, inclusion, and equality. Citizenship grants us great blessings,...

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U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by MoroccoBoard on May 23, 2010

On April 21, 2010, the Arab American Institute (AAI) held its 12th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered the key speech for the event.

Ambassador Rice recognized the honorees of the evening, among them: Mayor Daley, Judge Barkett, Mr. Zeitoun, Juma al-Majid, and the Corporation for National Community Service for their commitment to advancing the common good initiative. “This year’s honorees remind us of the importance of some great American ideals: service, responsibility, inclusion, and equality. Citizenship grants us great blessings,...

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Gibran Awards Honor Tolerance, Humanity

Posted by Mohamed ElShinnawi on May 20, 2010

For the past 12 years, Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran’s love for equality and better understanding between East and West have inspired an awards program at the Arab American Institute in Washington.

Lebanese-American poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran said, “I love you my brother, whoever you are, whether you worship in your church, kneel in your temple or pray in your mosque.”

Promoting understanding

“The Prophet,” Gibran’s famous book, reflects his commitment to understanding among racial, ethnic, and religious communities. The Gibran Awards celebrate those whose lives mirror Gibran’s vision of humanity…

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Arab-American Institute honours Al Majid with award

Posted by Staff Report on April 26, 2010

Dubai: Juma Al Majid has been honoured by the Arab-American Institute as the winner of Khalil Gibran's "Spirit of Humanity for International Commitment" award.

The award was given to Al Majid in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and his academic achievements, in addition to his efforts in preserving the culture and heritage of the UAE.

Yousuf Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, accepted the award on behalf of Al Majid. "We hope this award highlights the importance of obtaining high quality education," he said.

Global society

He also added: "We, as...

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