Syria refugee crisis a no-win for Obama

Posted by Washington Times on September 13, 2015

By Stephen Dinan

Human rights groups say President Obama's opening bid of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees next year is far too timid in the face of the humanitarian catastrophe playing out in the Middle East, and even his own party colleagues in Congress are preparing to raise him tenfold, calling for the U.S. to take in 100,000 Syrians.

Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, warn that the U.S. isn't nearly prepared to vet the refugees, and say radicalized Muslims are certain to use the program to try to gain a foothold in the U.S.

Trapped in the middle is Mr. Obama, who...

Read more Original Article

“This Community Is Not A White Community”

Posted by Buzzfeed on September 09, 2015

By David Noriega

Buzzfeed 

After decades of lobbying, Arab-Americans may no longer be counted as white on the U.S. Census. Starting this month, the Census Bureau is testing different ways to allow people to identify as being from the Middle East and North Africa, or MENA. Advocates are seeking changes to the census that accurately reflect the realities of life as Middle Easterners in the United States after the 9/11 attacks, and the fact that a growing number of young Arab-Americans identify as minorities.

“We’re being profiled, and we’re being targeted, but when we try to raise objections...

Read more Original Article

Stung by BDS, Israel mistreats US Palestinians at border crossings

Posted by Russia Today on August 31, 2015

The US is tolerating Israel’s mistreatment of US citizens of Palestinian origin, Arab-American advocates are saying. Israeli authorities have recently refused entry to several Palestinians with US passports, including an outspoken activist.

When Nerdeen Kiswani tried to cross into the West Bank at the Allenby Bridge crossing, she was interrogated for 15 hours, and then denied entry based on her “hostile behavior towards Israel.”

Kiswani, a student at CUNY Staten Island and Hunter College in New York City, has crossed without much trouble in 2013 and 2014. Last month, however, Israeli border guards interrogated her about her political activism, including the...

Read more Original Article

Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting

Posted by Washington Post on August 31, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS -- Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz prevented consideration of a resolution at the party’s summer meeting here that praised President Obama and offered backing for the nuclear agreement with Iran, according to knowledgeable Democrats.

The resolution was drafted with the intention of putting the national committee on record in support of the agreement as Congress prepares to take up the issue when members return from their August recess.

As a fallback, James Zogby, the co-chair of the Resolutions Committee, led a move to prepare a letter of support for the president and the Iran agreement that eventually...

Read more Original Article

Liberty City, Arab American Institute cite Facebook posts in call for Bailey to return donation

Posted by Newsworks on August 27, 2015

Both the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club and the Arab American Institute issued statements on Wednesday calling on Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey to return a campaign contribution from a resident who posted online content they deemed homophobic and racist.

However, the donor in question, Andrew Terhune, told NinetyNine that his posts were nothing more than attempts to spark a debate among his Facebook friends, and that he's neither homophobic nor anti-Arab.

Bailey did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday, but Joseph J. DeFelice, executive director of the Philadelphia Republican Party, did.

"It's a ridiculous story," he said....

Read more Original Article

12 Quotes from American Christians on Christians in the Middle East

Posted by Newsmax on May 13, 2015

By: John Verling

The Middle East is the home of Christianity. It is where Jesus was born and where many sites scared to Christians are located. Today, Christians are in minority in the Middle East and face daily persecution. The plight of Christians in the Middle East is of particular concern to American Christians and they are petitioning the government to act now before it is too late. Here are 12 quotes from American Christians on Christians in the Middle East: 1. The Rev. Franklin Graham of Samaritans Purse visited the Middle East and told Megyn Kelly on Fox News about the plight...

Read more Original Article

Originally Lebanese Salma Hayek: ‘I’m proud of my people’

Posted by Al Arabiya on May 04, 2015

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/webtv/reports/2015/04/30/Salma-Hayek.html

U.S. Hollywood star Salma Hayek told Al Arabiya News in an interview this week that she was “proud” of the Lebanese people for taking in some 1.2 million Syrian refugees, despite decades of animosity between the two countries.

“I have to say that I’m extra proud because the Syrians could be considered as their enemies, or were once because of the war, and I’m very proud that my people give an example and [have] opened their doors even to those who they’ve been in conflict with, because of their humanity and their generosity,” the...

Read more Original Article

National security adviser: U.S. expects next Israeli gov’t to recommit to two states

Posted by Jewish Telegraphic Agency on May 04, 2015

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.

“President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict, and that resolving it is in the national security interest of the United States,” Rice said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Arab American Institute.

“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” she...

Read more Original Article

National security adviser: U.S. expects next Israeli gov’t to recommit to two states

Posted by Jewish Telegraphic Agency on May 04, 2015

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.

“President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict, and that resolving it is in the national security interest of the United States,” Rice said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Arab American Institute.

“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” she...

Read more Original Article