AbiNader, Baadani talk to Army EEO advisors

Posted by on January 21, 2010

On Monday December 14, 2009, Jean AbiNader, AAI board member and COO of the Moroccan Center, and Jamal Baadani, founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military, presented to over 100 U.S. Army Equal Opportunity Advisors studying at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). The presentation at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. afforded a timely opportunity to explore issues unique to Arab and Muslim American soldiers in the field.

“As an AAI member, it is really important to me to continue educating people, especially those who can advocate for our community,...

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How to report instances of airport harassment

Posted by AAI on January 13, 2010

In light of the attempted attack on Christmas day of Northwest flight 253, new policies and practices have been implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that put our community under the microscope. Therefore, in order to serve our community better, AAI has been in contact with the White House, Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), State Department, Department of Justice and other federal agencies in regards to those changes and their affects on our community. Federal officials strongly recommend that any episode of harassment at airports or other border crossings be reported...

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AAI Statement on Aviation Safety and National Security

Posted by AAI on January 08, 2010

The Arab American Institute (AAI) supports efforts by the Obama Administration to review transportation safety and national security policies in response to the attempted attack on Northwest flight 253. AAI endorses improved screening practices that effectively enhance our national security, safeguard American civil liberties, and demonstrate respect for the traveling public.

We are troubled, however, by reports that policies mirroring failed profiling regimes of the past have been introduced. As of this week, individuals traveling from or through Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be...

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Take Your Census Form and Fill It

Posted by Rashad Al-Dabbagh on September 01, 2009

The hilarious yet misguided article titled “Take Your Census Form and Shove It” by Ray Hanania, which has recently been circulated online and published in some Arab American publications, including The Independent Monitor, shouldn’t discourage our community from participating in the 2010 Census.

Yes, Arabs still don’t have our own box, and continue to fill in the blank next to the “Some Other Race” box that we check every decennial, but avoiding the Census is like demanding a change in U.S. foreign policy under the condition of opting out of voting, lobbying and campaign contributions.

Let’s face...

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2010 Census data will affect your voice; some call it discrimination

Posted by Zeyad Maasarani on August 12, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The United States Census has raised uproar in minority communities around the country, particularly amongst Arab-Americans.

"Don’t sit back quietly and accept this!" Ray Hanania, an Arab-American radio personality from Chicago, told IFN. "As a community, we should be screaming discrimination at the top of our lungs and demand our share!"

A comedian and a journalist, Hanania is very vocal about his grievance with the upcoming Census, and thinks Arabs should opt out from filling out next year’s questionnaire.

The 2010 Census, which will define the nation’s demographic landscape...

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The 2010 Census: What’s in it for Arab Americans?

Posted by AAI- Helen Samhan on August 06, 2009

In less than a year, the nation will conduct its once-a-decade census of the U.S. population. The 2010 Census will ask just ten basic questions about each household—like the name, age, gender, and race of each person living there. Arab Americans, who are not a legally recognized racial or ethnic minority, have no “box” to check and some have suggested we should boycott the Census for that reason. This begs the questions: where do we fit and why should we care?

The short answer to the first question depends on who is asking. If you follow the federal...

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United For The Two State Solution

Posted by AAI on June 17, 2009

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On Monday, June 15th pollsters from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came together to present “United for the Two-State Solution: The Popular Mandate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace”. The event was co-sponsored by the Arab American Institute, OneVoice Movement, J Street , Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Israel Policy Forum.

The briefing, held for Congressional staffers, was attended by nearly 100 guests. Discussion panelists included Nader Said, General Director of Arab World for Research and Development and pollster for the...

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State Department: Conference Call with Michele Bond, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizen

Posted by AAI on June 02, 2009

On Thursday, May 28th, at 3:00 PM The Bureau of Consular Affairs, division of American Citizens Services hosted a conference call with several organizations regarding their mission, goals, and several issues of concern, specifically problems faced by U.S citizens suspected of being from Arab heritage when trying to travel through or visit the West Bank or Israel.

Michele Bond, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for Overseas Citizens Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, began the conference by giving a quick overview of the different programs within the department, their respective missions, and their goals....

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From Belfast to Jerusalem

Posted by AAI on March 26, 2009

“What we do know is this: That the status quo is unsustainable, that it is critical for us to advance a two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can live side-by-side in their own states with peace and security…Last week, we were here for St. Patrick’s Day, and you’ll recall that we had what had been previously sworn enemies celebrating here in this very room. Leaders from the two sides of Northern a couple of decades ago — or even a decade ago — people would have said could never achieve peace, and here they were, jointly appearing and talking...

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