Egyptians visit Washington to defend their ‘revolution’

Posted by Barbara Slavin on October 26, 2014

The conversation at a Virginia hotel not far from Washington’s Reagan National Airport quickly grew heated as a group of influential Egyptians sought to convince a dozen Americans that the removal of elected president Mohammed Morsi in 2013 and his replacement by Field Marshal Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was a plus for Egypt’s political evolution and US interests.

Some members of the Egyptian delegation — invited to Washington by Hands Along the Nile Development Services, a group that promotes people-to-people ties with Egypt, and several US faith-based organizations — accused American think tank staff and human rights advocates of having...

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These Candidates Are Courting the Muslim Vote

Posted by on October 15, 2014

There actually are a few places in America where pols court the Arab American vote. It’s nice, but it hasn’t translated into real power.

Typically news stories about American politicians and the Muslim community run along the lines of: “Republican Official Demonizes Muslims.”   For example, recently we were treated to Oklahoma Republican State representative John Bennett calling Muslim Americans a “cancer” that must be cut of America. 

And over the last few years we have seen Republican officials fan the flames of hate toward Muslims by championing anti-sharia legislation. Of course, even the proponents of these laws admitted there were...

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Michigan and Middle Eastern Refugees

Posted by on September 28, 2014

Michigan is the best candidate to accept Iraqi and Syrian refugees, not because of its railroads and factories, forests and rivers, or even because of its system of government, but because of Michiganders themselves. Of the many chapters of the American immigration success story, two of its finest – Polish immigration in the early 20th Century and Lebanese immigration half a century later – were written in Michigan. Michigan may yet write a third.

The situation is this: Iraqis and Syrians are fleeing in the tens of thousands, and Michigan is in need of people. Michigan accepting these refugees would...

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American Muslims 13 years after 9/11

Posted by OpEdNews on September 27, 2014

The seven-million strong Muslim American community remain under pressure, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Alarmingly, mainstream American opinion of Muslims is getting worse. According to the July survey of Arab American Institute (AAI) there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims. For example, in 2010 favorable ratings for Arabs were 43 percent. They have now declined to 32 percent. For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in the 2014 survey.

Not surprisingly, a direct consequence of this disturbing downward slide can be seen...

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Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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ISIS and its enemy: pluralistic dialogue and understanding

Posted by The Duke Chronicle on September 24, 2014

It’s happened again. The world has been plagued with another outbreak. No, not Ebola. Well, yeah, Ebola. But there’s another disease that has poisoned our discussions—ISIS.

A group commits fanaticism thousands of miles away and similar to many Arabs, Muslims and other beings resembling ‘other’ in this country, I suddenly find myself in the position of defense. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know a single individual who identifies with this group. I’m expected to change my conversations to resemble the rhetoric of a feeble body. A weak body. A scared body. An apologetic body. This country teaches you to...

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Islamophobia Is As American As Apple Pie

Posted by Opposing Views on September 24, 2014

Here we go again with a new round of bombings and missile strikes in the Middle East. More of a chance for our anti-Islamic bent in America to be watered. I must say though I am certainly glad we have some Arab nations also involved. It gives us cover and disguises the fact that America for the most part is filled with Islamophobia.

We simply have an easier time making the decision to drop bombs on Muslim countries than we do any other. Of course we justify that with our Islamophobia and belief that Muslims are out to get us....

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Defending Christians is about defending goodness and humanity, advocates say

Posted by on September 23, 2014

Sandri's comment drew a strong round of applause. But the feelings of unity were soured just one day later, when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another keynote speaker, told the IDC crowd, including Christians from Palestine and Lebanon, "Christians have no greater ally than Israel."

The senator's comment so angered the audience and elicited such a strong refrain of boos that Cruz was eventually forced to walk off stage. "If you do not stand with Israel and the Jews," he said before exiting, "then I will not stand with you."

In the aftermath, many accused the 2016 presidential hopeful...

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AAI launches voter drive in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day

Posted by on September 22, 2014

Organizations in key states will participate in the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote campaign in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day on September 23 to register voters and engage the public on issues important to our community. AAI Executive Director Maya Berry, says American Arabs will push voter awareness Sept. 26

National Voter Registration Day is tomorrow, September 23, and the Arab American Institute (AAI) is making sure our community remains a part of the national conversation. This week, Arab Americans across the country join thousands in hosting voter registration drives for the largest one-day effort of the year to...

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