Arab Americans turn out for National Voter Registration Day

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans across the country took part in National Voter Registration Day, September 27, with the goal of getting as many voters registered ahead of fast-approaching state deadlines. Working with the official National Voter Registration Day effort, and partners like the League of Women Voters and Rock The Vote, AAI’s #YallaVote campaign, coordinated with more than 30 local community partners on the ground who registered people and raised awareness about the upcoming national elections. Arab American community organizations, centers, student groups and places of worship hosted registration drives outfitted with their #YallaVote swag and...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Education and Politics Mix for Fahim Abedrabbo

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 27, 2016 in Blog

For Fahim Abedrabbo, the importance of family and education are inseparably intertwined. This Arab American is so connected to both that it has inspired him to run for the Clifton Board of Education this year. Abedrabbo, who is of Palestinian descent, was born and raised in New Jersey. His parents left the town of Al Jib, just south of Ramallah, to create a better life for their growing family in America. Although Abedrabbo’s parents...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Hawaii’s Mark Hashem is Dedicated to his Constituents

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 21, 2016 in Blog

Hawaii State Representative Mark Hashem is the son of a Lebanese father and a Japanese mother. His story is as unique as it is interesting. Hashem’s grandfather had been studying to become a priest in Beirut. Prompted by his four brothers to come with them to the United States, however, Hashem’s grandfather left his studies for America. Arriving in Boston during the turn of the century he settled there and raised a family of seven children. The youngest of those...

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What to Do If You Are Stopped at the Israeli Border

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on September 20, 2016 in Blog
What To Do If You Are Stopped At the Israeli Border There is a well-documented history of discriminatory treatment of Arab Americans and politically active travelers upon arrival to Israel or Palestine. This guide seeks to ensure travelers are aware of this situation and provide information on what should be done if they are detained or denied entry.
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Sheriff Joe Hanna Wears his Heritage as a Badge of Pride

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 13, 2016 in Blog

Crediting his heritage and the way he was raised with making him the person he is today, Sheriff Joe Hanna said, “You have to know where you came from to know where you’re going.” This statement could not be more fitting for Hanna’s professional career. Hanna, who was elected last November as Sheriff of Lehigh County in Pennsylvania, is half Syrian and half Italian. He identifies strongly with his Arab American heritage, wearing it as a “badge of pride.” Like many Arabs who immigrated to the...

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Join AAI for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 01, 2016 in Blog

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Every year since then, AAI has proudly joined groups across the country in commemorating the victims and first responders by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, the national day of service falls on Saturday, September 10th and we would love for you to join us. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Day To Serve, an initiative that brings together residents in DC, MD, VA, and...

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Talking Politics and Rights with AAI President Jim Zogby and Palestinian Israeli Knesset Member Basel Ghattas

Posted by Joan Hanna on August 24, 2016 in Blog

unnamed.jpgOn Monday evening, the Palestinian American Congress hosted a special dinner in Clifton, New Jersey with AAI President Jim Zogby, and Dr. Basel Ghattas. Dr. Ghattas is a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset as a member of Balad party, which is part of the Joint List alliance. They both spoke to a packed room of community leaders and activists about issues important to the Arab American community

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Rediscovering Nagi Daifallah 43 Years After His Death

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on August 15, 2016 in Blog

Courtesy: Happy Arab News I had never heard the name Nagi Daifallah before. Not growing up. Not in school. Not in my history books. Never. Yet his story is distinctly American as it reflects our history of immigrants who came to this country with few profitable skills, but have had a lasting impact on the social and political fabric of American society. As a Yemeni immigrant who was a leader in the United Farm Workers (UFW), Nagi was fighting in solidarity with...

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Yalla Philly Welcomes Delegates to DNC Convention

Posted by Jennifer Salan on July 29, 2016 in Blog

Kicking off a week of outreach and education programming, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted Arab American delegates to the Democratic National Convention for Arabic food in Philadelphia on Tuesday. With nearly 50 delegates to the DNC in 2016, the room was filled to capacity with old and new friends alike along with the local Arab American Philadelphia Host Committee. Delegates and guests shared their stories of how they became involved in activism and public service while sharing their advocacy on behalf of Palestine, civil liberties, and other...

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An Arab American Clevelander Offers a Warm Welcome to the RNC

Posted by Hannah Locop on July 19, 2016 in Blog

The Republican National Convention is officially underway in Cleveland, Ohio this week. People from across the country will be pouring into the city for the festivities, and Clevelanders are their welcoming party -- Arab Americans included. Recently, AAI interviewed Michael Faddoul, a local Arab American, small-business owner, and Cleveland Cavaliers fan to get his thoughts on the election and how the RNC impacts his community.  

Michael Faddoul is a proud first-generation Lebanese American and Cleveland resident. He is also an ardent basketball fan, describing...

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