Scott Horton Interviews Maya Berry

Posted by Scott Horton on February 28, 2011 in News Clips

Maya Berry of the Arab American Institute discusses the March 2nd briefing for congressional staffers, “Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism,” designed as a counterpoint to Rep. Peter King’s hearings on Muslim “radicalization;” the very lucrative business – the new “Red Scare” – of whipping up fear of Muslims; and the knee-jerk response of many Americans to scary sounding Arabic words they don’t know the meaning of.

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King Hearings Prompt Hill Briefing on Islamophobia

Posted on February 28, 2011 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON - February 28, 2011 - Prompted by Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) proposed hearings on the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community, the Arab American Institute and the Muslim Public Affairs Council will convene a briefing for congressional staffers on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 entitled Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism. The briefing will examine the industry of Islamophobia and its impact on people, foreign and domestic policy.Focusing on the active role Islamophobia plays in alienating and ostracizing the American Muslim community, the briefing will address how Islamophobia has not only become socially permissible but is also a used as...

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Patriot Act Extended

Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Blog

After last week’s stunning House vote rejecting the extension of key Patriot Act provisions, this week both the House and Senate passed extensions of those provisions. Those provisions include the “roving wiretap” provision, the “libraries provision,” and the “lone wolf” provision. The House sent the bill introduced by James Sensebrenner (R-WI) to the Senate by a vote of 275 to 144, granting a nine month extension to those provisions. 27 Republicans voted against the extension, including Arab American freshmen members of Congress, Justin Amash (R-MI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Congressman Amash released a statement following the vote stating...

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Patriot Act Rejection

Posted by on February 09, 2011 in Blog

Tuesday evening, the House voted against extending key Patriot Act measures. Those measures were the authorization for the FBI to continue using roving wiretaps on targets of surveillance; the “libraries provision” authorizing the government use “any tangible item” in surveillance; and the “lone wolf” provision, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act measure that permits surveillance of those who are not connected to an identified terrorist group. In the breakdown of the vote, surprisingly 26 Republicans and 122 Democrats voted against extending the above-mentioned measures.  Freshman Congressman and Arab-American, Justin Amash (R-MI) was one of the 26 Republicans who voted...

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AAI Signs Letter Objecting to King Hearings

Posted by on February 01, 2011 in Blog
Today, AAI joined 50 other community, religious, civil and human rights organizations in signing a letter calling on congressional leaders to object to House Homeland Security Committee Chair Peter King's (R-NY) hearings on the 'radicalization of the Muslim American community.'
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House Subcommittee on Immigration…uhh Enforcement

Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Blog
Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held its first hearing of the 112th Congress on what it called, “ICE Worksite Enforcement � Up to the Job?”
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Beyond the Spectacle, A Cause for Concern

Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Blog
It is difficult to find humor in Chairman Peter King’s planned congressional hearings targeting the Muslim community in the US, particularly in light of King’s history of making sweeping statements about American Muslims and extremism.
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AAI President Jim Zogby Comments on Rep. King’s ‘Radicalization’ Hearings

Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Blog
Today in Politico's "The Arena", AAI President Jim Zogby commented on House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) upcoming hearings on 'radicalization' of the American Muslim community. Jim assesses the efficacy of Chairman King's hearing and the potential affects they will have on the Muslim community in the United Sates.
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AAI President Jim Zogby Comments on Rep. King’s ‘Radicalization’ Hearings

Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Blog
Today in Politico's "The Arena", AAI President Jim Zogby commented on House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) upcoming hearings on 'radicalization' of the American Muslim community. Jim assesses the efficacy of Chairman King's hearing and the potential affects they will have on the Muslim community in the United Sates.
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Stein Repudiates King Hearings

Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Blog
Jeff Stein, the highly acclaimed intelligence and defense specialist, wrote a powerful piece in the Washington Post yesterday, suggesting that the shooting in Arizona may offer Congressman Peter King an opportunity to reconsider his ill-conceived plan to target the Muslim American community with hearings about “radicalization.”
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