Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism

Posted by Omar Baddar on June 22, 2017 in Blog

The injustice of Israel’s occupation of Palestine is so glaring that it is difficult for its supporters to defend it, so they tend to opt for suppressing the voices exposing it. This was the case a couple of weeks ago, when an event on Capitol Hill on the abuse of Palestinian children under Israeli occupation was smeared by the Israel Project. Not only was the event misrepresented as “hate speech”, but the Congressman whose office reserved a room for the event, Representative Mark Pocan,...

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Faithkeepers: An agenda of hate

Posted by Arab American Institute on May 18, 2017 in Blog

Today, a new, divisive effort is underway to pit religious communities against each other, as the plight of Christians under ISIS and other extremists is being co-opted by a known hate group – the Clarion Project – to promote its anti-Muslim agenda. Unlike the group’s previous, more overtly bigoted films, "Faithkeepers" (their latest film) is a lot more subtle. On its face, it purports to address the absolutely legitimate fears of Christian communities in the Middle East, who are experiencing an alarming increase in violence and intimidation at the hands of extremists....

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017

Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine.  To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...

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Support Adding a MENA Category to the U.S. Census

Posted on April 11, 2017 in Action Alerts

We're asking for your help to address our community’s concerns including access to health and social services and expanding civil rights protection. Support the creation of the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) checkbox as an ethnicity category on the U.S. Census and other federal forms today.

In 2011, the MENA Advocacy Network was established to represent the interest of all communities from the MENA region in the U.S. Census. Since then, the Census Bureau has moved forward with testing a MENA category in time for the 2020 Census. Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is making its final decisions...

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