Sports Playing its Role in Shifting Public Discourse

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2018 in Blog

By Blaise Malley This month, in two countries halfway around the world from one another, sports took the center stage in important political disputes, with athletes taking a stand for justice in two very different arenas. Israeli Soccer Team pays the Price for Government’s Actions After weeks of unarmed protests in the Gaza Strip were met by Israel’s use of lethal force and resulted in more than 13,000 casualties, the international community started to take notice. On 5 June, the...

Read more

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 07, 2018 in Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education 

Washington, DC - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department of Education:  "Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Ken Marcus as the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education by a narrow...

Read more

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education

Posted on June 07, 2018 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education 

Washington, DC - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department of Education:  "Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Ken Marcus as the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education by a narrow...

Read more

Protect Free Speech on Our College Campuses

Posted by Arab American Institute on May 25, 2018 in Blog

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018 (H.R.5924/S.2940), which was introduced in both the House and Senate on May 23, claims to address anti-Semitism on college and university campuses by including criticisms of Israel as examples of anti-Semitism. If passed, the bill would allow the Department of Education to suppress criticism of Israel in higher education, unconstitutionally proscribing legitimate political expression while doing nothing to combat actual hate on college campuses.

While dangerous on its own, this bill would be exacerbated by the confirmation of Ken Marcus. As you may know, Marcus...

Read more

TAKE ACTION – Legislation Introduced to Shut Down Free Speech Critical of Israel

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Action Alerts

A bicameral bill was introduced in the House and Senate that seeks to restrict criticism of Israel at the expense of our First Amendment protected right to free speech. Introduced in the House as H.R.5924 by Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and in the Senate as S.2940 by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the legislation includes an overly broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel.  

Entitled the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018, the bill does not actually...

Read more

The Problems of the new Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on May 23, 2018 in Blog

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018 has been introduced today in Congress. The bill includes an overly-broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel. The bill should be opposed because it misappropriates a non-legally binding definition for the basis of legal prohibitions, does not combat anti-Semitism, constitutes viewpoint discrimination, and is unconstitutional as being overly broad.

First, the bill misappropriates a State Department guidance for use in domestic civil rights law. The working definition cited in the bill, from the “Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism of the Department of State...

Read more

Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again

Posted on March 08, 2018 in Countdown
Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again
Read more

Instead of criminalising political speech, pass the NO HATE Act

Posted by Ryan Suto on January 10, 2018 in Blog

On 29 December the Jerusalem Post published an interview with the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. In that article, Friedman stated that reactions were "largely emotional" to the Trump administration's announcement of support to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He went on to state: "We expected the reaction, although we were disappointed with some of the rhetoric, which was ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic [sic]". The anti-Semitism charge

Friedman does not elaborate how political disagreements with an international policy change constitute bigotry against Judaism as a religion or Jews as a people....

Read more

Reality Check: The Truth Behind the anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Posted by Heba Mohammad on November 15, 2017 in Blog

Those who listened to last week’s House Judiciary hearing on “Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses” may have been left with the impression that protecting communities from bias or hate, while also respecting the right to free speech, is complicated. Reacting to this discord, Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) used his opening statement to set a tone of conciliation by saying, “Equality and free speech are not, and must not, be pitted against each other as if they were opposing values.” This false conflict weighed heavily over the hearing because of the way the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (AAA)...

Read more

1  2  Next →