Remembering Khalid Jabara, Advocating Change

Posted by Kai Wiggins on August 10, 2018 in Blog

Sunday marks the second anniversary of the murder of Khalid Jabara, who was killed on the front porch of his Tulsa, Oklahoma, home on August 12, 2016. The killer, who lived next door to the Jabaras, was convicted of first-degree murder, a hate crime, and two misdemeanors. This tragic, preventable hate crime, featured as a case study in Underreported, Under Threat, was not reported in official FBI hate crime statistics.

In our case study, we draw extensively from a powerful interview that Arjun Singh Sethi, a civil rights lawyer and activist, conducts with members of Khalid’s family for his...

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New data show continued surge of hate crime, anti-Arab incidents, nationwide

Posted by Kai Wiggins on August 08, 2018 in Blog

The sixth anniversary of the shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which left six Sikh Americans dead and multiple wounded, was on Sunday, August 5. This week, on August 12, we will observe the second anniversary of the hate crime murder of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the first anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and wounding many others. The driver is facing federal hate crime charges.

One thing we can do to honor hate crime victims...

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Underreported, Under Threat

Posted on July 19, 2018 in Publications

In a period of increased xenophobia, racism, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment, we cannot afford to overlook the importance of improving our response to hate crime. 

Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans consists of three parts. Part One provides important context to the nature of targeted violence against Arab Americans. Part Two features a compelling selection of case studies that demonstrate the nature of anti-Arab hate crime, the harms inflicted on individuals and communities, and the limitations of existing laws, policies, and their irregular enforcement to address those harms. Part Three retraces...


Family Separations Buried in the Trump News Cycle

Posted by Guest on July 18, 2018 in Blog

By Blaise Malley

Just one month ago, it was nearly impossible to go anywhere without hearing about the abhorrent family separation scandal at the border. As President Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy” took effect, over 2,500 children were separated from their families, and the administration faced perhaps its most sustained and widespread stream of criticism since coming into office.

Secretary of Homeland Security Krijsten Nelson and Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, the supposed architect of the policy, were confronted by protesters at restaurants and the President was roundly criticized by members of his own party. 

The outcry from the American...

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Washington Watch: Reporting Hate Crimes: The Arab American Experience

Posted on July 07, 2018 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby 

This week, the Arab American Institute Foundation will release a comprehensive study on anti-Arab hate crimes in the US. The result of eight months of work, "Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans," fills a gap in available research on hate-based crime. More than just a compilation of acts of violence or threats against persons of Arab descent, the AAIF study also reviews the history of how law enforcement agencies have dealt with (or rather has not dealt with) anti-Arab hate crimes. The report then rates the performance...

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The Muslim Ban Is Still Not Enough Bigotry For The Roberts Court

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 27, 2018 in Blog

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Hawai’i, the Muslim Ban case. By a vote of 5-4 the Court handed a significant victory to the Trump Administration. The decision willfully disregarded the open bigotry on the part of the president and his administration which formed the foundation to the Muslim Ban.  

For those immediately impacted, this decision means that certain visa holders and applicants from the following countries will continue to be banned indefinitely from travel to the U.S.: Iran, Libya, North Korea (well below 1,000 visitors per year), Somalia, Syria, Venezuela (only certain government...

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Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 26, 2018 in Blog

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June 26, 2018

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Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i.

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban that discriminates against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. A vast majority of those impacted by the ban are Muslim,...

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Muslim Ban Case

Posted on June 26, 2018 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2018

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org / (202) 652-4984

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i.

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban that discriminates against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. A vast majority of those impacted by the ban are Muslim,...

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The Unnecessary Moral Crisis

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on June 22, 2018 in Blog

By this point, most Americans have seen the horrible images of migrant children crying alone near our Southern border, or have read traumatic accounts of infants being held in government custody for up to a month at a time or being torn from their mothers while breastfeeding. This politically manufactured moral crisis has shaken the very core of what many Americans tell ourselves about our compassion and our role in the world. As such, there has been an incredible amount of misinformation and...

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Oblivious to the Irony

Trump aide and anti-immigrant champion Stephen Miller is a special guy. Not only is he a driving force behind Trump’s Muslim ban, but also behind the inhumane separation of families at the border. One White House adviser went as far as to describe Miller as a “twisted guy” who “actually enjoys seeing those pictures at the border.” It was not missed on us that Miller is himself the descendant of asylum seekers, who escaped anti-Jewish persecution in Belarus, only to turn around to himself...


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