This Election Deepened America's Tribal Divide

Posted on November 10, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby

This election was the meanest, dirtiest, and most disgraceful in my lifetime—and it will have consequences. Even before the results began to be reported on late Tuesday night, we already knew who the losers were going to be – the American people and our political culture. The damage done by President Trump's divisive rhetoric will be with us for a generation. While Trump's advisers had urged him to focus on the good news about the economy during the last few weeks of the election, he opted instead to preach a message of fear. His target was...

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Unprecedented Increase Expected in Upcoming FBI Hate Crime Report

Posted by Kai Wiggins on October 31, 2018 in Blog

  Introduction: A Nationwide Increase Expected

On Tuesday, November 13, the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program will release national hate crime statistics for 2017. But thanks to research from AAI on state UCR hate crime statistics already available, we have a sense of what the federal data will show.

As in 2016 and 2015 before, we expect yet another increase of reported hate crime incidents in 2017, representing the first three-year consecutive annual increase since 2001.

So far, AAI has collected 2017 hate crime data from 27 states and the...

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AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry

Posted on October 23, 2018 in Press Releases

AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

(202) 429-9210

The Arab American Institute (AAI), a non-partisan organization advocating on behalf of the Arab American community, is calling on the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to condemn Duncan Hunter’s bigoted campaign against Arab American challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar.

In a letter to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers, AAI noted Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter’s rhetoric and campaign ads, depicting...

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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

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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