Posted by on May 01, 2014 in Blog
On April 25th, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted its 16th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala. Senator George Mitchell received the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service in recognition of his long and distinguished career and his unwavering commitment to peace.
In his video remarks to Gala attendees, Secretary of State John Kerry praised Senator. Mitchell for his work in the Senate, saying he was “way ahead of his time.” “[Senator Mitchell] was clearly someone with a moral compass who cared, and who didn’t just talk about peace and justice but did everything...Read more
Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Blog
Posted by on April 07, 2014 in Blog
Posted by on April 07, 2014 in Blog
The 2014 Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service will be presented to Senator George J. Mitchell at this year’s annual Gibran Gala on Friday, April 25.
Whether Senator Mitchell is known for being one of the most respected figures in Congress, or more recently as Middle East peace envoy and author of the “Mitchell Report,” we take much pride in such an extraordinary Arab American public servant. In his long and distinguished career, Senator Mitchell has continually demonstrated his beliefs of inclusion, cooperation and an unwavering commitment to peace.
In his fifteen years in...Read more
Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Blog
Posted on March 03, 2014 in Arab American Institute
On April 25, 2014 the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted leaders in the Arab American community along with prominent members of the media, civil society organizations and government officials for the sixteenth annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.
The night began with a special performance of “America the Beautiful” in Arabic by 11-year-old Ms. Naya Salah. Naya’s Arabic rendition of the national hymn was featured in a SuperBowl commercial along with six other languages. Ms. Salah’s performance was a special moment to celebrate her achievements and recognize the significance of the Arab American community being...Read more
Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Blog
Posted by Chicago Tribune on April 24, 2013 in News Clips
Some media found the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing of an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.
On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, for example, the New York Post proudly presented a scoop that misidentified an injured "Saudi national" as a terror suspect. By the next day, authorities confirmed that the badly burned man actually was a witness, not a suspect. Sorry about that.
Online vigilantism ran so wild on the Reddit online link-sharing community that its general manager Erik Martin issued...Read more Original Article
Posted by Slate on April 17, 2013 in News Clips
Last night I was invited to spend some time and meet some good people at the Arab American Institute Foundation's annual dinner—the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards. The invite came, I think, because I spent so much time covering Chuck Hagel's confirmation to Defense, and wasn't sure why every association Hagel might have had with an "Arab" group became a cause for red-alert panic. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was there, as was outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as were Congress's only two Muslim members, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. André Carson. (Both are African-American, not...Read more Original Article
Posted by Mother Jones on April 17, 2013 in News Clips
From House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to Sara El-Amine, the national director of President Obama's political nonprofit, Organizing for Action, the Arab American community can count the Obama administration's closest political allies and enemies among their number. Both were present Tuesday night as the Arab American elite gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at a black-tie event hosted by the Arab-American Institute in Washington, DC. Yet through the revelry and clinking of glasses, and the cheerful chitchat in English and Arabic, the terrifying attack in Boston cast a shadow over the evening.
Veteran CNN and ABC News journalist Christiane Amanpour was there to...Read more Original Article