Anti-Islam gathering in Dearborn protested, defended

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in News Clips

Anti-Islam advocates from across the U.S. gathered Sunday in Dearborn for a conference to bring attention to what they say is a problem of Muslim honor killings.

About 150 gathered at the Hyatt in Dearborn for the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference, named after a 20-year-old Arab-American Muslim woman who was killed by her stepfather last year in Warren.

But at another conference in Detroit, about 100 people gathered earlier in the day to oppose the anti-Islam conference, saying it was the latest attack on metro Detroit's Arab-American and Muslim communities. Dearborn has the highest concentration of Arab-Americans in the...

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Arab-Americans unite against Islamophobes

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in News Clips

In response to an anti-Islam conference in Dearborn, Arab-Americans and their supporters held a separate conference in Detroit Sunday against bigotry.

“We stand for America,” said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab-American News, at a panel held at the Doubletree Hotel in Detroit. “And they (anti-Muslim activists) stand against America and against the American way of life.”

Siblani’s views were echoed by others who gathered for a conference organized by the Arab American Institute and supported by several other Arab-American groups to counter another conference held in Dearborn on Sunday by anti-Muslim activists called the “Jessica Mokdad Human Rights...

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Dearborn: Muslims and Members of Other Faiths Successfully Counter Anti-Muslim Conference

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in News Clips

MSNBC describes it as “dueling in Dearborn.” I think the real story is the rejection of Islamophobia, and the anti-Islam outsiders who arrived only to agitate: Dueling in Dearborn over murder of a 20-year-old woman By Kari Huus, msnbc.com

In Dearborn Mich., a Detroit suburb known for its concentration of Muslim Americans, anti-Islam leaders from around the country are gathering to discuss how to rescue women from that faith. The “Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killings” on Sunday is named for a local Muslim woman murdered one year ago.

But Muslims, civil rights groups and other religious...

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Arab-Americans hold conference against bigotry

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in News Clips

"We stand for America," said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab-American News, at a panel discussion held at a Detroit hotel. "And they (anti-Muslim activists) stand against America and against the American way of life."

Siblani's views were echoed by others who gathered for a conference organized by the Arab American Institute and supported by several other Arab-American groups to counter a conference held in Dearborn on Sunday by anti-Muslim activists called the "Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killings."

Last year, Mokdad, 20, a Muslim was shot dead by her stepfather in Warren, Mich. Some anti-Islam activists...

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Arab-Americans hold conference against bigotry

Posted by on April 29, 2012 in News Clips

DETROIT (USA TODAY) — Arab-Americans and their supporters held a conference in Detroit on Sunday against bigotry in response to an anti-Islam conference in Dearborn, Mich.

"We stand for America," said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab-American News, at a panel discussion held at a Detroit hotel. "And they (anti-Muslim activists) stand against America and against the American way of life."

Siblani's views were echoed by others who gathered for a conference organized by the Arab American Institute and supported by several other Arab-American groups to counter a conference held in Dearborn on Sunday by anti-Muslim activists called the...

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Arab-Americans hold conference against bigotry

Posted by on April 29, 2012 in News Clips

DETROIT (USA TODAY) — Arab-Americans and their supporters held a conference in Detroit on Sunday against bigotry in response to an anti-Islam conference in Dearborn, Mich.

"We stand for America," said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab-American News, at a panel discussion held at a Detroit hotel. "And they (anti-Muslim activists) stand against America and against the American way of life."

Siblani's views were echoed by others who gathered for a conference organized by the Arab American Institute and supported by several other Arab-American groups to counter a conference held in Dearborn on Sunday by anti-Muslim activists called the...

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Watch Live: Rejecting Islamophobia: A Community Stand Against Hate

Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Blog

Community town hall will be held in Dearborn, Michigan Today, April 29th at 1PM

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Rejecting Islamophobia: A Community Stand Against Hate 

It’s not news to anyone in our community that anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias remains a problem. Arab Americans have mobilized to combat this trend both because it is wrong and because it undermines core American values, including religious...

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Dearborn conferences to address honor killings, Islamophobia

Posted by on April 27, 2012 in News Clips

Dearborn will host two very different conferences about modern Islam on Sunday.

The group “Stop the Islamization of America” is sponsoring the “Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.”

Mokdad is a young woman who was murdered by her stepfather in Warren last year.

Some of Mokdad’s friends and family members have said the killing was motivated by personal issues.

But Pamela Geller, a conference organizer and vocal anti-Muslim blogger, insists it was an honor killing. And in an online video, she called it part of a disturbing, larger trend.

 “I am deeply concerned with the...

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Rejecting Islamophobia: Town hall counters ‘Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference’ in Dearborn

Posted by on April 27, 2012 in News Clips

Dearborn, home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of Arab Americans, once again will become a focal point for debate over the practice and persecution of Islam in the west.

Pamela Geller, conservative activist and co-founder of Stop Islamization of America, is scheduled to host the "Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference" from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn on Sunday at 5 p.m.

The event is named after a 20-year-old woman fatally shot by her stepfather last year in Warren. Initial reports suggested Rahim Alfetlawi shot Mokdad because he believed she had strayed from Islam, but prosecutors have...

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Dearborn Community Town Hall: Rejecting Islamophobia

Posted on April 25, 2012 in Press Releases

Dearborn Community Town Hall: Rejecting Islamophobia

Washington, DC – The Arab American Institute and local Michigan-based community partners will hold a town hall to take a stand against Islamophobia in Dearborn this Sunday, April 29. The event, entitled Rejecting Islamophobia: A Community Stand Against Hate, is expected to bring out hundreds of local community members, including various community leaders and public officials. Organizers say Dearborn has become a convenient stomping ground for anti-Muslim groups who target Michigan’s Arab American and American Muslim residents. This town hall reflects the community’s determination to stand up against what the groups identify as...

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