Arab Americans Organize in Dearborn Ahead of 2016 Elections

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform. 

In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 33: Tough Week

Posted on October 08, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Responding to mass shootings, back to the Palestinians, Russia in Syria, voting rights in AL, and more
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Oslo: 1993-2015 RIP

Posted on October 05, 2015 in Washington Watch
The Oslo Accords and its attendant peace process came into the world with a bang 22 years ago. This past week they exited with a sad whimper.
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Bullets vs. Rocks: Israel’s New Rules of Engagement

Posted by Nisreen Eadeh on September 30, 2015 in Blog
Previously, Israeli forces were only allowed to open fire when their lives were in danger. Now, Netanyahu has declared a “war on stone throwers,” allowing forces to open fire on anyone who uses, what Netanyahu calls “these deadly and murderous objects” toward another person.
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Snapshots: American Citizens Discriminated Against at the Israeli Border

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 23, 2015 in Blog
Snapshots: American Citizens Discriminated Against at the Israeli Border The Arab American Institute is collecting stories of American citizens who have been harassed, detained, or deported when attempting to enter Israel or Palestine. Here are some of the stories we've collected.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 30: Still Not Enough

Posted on September 17, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: refugee numbers, GOP debates, Palestinian flag, and Russian escalation in Syria
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Obama Won, So Did Netanyahu

Posted on September 08, 2015 in Washington Watch
As the number of Senators backing the agreement came closer to 34, media in the US and Israel were rife with analysis and commentary about what all this meant for Israel.
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An Open Letter to: Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Posted on August 17, 2015 in Washington Watch
Not only has Israel consistently violated its treaty obligation, but our government has failed to live up to its commitment to protect the rights of its own citizens.
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Allow My Dress to Introduce Me

Posted by Neveen Hammad on August 04, 2015 in Blog
When a Palestinian woman wears her thobe, or traditional Palestinian dress, she is displaying her heritage on her sleeves. Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is the artwork featured on each woman’s thobe, and the shapes and colors of the tatreez can be read to understand a woman’s background, heritage, and struggle. Tatreez dates back to the 8th century CE, and the arrangement of colors and patterns typically indicate what village a woman is from. Although it is most often found on women’s thobe, this embroidery is also exhibited on pillowcases and other home accessories. Tatreez embroidery is typically created separately on small pieces of cloth then sown onto larger fabric pieces. Common tatreez designs include geometric shapes and elements of nature, including the sun, moon, stars, mountains, and water. This embroidery is a woman’s form of expression. If a woman from Hebron desires to have children, she would embroider a doll figure on her thobe. Women from the village of Beit Dajan often embroider orange blossoms because that village is known for its orange orchards.
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Israeli Prime Minister in Denial of Gaza Blockade

Posted by Sabrin Qadi on July 30, 2015 in Blog
On June 25, the third Gaza Freedom Flotilla set sail from Greece to Gaza in an attempt to deliver tons of medical equipment and humanitarian aid. The Swedish-flagged vessel named “Marianne” carried dozens of anti-occupation activists and dignitaries, including a former President of Tunisia and a current member of the Knesset party, committed to breaking the siege imposed by Israel on the city of Gaza since 2007. The convoy was intercepted, nonviolently but with disproportionate resources used, on June 29 by the Israeli Navy through a series of negotiations in Arabic between Israeli-Arab Knesset member, Basel Ghattas and a Shin Bet officer. Thirteen vessels surrounded the flotilla while drones buzzed above them all while being escorted to the port of Ashdod; preventing it from delivering much needed aid to the Palestinians in Gaza.
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