Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014 in News Clips

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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“Here and Elsewhere”: New Museum Curator Natalie Bell Discusses Contemporary Arab Art Exhibit

Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 For decades, the international art world largely overlooked contemporary Arab art. However, prominent figures in the art world, including the editor-in-chief of Artspace, have asserted that a newfound interest and curiosity in art from the Middle East has emerged in recent years. The Gulf states have undertaken vast cultural projects, and museums and art fairs are quickly becoming a central part of the region’s culture.
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Upending the Status Quo: Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma

Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Blog
By Eddie Bejarano Fall Interns, 2014 Villa Touma is a drama based in Ramallah and tells the story of lively eighteen-year-old orphan Badia, whose arrival at the Ramallah home of her three aunts releases a deluge of family secrets and long-held grudges. Suha Arraf, the film’s director, wanted viewers to “see another face of the Palestinians.
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ISIS and its enemy: pluralistic dialogue and understanding

Posted by The Duke Chronicle on September 24, 2014 in News Clips

It’s happened again. The world has been plagued with another outbreak. No, not Ebola. Well, yeah, Ebola. But there’s another disease that has poisoned our discussions—ISIS.

A group commits fanaticism thousands of miles away and similar to many Arabs, Muslims and other beings resembling ‘other’ in this country, I suddenly find myself in the position of defense. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know a single individual who identifies with this group. I’m expected to change my conversations to resemble the rhetoric of a feeble body. A weak body. A scared body. An apologetic body. This country teaches you to...

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Islamophobia Is As American As Apple Pie

Posted by Opposing Views on September 24, 2014 in News Clips

Here we go again with a new round of bombings and missile strikes in the Middle East. More of a chance for our anti-Islamic bent in America to be watered. I must say though I am certainly glad we have some Arab nations also involved. It gives us cover and disguises the fact that America for the most part is filled with Islamophobia.

We simply have an easier time making the decision to drop bombs on Muslim countries than we do any other. Of course we justify that with our Islamophobia and belief that Muslims are out to get us....

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Defending Christians is about defending goodness and humanity, advocates say

Posted by on September 23, 2014 in News Clips

Sandri's comment drew a strong round of applause. But the feelings of unity were soured just one day later, when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another keynote speaker, told the IDC crowd, including Christians from Palestine and Lebanon, "Christians have no greater ally than Israel."

The senator's comment so angered the audience and elicited such a strong refrain of boos that Cruz was eventually forced to walk off stage. "If you do not stand with Israel and the Jews," he said before exiting, "then I will not stand with you."

In the aftermath, many accused the 2016 presidential hopeful...

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AAI launches voter drive in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in News Clips

Organizations in key states will participate in the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote campaign in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day on September 23 to register voters and engage the public on issues important to our community. AAI Executive Director Maya Berry, says American Arabs will push voter awareness Sept. 26

National Voter Registration Day is tomorrow, September 23, and the Arab American Institute (AAI) is making sure our community remains a part of the national conversation. This week, Arab Americans across the country join thousands in hosting voter registration drives for the largest one-day effort of the year to...

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Islam not root cause of ISIS

Posted by Arizona Daily Wildcat on September 22, 2014 in News Clips

On 9/11 on the UA Mall, I encountered one of the ugliest displays of “Islamophobia” I’ve ever seen. Brother Dean, campus’ resident sensationalist, was wearing a fake beard and a shirt with “ISIS” written on it while he held a sign equating Islam with hate and terrorism. He was loudly shouting offensive slogans and confronting a woman in a headscarf, whom I overheard say she felt unsafe, when I first saw him. Her concern was not helped by the fact that the other side of his sign said, “You deserve to be gang-raped.”

But what’s even uglier than this individual...

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Deconstructing Disorder: Conversation with David Ignatius and Tom Friedman

Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho and Eddie Bejarano Fall Interns, 2014

On Friday, September 12, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted an event titled, “Middle East in Turmoil: Can it Recover?”

Karim Sadjadpour, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, moderated the affair, which featured Thomas L. Friedman, columnist for the New York Times and David Ignatius, the bestselling author of Body of Lies and The Increment and journalist who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for over twenty-five years.

The conversation covered a range of topics, including the origins of turmoil,...

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“Peace after Gaza”: Aspen Institute Hosts Dr. Fayyad and UN’s Feltman for Moderated Conversation

Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

The Aspen Institute’s Middle East division hosted an event on Monday which addressed existing political challenges in Gaza.

Dr. Salam Fayyad, Palestinian politician and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority and Jeffrey D. Feltman, American diplomat and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, spoke with Aspen Institute President and CEO, Walter Isaacson in a moderated conversation.

To begin the discussion, Fayyad stated that two elements need to be addressed to ensure that the 51-day war in Gaza (known as Operation Protective...

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