A Time for Unity: Widespread Support for Washington Summit On Plight of Middle Eastern Christians

Posted by PR Newswire on September 09, 2014 in News Clips

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The deteriorating situation facing millions of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East will be the focus of a bipartisan and ecumenical conference which starts today in the nation's capital.  The three-day event sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC) will feature speakers from all over the globe.

The IDC Summit for Middle East Christians, whose theme is "Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where It All Began," marks the first occasion in history where six Christian Patriarchs from the Middle East will gather together in the United States. 1,000 attendees representing over 20 states and 10 different countries are attending...

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9/11 Families Sponsor Anti-Islamophobia Campaign for Anniversary of Tragedy

Posted by The Christian Post on September 08, 2014 in News Clips

The organization September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows has launched a campaign against Islamophobia through a new bus ad promoting religious tolerance and interfaith unity in New York City. This comes just after a recent poll conducted by the Arab American Institute shows that Americans have an increasingly negative attitude toward Muslims in the United States.

"We wanted to make a clear statement that our 9/11 family members do not want to promote fear and hatred in our names," said Peaceful Tomorrows Project Director Terry Greene, whose brother died aboard United Flight 93, to HuffPost. "We believe that unity...

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Opinion: Muslims and extremists—we’re not the same

Posted by CNN on September 08, 2014 in News Clips

London (CNN) -- "Here we go again," I sigh, browsing news channels. Each one, leading with the chilling buzzwords: "Islamic State" and "Jihadist Murder."

Not since the weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York has turning on the TV been so demoralizing for Muslims across the globe.

I have that same sinking feeling whenever an atrocity takes place which is broadly placed at the feet of the "Muslim world." Because, "Hi, I am Lauren and I am a Muslim" -- should there be a new support group?

What's depressing as a "revert" (Muslims believe everyone is born into...

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Understanding persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Posted by National Catholic Reporter on September 08, 2014 in News Clips

Recent atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State have drawn attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. But the issue, with deep historical roots and myriad foreign policy implications, predates the incursions of the Islamic State. Who are these Christians? What is life like for them? And what should Americans committed to cause of assisting them keep in mind while attempting to raise awareness of the issue? NCR asked James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, for his thoughts.

NCR: Help us understand the bigger picture. How should we view the persecution of...

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9/11 Families Launch Anti-Islamophobia Campaign For Anniversary Of Tragedy

Posted by Huffington Post on September 06, 2014 in News Clips

Family members of September 11 victims are taking a stand against Islamophobia with a new bus ad campaign designed to promote religious tolerance and interfaith unity.

"Islamophobia is not pretty," the ad reads. "Let's build bridges, not walls. Hate hurts, hope heals."

Sponsored by September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, the ad's launch coincides with a symposium on gun violence and hate crimes taking place on September 6 in New York City. The symposium will encourage dialogue between panelists and audience members with the intention of discussing solutions to religious intolerance.

"We wanted to make a clear statement that...

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Local woman talks about impact of ISIS

Posted by Fox 7 Austin on September 02, 2014 in News Clips

The Arab American Institute Foundation reports that as of 2010 there are roughly 200,000 Arab Americans living in Texas with many right here in Austin.

Syrian born Zein Al-Jundi says she is heartbroken by the horrific images coming out of the Middle East. 

"That can't be happening to the country I know. They are beheading children. it's beyond comprehension," Al-Jundi says.

Al-Jundi owns The Arabic Bazaar, a store she says was inspired by the traditional Middle Eastern market. She used to travel to Syria several times a year to stock her shelves with wares from the country. But the civil...

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Oliver North to raise money for Franciscan Holy Land Foundation

Posted by National Catholic Reporter on August 29, 2014 in News Clips

Fox News commentator Lt. Col. Oliver North, of Iran-Contra Affair fame, is the scheduled keynote speaker for a Sept. 13 benefit dinner in Dallas to support the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, a U.S-based ecumenical operation dedicated to assisting persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

This raises the question: Is a polarizing political figure with a bellicose style and history of arms smuggling like North the best figure to represent a cause as serious — and nascent in the public’s imagination — as the plight of Christians in the Middle East?

In the 1980s, as a National Security...

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Garcetti: ‘My support of Israel is kind of an unshakable thing’ An interview with L.A.‘s mayor

Posted by on August 27, 2014 in News Clips

In late June, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hit his one-year anniversary in the job, local media outlets gave him only passing reviews.

The Los Angeles Times characterized his governance style thus far as “low-risk,” while the L.A. Daily News said his policies have been “free of drama.” He was also criticized by one UCLA professor in the L.A. Times for being more focused on day-to-day things such as infrastructure repairs and 311 wait times than on big-picture items like the city’s poorly performing public schools.

So it may have come as a surprise to mayoral observers when, on...

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With Ferguson raging, Arabs and Jews draw parallels with African-American community

Posted by Jerusalem Post on August 25, 2014 in News Clips

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has come to Ferguson, or rather, inserted itself into the middle of a fight that previously had nothing to do with Jews or Arabs. Pro-Palestinians groups have begun to weigh in on what they see as issues that Palestinians face in the West Bank and Gaza every day: racial profiling, stereotyping, and militarized police. But the Jewish community in the US has also been attempting to forge a partnership with the African American community, since long before the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

On August 20th, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) released a statement expressing their...

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No Humanity in Congress’s Version of “Moral Decency”: Congress’s Approval of Funds for Israel

Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Blog

By Elizabeth Adams Summer Intern, 2014

In a frenzied hurry before the Hill entered its five week long recess, Senators and Congressmen rushed to pass H.J. Res. 76, “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Resolution, 2014”. This bill is the vehicle that legalizes giving U.S. aid in the sum of 225 million dollars to Israel for its much celebrated “Iron Dome” missile defense system.  The Iron Dome is lauded among Israelis and Westerners alike, being seen as the only thing stopping Hamas’s rockets from causing wanton death and destruction within Israel.

Having bought into this narrative,...

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