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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Arab Americans seek a new place on the Census form

Posted by AAJA Voices on August 13, 2014 in News Clips

When 33-year-old Rashad Al-Dabbagh sat down to fill out the U.S. Census form for the first time in 2000, he was stumped.

“You had all these ethnicities and nationalities and races, and nothing that said Arab or Middle Eastern,” said Al-Dabbagh, whose ethnic background is Palestinian and Armenian.

So, for the past two censuses, he checked the box for “some other race” and called on others in an eight-second video and through outreach to Arab Americans to do the same using the slogan: “Check it right; you ain’t white!”

Nearly 200,000 people did just that in 2010, despite 2006-10...

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AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Blog

Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.

The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when it is counter to our own national security interest. AAI's reasons for quickly convening this...

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Arab Americans Give Back to their Communities

Posted by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs on August 01, 2014 in News Clips

Arab-American organizations around the country took part in the 10th annual National Arab American Service Day on Saturday, May 17. Organized each year by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), the event brings Arab Americans together for a day of giving back to their communities.

This year there were 24 service projects nationwide, including an Arab American Institute partnership with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI) in Washington, DC. Two shifts of volunteers prepared  a community garden for planting—weeding, mulching and digging holes in a farm in the Fort Totten neighborhood, where residents learn to grow their own fresh,...

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Americans Dislike Muslims, Arabs

Posted by OnIslam on July 30, 2014 in News Clips

CAIRO – Though Americans were outraged by report that they are being spied on by the National Security Agency, a large number of them has voiced support for law enforcement profiling of Muslims, giving the religious minority the lowest favorable ratings among the groups covered, a new survey said.

“A significant number of Americans (42%) support the use of profiling by law enforcement against Arab Americans and American Muslims,” the survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics, was released on Tuesday, July 29, Huffington Post reported.

The survey also shows American attitudes toward Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans have turned for the worse since...

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