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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Poll shows Americans’ opinion of Arabs getting worse

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in News Clips

Zogby poll shows only 27% of Americans have a favorable view of Arabs and Muslims, worse than in 2010

Americans' view of Muslims has gotten worse since 2010 a new Zogby poll commissioned by the Arab American Institute reveals.

In 2010, 35% of Americans had a favorable view of Muslims. In the new poll, only 27% of Americans have a favorable view of Muslims. This negative view is most prevalent among Republicans and senior citizens.

A large number of Americans – 42% - support law enforcement using profiling against Arab and Muslim Americans. Despite this, Americans who say they personally...

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Gaza: Falling Rockets and Failing Media

Posted by Arab News on July 30, 2014 in News Clips

Lies are easily exposed when the truth comes out.Indeed, social media outlets and several journalists with refreshing conscience have finally spoken out against the farcically biased and unprofessional stance taken by the Western media in favor of Israel during its ongoing onslaught on Gaza.MSNBC’s Rula Jebreal is one such example. Jebreal recently denounced the media for being complicit with the infamous American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) through their continuous funding. “It is because of this money that we journalists have become disgustingly biased in favor of Israel,” Jebreal said. “Just look at the airtime given to Israeli commentators compared with...

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No matter how you look at it, Israel doesn’t want peace

Posted by The National on July 29, 2014 in News Clips

It is hard to be impartial about Israel. As the death toll in Gaza climbs ever higher, many in the Gulf might query why one would want to make the effort in any case. What’s there to be “impartial” about? But in reporting, analysing and commenting on the current conflict, newspapers and television reports are piecing together the first draft of history. There is a place for polemic and a place for passion – but there is also a necessary place for objectivity.

That’s something that many organisations around the world strive for in their coverage of Israel (not withstanding...

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Arab American Kinnan Hammond-Dowie Wins Contest to Join First Lady at Annual “Kids State Dinner”

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 17, 2014 in Blog

Arab American Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, age 12, was selected as a winner of this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.” He was honored today at the annual White House’s Kids State Dinner for his dish, “Mediterranean Kebabs with Cilantro Tabbouleh”. First Lady Michelle Obama launched this challenge as part of the “Let’s Move” campaign to reduce childhood obesity.

Kinnan’s healthy kebab and tabbouleh recipe comes from his rich cultural heritage and his childhood spent cooking alongside his Syrian mother and grandmother. Kinnan displayed an undeniable affinity for cooking, and at a young age was rolling grape...

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The House Divided: Congress Disagrees Again About U.S. Involvement in Iraq

Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Blog
By Sara Maaiki Summer Intern, 2014 According to a United Nations report, the death toll in Iraq now totals over 2,400 lives lost in the month of June. There are over 370,000 newly displaced Iraqis since the recent rise of the Islamic State group. Last month, President Obama addressed the current crisis in Iraq, saying that the United States “will continue to increase our support to Iraqi security forces.”
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Dershowitz and Zogby Clash on Gaza Conflict in Live Newsmax TV Debate

Posted by Newsmax on July 11, 2014 in News Clips

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Arab American Institute President James Zogby went head-to-head Friday in a live debate on the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, with Dershowitz insisting that Hamas is "100 percent at fault."Appearing exclusively on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," the two men vehemently disagreed about which party was to blame for the latest round of violence that erupted in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, followed by a retaliation kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager.

The debate was moderated by J.D. Hayworth, the host of "America's Forum." Each man was...

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