Todays Middle East: Pressures and Challenges

Posted on December 15, 2014 in Arab American Institute

Zogby Research Services conducted a November 2014 poll for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, an annual event cohosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, "Today's Middle East: Pressures & Challenges," surveyed eight Middle East and North African countries on the emergence of ISIS, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth of sectarianism, the future of Syria and Iraq, Iran's nuclear program, and more. While the poll confirms many prevailing assumptions about regional outlooks, it reveals some surprising shifts in public opinion. A key finding is that despite deep regional...

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Arab American Health Today: A Discussion with Dr. Abdulrahman M El-Sayed

Posted by on December 01, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

Although Arab Americans are featured prominently in the media and public discourse, there is still limited research available on the health of Arab Americans. This dearth in information exists largely because large statistical projects to quantify the health of Arab Americans have not been undertaken. These projects are hindered by the lack of data on the Arab American population due to a massive undercount of the community by the Census Bureau, which identifies only a portion of the Arab American population through a...

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New AAI Poll Reveals Arab American Identity Trends and Political Concerns

Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

This morning, Dr. Jim Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, released a new Zogby Analytics poll, Arab American Voters 2014: Their Identity and Political Concerns.

The poll revealed that Arab Americans are extremely proud of their ethnic heritage. Sixty-three percent of respondents identified as Arab American. This high percentage is a continuation of an upward trend that began in the 1990s, when only 51% described themselves as Arab American by country of origin or as Arab Americans alone.

This reveals that a stronger sense of...

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Arab American Voters 2014: Their Identity and Political Concerns

Posted on November 25, 2014 in Reports

Executive Summary

Identity and Personal Concerns

Ethnic pride and identity remains high among Arab Americans. A majority of Arab Americans identify by either their country of origin and as Arab American, or as Arab American alone. Republicans are the only subgroup in which a majority of individuals do not identify as Arab American.

43% of Arab Americans have experienced discrimination based on their ethnicity or country of origin and 41% are concerned about it happening in the future. American Muslims are especially concerned about facing future discrimination. Despite these concerns, a majority of Arab Americans feel very secure in their...

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What do Arabs Want? AAI President Zogby Shares at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Posted by on November 07, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 At the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference last week, Dr. James Zogby spoke in a regional perspectives panel.
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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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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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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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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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Islamophobia Makes a Comeback

Posted by The American Conservative on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

Sandeep Singh was dragged 30 feet under a pick-up truck after the driver reportedly called him a terrorist, told him to go back to his country, and then mowed him down in the middle of 99th Street in New York City. Singh survived the ordeal, but he’s going to need skin grafts. He told police what happened and now Joseph Caleca of Long Island is charged with a hate crime. “I was attacked because I am a Sikh and because I look like a Sikh,” Singh, 29, told reporters from his hospital bed. “We need to create a world without hate.”

Thirteen years...

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