Posted by on November 04, 2010 in Blog

Today, in a post-election event held at the Palestine Center in Washington, AAI President Jim Zogby and Dr. Yvonne Haddad discussed Islamophobia in the U.S. Jim highlighted the surge in anti-Muslim rhetoric within the political arena and commented on its use to gain political ground by individual candidates on the campaign trail.  He noted that the recent election must be viewed in the proper political context and emphasized the need to monitor some of the newly elected members of Congress closely. Commenting on the failure of many groups to combat Islamophobia when the chance presented itself, he stated, “We are in a deep hole and we all had a hand in digging it. We all ought to have a hand in digging out.”  

Dr. Haddad spoke about the origins of Islamophobia and discussed the effect that this phenomenon has had on the Arab American and American Muslim communities. She addressed the lack of education on Islam and Arabs, highlighting the need for a grassroots effort led by Muslims and Arabs to engage and educate the American public.  Haddad stressed that educating others about Islam should only be half the equation, and that Muslims and Arabs should also learn from those they mean to educate as well.

The event was streamed live on the Jerusalem Fund website.   What do you think?  Do you have opinions, stories or perception of Islamophobia in the U.S. to share?