American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse: poll

Posted by Chicago Tribune on July 29, 2014

How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Only 27 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Muslims, down from 35 percent in 2010, according to the Zogby poll, commissioned by the non-profit Arab American Institute. Favorable attitudes toward Arabs dropped to 32 percent from 43 percent in 2010. The poll also found that 42 percent of respondents believe an American Muslim's religion would influence his or her decision making in an important government job. The same percentage believe...

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Americans’ Attitudes Toward Muslims And Arabs Are Getting Worse, Poll Finds

Posted by Huffington Post on July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Americans were outraged to learn they were being spied on by the National Security Agency, but many support law enforcement profiling of Muslims, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Arab American Institute.

The survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics for the advocacy group, found that 42 percent of Americans believe law enforcement is justified in using profiling tactics against Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans. The survey also shows American attitudes toward Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans have turned for the worse since the Arab American Institute first began polling on the subject in 2010. The new poll found favorability...

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Israel advocates are in battle with US media

Posted by Mondoweiss on July 29, 2014

Pro-Israel advocates are now at war with the US media, which is showing a decidedly skeptical tone when it comes to Israeli claims in Gaza.

Josh Block of the Israel Project is pushing to have NBC remove Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza– again.

When will @NBCNews pulling the guy transcribing Hamas press releases calling it reporting from #Gaza? When will they retract his false reports?

Block would seem to be referring to tweets by Mohyeldin yesterday, including one quoting Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri saying the killings of civilians by Israel is a result of the “silence of the international community.”

Mohyeldin continues...

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

Posted by The National on July 29, 2014

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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A MintPress Analysis Of The Biases In Reporting On Gaza

Posted by MintPress News on July 24, 2014

On Monday, an MSNBC contributor took the unusual step of publicly decrying MSNBC’s and the American media’s coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict. During an interview on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” Rula Jebreal, a Palestinian journalist, denounced the preferable treatment Israel gets in news coverage, attributing such treatment to the pro-Israel lobby.

“Because of AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], and because of the money behind it, and because of Sheldon Adelson, and because of all of us in the media. We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” said Jebreal.

Jebreal pointed out...

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Utilizing the potential of Yemen’s Diaspora Lobby

Posted by Yemen Times on July 17, 2014

In Washington DC, lobbying is mainly concerned with congressional influence. But it is not exclusively confined to Congress and by its very nature it occurs across the whole of the US, including government and non-government agencies. Effective lobbying strategies tend to derive from highly motivated and well-organized lobby groups with sharply focused agendas, a case in point being the Israel lobby and the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, the Institute for Legislative Action.These groups are very successful in pushing Israel’s agenda and calling for the “right to bear arms.” Though many consider lobbying to be mired by corruption,...

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Report: Israeli Prime Minister Backs Away From Two-State Solution

Posted by Newsmax on July 14, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who for years has been on record supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appears to have abandoned the idea, according to The Times of Israel. "He made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank," the Times reported.While he did not renounce support for the two-state solution, his comments reflected a view that he believes such a state is no longer a possibility after Israel repeatedly evacuated Arab territories only for it to come under the control of Palestinian extremists with rockets. "He...

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American Muslims’ ongoing civil rights fight

Posted by Al Jazeera on July 13, 2014

Washington, DC - Thirteen years after the September 11 attacks, Arabs and Muslim Americans in the US still face continuing bias and prejudice, Arab Americans and civil rights activists say.

"It has gotten worse for us," said Nadia Tonova, the executive director of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) in Dearborn, Michigan. "We are a community that is constantly under suspicion. It's really at a point where it's out of control."

The NNAAC is rolling out a $4.5m grassroots mobilisation campaign called " Take on Hate " in New York City on July 15, designed to give Arab...

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Dershowitz and Zogby Clash on Gaza Conflict in Live Newsmax TV Debate

Posted by Newsmax on July 11, 2014

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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Muslim leaders explain Barack Obama love

Posted by Politico on July 11, 2014

Muslim-American leaders said Friday that a new poll showing the community’s sky-high approval rating of President Barack Obama stems partly from its disdain for the Republican party.

“I think [Muslim-Americans] see the president sympathetically, but they also see his opponents to be, for lack of a better term, just damn awful,” said James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute. “The way Republicans have handled the Muslim community…what they feel is outright bigotry. It makes them see the president in a sympathetic light.”

According to a Gallup poll, 72 percent of Muslim-Americans said they approve of the...

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