Battle Over Palestine May Spill Into Democratic Convention

Posted by Truthout on August 02, 2016

BY RANIA KHALEK  July 21, 2016 

The Democratic primary race for president is effectively over following Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

But the battle over Israel and Palestine within the party is just getting started and will likely spill over into the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.

Throughout the platform writing process, those appointed to the drafting committee by Sanders shattered the illusion of lockstep Democratic support for Israel, first in Washington, DC, then in St. Louis and finally in Orlando, where the drafts were voted on by the full platform committee on July 9th....

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Mike Pence Ran A Controversial Ad About Arabs In An Early Campaign

Posted by Buzzfeed News on August 02, 2016

BY ANDREW KACZYNSKI July 14, 2016 

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ran for Congress in 1990, his campaign came under fire from Arab-American groups for a political ad that was labeled racially-insensitive.

Pence, who is reportedly a finalist to be chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, later expressed his regrets about his behavior in that race in an op-ed titled“Confessions of a Negative Campaign.”

The ad, which BuzzFeed News was unable to obtain and view but was widely reported on in local press at the time, featured a man with a heavily Middle Eastern accent wearing a black...

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Inside the Democratic Party’s Showdown Over Israel-Palestine

Posted by Foreign Policy on July 01, 2016

BY MOLLY TOOLE  June 29, 2016 

The meeting at a St. Louis hotel had run for more than nine hours and stretched into the night by the time the main reason Jim Zogby was there came up. As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s primary point person on the intractable Israeli-Palestine conflict, long a political landmine in U.S. presidential politics, Zogby was ready for a fight.

“We do not often see the Arab-Israeli conflict through Palestinian eyes,” Zogby began, according to an informal transcript of the meeting obtained byForeign Policy.

He was pushing an amendment calling for “an end to occupation...

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Could Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric influence politics well beyond 2016?

Posted by PBS NewsHour on December 11, 2015

BY DANIEL BUSH  December 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM EST

Despite widespread condemnation from critics at home and abroad, Donald Trump’s poll numbers aren’t suffering. His lead has only increased since he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, proving that such inflammatory rhetoric resonates with many Republican primary voters and alarming party elites who now see the businessman as a serious threat to win the GOP presidential nomination.

Whether this strategy translates to a win in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 — or helps propel Trump to the nomination — remains to be seen.

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BBC World News: Trump under fire - the backlash continues

Posted by BBC World News on December 09, 2015

Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US has sparked a furore: the White House says the plan should disqualify Mr Trump from becoming president. The Pentagon says it hurts America's national security. And even the Republican speaker of the House says this is NOT what the party stands for. BBC World News presenter Mike Embley discussed the backlash with Gabriel Debenedetti, National Political Reporter with Politico and Maya Berry, the executive director of the Arab American Institute.

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Arab Americans In Dearborn Fear ISIS, And The White Supremacists Who Think They Are ISIS

Posted by ThinkProgress on December 04, 2015

By Justin Salhani

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN — When news broke that ISIS killed 130 people in Paris, this Detroit suburb known for its thriving Arab American community prepared for the inevitable retaliation. The day before, three Dearborn, Michigan residents had been killed in an attack — also claimed by ISIS – in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, but locals here often aren’t afforded the time to mourn.

Dearborn, a city of 95,000 people, has the highest concentrations of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the United States, making the community here a target for anti-Muslim sentiment. While the city resembles an American...

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How Arab Americans make their voices heard

Posted by ShareAmerica on December 03, 2015

By M. Scott Bortot

Arab Americans have a strong track record of making their voices heard in the U.S. democratic process, whether through educating voters, volunteering for political candidates or running for national office.

It’s the oldest of American stories. Citizens come together to influence their government on issues of concern. Sometimes the group shares an economic interest — think farmers, or automobile plant workers — or concern about a specific issue, like civil rights. Sometimes groups identify by ethnicity.

“By taking part in the political process, Arab Americans can help shape the...

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DC protests mark the end of PEP era — progressive except Palestine

Posted by Mondoweiss on November 12, 2015

By Kristin Szremski The maelstrom known as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blown through the nation’s capital, and dozens of activists are taking a breather after weeks of organizing that culminated in several actions and events. While the rallies and pickets were relatively small compared to efforts put forth in powerhouse cities like Chicago and New York, organizers say their reverberations are powerful. What happened in Washington DC this week has changed the course of activism here on the issue of Palestine. A total of five actions played out from Friday, Nov. 6 through Tuesday. From pushing back...

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4 Things American Muslims Want the Next President to Know

Posted by The National Journal on November 12, 2015

By Alexia Fernández Campbell

Muslim-bash­ing has long been a strategy some Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates have used to ap­peal to their right-wing core. But it’s get­ting harder and harder for politi­cians to get away with that.

In re­cent months, civil-rights ad­voc­ates have con­demned anti-Muslim com­ments by both Re­pub­lic­an front-run­ners, Ben Car­son and Don­ald Trump.

Though the per­cent­age of Muslims liv­ing in the United States is still re­l­at­ively small (about 1 per­cent), their share of the pop­u­la­tion nearly doubled in the past sev­en years, ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­ter. From 2000 to 2010, the num­ber of Muslims liv­ing in the United States...

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Center for American Progress under fire for hosting speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Posted by The Washington Post on November 09, 2015

By Steven Mufson

Should the Center for American Progress host a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?

Eighteen organizations and 117 individuals — largely from academia and non-governmental organizations — don’t think so, and they have signed an open letter circulated by the group Jewish Voice for Peace and the Arab American Institute saying they are “dismayed that CAP will sponsor an address by Netanyahu” during the prime minister’s visit to Washington this week.

The group Jewish Voice for Peace also has circulated a petition from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation that it says has garnered more...

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