Netanyahu reaffirms Palestinian statehood but does he mean it?

Posted by Middle East Eye on November 09, 2015

By James Reinl

Even while Benjamin Netanyahu was still in the Oval Office on Monday, analysts questioned whether the Israeli Prime Minister’s renewed pledge to help build an autonomous Palestinian state was sincere – or political expedience.

In his first face-to-face talks with US President Barack Obama in 13 months, Netanyahu said he backed a vision of “two states for two peoples” amid concerns that the Israeli leader’s hard-line government has little interest in living beside a country called Palestine.

“I want to make it clear that we have not given up our hope for peace,” Netanyahu told reporters. But...

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Netanyahu Visit Sparks Internal Backlash at Powerhouse D.C. Think Tank

Posted by Foreign Policy on November 09, 2015

By John Hudson

A simmering internal disagreement at the Center for American Progress over the think tank’s decision to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week escalated into open dissent and infighting during an intense but civil all-staff meeting on Friday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the exchange.

The powerful liberal think tank — known in Washington simply as CAP — will host Netanyahu on Tuesday as part of the Israeli leader’s closely watched visit to the United States aimed at repairing ties between Jerusalem and Washington following the bruising debate over the Iran nuclear deal....

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Arab American Democrats say Republican candidates are "out of touch"

Posted by The Arab American News on October 29, 2015

By Hassan Khalifeh

Many local Arab Americans say the current Republican presidential candidates are out of touch with their issues and see Democrat Hillary Clinton as the strongest presidential candidate so far. 

Fay Beydoun, the third vice chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, said Arab Americans are left no other choice than to lean toward candidates from the Democratic party, especially in light of the anti-Muslim comments that Republican candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump have made in the past.

Beydoun said that although some of the candidates seem electable, their campaigns still need to work on a stronger outreach...

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Most Presidential Candidates Bypassing Arab American Voters

Posted by WDET on October 27, 2015

About a dozen years ago, when the war on terror and battles in Iraq were headline news daily, most of the leading presidential candidates tried to woo Arab American voters at a political event in Dearborn.

But this pastweekend less than a handful of presidential hopefuls addressed those at the annual event, hosted by the national advocacy group the Arab American Institute, and only one of those candidates attended in person. The rest sent video messages.

The Institute’s president, James Zogby, tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter that dismissing Arab American voters is a political mistake.

Listen to the segment here:

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Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley Comes to UM-Dearborn

Posted by The Michigan Journal on October 27, 2015


Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley visited the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Oct. 23.

O’Malley, former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, came to Dearborn to speak at the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote: 2016 Leadership Summit. 

This invitation was given to all of the presidential candidates; O’Malley was the only one to accept. 

“Our student government president (Bradley Pischea) and other university student organizations invited him to our campus after learning that he was scheduled to be in town,” said Ken Kettenbeil, vice chancellor of external affairs.

The Arab American Institute invited O’Malley to speak to...

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Presidential candidates court voters at Arab-American conference

Posted by Middle East Eye on October 26, 2015

DEARBORN, United States - Citing the Chapel Hill murders and other attacks against Arabs and Muslims, US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday called on Arab Americans to increase their political participation as a defence against discrimination and profiling.

Sanders was one of four presidential hopefuls to address attendees of the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in an attempt to court the Arab vote.

In a video message, Vermont Senator Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, reiterated his position against economic and social inequality.

"In America today, we have a system that works really well...

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Martin O'Malley touts foreign policy plan in Dearborn

Posted by The Michigan Daily on October 24, 2015

By Samantha Witner

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, spoke on the University’s Dearborn campus Friday afternoon, highlighting elements of his vision for foreign policy related to the Middle East.

His speech was one event of the three-day Yalla Vote summit held by the Arab American Institute, a national nonprofit. The summit’s goal was to provide an opportunity for leaders of the Arab American community to engage with presidential candidates and politicians on international issues. Arab Americans make up about one third of the city’s population.

The AAI said all presidential candidates were invited to...

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Presidential candidate O'Malley on refugees: We can lead the world with compassion

Posted by The Arab American News on October 23, 2015

By Ali Harb

"Assalamu allaykum; marhaba; kif halkum?" Peace be upon you; hello; how are you? Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley greeted a crowd at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Arabic, and went on to condemn xenophobia and Islamophobia, which he said are trickling into mainstream politics.

O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland, met with refugees from Syria and Iraq during the Arab American Institute's National Leadership Conference Friday. He said the country needs better management to speed up the screening process for those seeking refugee status.  

He boasted about his record on inclusion as governor, including appointing diverse staff,...

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Democrat O'Malley slams anti-Islam hate in Dearborn

Posted by Detroit Free Press on October 23, 2015

Speaking to Arab Americans in Dearborn, Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley slammed "Islamophobia and xenophobia," saying the U.S. should take in more Syrian refugees.

"I stand for a more compassionate America," O'Malley said to about 200 people at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as part of a three-day conference held by the Arab American Institute. "We are a nation of immigrants and refugees. It's in our DNA...The enduring symbol of America is not the barbed-wire fence. It is the Statue of Liberty.

O'Malley spoke Friday afternoon in a city whose population is more than 40% Arab-American Muslim. His remarks were the most...

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Refugees share stories at Arab-American summit

Posted by The Detroit News on October 23, 2015

By Jennifer Chambers and Mark Hicks, The Detroit News

Dearborn — U.S. presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley reminded a crowd of Arab American, refugees and nonprofit leaders of his Irish American roots.

“If all of us went back just a generation or two as Americans, we would all find some experience in our own family that would allow us to see the humanity a little more deeply in what our Syrian American friends are going through in this refugee crisis,” O’Malley said

“We were raised to understand that the beauty of our country is that people facing religious...

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