Polyphony Youth Orchestra Unites Palestinian and Jewish Israelis

Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Blog

By Sara Jawhari

2012 Summer Intern

This June, the Polyphony Youth Orchestra, comprised of Israel’s most talented young Arab and Jewish musicians, will come to the United States to share not just their artistic gifts, but their vision for a just and equal future in their divided home country.

Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar was born in Nazareth and witnessed firsthand the lack of opportunities that Arab children face there every day.  A classically trained violinist, Abboud-Ashkar recognized the power music had to bring people together and resolved to bring greater access to children in his...

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Milestone in NYPD Oversight Effort: City Council IG Legislation Proposed

Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Blog

A few weeks ago, we wrote about two legislative efforts to impose independent oversight on the NYPD. The New York City Police Department is currently the only New York City agency without an independent Inspector General. At the City level, two City Council Members are introducing legislation today to change that. If the measure passes (34 out of 51 votes plus the support of the City Council Speaker are needed to push the bill through without opposition), the NYPD will have to answer to an independent Inspector General who would in turn make regular reports to the public. However, if...

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Muslim Advocates Files Lawsuit to End NYPD Profiling

Posted by on June 08, 2012 in Blog

In response to the troubling revelations of racial, ethnic, and religious profiling by the NYPD, a leading national legal advocacy group has made a powerful and impactful response. Muslim Advocates, representing a diverse group of American Muslims, has filed suit against the New York Police Department alleging unconstitutional and discriminatory behavior in its surveillance of Arab American and American Muslim communities.

The lawsuit highlights some of the more absurd components of the NYPD’s surveillance program, which stretches limited counterterrorism resources to encompass effectively all active members of Arab and Muslim communities in...

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Panel: Gauging the Efficacy of NYPD Infiltration and Surveillance

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Blog

Today the New America Foundation hosted an informative discussion on the use of infiltration and surveillance by law enforcement in preventing homegrown terrorist attacks. The discussion primarily focused on the New York Police Department, and the efficacy of the vast counterterrorism unit which has drawn criticism since the Associated Press revealed that the NYPD was spying on American Muslims and Arab Americans. Two of the four Pulitzer Prize-winners of the Associated Press team, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, spoke on the panel. In addition, J.M. Berger, Author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam also...

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Absent Oversight, NYPD Abuses will Continue

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Blog

Two New York City councilmembers are leading an effort to make sure the New York City Police Department no longer operates without independent oversight. In light of recent revelations exposing the NYPD’s surveillance programs targeting American Muslims and Arab Americans, Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams are trying to expedite the process, and are proposing legislation that would require the Mayor to designate an independent Inspector General to serve as an the NYPD watchdog. In an article published in the Huffington Post, Lander makes a case for why the IG is needed, stating, “The IG would be a strong independent voice,...

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Rep. Holt Challenged Over NYPD Spying

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog

In an amendment to an appropriations bill being considered last week, Rep. Rush Holt’s (D-NJ) [pictured left] attempted to strip federal funding from police departments that use ethnic or religious profiling, as the NYPD has done against American Muslims and Arab Americans in and around New York City. Though the amendment ultimately failed, it received support from nearly 200 Representatives, including 16 Republicans. Some on Capitol Hill misunderstood Rep. Holt’s efforts as an attack on the NYPD. Among them are Reps. Peter King and Bob Turner, both Republicans representing New York. After attacking Holt’s amendment...

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Rep. Holt Challenged Over NYPD Spying

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog

In an amendment to an appropriations bill being considered last week, Rep. Rush Holt’s (D-NJ) [pictured left] attempted to strip federal funding from police departments that use ethnic or religious profiling, as the NYPD has done against American Muslims and Arab Americans in and around New York City. Though the amendment ultimately failed, it received support from nearly 200 Representatives, including 16 Republicans. Some on Capitol Hill misunderstood Rep. Holt’s efforts as an attack on the NYPD. Among them are Reps. Peter King and Bob Turner, both Republicans representing New York. After attacking Holt’s amendment...

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Rep. Rush Holt Leads Congressional Efforts to End NYPD Spying Program

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Blog

While concerned citizens and advocacy groups have been arguing for months that the NYPD’s surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is illegal and counterproductive, the cause has been mostly ignored by political leaders. New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, offered a full-throated defense of the surveillance program after Associated Press reporters discovered its existence, and President Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, also defended the program. However, efforts to end the NYPD surveillance program have recently gained an important ally in Congress: New Jersey Democratic Rep....

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Rep. Rush Holt Leads Congressional Efforts to End NYPD Spying Program

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Blog

While concerned citizens and advocacy groups have been arguing for months that the NYPD’s surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is illegal and counterproductive, the cause has been mostly ignored by political leaders. New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, offered a full-throated defense of the surveillance program after Associated Press reporters discovered its existence, and President Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, also defended the program. However, efforts to end the NYPD surveillance program have recently gained an important ally in Congress: New Jersey Democratic Rep....

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A Worm in the Big Apple

Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Blog

The New York Police Department is under scrutiny—but in an ironic twist, it’s the Arab American and American Muslim communities that are putting the NYPD under the looking glass. And this time, we have support from Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Rob Menendez (D-NJ) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

By way of background, we learned in 2011 that the NYPD had been sending undercover officers (“rakers”) into Arab American and Muslim neighborhoods to monitor community members’ actions, and employing “mosque crawlers” to monitor sermons. They’d even established a unit “tasked with scanning arrestees for potential informants.” What does this...

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