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  • Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance - Morning Consult

    07/27/2016 12:06:39 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 8 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | 07/26/2016 | Amir Nasr
    Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance - Morning Consult Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance Amir Nasr   |   July 26, 2016 Privacy advocates in the technology space have a new ally in Arab American groups to help with their fight to keep U.S. surveillance at bay. They are spurred on by anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republicans. In December, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of U.S. borders to Muslim immigrants. In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the country needed to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim...
  • Will Arab-American voters rally around Clinton?

    06/10/2016 12:31:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | June 8, 2016 | Barbara Slavin, Washington correspondent
    Like many of their compatriots, Arab-Americans are confronting their presidential election choices this year with considerable ambivalence. Republicans have been repelled by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s vow to temporarily ban all Muslim immigration and his racist remarks about other ethnic minorities. Many Arab-American Democrats, meanwhile, gravitated toward the candidacy of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who made Palestinian rights and aversion to US military intervention in the Middle East pillars of his foreign policy. However, Sanders on June 7 lost his chance for the nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. For Randa Fahmy Hudome, a lifelong Republican and...
  • US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census

    01/31/2015 6:43:18 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 14 replies
    AOL ^ | 1/30/2015
    The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things. The U.S. Census Bureau will test the new Middle East-North Africa (MENA) classification for possible inclusion on the 2020 census if it gets enough positive feedback about the proposed change by Sunday, when the public comment period ends. Arab-Americans, who make up the majority of those who would be covered by the MENA classification, have previously been classified...
  • Coachella Valley High Drops Mascot That Offended Arab Americans

    09/01/2014 3:00:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 1, 2014 | LOUIS SAHAGUN
    Coachella Valley High Drops Mascot That Offended Arab Americans This proposed mascot logo for the Coachella Valley High School "Arab" has been approved by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. It may replace an image that some Arab Americans found offensive. (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) By LOUIS SAHAGUN Official says school agrees to change 83-year-old 'Arab' mascot that offended some Arab Americans High school Arab mascot being retired had a snarling face, hooked nose, heavy beard and wore a headscarf For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy...
  • Explosion Rocks Minneapolis Apartment Complex over Arab Grocery

    01/01/2014 11:10:13 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 30 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/1/2014 | Thomas
    The explosion took place over a Halal grocery in a portion of the city dominated by Arab immigrants: Ismail Adan, 34, has lived in the building since 2002 and left shortly before the fire. He said his mother had called him early in the morning and he left to visit her, but a cousin who was staying with him was in the third-floor apartment when the explosion occurred. He said the cousin leapt from the window and was injured but he has spoken with him in the hospital. “He’s OK. It’s not very serious,” Adan said.
  • Arab-Americans accuse 9/11 Memorial Museum of discrimination

    09/17/2013 11:32:29 AM PDT · by TFine80 · 58 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | September 16, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Tourists visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City can read its brochures in 10 different languages – but Arabic is not one of them. Nor will it be any time soon. “Nine languages are spoken by over 97 percent of our visitors: English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese and Russian,” a representative from the memorial told the New York Post. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, claiming Arabic is the world’s fourth-most-spoken language, is sending letters to memorial coordinators demanding answers on why the language is not included. But it appears that the Arabic community is looking for...
  • Activists seek recognition of former downtown ‘Little Syria’ at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum

    05/18/2013 5:34:15 AM PDT · by TFine80 · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 18, 2013 | Carol Kuruvilla
    The area around the World Trade Center was once the center of Arab-American life in New York City. But all that remains of sprawling "Little Syria" are three buildings: a community center, a tenement building and a church. Activists from Save Washington Street are trying to have these fading memories recognized at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
  • Zogby/Washington Times Poll shows Obama, Romney in a dead heat (49% to 49%)

    11/01/2012 6:17:23 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 34 replies
    President Obama and Mitt Romney are deadlocked with each holding 49 percent support nationally as they head into Tuesday’s election, though Mr. Romney holds a lead on enthusiasm, according to this week’s The Washington Times/Zogby Poll of likely voters, released Thursday night. Mr. Obama has more votes already in the bank: About a quarter of those surveyed said they’ve cast their ballots by absentee or early voting, and they broke 53 percent to 45 percent in favor of the president. But Mr. Romney, the Republican nominee, leads when it comes to those who have yet to hit the polling booth...
  • Director of Anti-Muslim Film that Sparked Attacks on U.S. Facilities is an Arab

    09/17/2012 1:33:33 PM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    He's not a Jew. At least, that's the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims," that has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, leaving the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, dead. The filmmaker appears to be an Egyptian Christian rather than an Israeli Jew, as he had claimed in interviews. The Associated Press tracked down an Egyptian Coptic Christian living in Southern California who admitted to involvement with the film's logistics, and whose middle name and a known alias closely resemble the apparently fake name - Sam Bacile -...
  • Battle of "Little Syria": Activists fight city to save last two buildings in ‘Little Syria’

    06/24/2012 8:13:18 AM PDT · by TFine80 · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 24, 2012 | KATE BRIQUELET
    Little Syria is facing a big problem. Activists are rallying to save the last vestiges of America’s first Arab-American neighborhood before it’s too late — but the city doesn’t think the buildings are worth it. “Most people don’t realize that the center of Arab life was in the shadow of the World Trade Center,” said Todd Fine, an organizer with Save Washington Street, a campaign to preserve the surviving two buildings of New York’s once bustling Syrian quarter. “The fact that it’s near Ground Zero makes it trickier to talk about,” he said. “Yet this should have been protected wherever...
  • Officials trying to referee Bay Ridge bar owner’s beef with food vendors (Arab's fake 'race card')

    05/08/2012 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 6, 2012 | Simone Weichselbaum
    "They are sitting on the corners like pirates," says Tony Gentile The vendors and their fans blame racism for the heat as more Arabs and Asians move into the South Brooklyn neighborhood, once an Italian enclave... Falafel sellers Sammy Kassen, 21, manger of Middle Eastern Halal Food which sits about 50 feet from Lone Star and Islam Baiuomy, owner of Halal Express Food which is across the street, cash in on running a cheap business on the pavement. The vendors and their fans blame racism for the heat as more Arabs and Asians move into the South Brooklyn neighborhood, once...
  • Angry Fans Plan to Occupy the Miami Dolphins During Sunday's Game vs. Denver

    10/23/2011 5:54:20 AM PDT · by Righting · 4 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, October 22, 2011 | By Janie Campbell
    This is from NBC in FL.: Angry Fans Plan to Occupy the Miami Dolphins During Sunday's Game vs. Denver "No one is trying to get arrested like those folks in Occupy Wall Street," said angry Dolphin fan behind protest planned for Sunday By Janie Campbell | Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 Here I copy a comment from that page:Why do we all smell a racist rat (the one interviewed by NBC - Ms. Nawaz Arabic name)? That aside, I am all for some of the good things some of the 'OCCUPY' members advocate for, but not the haters' agenda of hatred...
  • Steve Jobs’s Father Is . . . His Father -- Period.

    10/11/2011 8:22:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2011 | Dennis Prager
    On a daily basis, I sit in awe at the amount of nonsense that pervades the world’s media. The latest is the preoccupation with the ethnicity of Steve Jobs’s biological father. Steve Jobs was adopted at birth. And until his untimely death last week, as far as almost anyone in the world knew, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jobs. In fact, as far as Steve Jobs himself was concerned, his only parents were Paul and Clara Jobs. As the New York Times reported nearly 15 years ago (“Creating Jobs,” Jan. 12, 1997): “Jobs holds a firm...
  • Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As 'The Adult In The Room'

    04/20/2011 2:57:55 AM PDT · by library user · 20 replies
    TPM ^ | April 20, 2011 | by Benjy Sarlin
    While some GOP presidential contenders ratchet up their anti-Muslim rhetoric to toxic levels, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel (R) is set to accept a prestigious award next month from the Arab American Institute. Maya Berry, executive director of AAI, told TPM that the award was incidental to his status as a possible presidential candidate and celebrates his broad record of public service and his Syrian heritage, which is not commonly known. Nonetheless, she noted that Daniels' award comes at a time of increasingly mainstream anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in conservative circles. "It's a moment to honor our own and Mitch Daniels...
  • Re P. King's 'Radicalization of American Muslims,' problem's: Islamic lobbies; CAIR, MSA, ADC, etc.

    12/20/2010 7:29:44 PM PST · by PRePublic · 10 replies
    Dear Mr. King: The Arab / Muslim American lobbies, organizations are the problem (CAIR, ADC, MSA, etc.)As courageous Peter King pushes Congress to take up issue with 'Radical Muslims in America,' let's all remember that the moral, direct or often indirect psychological motivation that leads Muslims to be radicalized is by the terror-excusers via mixed messages the Arab Muslim lobbies and organizations broadcast on a constant basis within a total "we Muslims, everywhere are all innocent victims" mentality, their hidden message is clear, the Muslim terrorists that aim at innocent people and use its own population to cause havoc are...
  • VA. Man Arrested For Plotting DC Attacks

    10/27/2010 1:04:48 PM PDT · by Doogle · 29 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 10/27/10 | FOX
    A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly trying to help Al Qaeda plan multiple bombings around the nation's capital, according to U.S. officials. Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested today by the FBI and charged with providing material support to terrorists and collecting information for a terrorist attack. “It’s chilling that a man from Ashburn is accused of casing rail stations with the goal of killing as many Metro riders as possible through simultaneous bomb attacks,” said Neil MacBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Today’s arrest highlights ... our ability to find those...
  • Protesters at Port of Oakland picket Israeli ship

    06/20/2010 8:27:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/10 | AP
    OAKLAND, Calif. – Hundreds of protesters condemning Israel's recent raid on an international flotilla bound for Gaza are picketing at the Port of Oakland, where an Israeli ship is due to arrive. The demonstrators gathered Sunday to prevent the incoming ship from being unloaded. The dock's day shift of longshoremen agreed to not cross the picket line. Meanwhile Sunday, Israel said it will immediately allow all goods into Gaza except weapons and items deemed to have a military use under its decision to ease its three-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. Israeli officials had decided last week to ease the...
  • Richard Cohen: A lesson from Helen Thomas

    06/07/2010 2:07:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 229+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2010 | Richard Cohen
    Ah, another teachable moment! This one comes to us from Helen Thomas, the longtime White House reporter and columnist who announced her retirement on Monday. Thomas, of Lebanese ancestry and almost 90, has never been shy about her anti-Israel views, for which, as far as I'm concerned, she is wrong and to which she is entitled. Then the other day, she performed a notable public service by revealing how very little she knew. Asked at a White House event if she had any comments about Israel, Thomas said, "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. . . ....
  • Miss USA says 'American' is her preferred label

    05/23/2010 10:37:31 AM PDT · by freed0misntfree · 24 replies · 1,024+ views
    cnn ^ | 05/22/2010
    Rima Fakih's beauty pageant sash declares that she is Miss USA, but journalists want to find other labels for her. Questions about Fakih's ethnic and religious identity have been nearly as frequent as questions about photos of her dancing against a stripper's pole. "I'd like to say I'm American first, and I am an Arab-American," Fakih said. "I am Lebanese-American, and I am Muslim-American." Fakih, 24, was born in Lebanon, but her family moved to New York when she was 7 years old. She later moved to Michigan, where she went to college. The rarity of a woman born in...
  • Arab-American from Michigan crowned 2010 Miss USA

    05/16/2010 7:59:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 66 replies · 4,226+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2010 | OSKAR GARCIA
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 24-year-old Arab American from Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title Sunday night, despite nearly stumbling in her evening gown. Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills.
  • Exclusive! Terror-Defending Publisher's Inside Track

    04/08/2010 2:40:58 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 197+ views SNIPPET: "A government agency sponsors a community outreach program, but limits media access solely to representatives of the community involved. In doing so, the most powerful press representative present was a publisher who has repeatedly endorsed two groups the United States has designated as terrorists. That's what happened last October when the Commerce Department co-sponsored a "Muslim-American Business Outreach Meeting" with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn, Michigan. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) revealed that 75 people attended the invitation-only event. Most were touted as local Muslim and Arab-American business and community leaders. Invitations indicate...
  • The Tea Party frightens me (ZOGBY, Arab American Institute) BARF!

    02/14/2010 3:50:08 PM PST · by maggief · 59 replies · 1,281+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | February 14, 2010 | JAMES J ZOGBY
    EXCERPT Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave the keynote address. While some media pundits dismiss her, poking fun at her lack of knowledge and verbal gaffes, I believe she must be taken seriously. She is a dangerous populist, who delights her following with crude appeals to patriotism, anger at Washington, resentment at all things "foreign" and her penchant for ridiculing, as "out of touch elites," a wide array of opponents. She may not know history or geography, but to her enthralled base she speaks the truth. Palin has touched the exposed nerve of anger and alienation of some elements...
  • Arab American Students In Dearborn Wear Sweatshirts To School That Glorify 9-11 (Video + Photos)

    01/08/2010 12:16:04 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 11 replies · 631+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 1/8/10 | HAP
    I finally got a video report on this, Arab American students in Dearbornistan go to school wearing matching sweatshirts that glorify the terrorists attack on the WTC, the sweatshirts were confiscated by principle... Parent/Students outraged (Video)
  • Jim Zogby: Aftermath of Flight 253

    01/03/2010 3:11:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 2,424+ views
    The Gulf Daily News ^ | January 4, 2009 | Dr. James J. Zogby, President, Arab American Institute
    In the days after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's failed attempt to kill himself and bring down Northwest Flight 253, the story followed a familiar pattern. First, there were the daily revelations of what various intelligence and other government agencies didn't do with what they had already known about Abdulmutallab's behaviour and associations: from his father's effort to alert US officials about his son's radicalisation, to Abdulmutallab's cash purchase of a round trip ticket and his checking in for the flight without luggage - both "red flags" that should have warranted secondary airport screening. As the full picture emerged, it became clear...
  • CIA goes hiring in heart of Arab America

    11/29/2009 5:30:01 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 594+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/09 | Soyoung Kim
    CIA goes hiring in heart of Arab America Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:43am EST By Soyoung Kim DEARBORN, Michigan (Reuters) - At Tuhama's Lebanese deli in Dearborn, and at bakeries and barbershops throughout town, it's no secret the CIA is looking for a few good spies. "There is a lot of talk, and nobody likes it," said Hamze Chehade, a 48-year-old Lebanese-American, taking a bite of his chicken shawarma. In dire need of agents fluent in Arabic, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has made an unusual public show of its recruiting effort in Dearborn -- a city of 100,000 with...
  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in Detroit: Discrimination against Arab Americans

    11/21/2009 7:27:06 AM PST · by Son House · 34 replies · 1,215+ views ^ | November 20, 2009 | By Jonathan Oosting
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder continued the federal government's campaign to reach out to local Arab Americans, saying last night in Detroit that civil rights must be respected even as the country deals with security threats. "For the last nine months, I've heard from Muslim and Arab Americans who feel uneasy about their relationship with their government, who feel isolated and discriminated against by law enforcement," Holder said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "It is inconsistent with what America is all about." Holder spoke at the Detroit Marriott as part of the Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community...

    11/17/2009 1:10:41 PM PST · by Tamar Rush · 21 replies · 994+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | November 17, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Hoist the White Flag! President Surrenders to Islam Obama ‘Reaches Out’ by Naming ‘Devout’ Muslims to Security Posts by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu INN ( U.S. President Barack Obama continues to “reach out to Muslims” by appointing them to key security posts amid charges he wrongly ignored internal Muslim terror. One recent appointee was harshly criticized for appearing on a British-based television station whose host is a member of a radical Muslim group. President Obama has continued to “reach out Muslims,” as he said in his keynote speech in Cairo last June, and this past week he swore in...
  • Jihad sparked accused Fort Hood killer

    11/14/2009 3:37:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies · 634+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 11/14/2009 | Salim Monsour
    The massacre in Fort Hood, Texas, was an act in the war the Islamists declared some three decades ago against America, the great Satan in particular, and the west in general. At what point in his life Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- 39 years of age, Muslim by birth to a Palestinian-American immigrant family and a psychiatrist serving in the U.S. military -- became in his own mind a loyal soldier of the global Islamist jihad (war) is highly relevant as are other details of his private life in piecing together the psychological profile of this accused mass murderer. It...
  • Arab American Group Hosts McDonnell Proxy, Deeds

    09/27/2009 9:21:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 383+ views
    WVEC ^ | 9/27/09
    The Arab American Institute is hosting Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds at its candidates night. Deeds will speak Sunday night as will former Rep. Tom Davis, who's attending on Bob McDonnell's behalf. The institute says it's hosting the event so Arab Americans can speak with candidates and hear from Deeds and others about issues important to their community.
  • Flashy Va. Businessman Vanishes, Leaving Huge Debts Behind (Steals from Banks Leaves Country)

    07/16/2009 9:39:39 AM PDT · by khnyny · 17 replies · 2,021+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2009 | Derek Kravitz
    Subtlety was never one of Osama El-Atari's strong suits. The son of Jordanian immigrants was a self-described "car nut" who racked up a fierce number of speeding tickets across Northern Virginia. He told a reporter that he owned two Lamborghinis, two Ferraris and a Rolls-Royce Phantom, among other vehicles, and that his insurance bill was $18,000 a month. One car dealer said El-Atari would occasionally bring a chauffeur to dealerships. The Loudoun County restaurateur tried to show off his wealth whenever he could, by donating thousands to local political candidates or purchasing expensive sports memorabilia at charity galas. He told...
  • Bill Clinton: U.S. no longer dominated by Christians and Jews

    06/14/2009 3:40:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 95 replies · 3,087+ views
    One News Now ^ | June 14, 2009 | Christine Simmons
    WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton has told an Arab-American audience of 1,000 people that the U.S. is no longer just a black-white country, nor a country that is dominated by Christians and a powerful Jewish minority In a speech to the group on Saturday, Clinton said that given the growing numbers of Muslims, Hindus and other religious groups here, Americans should be mindful of the nation's changing demographics, which led to the election of Barack Obama as president. Clinton said by 2050 the U.S. will no longer have a majority of people with European heritage and that in an...
  • Arab American Who Guards Bush Is Barred From Flight

    12/27/2001 9:43:03 AM PST · by kattracks · 98 replies · 691+ views
    Reuters | 12/27/01
    CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - An Arab American U.S. Secret Service agent heading to Texas to protect President Bush was barred from taking an American Airlines flight this week, the Secret Service said on Thursday. U.S. Secret Service spokesman Brian Marr said the agent, whom he declined to identify, was not allowed to take the flight but said he was unable to confirm details of a New York Times report saying the agent was asked to get off the plane. The newspaper said the agent, who was armed, was originally scheduled to accompany Bush to Texas on Air Force One but ...
  • What do Freepers think about Nadya Suleman's exploitation?

    02/14/2009 11:07:19 PM PST · by Masti · 63 replies · 2,434+ views
    Where does this UGLY woman get so much money to have a plastic surgery because of her obsession with Angelina Jolie???Nadya Suleman Before and After Plastic Surgery at The Insider Pictures: Nadya Suleman Before and After Plastic Surgery ... (although she denies it) and have an unhealthy obsession with Angelina Jolie, .... She's holding a baby in the before photo, which means that while she was "raising" her ... Suleman + Nose Job & Lip Aug = Angelina Jolie? From the photos, Nadya Suleman appears to have undergone at least two procedures ... See lip augmentation before and after...
  • Powerful Statement by an Arab American

    02/03/2009 12:34:00 AM PST · by Swede Girl · 4 replies · 925+ views
    Al Jazeera TV | February 2006 | Wafa Sultan
    The woman in this video makes a powerful and amazing statement on Al Jazeera television concerning Muslim teachings and Muslim terrorism. The woman is Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychologist from Los Angeles.
  • Phila. marchers protest Israeli attacks

    12/31/2008 5:31:47 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies · 626+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/31/08 | Art Carey
    Chanting "Long Live Palestine" and bearing signs calling for an end to the bombing, hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched on City Hall yesterday to protest recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. The predominantly Arab-American crowd carried Palestinian and American flags, and many wore traditional kaffiyehs around their necks or on their heads
  • Muslims demand removal of Senator Lieberman from Homeland Security Committee

    11/18/2008 1:11:52 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 894+ views ^ | November 18, 2008 | Raymond
    Poor Lieberman. A few months back, his aides contacted me about testifying in front of him and Congress regarding the Muslim Brotherhood. During our conference call, his aides seemed to have determined that my characterization of the Brotherhood was not very "nuanced" (evinced by the incessant question, "But some of the Brotherhood are ok, right?" to which I would always answer "No.") Anyway and as expected, that settled that, and I was never re-asked to testify. But even though they took all these "safeguards," here Lieberman is: accused by Muslims of being, in essence, an Islamophobe. "Arab Americans want Lieberman...
  • Emanuel Apologizes for Father's Comments

    11/14/2008 10:15:27 AM PST · by jessduntno · 20 replies · 714+ views
    newsmax ^ | November 13, 2008
    Emanuel Apologizes for Father's Comments November 13, 2008 President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, apologized to an Arab-American group on Thursday for comments disparaging Arabs made by his father. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to Emanuel calling on him to distance himself from remarks made by the elder Emanuel in an interview with an Israeli newspaper following his son's appointment last week. In the interview, Benjamin Emanuel was reported as saying: "Obviously, he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of...
  • (Rahm): Emanuel Apologizes for Father's Comments

    11/14/2008 9:31:22 AM PST · by Publius804 · 19 replies · 997+ views ^ | November 13, 2008 | Reuters
    Emanuel Apologizes for Father's Comments Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:21 PM President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, apologized to an Arab-American group on Thursday for comments disparaging Arabs made by his father. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to Emanuel calling on him to distance himself from remarks made by the elder Emanuel in an interview with an Israeli newspaper following his son's appointment last week. In the interview, Benjamin Emanuel was reported as saying: "Obviously, he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean...
  • Barack Obama Now Holds Historic Lead Among Arab American Voters

    10/28/2008 8:51:10 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 57 replies · 1,088+ views
    Zogby International ^ | October 28, 2008
    Shift Toward Democratic Party Continues WASHINGTON - October 28, 2008 - Democratic candidate Barack Obama's substantial lead among Arab American voters has almost doubled since September. This was one of the findings of a poll of Arab American voters conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute. The poll also found that Obama's lead over McCain only dropped by 1% when independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr were included in the survey questions. Other key findings of the AAI/Zogby International study were: While almost two-thirds of Arab Americans are impacted by the recent economic crisis, it is...
  • Obama concedes mistake over Muslim outreach meeting

    10/10/2008 6:26:21 PM PDT · by daytrader · 55 replies · 2,730+ views
    NBC News Investigates ^ | October 9, 2008 | Jim Popkin, NBC News Senior Investigative Producer
    The Obama campaign’s Muslim outreach director participated in a meeting in mid September that was attended by several controversial Muslim activists, NBC News has learned. The Obama campaign now concedes that was a misjudgment, and that its top Muslim staffer would not have attended the meeting if she had known the full participant list beforehand. “Would a campaign staffer have attended if they were aware of the complete list of attendees? No,” said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt in an email statement to NBC. The Muslim outreach meeting On September 15, newly named Muslim outreach director Minha Husaini spoke to a...
  • Obama concedes mistake over Muslim outreach meeting

    10/10/2008 2:20:40 PM PDT · by mathprof · 45 replies · 2,164+ views
    [p]msnbc ^ | 10/10/08 | Jim Popkin, NBC News Senior Investigative Producer
    The Obama campaign’s Muslim outreach director participated in a meeting in mid September that was attended by several controversial Muslim activists, NBC News has learned. The Obama campaign now concedes that was a misjudgment, and that its top Muslim staffer would not have attended the meeting if she had known the full participant list beforehand. “Would a campaign staffer have attended if they were aware of the complete list of attendees? No,” said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt in an email statement to NBC. The Muslim outreach meeting On September 15, newly named Muslim outreach director Minha Husaini spoke to a...
  • Senators seek rights protections in FBI probes { Durbin, Feingold, Kennedy }

    09/23/2008 10:35:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 246+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/23/8 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    Three Democratic senators demanded "bare-minimum" civil rights protections Tuesday for Americans who might be targeted in FBI national security investigations without any evidence of wrongdoing. In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the senators also urged the Justice Department to delay still-tentative rules that would expand FBI powers to seek out potential terrorists. They said the new policy could allow surveillance of Muslim- or Arab-Americans based, in part, on their race, ethnicity or religion. "The Justice Department's actions over the last eight years have alienated many Americans, especially Arab and Muslim Americans," wrote Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold...
  • Arab Americans support Obama, Democrats: poll

    09/18/2008 8:52:43 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 28 replies · 331+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/17/08 | Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arab Americans have shifted their support to the Democratic Party over the past eight years and strongly favor Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential election, according to a poll released on Wednesday. Support for the Republican party has plummeted after eight years of U.S. wars in Islamic countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab American Institute's poll found. That could boost Obama's chances in battleground states like Michigan that have large Arab American populations.
  • Barack Obama Holds Lead Among Arab American Vote

    09/18/2008 6:46:35 PM PDT · by GeeMoney · 43 replies · 380+ views ^ | 9-18-08 | John Zogby
    Barack Obama Holds Lead Among Arab American Vote Historic Shift Toward Democratic Party Continues WASHINGTON - September 18, 2008 - Democratic candidate Barack Obama holds a substantial 21 point lead over Republican John McCain among Arab American voters. This was one of the findings of a poll of Arab American voters conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute.
  • [Muslim loyalty] "Americans" for Islamic Terrorists Hezbollah

    06/12/2008 11:41:16 PM PDT · by Righting · 13 replies · 434+ views
    federalistjournal ^ | June 12, 2008
    "Americans" for Hezbollah Via Memorandum, we get this USA Today story about discrimination against Muslims in America and a Gallup poll showing that many Americans mistrust Muslims. The USA Today article defines discrimination broadly, anything from a rude comment to assault.And from NPR, a profile of the Lebanese-American community in Dearborn Michigan includes this: Osama Siblani runs the Arab-American News, America's largest such newspaper. He says the fighting is fueling anger in his community -- not at Hezbollah, but at the Bush administration."The anger that you see in the Arab community, you do not see in the eyes of the...
  • Barack Obama with Edward Said

    05/24/2008 12:21:23 PM PDT · by bmweezer · 13 replies · 564+ views
    The ^ | May 23, 2008 | Michael Zak
    On this day in 1998, state senator Barack Obama was an honored guest at a gala dinner in Burbank, IL. Hosting the event was an anti-Israeli organization, the Arab American Action Network. The keynote speaker was PLO advisor Edward Said... [continued at}
  • GOP Rep. Darrell Issa under fire from everywhere after 9/11 comments

    04/05/2008 10:37:14 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 54 replies · 141+ views
    The California congressman who called the Sept. 11 attacks "simply" a plane crash ran for cover Wednesday under a barrage of ridicule from fellow Republicans, first responders and victims' families. San Diego GOP Rep. Darrell Issa was under siege for suggesting the federal government had already done enough to help New York cope with "a fire" that "simply was an aircraft" hitting the World Trade Center. "That is a pretty distorted view of things," said Frank Fraone, a Menlo Park, Calif., fire chief who led a 67-man crew at Ground Zero. "Whether they're a couple of planes or a couple...
  • Arab-American Activist Says Obama Hiding Anti-Israel Stance

    03/23/2008 7:39:55 PM PDT · by Tigen · 37 replies · 1,260+ views
    Isael National News ^ | March 24, '08 | Gil Ronen
    ( Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama is currently hiding his anti-Israel views in order to get elected, according to a well-known anti-Israel activist. The activist, Ali Abunimah, claimed to know Obama well and to have met him on numerous occasions at pro-Palestinian events in Chicago. In an article he penned for the anti-Israeli website Electronic Intifada, Abunimah wrote: "The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat...
  • Open Letter to Oprah from Ali Baghdadi on Her Visit to Palestine [Obama's church bulletin]

    03/23/2008 6:37:59 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 40 replies · 3,086+ views
    Trinity United Church of Christ (Obama's church) official bulletin ^ | June 10 2007 | Ali Baghdadi (in Obama church's bulletin)
    You must know that Zionist Jews from all over the world, particularly Europe, came to my Palestine, not as guests, but as settlers and occupiers in the early part of the 20th century. ...I must tell you that Israel was the closest ally to the White Supremacists of South Africa. In fact, South Africa allowed Israel to test its nuclear weapons in the ocean off South Africa. The Israelis were given a blank check: they could test whenever they desired and did not even have to ask permission. Both worked on an ethnic bomb that kills Blacks and Arabs.Arabs have...
  • Wal-Mart Tweaks Store for Arab-Americans

    03/16/2008 6:03:49 AM PDT · by shoptalk · 26 replies · 984+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, March 15, 2008 | Jeff Karoub
    Faten Saad knew she wasn't in a typical Wal-Mart when she saw an end-of-the-aisle display featuring Mamool. Boxes of the date-filled, whole wheat cookie from the Middle East welcomed the 21-year-old Lebanon native into the international aisle of the new Wal-Mart store in this Detroit suburb known as the capital of Arab America. Aisle 3, which also features Eastern European and Hispanic food, represents many of the 550 items geared toward Arab-American shoppers in the store that opened last week.