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Blind Trust

Patricia M. Davidson | Posted 01.10.2017 | Education
Patricia M. Davidson

What a lovely metaphor. An Arab-American stranger stands on a busy city street wearing a red blindfold. He holds a sign professing his fear, his vul...

America Has Told Me I Am Unwanted... Twice

Sally Elbassir | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Sally Elbassir

Today, I am 11 years old again -- like I was during 9/11 -- and I'm terrified for my mom's safety, as well as the safety of the entire Muslim-American community.

Muslims In America Wonder If President Trump Will Force Them To Leave

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Muslims in the U.S. knew they were in for a high-stakes election this year. But as the results trickled in Tuesday night, they didn’t...

Arab American Voters: Clinton 60 Percent, Trump 26 Percent

James Zogby | Posted 10.29.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

For years, Arab American voters, like most other ethnic communities, slightly leaned toward the Democratic party but were swing voters in national and local elections. This was the pattern we observed in the early years of our more than two decades of biannual surveys of the community's voting behavior. It is no longer the case.

Reflecting On The Aftermath Of That Fateful Day

James Zogby | Posted 09.10.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

I arrived at my office in time to see the second plane hit and it became clear that this was no freak accident. We had been attacked. The nightmare began.

Khalid Jabara: Victim Of Hate And Negligence

James Zogby | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

Nothing will bring back Khalid, and nothing can ease the pain of loss endured by the Jabara family. Majors must pay for his crime. But that is not enough. We must work together as a nation to demand zero tolerance for those who feed the hate that emboldens sick minds to commit murder.

Hundreds Attend Christian Funeral Of Slain Arab-American Man

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.19.2016 | Religion

Hundreds of mourners gathered at a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Thursday to memorialize Khalid Jabara, a 37-year-old who was shot and killed on Aug. ...

Noor Zahi Salman: Everything You're Hearing About Me Is a Lie--Updated

Sam Husseini | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Sam Husseini

[Article originally posted June 15, 2016 at approx 5:45 ET p.m.] [Addendum: My source has now been in direct communication with Noor Zahi Salman. She...

Why I Can't Rest Easy on Memorial Day

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

It's fair to say I have a difficult relationship with Memorial Day. I have family and friends that were veterans of the United States military. I also...

Our Original Sins

James Zogby | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

Until we acknowledge our past injustices, include its lessons and the experiences of our victims in our self-definition, and radically transform our societies to create more fully inclusive societies, we will continue to be plagued by the consequences of our original sins.

What Else Do I Have to Do to Prove I Love My Country, America?

Yasmin Hussein | Posted 03.15.2017 | Religion
Yasmin Hussein

We are strong, independent, overachievers who are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and lovers of our nation. Your words will not stop our community service, civic engagement, leadership or thirst for education.

Yes, Muslims Voted for A Jewish Candidate. Pundits Shouldn't Be Surprised.

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Social media was ablaze Tuesday night with the news that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the first major Jewish presidential candidate...

In Michigan, Arab-American Millennials Show Support for Sanders

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Wouldn't it be world-historical if Bernie Sanders won the Michigan primary and the Arab American vote played a crucial role? Imagine the headlines that would generate.

How One Syrian American Became My Trump Antidote

Nadia N. Aziz | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Nadia N. Aziz

2015 brought many challenges for the Arab American and American Muslim communities. The presidential primary season kicked into gear, and along with it came a fresh wave of bigotry. But looking at the year ahead of us, I am reminded of Arab Americans who, at times when our national character has been challenged, have stepped up and engaged.

Whither America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.01.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The start of this New Year finds America at an inflection point as wars and terrorism abroad are echoed in violence, suspicion, and fear at home. How will we meet the moment?

Trump and Co. Deepening the Divide on Arabs and Muslims

James Zogby | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

To be clear, fear of Muslims is not just a function of what this or that candidate says, because what the candidates are saying is a reflection of what the significant parts of the constituent base each party believes.

An Identity That Is My Own

Nadia N. Aziz | Posted 10.30.2016 | Home
Nadia N. Aziz

"They understand what it means when I say I'm Palestinian." Those words capture the essence of community and the importance of identity politics. To me, it means being part of a community that understands these issues in Gaza are more than a divisive political topic.

Spy Planes Aren’t Surveilling Detroit-Area Arab Community, FBI Says

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

DEARBORN, Mich. ― An FBI spy plane that circled over a Detroit suburb dozens of times this weekend was not targeting the local Muslim population or ...

Muslim Man Who Wants To Build Youth Camp Shocked By Terrorism Accusations

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion

WEST BRANCH, Mich. -- A Muslim man planning to build a secular summer youth camp in Michigan says he’s dumbfounded by accusations that it could be u...

Ex-FBI Agent: Detroit Kids Could Be Radicalized By ISIS

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

The potential for disenfranchised kids in Detroit to be radicalized by terrorist groups poses a “huge threat” to the city, a former FBI official s...

Detroit News Anchor Apologizes For Shocking Comment About City's Arab Population

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media

A news anchor apologized Thursday for a comment she made Wednesday about metro Detroit's Arab population. At the end of a reporter's story about an...

A Night to Remember

James Zogby | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

Our annual Khalil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Dinner serves as a reminder of why we do the work we do. It speaks to us of the goals we've set for ourselves, the progress we've made, and the challenges we continue to face.

Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans Should Oppose Fast Track Trade Bill

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The pro-Netanyahu lobby has attached language to the trade bill package before Congress that seeks to block European sanctions against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

When Palestine Becomes an Issue in Philadelphia Politics

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The case of the citation to the Ramallah governor and the attempts to backtrack due to political pressure are not new in the US. But pro-Israel groups are more and more frustrated as their powers to silent Palestinian voices are slowly weakening even though the battle for telling the Palestinian narrative is a long way from becoming mainstream in the US.

Arab-Americans and Muslims: Beyond Profiles, Beyond "Problems"

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Part of what allows hatred to grow and flourish is our inability or unwillingness to allow others to speak, and to not only hear them, but listen to them as well. Too often our self-interest, and self-protectiveness, makes us feel like we know enough about "them."