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Med Film Factory Training Program: Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Unfortunately, it's not only Western audiences that have grown to believe these absurd stereotypes, but the Arab world has started down a path that now seems hell bent on destruction.

Boots on the Ground: Obsolete

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Unless the United States is prepared to expect severe casualties to hundreds maybe thousands of our forces, we must keep boots off the ground. Our air forces are doing a reasonably effective job with so far no casualties to us, we must keep it that way.

Muslims Should Live, Not Die, In America

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's all too predictable that some Muslims, as tragically disturbed and misguided as alleged Chapel Hill killer Craig Stephen Hicks seemingly is, will take matters into their own hands. That's one thing I'm afraid of. But I'm also afraid of the opposite -- that Muslim communities around the US will be terrorized into cowering timidity.

The Israeli Elections Are a Joke -- and Sometimes, They're Even Funny

Omri Marcus | Posted 02.05.2015 | Media
Omri Marcus

The most important element of comedy is timing -- and in Israel, comedy and timing can be friends or they can be foes. No matter how funny the election campaign videos are, we live in a serious, disastrous neighborhood, and sometimes the reality calls for seriousness.

What Nobody Tells You About Muslims and Arabs

Essraa nawar | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Essraa nawar

It frustrates me as an Arab American to see that we are portrayed in a way that is far away from reality, and no matter how hard Arabs and/or Muslims are trying to fight these misconceptions, it is still really a challenge to erase them knowing how effective the media is on every household.

Hollywood Has an Arab problem

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Think of an Arab you've seen in a movie or a TV show. Who are they? What are they doing? How are they portrayed? Are they portayed as human beings who work hard, love their children, with real emotions, flawed, neither saints nor villains--like you and me?

Smiling Extremists Charged With Torching The Jerusalem Interfaith School That Gave Us So Much Hope

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Three Israelis from a far-right group were charged on Monday with setting fire to a classroom in an Arab-Jewish school...

The Arabs' Next Decade

Ali Hashem | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Ali Hashem

The Arab world's next ten years are dominated with uncertainty; the only fact that can be derived out of the current givens is that the best days in this area are behind and today's maps of the main states are liable to serious changes the might see new entities rising and old powers fading.

Democratic Islam Is the Best Antidote to ISIS

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Tunisia, which had shown Arabs a way out of the prison of dictatorship through peaceful protest, is today demonstrating that on the ruins of the old order a democracy could be built.

We Need to Know More, But the 'Experts' Aren't Helping

James Zogby | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To hear these "experts" pontificating about Islam or Arab culture is more than annoying. It's downright dangerous. Instead of elevating the discourse, they dumb it down. And instead of making us aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they reduce them to simple and easy clichés.

The Fateful Decision: British House of Commons Votes on Palestine

James Zogby | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
James Zogby

Passage will send a message that the world is paying attention to their plight and recognizes their rights. It will also provide an incentive to those in the Palestinian leadership who have embraced a non-violent, diplomatic strategy to securing their rights.

Israeli President Visits Arab Village in Honor of Eid al-Adha

Anav Silverman | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

Commenting on his father's work in bringing different cultures together, Rivlin,75, spoke personally with the participants about building bridges during his visit to the Arab village made up of Druze, Muslims, and Christians.

Ted Cruz: The Dangers of Not Listening

James Zogby | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

It is generally known that Ted Cruz can be a demagogue, a quality that makes him immensely disliked by his colleagues. He is also considered to be quite bright and calculating. And so as I have attempted to understand why he did what he did, two distinct scenarios come to mind.

Arab-Jewish Funk Duo Make Joyous Music Together

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

Chromeo, the Arab-Jewish musical duo who made a splash this spring with their latest album “White Women,” joined HuffPost Live for a chat on Thurs...

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

The U.S. Jewish Community, Amoral Familism and the Crisis of Palestine

Steve Koppman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Steve Koppman

Confronting today's Israel and demanding it change is not a rejection of Judaism but the most profound manifestation of it.

How to Make the Israeli Occupation Costly?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is clear that the impunity Israel enjoys plays a large role in its continued occupation and belligerence. Making the Israelis pay a price for continuing to rule another people by force and the siege on Gaza would have a positive result.

Getting Israel/Palestine Right: Thank You, Sundance

Gary M. Burge | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gary M. Burge

Whenever Hollywood has tried to dramatize the Middle East, it has generally fallen for stereotypes. Rarely in these films do we gain a sympathetic understanding about the Middle East's culture. Rarely do we see its humanity or its nobility.

Three Jews Visit Scandinavia

Seth Menachem | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Seth Menachem

Tensions are understandably high. The loss of lives on both sides is a tragedy. Thanks to Israel's Iron Dome defense, many Israeli lives have been spared. But Hamas keeps trying. And Israel keeps fighting back. And the horrible cycle goes on and on.

Fewer Americans View Muslims Favorably, But the Door Is Wide Open to Better Understanding

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

A new poll by Zogby Associates, a leading public opinion research firm, has both disquieting and encouraging news about Muslims.

'They Cry When They Shoot Us'

Howard Schweber | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Howard Schweber

A few weeks ago I was watching Israelis reacting with shock and horror to the idea that Israeli Jews could have kidnapped a Palestinian boy and burned him alive. I was shocked by their shock: Have they really not been listening to themselves for the past 20 years?

A Simple Guide to the Roots of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Books
Rebecca Tinsley

Many of us mentally turn off when we see reports about Israel/Palestine. If you missed the beginning of the story, you are not inclined to jump into the latest episode.

Heart-Breaking Truths About Gaza and Israel

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I sit in my comfortable home in Massachusetts, rockets are being fired from Gaza at my nephew in Israel. He is the son of an Israeli, an almost-flu...

How Dare Israel...

Martin Lewis | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Martin Lewis

How DARE Israel be upset that the Arab enablers, spinners and propagandists have skillfully exploited images of the human shields that they cynically use as missile fodder to advance their anti-Israel, anti-Jewish fatwa.