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Bay Ridge (Photo by Marco Poggio for Voices of NY)

In Bay Ridge, a Syrian Family Awaits Asylum

A Syrian family, living in Bay Ridge and caught between disease and war, awaits a decision on their application for asylum in the U.S.

Protestors bringing attention to the siege of Madaya, Syria at Times Square on Jan. 9 (Photo by William Mathis for Voices of NY)

Syrians, in NYC, Call for an End to the Madaya Siege

Members of the Syrian community in the NYC metro area protested the Assad government’s siege of Madaya, whose 40,000 residents have been deprived of food and supplies.

At a Syrian restaurant in New York, circa 1910-1915. (Photo via the Bain Collection/Library of Congress)

A Push to Save Manhattan’s ‘Little Syria’

History, Manhattan, Middle Eastern January 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

A group of preservationists is asking the city to landmark two buildings on the west side of Lower Manhattan that they say are what remain of “Little Syria,” reports Downtown Express.

Cecil Yaka, president of the Turkic American Chamber of Commerce, speaking at an event in 2011 (Photo courtesy of TACC)

In NYC, Helping Investors from Turkic Lands

Business, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, New York, Voices' Picks December 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm

The Turkic American Chamber of Commerce helps Turkish and Central Asian investors enter the U.S. market.

Attendees of a Unity Task Force Breakfast held in August of 2014. (Photo via Home Reporter/BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/file photo)

Bay Ridge Group to Challenge Anti-Muslim Backlash

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Religion December 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

A Bay Ridge-based community group is about to launch an initiative to deal with a possible backlash against the area’s Muslim community, writes the Home Reporter.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Muslim, New York November 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour and MPower Change urge governors and others to “stand by our commitment as a nation to refugees in need.”

Aftermath of the 1920 Wall St. bombing, blamed first on Russian bolsheviks and later on Italian anarchists. (Photo via City Limits)

Some Perspective on Admitting Syrian Refugees

History, Immigration, Middle Eastern, New York, Opinion November 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

In the wake of the Paris attacks, some counterarguments to the worries over admitting refugees, in City Limits – and from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Iran Pact Draws Protests and Counterprotests in Times Sq.

Iran Pact Draws Protests and Counterprotests in Times Sq.

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Middle Eastern July 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Protests and counterprotests over the U.S.-Iran deal were heard at Times Square on July 22.

‘In Gaza There are Missiles and Here There are Tourists’

 Two Palestinians from Gaza, now in New York City, reflect on the Gaza war on its one-year anniversary.

‘In Gaza There are Missiles and Here There are Tourists’

Two Palestinians from Gaza, now in New York City, reflect on the Gaza war on its one-year anniversary.

Dalia Ramadan, Nadeen Odeh and Sophia Alissa from left to right perform at rehearsals. (Photo via Women's eNews video)

All-Girl Palestinian Rap Trio Bring Message to NYC

Culture, Manhattan, Middle Eastern May 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Shoruq, an all-female rap group from a refugee camp in Bethlehem, use hip-hop to bring awareness to the plight of Palestinians. During a visit to New York, which included a performance in Downtown Manhattan, they spoke to Women’s eNews.

(Photo courtesy of Fares “Freddy” Zeideia via Times Ledger)

King of Falafel to Open Restaurant in Astoria

Business, Food, Middle Eastern, Queens April 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm

The Vendy Award-winning food truck King of Falafel will expand to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Astoria, reports Times Ledger.

(Photo by Karen Shakerdge for Voices of NY)

An Iraqi Seder in Queens

Congregants of a synagogue in Jamaica, Queens, celebrated Passover with an Iraqi-style Seder.

Arab-Americans will be able to identify themselves as Arab when they fill out their 2020 U.S. Census form if a proposal to change the form is adopted. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Counting Arab Americans Correctly

Brooklyn, Demographics, Middle Eastern January 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Arab Americans should be able to check off a new designation of “Arab” on the 2020 U.S. Census, Linda Sarsour urges in an email, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Students at Progress High School in Brooklyn videoconference with counterparts in the Kurdistan region in Iraq. (Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Students in Kurdistan and Brooklyn ‘Meet’ Via Video

Brooklyn, Education, Middle Eastern, Youth December 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Students in Irbil, Iraq and Brooklyn, NY met via a videoconference sponsored by Global Nomads Group to learn how their counterparts live.

Steven Salaita, Katherine Franke and Sarah Aly (l. to r.) listen to a question at an event on the silencing of critics of Israel within academia, at Brooklyn College, on November 20, 2014. (Photo by Matt Surrusco for Voices of NY)

Discussing Free Speech at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Voices' Picks November 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American scholar who lost a tenured job offer over tweets criticizing Israel, spoke at a panel discussion at Brooklyn College.