Middle Eastern

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca met with leaders from the Beit El-Maqdia Islamic Center last Friday. (Photo by John McCarten, New York City Council, via Kings County Politics)

City Council Leaders Visit Bay Ridge Mosque

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim April 16, 2019 at 5:42 pm

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and chair of the Immigration Committee Carlos Menchaca met with leaders of the Muslim and Arab community last week to assure them that their voices are heard and will continue to be heard, reports Kings County Politics.

Members of the Yemeni American Merchants Association and others speak outside the New Corporation offices in New York. They are calling for a boycott of the New York Post. (Photo by Alice Chambers via NYCity Lens)

Yemeni Bodega Owners Boycott the New York Post

Business, Media, Middle Eastern, New York April 15, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Several hundred members of the Yemeni American Merchants Association have stopped selling the New York Post, reports NY City Lens.

Hamid Kermanshah unfurls antique Persian rugs in his eponymous Kermanshah Oriental Rugs shop near Union Square. (Photo via NY City Lens)

How Sanctions on Iran Impact Persian Rug Stores in NYC

Business, Middle Eastern, New York March 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Persian rug store owners describe to NY City Lens how the U.S. reimposing sanctions on Iran has affected their business.

Tony and Marie Aflak holding their freshly baked pita bread. (Photo by John Alexander via Brooklyn Reporter)

Pita All Day at Mid-East Bakery

Brooklyn, Business, Food, Middle Eastern February 14, 2019 at 11:12 am

Mid-East Bakery stays in the family in Bay Ridge, says Brooklyn Reporter.

Ilhan Omar at the  Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA) Gala on Saturday, February 2. (Photo by Ala'a Assamawy courtesy of the Yemeni american Merchants Assn., via Bklyner)

Ilhan Omar in Brooklyn: On Being ‘a Muslim Unapologetically’

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Politics February 4, 2019 at 11:04 pm

Minnesota’s new Somali-American representative, Ilhan Omar, addressed the Yemeni American Merchants Assn. Feb. 2, reports Bklyner.

Mayada Anjari (Photo by Liz Clayman via West Side Rag)

How a Syrian Refugee’s NYC Dinners Led to a Cookbook

Food, Manhattan, Middle Eastern, Religion February 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

West Side Rag reports on how the cookbook “The Bread and Salt Between Us” by Mayada Anjari came together with the help of members of an Upper West Side church.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem shaking hands with City Councilmember Justin Brannan. (Photo by John Alexander via Brooklyn Reporter)

El-Yateem Returns to Bay Ridge for ‘Father K’

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern December 13, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Rev. Khader El-Yateem attended a screening in Bay Ridge of a film based on his City Council campaign and the political activism that continued in the Arab community after his loss. Brooklyn Reporter covered the event.

The official movie poster for “FATHER K.” (Photo courtesy of 1001 Media via Brooklyn Reporter)

El-Yateem Documentary Screening in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics December 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Palestinian Lutheran pastor Khader El-Yateem’s election loss was only the beginning for young Arab Americans in Bay Ridge. “FATHER K,” a documentary on his campaign and the aftermath, will be screened this weekend, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

Justin Brannan, with fellow Council member Mark Treyger to his left, announces a bill that would provide Arabic interpretation services at polling sites. (Photo via Twitter)

Brannan Supports Arabic Interpretation Services at Poll Sites

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics November 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm

Council members Justin Brannan and Mark Treyger announced legislation that would provide interpreters at polling places for speakers of Arabic, reports Kings County Politics, as well as other languages among the most spoken in the city.

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/11/16/solidarity-theme-arab-american-association-celebrates-annual-gala. (Photo by Arthur de Gaeta via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Arab American Association Honors Activists

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern November 16, 2018 at 3:25 pm

The Arab American Association of New York held its 17th annual gala on Nov. 8, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Widad Hassan, a Yemeni-American activist, in New York City. (Photo by Michael Nigro via Law at the Margins)

Yemeni Immigrant Activists ‘Changing a Mindset’

Middle Eastern, New York November 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Law at the Margins reports on activism within the Yemeni community.

Work of Lebanese artist Ginane Makki Bacho (Photo by Photo: Tarek Haddad via the Brooklyn Museum)

‘Syria, Then and Now’: Refugee Stories on Display

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern October 17, 2018 at 4:45 pm

A Brooklyn Museum exhibit features works of art that represent the stories of refugees who escaped to Syria in the early 20th century and those now fleeing the country. Brooklyn Paper covers the show.

Ajna Dance Company (from Ajna Facebook profile pictures)

‘Embrace Your Hyphen’ and Celebrate Global Diversity

The fifth annual International Day of Friendship will be held in Brooklyn on Aug. 5, BK Reader reports.

One of the entries in the AST art contest. (From Advocates of Silenced Turkey website)

Reflecting on Repression in Turkey, Through Art

Featured Posts, Human rights, Middle Eastern, New York July 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

To bring attention in North America to the human rights violations of Turkish citizens by the Turkish government, Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST) recently organized an art contest called”  “Human Rights Violations in Turkey Art Contest” for elementary, middle and high school students in the U.S. According to the WorldRead More

Dr. Hasan Imanli discusses healthcare access for low-income families on April 29 in Baltimore.
 (Photo courtesy of the Whitetulip Health Foundation)

Explaining Health Care to Turkish Immigrants

Featured Posts, Health, Middle Eastern, New York June 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Volunteers at a New Jersey nonprofit help Turkish immigrants navigate the complicated health care system.