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Rev. Khader El-Yateem will officially launch his run for the 43rd district council seat in Brooklyn on Sunday Feb. 26. (Photo by Gabe Carroll for Voices of NY)

Palestinian-Born Pastor Runs for Office

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Politics February 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Bethlehem-born Rev. Khader El-Yateem is running for the City Council seat in his home district in Brooklyn, and hopes to work as a bridge-builder in the community.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Linda Sarsour Leaving Arab American Association

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern February 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Bay Ridge activist Linda Sarsour announced she will step down as the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York “to focus my energy on the national level,” reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Khader El-Yateem (Photo by Aslan Media, Creative Commons license)

First Palestinian-American to Run for Public Office in NYC

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics February 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Rev. Khader El-Yateem of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge has joined the race for the 43rd District City Council Seat, reports Kings County Politics.

Brooklynites Supporting Arab Neighbors

Brooklynites Supporting Arab Neighbors

Brooklyn, Business, Middle Eastern February 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm

A new poster campaign expresses support for Arab neighbors in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and elsewhere, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Kurdish protestors on 8th Avenue three months ago, asking the  New York Times to cover the violence in Cizre. (Photo by Noah Caldwell for Voices of NY)

Kurdish Diaspora Making Its Voice Heard

The small Kurdish diaspora in the U.S. has become more active and vocal about violence against Kurds in Turkey.

Muslim Americans pray outside Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport on Feb. 3. (Photos by Julius Motal for Voices of NY)

Jummah at JFK

Featured Posts, Immigration, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Muslim February 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Outside Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York, dozens of Muslim Americans gathered for the Jummah prayer, the Friday prayer service.

Saleh Kassim at Cortelyou Smoke Shop & Deli. (Photo by Carly Miller via BKLYNER)

Yemeni Bodega Owners in Brooklyn Speak Out

Brooklyn, Business, Middle Eastern, Muslim February 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Before the Yemeni-owners of bodegas across the city shuttered their doors in protest of the “Muslim ban,” BKLYNER spoke to some of them in Ditmas Park for their take on the executive order.

(Photo courtesy of Sahadi's, via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Sahadi’s Middle Eastern Food Store Honored

Brooklyn, Food, Middle Eastern February 1, 2017 at 10:57 am

Brooklyn’s Sahadi food emporium, described as a “bulk bin wonderland,” has won the James Beard Foundation Award, report Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Expanding the Borders of a ‘Disney World of Food’
Kalustyan’s, opened in 1944 as an Armenian grocery and evolved into a Middle Eastern and South Asian foods purveyor. Now, with its latest expansion and third set of owners, it offers an extraordinary range and variety of specialty foods that make it the go-to source for famous chefs and food-lovers.

Expanding the Borders of a ‘Disney World of Food’

Kalustyan’s, opened in 1944 as an Armenian grocery and evolved into a Middle Eastern and South Asian foods purveyor. Now, with its latest expansion and third set of owners, it offers an extraordinary range and variety of specialty foods that make it the go-to source for famous chefs and food-lovers.

Jan. 29, 2017 - Protesters march towards the US Customs and Immigration Services building in lower Manhattan. Photo by Julius Motal

Thousands Rally Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

Featured Posts, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim January 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Protesters came out in force to oppose President Trump’s ban on entry into the U.S. of individuals from seven countries.

Example of stained glass design by Sara Ouhaddou (Courtesy of Washington St. Historical Society)

Little Syria’s Writers to be Memorialized

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Middle Eastern January 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Plans for a public art commemoration of the writers of Little Syria in lower Manhattan were approved on Jan. 25.

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

African American, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Opinion, Politics, Women January 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

In an opinion piece in Colorlines, Jamilah Lemieux describes her feelings about an “absence of sisterhood” with white women that is keeping her away from the Women’s March on Washington.

Composer Gity Razaz (Photo by Rahima Nasa for Voices of NY)

Musical Notes Inspired by the East

Musical influences from Iran, Egypt, India and Turkey can be detected in the works by young first- and second-generation composers to be performed by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on April 1.

Running to Support Children in Gaza

Running to Support Children in Gaza

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Voices' Picks, Youth March 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Nearly 1,000 people gathered at Prospect Park on March 26 for the Gaza 5K, sponsored by UNRWA-USA to raise money to support mental health counseling for children in Gaza.

Sitki Ozcan, U.S. bureau chief of Zaman (Photo by Orhan Akkurt for Voices of NY)

Turks in NYC: Worry over Turkey’s Future

In Turkey, the government is silencing its critics amid political ferment, a bombing and the refugee crisis. Turks in NYC worry about the future of civil liberties at home.