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Tiana dances flamenco, bridging Arab and Spanish cultures at the Arab-American Heritage Festival. (Photo by Francesca Norsen Tate via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Arab Festival in Brooklyn Celebrates Music and Dance

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern August 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Attendees of the Arab-American Heritage Music Festival enjoyed chicken kebobs, belly dancing and flamenco, while also taking the time to honor the victims of the violence in Gaza and Iraq, reports the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Holding the Syrian flag at the Arab American Bazaar in Shore Road Park, Brooklyn (Photo by Brooklyn Media Group via Home Reporter)

Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern August 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Home Reporter covers the Arab American Bazaar, an annual event in Bay Ridge, which drew a proud but relatively more somber crowd this year.

(Photos by Martyna Starosta/Yoni Weiss via The Jewish Daily Forward)

NY Protestors: Support and Criticism of Israel

Jewish, Middle Eastern, New York August 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

NY protestors expressed a wide range of opinion on Israel’s policies toward Gaza, and offered both support and criticism of Israel, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Gaza Bombing by Israel Protested

Gaza Bombing by Israel Protested

Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews joined a rally on July 24 to protest Israel’s bombing of Gaza.

Dr. Husam Rimawi, president of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, at the July 22 press conference (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Denouncing Mosque Attacks in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Crime, In the News, Middle Eastern, Muslim July 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

A coalition of Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders gathered to condemn attacks that occurred in Brooklyn over the weekend, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

"Qalandia 2067" by Wafa Hourani (Photo by Viviane Eng via The Lo-Down)

Work of Arab Artists on View at New Museum

Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern July 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

In the first museum-wide exhibit of art from the Arab World, the works of 45 contemporary artists are being displayed on the Lower East Side, The Lo-Down reports.

Mosques and Islamic centers see increase in the number of visitors during Ramadan. File photo of Muslims praying at Makki Masjid in Brooklyn. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

When Does Ramadan Begin?

NYC Muslims seek some consensus on when to start fasting.

Rachida Madani's reading in New York was the first stop on her U.S. book tour for her poetry collection Tales of a Severed Head. (Photo by Antonia Massa)

Moroccan Poet Gives Reading in New York

Rachida Madani’s collection “Tales of a Severed Head” begins where One Thousand and One Nights left off.

A view of Masjid Hazrati Abu Bakr Siddique in Flushing, Queens. Run largely by immigrants from Afghanistan, the mosque is believed to have been under NYPD surveillance. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak/Voices of NY)

Shutdown of NYPD Surveillance Unit Welcomed

Muslim and civil rights groups were pleased, but some have lingering worries about the NYPD.

Dervish Ritual in Bursa (Photo by Steve McCurry)

Photos Tell Modern Turkey’s Story

Manhattan, Middle Eastern January 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm

The work of 25 photographers, on view until January 9, tells the story of modern Turkey.

Muslim worshippers coming out of view of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

Muslim Community in Shock Over AP Revelations

Muslims are in shock over revelations that the NYPD designated certain mosques as “terrorist organizations.”

Scoop Café serves dishes with hummus, vegetables and grilled meat. (Photo by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer via Manhattan Times)

Scooping Up Syrian Food in the Heights

Food, Manhattan, Middle Eastern August 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Profiled in Manhattan Times, Scoop Café adds Syrian and Middle Eastern flavors to Washington Heights. Owner John Dadourian’s roots in the Syrian, Turkish and Armenian cultures influence the new eatery’s dishes.

Ramadan Fast Ends with Eid Feast, More Events

Ramadan Fast Ends with Eid Feast, More Events

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern, Queens, South Asian August 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Muslims marked the end of Ramadan on Thursday, ahead of a weekend of events.

Brothers Harry and Khaleem Khan will open a new hookah lounge but feel they've been singled out by the local community board. (Photo by Maya Rajamani via Hunts Point Express)

Bronx Hookah Bar Owners Feel Singled Out

Bronx, Culture, Middle Eastern, South Asian July 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

The owners of the first hookah bar in the Bronx, two Pakistani-American brothers, believe that the community board’s stricter regulations on their lounge – as opposed to area’s Latino establishments – stems from a lack of knowledge about their culture, reports the Hunts Point Express.

Adding a Jewish Face to the Undocumented

Adding a Jewish Face to the Undocumented

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Voices' Picks July 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Roy Naim has “become the Jewish face of activism for immigration reform,” finds the Jewish Daily Forward, in a profile on the Israeli-born Brooklynite, one of only a relative handful of undocumented Jewish immigrants.

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