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Tunisian El Général and other rappers will bring sounds of politics and protest from North Africa and the Middle East to BAM. (Photo from El Général, via Brooklyn Ink)

Rappers Bring Sounds of Arab Spring to Brooklyn

Rap artists whose songs became anthems during the Arab Spring revolutions and ongoing struggles in North Africa and the Middle East will bring their words of politics and protest to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this week, reports the Brooklyn Ink.

Young Israel of Oceanside in Long Island, one of 72 synagogues in the New York area damaged by superstorm Sandy (Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Jewish Community Split Over Federal Aid For Sandy-Hit Synagogues

Environment, In the News, Middle Eastern, Politics, Religion February 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

As the Senate prepares to vote on a bill providing federal funding for communities affected by superstorm Sandy, the inclusion of houses of worship as eligible for federal aid has prompted a political and religious controversy, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

(Photo via newsindiatimes.com)

Civil Rights Lawyers Ask Court to Stop NYPD Surveillance of Muslims

Middle Eastern, New York February 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

Several high-profile civil rights lawyers are urging the court to halt the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims and are calling for the appointment of an auditor to oversee the department’s activities in this area, Desi Talk reports.

In Astoria, A Spot Where Food and World Peace Mix

In Astoria, A Spot Where Food and World Peace Mix

Ali El Sayed is an artist. His canvas is a plate and his brush ranges from an eggplant to a beef shank. The Egypt-born chef has owned Kabab Café for over 25 years and believes that food, not diplomacy, is the key to attaining world peace.

Mohamed Mohamed runs Gold Star Deli Grocery with his father Mohamed and another employee, also named Mohamed (Photo by Kiran Sury via The Brooklyn Bureau).

Yemenis and the Arabification of the Bodega

Brooklyn, Business, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Religion January 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

They serve BLTs made with beef bacon and feel guilty every time they sell beer or a lottery ticket. The Brooklyn Bureau delves into the cultural challenges of increasingly Yemeni-owned bodegas.

(Photo by Raed El Rafei)

Opinion: Organization Needed to Unite U.S. Arabs

Middle Eastern, Opinion, Politics, Religion December 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

The PA and the PLO should establish a “Palestinian People’s Association,” similar to the World Zionist Organization, to bring together Palestinians in the U.S. and further the cause of Palestine, writes Sobhi Ghandour in a column in the Arab Voice.

Two Sides Clash in Times Square Over Gaza Conflict

Two Sides Clash in Times Square Over Gaza Conflict

Middle Eastern, Religion, Video November 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel demonstrators traded dueling chants in Times Square Sunday as the conflict in Gaza stirred strong emotions in the streets of New York, reported NYCity News Service.

Eid al-Adha Celebrations in Queens

Eid al-Adha Celebrations in Queens

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Queens, Religion November 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

New York’s Muslim community recently celebrated Eid al-Adha, an important Islamic holiday that marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The crowds were so big at Masjid Al-Mamoor in Queens that worshipers prayed on the street. (Photos by Nabil Rahman)

Arab Women Seek to Empower Community

Arab Women Seek to Empower Community

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Politics October 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Disgruntled with immigration laws, civil rights abuses, racial profiling and foreign policies, which they regard as unfavorable to Arabs, a group of young Arab American women has been volunteering to register members of the community to vote in November.

American Muslims women and children protests against the blasphemous film in front of the UN on September 28. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

American Muslims React to Anti-Islam Film

Middle Eastern, New York, Religion, South Asian October 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Unlike the violent reaction in the Arab world against the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” the American Muslim community has reacted to the offensive video with calm and muted protest.

in a lightweight bout during UFC on FX 4 at Revel Casino on June 22, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Fighting to Promote Peace

Middle Eastern, Sports July 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

A Palestinian-American rising star in the world of mixed martial arts is using his newfound celebrity to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, The Jewish Daily Forward reports. Ramsey Nijem hopes to change popular perceptions about Israel and Palestine.

Hany Youssef standing outside the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George in Dyker Heights on Sunday morning. (Photo by Jihii Jolly via The Brooklyn Ink)

Brooklyn’s Egyptian Christians Worry About Muslim Brotherhood Rule

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics July 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Coptic Christians and Muslims in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights are distinctly divided over the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamad Morsi as Egyptian president, The Brooklyn Ink reported. Christians said they’re nervous about the future of the Christian minority in a Muslim Brotherhood-led country.

Some of the women working with the non-profit Women for Afghan Women posed near their shelters in Fresh Meadows, Queens. (Photo courtesy of Women for Afghan Women)

Afghan Group Braces for Surge of Refugees

Featured Posts, Immigration, Middle Eastern April 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

The Queens non-profit Women for Afghan Women offers accommodation, classes and companionship to Afghan women who find themselves adrift in New York City. The organization is bracing for an influx of new immigrants as the U.S. withdraws troops from Afghanistan over the next few months.

Deborah Feldman has been accused of spinning events in her bestselling memoir. (The Jewish Week)

Author Accused of Distorting Facts in Tell-All Memoir About Hasidic Sect

Media, Middle Eastern March 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm

The author of a tell-all memoir about leaving a Hasidic sect has been accused by a Jewish publication of making up details in her bestseller.

Arab Immigrants Consider Returning Home After Revolutions

Immigration, In the News, Middle Eastern March 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Some Middle Eastern expatriates are considering returning to their homelands after the Arab Spring protests. A new academic research program was launched in New York last month to study the effect of the Arab Spring on immigrants and their decision to return home.