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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.

Three of the four panelists at Baruch's discussion of portrayals of Muslims in the media were journalists.(Photo by Jaina Teeluck)

Journalists Debate Media ‘Demonization’ of Muslims

Featured Posts, Media, Middle Eastern March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

While one panelist at Thursday’s Baruch College discussion of Muslims in the media called the portrayal of Muslims a “demonization,” others argued that the problem goes both ways — that the Muslim community’s suspicion of the media and “bunker mentality” has led it to a demonize journalists, and to avoid them rather than engage with them.

Egyptians in New Jersey protest Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny for his actions in Tahrir Square and the timing of his concert.

Opinion: Egyptian Singer Deserved Wrath of Protesters at NJ concert

Metro Area, Middle Eastern, North African, Opinion February 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

In an impassioned editorial for Aramica, journalist Antoine Faisal condemned the Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny, who held a concert on Feb. 4 in Elizabeth, N.J., for his perceived collaboration with government forces in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution.

Brooklyn Mother Hopes to Close Gap Between Arab Parents and Children

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern February 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

With reports of drug use on the rise among young people in southwest Brooklyn, many parents in the Arab community are finding it difficult to connect with their American-born children. One mother, the Egyptian-born Aziza Hussein, decided to do something about this disconnect.

Opinion: ‘The Time has Come for American Jews to go on a Strictly Non-Kosher Diet’

Brooklyn, Food, In the News, Middle Eastern, Opinion February 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Even as the movement to boycott products from Israel in protest of that nation’s treatment of Palestinians gathers steam, The Jewish Daily Forward drew attention to another call to boycott Israeli products — this one from within the Jewish community, and for very different reasons. Shmarya Rosenberg writes in the Forward that consumers who do not want to support a hard-line anti-Zionist ultra-orthodox movement should avoid foods that bear the seal of the Badatz Yerushalayim kosher supervision, as well as that of the Brooklyn-based Central Rabbinical Congress.

From the Park51 Ruckus Comes a Mission for Interfaith Harmony

From the Park51 Ruckus Comes a Mission for Interfaith Harmony

Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern February 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

During the rancor and frayed tempers of last year’s Park51 Islamic community center controversy — during which some expressed opposition to an Islamic place of worship being placed a few blocks from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan — it was hard to imagine communal harmony as an outcome. And yetRead More

Commissioner Raymond Kelly honors officers in this undated photo from the Gotham Gazette.

‘Third Jihad’ discussion continues in ethnic and community press

Middle Eastern, Opinion February 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The fallout continued this week from the news that a film depicting American Muslims as extremists was shown to nearly 1,500 city police officers. Here’s a sampling of the coverage we came across in the city’s ethnic and community press.

Hadi Al Najjar, 24, and a native of Ibb in southwest Yemen, said even if President Saleh leaves, tribal wars will persist.

Yemen’s turmoil echoes in Bronx

Bronx, In the News, Middle Eastern, Politics October 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The turmoil of the Arab Spring has immigrants from Yemen worried about those they left behind. The return of Yemen’s president has sparked fresh violence and imposed new hardship on their families.

Egyptian American protesters chant for their right for absentee  voting in upcoming Egyptian elections on Sat., Oct. 8.

Egyptians demand the #right2vote

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, New York, North African, Politics October 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Egyptian Americans demand their right to absentee vote in Egyptian elections, the first after the ouster of the Mubarak regime.

Afghan women in N.Y. reflect on 10-year war

In the News, Middle Eastern, New York October 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

In a new survey and interviews, women who have moved to New York City from Afghanistan say they prefer their new lives in the United States and fear the return of the Taliban. Many fear the consequences for women when troops withdraw.