I met an American six-grader who wanted to leave the United States. I was speaking about fighting Islamophobia in a Columbus, Ohio mosque earlier this year, when a father pulled me aside, asking me to speak to his son in private. The boy told me he wanted to leave the […]

How The Muslim Ban Legalized Islamophobia


A week ago, a pro-Israel media monitoring group accused me of making “an unsubstantiated charge that Israel supporters are responsible” for discrimination, hate crimes, and the political exclusion of Arab Americans. Because this issue is so important to Arab Americans and because some hardline pro-Israel groups refuse to acknowledge their […]

The History of Anti-Arab Sentiment Is Too Deep, the Pain ...


After many setbacks in lower courts, the Trump administration submitted a new version of the Muslim ban to the Supreme Court on June 29th. Although the Supreme Court order explicitly stated that the ban could not be applied to close family members of U.S persons, the Trump Administration still decided […]

ADC Commends U.S. District Court of Hawaii Decision




I was made aware late yesterday of social media posts by Sharon Brannigan, a member of our Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. If these posts accurately reflect her views on diversity and inclusion, I believe she should step down from the Commission. Such viewpoints certainly do not reflect our […]

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Calls for Resignation of ...


Jack Shaheen, a researcher and writer who spent his life battling stereotypes of Arab-Americans and Muslims in pop culture, died Sunday in South Carolina. He was 81. One of Shaheen’s notable victories came in 1993, when he helped persuade Disney to change some original song lyrics in the movie Aladdin, […]

A Powerful Voice Against Arab Stereotyping, Jack Shaheen, Dies



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A rally was held in southwest suburban Palos Hills to call for a township trustee to resign for what some are calling racist social media postings. Some residents singled out trustee Sharon Brannigan for posts that have criticized some immigrant communities. She backs stricter immigration policies like what President Trump […]

Palos Township residents call for trustee’s resignation after social media ...



While, as president, Donald Trump has worked to cultivate a relationship with Arab leaders, the antipathy towards Arabs and Muslims that he and his party have cultivated in recent years continues to have a worrisome impact on American public opinion and policy. Recent polling conducted three weeks after Trump’s summits […]

Poll: Negative Campaign Against Arabs And Muslims Has Consequences



“If you are cold, put on a sweater, perhaps an overcoat, and maybe even turn up the heat,” Justice Stephen Breyer told his colleagues from the Supreme Court bench Monday. “But don’t set fire to the house.” Breyer favors deliberative rhetoric; but Monday he was, himself, in a low-key way, […]

The Supreme Court’s Ominous National Security Ruling