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Being Arab or Muslim is not probable cause for NYPD spying
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by Linda Sarsour

I learned a few days ago that the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division labeled my non-profit organization a “Terrorism Enterprise.”




RIP Helen Thomas: Trailblazing Reporter
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By Garibaldi

It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Helen Thomas, who is being remembered in various media outlets for her amazing coverage of the White House as a trailblazing reporter who asked the tough questions.




Muslim, Arab-American Groups Say Banks Closing Accounts Without Explanation
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Two groups are seeking answers to what they say is a growing practice of Muslim and Arab-American groups having their bank accounts closed without cause or explanation.




Arab International Festival in Dearborn is canceled in wake of religious tensions
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After growing religious tensions between some Christian missionaries and local Muslims, the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn has been canceled for this year, organizers said Friday.




Another protest of ‘radical Islam’ planned Saturday in Dearborn
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The Order of the Dragon, a pro-Israeli group, is planning the 3 p.m. demonstration to call attention to the “implementation of Sharia” or Islamic law in some court rulings, said Frank Fiorello, the head of the group’s Michigan chapter.




Long Island Muslims fear their congressman’s hearings could flame Islamophobia
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The top issue on everyone’s mind this month at the Islamic Center of Long Island was this: What could be done to stop planned congressional hearings on alleged hidden radicalism among American Muslims and mosques?




As a white American convert, let me tell you about Islam
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We’re all bombarded on a daily basis with the latest in sports, political and world news, and we often take the initiative to look further into stories and topics that interest us. So why is it that one of the most significant topics of the past decade continues to also be one of the most misunderstood?




When an Arab Enclave Thrived Downtown
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A drawing, “The Syrian Colony, Washington Street,” by W. Bengough, depicts a turn-of-the-century street scene not far from the focus of the current debate over an Islamic center. Conjure, for a moment, a place just steps from City Hall but a world apart. Salaam.




Obama Says Mosque Upholds Principle of Equal Treatment
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President Obama said on Saturday that in defending the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near Ground Zero he “was not commenting” on “the wisdom” of that particular project, but rather trying to uphold the broader principle that government should “treat everybody equally” regardless of religion.




Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site
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After weeks of avoiding the high-profile battle over the center — his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said last week that the president did not want to “get involved in local decision-making” — Mr. Obama stepped squarely into the thorny debate.