Middle Eastern

Arab-Americans will be able to identify themselves as Arab when they fill out their 2020 U.S. Census form if a proposal to change the form is adopted. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Counting Arab Americans Correctly

Brooklyn, Demographics, Middle Eastern January 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Arab Americans should be able to check off a new designation of “Arab” on the 2020 U.S. Census, Linda Sarsour urges in an email, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Students at Progress High School in Brooklyn videoconference with counterparts in the Kurdistan region in Iraq. (Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Students in Kurdistan and Brooklyn ‘Meet’ Via Video

Brooklyn, Education, Middle Eastern, Youth December 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Students in Irbil, Iraq and Brooklyn, NY met via a videoconference sponsored by Global Nomads Group to learn how their counterparts live.

Steven Salaita, Katherine Franke and Sarah Aly (l. to r.) listen to a question at an event on the silencing of critics of Israel within academia, at Brooklyn College, on November 20, 2014. (Photo by Matt Surrusco for Voices of NY)

Discussing Free Speech at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Voices' Picks November 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American scholar who lost a tenured job offer over tweets criticizing Israel, spoke at a panel discussion at Brooklyn College.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Miriam Fogelson via Colorlines)

Arab American Activist on Racism and Ferguson

African American, Middle Eastern, Muslim October 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour visited Ferguson, Missouri, recently and in an interview with Colorlines reflects on the connections between communities suffering from racism and violence.

Folk band Vatan (Photo via Vatan Facebook page)

Iranian Artists Come to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern September 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Music, storytelling and photography will blend the traditional and the modern.

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.