Archive For The “Arabs of Chicagoland” Category

Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s

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Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s

Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s Looking back at Chicago in the 1960s and the racial tensions that divided Blacks and Whites, I decided to write a book about that experience. White Flight, which I titled “Midnight Flight: One family’s experience of White Flight and the racial transformation of Chicago’s South Side (an online novel)”…

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Remembering Billy Graham and Christian Arabs

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Remembering Billy Graham and Christian Arabs

Remembering Billy Graham and Christian Arabs The Rev. William “Billy” Franklin Graham Jr. died this week at the age of 99. During his life, Graham once held the Palestinian Christians of Bethlehem in the highest esteem. And when my mother passed through one of his evangelical conventions one day, Graham held her hand high up…

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Macy’s announces new line of Muslim clothing

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Macy’s announces new line of Muslim clothing

Macy’s announces new line of Muslim clothing Muslims continue to grow as a community and its not surprising that Muslims are not only being targeted as voters by politicians, but also as retail consumers by businesses. One of the latest businesses to appeal to Muslims is Macy’s one of the nation’s largest retail department stores…

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How racism infects the American mainstream news media

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How racism infects the American mainstream news media

How racism infects the American mainstream news media Racism dominates the mainstream American news media and there are examples of this everyday in news stories that the media promotes. The real tragedy is that most Arab Americans don’t care and do nothing about it. Instead, they prefer to be led by their noses against populist…

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Qataif, Arabic folded pancake filled with walnuts, syrup

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Qataif, Arabic folded pancake filled with walnuts, syrup

Qataif, Arabic folded pancake filled with walnuts, syrup Recipe: One of the most popular Arabian sweet dishes is Qataif (Atayef, Qatayef) which is made with a pancake shell folded over a filling of crushed walnuts, brown sugar and syrup). Who can say “no” to Qataif? By Ray Hanania One of the most popular Arabian sweet…

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Arab Americans winning more respect from elected officials

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Arab Americans winning more respect from elected officials

Arab Americans winning more respect from elected officials For many years, Arab Americans were frequently abused by politicians who targeted them in mudslinging tirades and public attacks. In 2000, Hillary Clinton returned money from an Arab Muslim organization because pro-Israel fanatics accused them of supporting terrorism. The charge was false but Clinton returned the money…

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Who are the Arabs of the Southwest Suburbs?

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Who are the Arabs of the Southwest Suburbs?

Who are the Arabs of the Southwest Suburbs? The recent personal attacks against a trustee in Palos Township has sparked a discussion about who are the Arabs of Chicagoland. I have spent most of my life studying and writing about the American Arab community, authoring dissertations and studies on them at Northern Illinois and the…

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Thanksgiving, Arab American style

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Thanksgiving, Arab American style

Thanksgiving, Arab American style Remembering back to the 1960s when Arab Americans had hope for freedom and racism in America was focused elsewhere. Thanksgiving was a feast in Arab American homes in the 1960s and 1970s before politics, hatred, racism and Israeli violence created a refugee crisis By Ray Hanania Thanksgiving is a special holiday…

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Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered

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Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered

Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered M. Cherif Bassiouni recently passed away, ending a life of struggle against justice including for the rights of Palestinians. Bassiouni was one of two great icons who mentored me into activism for Palestinian rights when I was younger. What they once represented is often difficult to find in today’s…

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Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township

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Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township

Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township Sharon Brannigan, a trustee in the Chicago suburb of Palos Township, offended Arabs and Muslims with broad stroke comments about immigration that pointed a finger at their race and religion. But Brannigan apologized this week, reiterating apologies she issued twice before saying that she is not…

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