The Pen and the Sword

The Pen and the Sword

By AREF ASSAF

Herald News Op-Ed

The row over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad raises profound tensions – between freedom of speech and mutual respect, ethics of satire and sanctity, shared values

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Unequalled US Hypocrisy

Unequalled US HypocrisyAref Assaf

At a recent meeting with NJ Arab and Muslim leaders, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) told the attending dignitaries that he would pursue a fair and open-minded policy regarding the Palestine-Israel question. His response was directed

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Hamas: A Step forward or back?

Hamas: A Step forward or back?

Yousef Munayyer

Special to American Arab Forum

The headlines came pouring in. “Shock” was the theme in most of them- utter disbelief. To me this was the first indication that Hamas’ victory in the

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Lionizing a Hyena: On Sharon’s legacy

Lionizing a Hyena: On Sharon’s legacy

Aref Assaf

Even before his death, an incredible campaign is being waged to whitewash and cleanse the legacy and memory of Ariel Sharon. Lionizing a hyena will prove an impossible task. Sharon’s legacy shall

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Getting comfortable with being stuck

Getting comfortable with being stuck

Yousef Munayyer

Special to AAF

Before the war the ideal solution for Iraq would have been a popular revolution to remove a corrupt regime and establish a democratically elected government that would act on the

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The Cultural Misrepresentations Among Us

The Cultural Misrepresentations Among Us

Yousef Munayyer

Special to AAF

Every time I walk into a so-called “Arab” themed establishment in the United States the same question comes to mind. What ideas are we in the Arab-American community exporting about

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Embrace foreign students

Embrace foreign students

Bergen Record Op-Ed
By AREF ASSAF

THE RECORD’S coverage of foreign student decline misses the real target of the post 9/11 visa restrictions. It also fails to adequately highlight the urgent need to adopt alternative methods to

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Stoning your own glass house

Stoning your own glass house

Herald News Op-Ed
By AREF ASSAF

It is a fact that more suicide bombings by Muslim terrorists have killed more Muslims than non-Muslims. It is this realization, I believe, that may soon emerge as the

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