Battle of the Palates in the Middle East

Still from the film Make Hummus Not War

by James M. Dorsey Nothing in a swath of land stretching from the Atlantic coast of Africa to China is undisputed. Food is often emblematic of disputes over identity, history and political claims that underlie an arc of crisis wracked… Continue Reading  

Taking the US Commission on International Religious Freedom from Bad to Worse

US Commission on International Religious Freedom (State Department)

by James J. Zogby The GOP’s appointment of prominent purveyors of anti-Muslim hatred to positions on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is both disturbing and instructive. It exposes the cynical and misguided approach Republicans have taken to… Continue Reading  

Week of Horrors in Palestine

Palestinian injured in Gaza protests

by James J. Zogby This has been a week of horrors in Palestine. On Monday, 63 mostly young Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli snipers. Another 2,700 were injured, mostly by live fire or tear gas. Adding insult to this… Continue Reading  

Palestinians: Still The Invisible Victims

Gazans at the Rafah border (via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick “It didn’t have to be this way,” writes Jim Zogby in the new preface to the reissue of his 1981 book, Palestinians, The Invisible Victims: Political Zionism and the Roots of Palestinian Dispossession. There were, a century… Continue Reading  

What Is Facebook Trying to Do?

Mark Zuckerberg giving 2018 Facebook keynote address (Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

by James J. Zogby This week, Facebook made a rather strange and disturbing set of announcements. In response to concerns raised by several civil rights organizations—including my own, the Arab American Institute—about hate groups using their platform to harass and at… Continue Reading