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ADC: An Institution in Turmoil or a Community in Turmoil? Beydoun et al. Write about the community organization without writing about the community

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ADC: An Institution in Turmoil or a Community in Turmoil?
Beydoun et al. Write about the community organization without writing about the community

Every community and every organization deals with challenges. This is part of the community and organizational growth process.

ADC is not an exception.

ADC is an organization that that the “revolutionary” members of the Arab American community simply hate. They hate ADC because they want/ed ADC to be more radical, more controversial, and yes, more divisive.

They failed.

As an organization that represents Arab Americans of all national, religious, political, and ideological backgrounds, ADC has tried to focus on what can unite all Arab Americans of all backgrounds: The civil rights of Arab Americans. Many wanted ADC to be more and when that did not happen they left. They left and ADC continued to exist.

I have been involved with ADC since 2001 in different capacities. I am a member, a former ADC Michigan chapter board chair, a former chair o…

Osama Siblani and his Paper Incite Against Dearborn's Sunni Community

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Hajj 2013 and the Alleged Mina Incident with the American Dearborn Shiite Pilgrims
Uncritical Coverage/ without Context in the “Arab American” News is Sectarian Incitement
The Importance of the Proper Frame on Communal Relations

It was reported that during Hajj 2013 there was a sectarian attack against a group of Lebanese Shiite pilgrims from Dearborn. The alleged attackers were Lebanese Sunnis.
The incident was reported in a Dearborn community newspaper, Osama Siblani’s the “Arab American” News. This is an excerpt of the report from their website:
Local pilgrims assaulted by sectarian extremists at HajjBy Ali Harb
‘ Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia.
A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a pilgrim in the gro…

Hajj 2013 and the Alleged Mina Incident with the American Dearborn Shiite Pilgrims

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Hajj 2013 and the Alleged Mina Incident with the American Dearborn Shiite Pilgrims
1.4 million pilgrims, at least 140,000 Shiites
Unverified report, Sourced by activists
It is reported that during Hajj 2013 there was a sectarian attack against a group of Lebanese Shiite pilgrims from Dearborn, Michigan. The alleged attackers were Lebanese Sunnis.
Before jumping to conclusions it is important to consider two factors. 1. Was the attack truly sectarian or was it related to the politics of Lebanon?
2. Let’s not forget that there were 1.4 million making Hajj 2013 and that at least 10% of them were Shiites- that makes more than 140,000 Shiite pilgrims that performed the Hajj peacefully.

It is possible an attack happened even though there is no third party independent report on the incident so far. However there is reason for concern about the story being told in the report that appeared in the Washington Times and was written by a Pakistani Shiite activist Rahat Husain. Mr. Husain is director of…

Let’s talk about dishonesty and lack of transparency: Rana Abbas’s/The “Arab American” News Editorial

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Let’s talk about dishonesty and lack of transparency: Rana Abbas’s/The “Arab American” News Editorial
An Unrelenting Paid Campaign?
Osama Siblani and his paper The “Arab American” News “The News” are persistent in their campaign against Imad Hamad and the ADC.
The unanimous decision of the ADC national board, a board of individuals of diverse national and religious/sectarian backgrounds, decided that there is “inconclusive evidence” in the sexual harassment case against Imad Hamad. Despite that, they decided to relieve Imad of his duties as the regional director and keep him as an advisor to the ADC. I don't think this is fair to Imad but Imad has accepted it.
The decision was unanimous.
This is not good enough for Osama Siblani and it seems he will keep using his paper to keep trying to further discredit Imad and the ADC and continue the media scene for ulterior motives. In an editorial in Osama’s paper Friday 10/12/2013, an editorial seemingly written by none other than Ra…

On the Tlaib- Abbas Sexual Harassment News Conference and the community leaders standing by their side

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Rana Abbas


Osama Siblani your community’s “Charles Ayoub”
The other day I got a phone call from Lebanon.
It was from a friend of mine who moved to Lebanon a few years ago. He asked me about what is going on with Imad Hamad and ADC. I told him what I thought was happening. He responded by saying that Osama Siblani is using his newspaper, the Arab American News "the News", as a tool to attack those who don’t pay him just like it is understood in Lebanon that Charles Ayoub of the Lebanese daily Ad- Diyar uses his paper to attack those who either stop paying him or refuse to pay him.
Maybe this is the case I said.
That’s an interesting hypothesis.
Reading the way Osama’s pet newspaper is covering the ADC story and seeing Osama's antics make you wonder.
A Real Job for Rana and Grants for ACCESS?
On Thursday 10/10/2013 the website of the News had a story by Samer Hijazi entitled “Community leaders unify in support of new sexual harassment coalition.”
What do we know from this press…

Let’s talk about AAPAC and Osama Siblani’s idea of the “Arab American” community.

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Let’s talk about AAPAC and Osama Siblani’s idea of the “Arab American” community.
This is their mission as posted on their website:
AAPAC was formed by a group of Arab American professionals to organize and encourage the political activities of Arab Americans. AAPAC is non-partisan and independent from any other existing organization or interest group. Our primary concern is the Arab American Community as a whole regardless of the personal interests of any individual or group of individuals. http://www.aapac.org/
This is the current leadership of AAPAC: President: Mariam Saad Bazzi, Esq. Vice President - Internal: Ali Hammoud, Esq. Vice President - External: Zenna Elhasan, Esq. Treasurer: Osama Siblani Secretary: Mona Fadlallah, Esq.
Ask yourself, are these individuals, with due respect to each of them, representative of the Arab American community and why not? How many are Yemenis? 0 How many are Iraqi? 0 How many are Palestinians? 0 How many are Chaldeans? O How many are Christian? …

Niraj Warikoo- Where is the Arab American Community in the ADC story?

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In a Free Press article, Niraj Warikoo follows up on the issue of the ADC investigation. It seems there was a mix up as to what the outside attorney was hired to do. One thing we know is that she was charged with the investigation. It seems she was not asked to give a conclusion. Fair enough. ADC is saying its board made the decision.
Given the nature of the crusade and the vested interests in it by the Osama Dearborn gang, the crusaders would find a way to keep pushing the issue.
Let's not forget that from day one Osama Siblani said thar ADC "dropped the ball on us" and that ADC has a "credibility" issue. 
This is rich- coming from, of all people, Osama Siblani (more on Siblani in future entries).
ADC could have hired Jesus Christ and Moses to do the investigation and this would not have been enough to satisfy the accusers and attackers who have their own agenda that is far removed from women's rights, due process and justice. For one, the anti ADC/anti Im…

Osama's World: AAPAC's President is the "Community" of One Person

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Let’s talk about Osama Siblani’s Arab American “Community”

The Arab American Community of Greater Detroit? Who is it that community? As defined by Osama Siblani and his paper.

We get some insights from Osama's paper of today. I turn now to the coverage of the defamatory campaign against ADC, the American Arab anti Discrimination Committee, by Osama’s “Arab American” News. The News which came out today 10/4/2013 has a story on the ADC investigation. A subheading of the story reads “ADC investigation, community reaction.”
This is reporting on the "community reaction."  I am eager to hear from the Yemenis, the Palestinians, the Iraqis, the Tunisians, the Christians, the Muslims, the Sunnis, the Shiites, the Christians, etc.

I am setting myself for a disappointment.


 Who is the community in Osama’s world?


“The community” is the President of Osama’s AAPAC, the Arab American Political Action Committee, where Osama is the de facto president and Mariam Bazzi is the official p…