Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Impact of Foreign Policy on Arab-Americans

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Impact of Foreign Policy on Arab-Americans

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THE IMPACT OF FOREIGN POLICY ON ARAB-AMERICANS

"We can no longer afford to be silent. We can no longer afford to be invisible," said Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), addressing ADC conferencegoers at a June 9 luncheon. Speaking of the necessity of becoming active participants in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy, McKinney argued that taking firm and prominent stances on important issues is the only way to give voice to both the Arab-American and African-American communities. McKinney also spoke of the urgent need to build a relationship between the two American communities, stressing the positive results inherent in coalition building. Consolidating efforts and resources is necessary, she said, to gain any real visibility and progress, and consequent substantial success, in the political domain.

Taking a rather different route in his discussion of U.S. foreign policy, former Congressman Paul Findley (R-IL) commented on the relationship of the United States with Israel, and American perception of what he described as "an outlaw state." Stating that Israel manages to get away with the "brutal subjugation of Palestinians because it is massively and unconditionally backed by the United States," Findley attributed such support to the fact that most Americans have been grossly misled into viewing Muslims as dangerous to both America and Israel. …

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