Iman Jodeh for Colorado assembly bid

AAJ Endorse and Supports Iman Jodeh for Colorado State Assembly

إيمان جوده مرشحه لمنطقة 41 في مجلس كلورادو الإستشاري

Arab American Journal Publisher/ Editor-In-Chief Mazen Kherdeen and staff endorse and support Iman Jodeh for Colorado House District 41. We call on all our readers, volunteers and friends to support Iman. Iman's father Mohamed Jodeh/ Abu Nidal, May God Bless His Soul, was one of the Arab and Muslim Colorado communities' leaders.

Recent Arab & Muslim Americans involvement in U.S. politics

RECENT ARAB & MUSLIM AMERICANS INVOLVEMENT IN U.S. POLITICS by Michael Curtis at American Thinker

RECENT ARAB & MUSLIM AMERICANS INVOLVEMENT IN U.S. POLITICS by Michael Curtis at American Thinker

RECENT ARAB & MUSLIM AMERICANS INVOLVEMENT IN U.S. POLITICS by Michael Curtis at American Thinker

Arab Countries Flags

 Until 2000 Arab-Americans were little interested in elections, but in 2000 they fielded 700 candidates in local, state, and national contests, 92 from Texas. At that time, 153 were elected, all for local offices, and none for state or federal level. With 9/11 Arab-American and Muslims were less likely to go public.

Before 2018, there were fewer than 300 Arab-Americans in political office. But in 2018 there appears to be a breakthrough. One survey holds that about 95% of eligible Muslims voted, and that 55 Muslims were elected to some form of public office.

Current estimates are that 128 Arab-Americans ran at all levels from precinct captain to senator. Forty-six Arab-Americans ran for a number of positions at state and local government level. Twenty-five Arab-Americans ran for seats in the House, the Senate, or for governorship. They were overwhelmingly Democratic. Sixteen lost in primaries,

Twelve were on the ballots, and nine were elected, and another was re-elected. These included two Muslim Arab women: Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, daughter of Somali refugees; and Rashida Tlaib, daughter of Palestinian immigrants, in Michigan, the first Palestinian and Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

Omar, previously a member of the Minnesota state legislature, wears a hijab, the first to be worn in the House, and had often spoken polemically of "apartheid Israel." Two other Arab-America women won in Florida; Donna Shalala in the 2nd District and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the 26th District. who won closely by one percentage point. Various other Arab-Americans were elected and re-elected, including Ralph Abraham in Louisiana for the third time with 67% of the vote, and Chris Sununu who won his second term as governor of New Hampshire. In Michigan, Abdul el Sayed, backed by the Muslim Brotherhoood, became governor.

There also appears to be a change in political disposition of Arab-Americans. In 2000, they voted 72% for George W, Bush, 8% for Al Gore, and 14% for Ralph Nader. In 2018, 78% voted Democratic, 17% Republican. Arab-American women are more likely to support Democrats than men are. In surveys, 46% consider themselves liberal on social issues. and 35% say they are conservative. Yet, 40% consider themselves liberal on fiscal issues compared with 43% conservative.

It is a crucial sign of changing times that more than half of Arab-Americans say they had become more interested in politics since 2016, and 55% are more actively involved in politics. Muslims, about 42%, say they are somewhat or very involved in activities at a mosque or Islamic Center. As always, the future is unpredictable.

Article written by  by Michael Curtis at AmericanThinker

 https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/11/arab_americans_and_muslims_in_us_politics.html#ixzz6B6HwEkjC  

RECENT ARAB & MUSLIM AMERICANS INVOLVEMENT IN U.S. POLITICS by Michael Curtis at American Thinker

RECENT ARAB & MUSLIM AMERICANS INVOLVEMENT IN U.S. POLITICS by Michael Curtis at American Thinker

 

Undocumented Colorado immigrant driver’s license is availabl

Undocumented Colorado immigrant driver’s license is available now at 10 locations

Undocumented Immigrants driver's License

 Starting in January, people living in the U.S. illegally will be able to get driver’s licenses at nine locations in Colorado, a dramatic expansion for a program that’s been hobbled since its roll out more than five years ago. 

The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday that its offices in Glenwood Springs, Lamar, Montrose, Pueblo and Durango will start offering appointments for the licenses Jan. 2. That’s in addition to DMV locations in Lakewood, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Grand Junction.

The new locations are opening because of a bill passed during this year’s legislative session requiring the DMV to offer the licenses at no fewer than 10 locations by July 2020. 

MORE: Colorado slated to offer immigrant driver’s licenses at 11 offices after governor signs bill expanding program

Two more offices — in Alamosa and Sterling — will begin offering the licenses in the coming summer. 

Colorado’s driver’s license program for people living in the U.S. illegally was initially created by the legislature in 2013 as a way to increase public safety by ensuring drivers are insured and know the rules of the road. But it was dramatically underfunded because state lawmakers underestimated demand. 

The initiative was caught in partisan gridlock for years, leading to a long backlog of people seeking appointments to get the licenses, until the 2019 legislative session.

Jesus Christ is a Palestinian . . .

By Emily Deveraux/ Arab America Contributing Writer 


This Christmas season, let’s reflect on Jesus’ life and the historical areas of that far away land. While there is a debate about who is Jesus, still, there is some evidence of his Palestinian heritage. He especially represents Palestinian culture in many of his teachings and actions.


(Watch Video by Palestinian Comedian Amer Zahr)


Born in Bethlehem 

Bethlehem is a small town, only ten kilometers south of Jerusalem; it’s the town where Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary and was laid in a manger. He was born in the heart of what is called “The Holy Land”. Around the second century (AD), believers constructed the Church of the Nativity. It was built over this specific cave because it’s believed to be Jesus’ birthplace.  

Bethlehem is religiously significant due to Jesus’ birth. However, today the city is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s Palestinian families who lived and still living in Bethlehem. However, around 2001 violence between Israel and Palestine escalated. The Palestinians in this region faced restrictions and lived in fear of violence. However,  Bethlehem isn’t simply a hostage city of this conflict. It is a historic city where Christ was born, the earliest sculpture was crafted, and the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered.

However, Jesus did not grow up in Bethlehem. If you are unfamiliar with the birth of Jesus, here is an article that explains Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem for the census, where Jesus was born! Following Jesus’ birth and some time in Bethlehem, the family traveled to Egypt to ensure Jesus’ safety from danger. 


Nazareth 

Upon the return from Egypt, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph resettled in Nazareth in northern Galilee, the home village of Mary, where she received the news of giving birth to the Messiah. Here, Jesus grew up among his family and eventually grew up to become a carpenter. He learned his carpentry skills from Joseph, who treated him as his very own son throughout Jesus’ childhood. Jesus, who was Jewish, grew up and attended the synagogue each Sabbath day in Nazareth. This region, which was regarded in the Bible as a smaller community, became the site of many remarkable milestones in Jesus’ life.

Today, Nazareth is a beautiful city!

Is Jesus Christ a Palestinian Superstar?

Is Jesus Christ Palestinian? 

Jesus’ heritage isn’t discussed often. He is commonly called Jesus of Nazareth but because countries were not named the same as their modern names at this point; although Jesus did not discuss Palestinian heritage or Arab heritage, we still know that Jesus spoke Aramaic, which is a language sharing roots with Hebrew and Arabic. Additionally, we know for sure that Nazareth, where Jesus’ human familial line is from and where he lived, was in Galilee which was recognized in Palestine. The establishment of Israel as a state has sparked controversy. However, since the land was formerly part of Palestine, it is more likely that Jesus was a descendant from the Palestinian culture, that has resided there longer. Nazareth is in the northern corner, and it is right outside of Lebanon and not too far from Syria.

Is Jesus Christ a Palestinian Superstar?

Jesus’ Palestinian Customs and Traditions

In their culture, the family is the core of the Palestinian experience. Because of inconsistencies within the government, the primary safety net for many Palestinian people is family. Additionally, the family is important in forming and maintaining identities. Children typically grow up with a sharp sense of responsibility to their family and maintain this responsibility with age. Jesus exemplified strong family values, specifically in coming to do his Father’s will. Additionally, Jesus expanded his scope of family throughout his time on earth, by seeing Apostles, friends, neighbors, and others as his family. At the time of the Crucifixion, Jesus dedicated his mother, Mary, to the disciples, who she took as sons. This demonstrates Jesus’ strong family values by unifying his friends and mother as family.

Similar to treating neighbors as family, everyone is welcomed warmly. This ties into a Palestinian value of hospitality. Arab culture in general typically upholds a strong sense of generosity and hospitality. Jesus displayed hospitality among many people, whether it was his closest friends, the poor, the tax collector or the lepers. He kept all different people as a company and offered help to all regardless of their religion or ethnicity. At the Wedding at Cana, Jesus turned water into wine for all of the guests. He demonstrated hospitality by providing all guests with wine.

Lastly, Jesus acted with great honor, like many Palestinian people. Jesus acted modestly and he remained chaste. Additionally, he upheld education in religious teachings and carpentry skills. He also served his community and his Palestinian neighbors. These are all acts of honor in Palestinian culture. Jesus emulated such values in nearly all of his teachings, and he acted with honor when he performed the miracle of healing lepers. He did a great service to his leper neighbors and did not turn a blind eye as many others have.

Many people can see Palestinian culture through the teachings of Jesus. Many people also draw on the current historical parallels, specifically regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. He was displaced and had to flee to Egypt, however, he still returned to Palestinian land. Throughout his life, he fought for human rights for all, especially the poor and disadvantaged.

Dec 2019/ Jan 2020 Printed Arab American Journal by Mazen Kherdeen

Dec 2019/ Jan 2020 Printed Arab American Journal by Mazen Kherdeen

Iman Jodeh for Colorado assembly bid

AAJ Endorse and Supports Iman Jodeh for Colorado State Assembly

Iman Jodeh for Colorado House District 41

Arab American Journal Publisher/ Editor-In-Chief Mazen Kherdeen and staff endorse and support Iman Jodeh for Colorado House District 41. We call on all our readers, volunteers and friends to support Iman. Iman's father Mohamed Jodeh/ Abu Nidal, May God Bless His Soul, was one of the Arab and Muslim Colorado communities' leaders.