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25 Jul, 2014

Why We Called for a Boycott of the White House Iftar | Huffington Post


As the media relations specialist of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, I wrote up the statement last week declaring our boycott of all 2014 government iftars and calling on community leaders to do the same. The statement made ADC the first American organization to formally boycott this year’s events. ADC has historically engaged with the government on policy changes and will continue to do so. This time, however, we advocated for a boycott not because we believed that it would result in any type of significant policy change, but because we felt that it was inappropriate for us to be accepting iftar invitations from the government while our brothers and sisters were being killed in Gaza — including family members of the American constituents we claim to represent.

We also felt that it was hypocritical of the government to host us for dinners, when the names of Muslim and Arab community leaders that the NSA spied on — solely for their religious and racial backgrounds and in violation of their civil rights — came to light only days prior.

Read the rest: Why We Called for a Boycott of the White House Iftar | Amani Al-Khatahtbeh.