Staff Insights

Muslims and Jews Working Together Against Bigotry Targeting Our Communities — And From Within Our Communities

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. After denouncing with a rabbi an Islamophobe who was speaking at Stanford University on November 14 through a published letter to the editor of the San Jose Mercury News in which we stated, “There is… Read More

Toward Muslim-Jewish Understanding

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the public symposium “A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding” at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center on November 5th, 2017. Now I want to bring the topic of Muslim-Jewish relations into the… Read More

A Muslim Response to Anti-Semitism

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at a special Tent of Abraham event at Temple Beth El in Aptos, California on October 29th, 2017. There’s no question we’ve seen a sharp uptick in anti-Semitism over the past year. The Anti-Defamation League has reported that an… Read More

Religious literacy can fix the faulty foundation beneath Trump’s Muslim ban

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at Religion News Service. The judicial system has dealt a third legal defeat to President Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries, instituting a temporary restraining order and injunction to block its implementation. The courts brought up the question… Read More

How to end teen bullying from a Muslim who was targeted

By Ishaq Pathan, INGYouth Manager. This opinion originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. I was in seventh grade when a fellow classmate remarked, “I wonder how skinny Ishaq would be without the bomb strapped to his chest.” Looking back, I understand how this incident, which… Read More

National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health Speech

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Service’s interfaith event for the National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health on October 3rd, 2017. I want to thank the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Service for inviting our organization, Islamic… Read More

Presidential Proclamation on “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes” Motivated by Ignorance of the “Other”

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director and Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. Islamic Networks Group and its affiliates across the country don’t often engage with overtly political themes like the Trump administration’s repeated attempts to curtail entry into the United States. But on a daily… Read More

Religious Freedom and American Muslims Today

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the California Vision 2020 conference in Sacramento on Saturday, September 23, 2017. You can watch a video of Maha’s remarks here. Introduction Religious freedom is the first right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, and the Founding… Read More

When The Muslim And Jewish New Years Collide

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director and Terry Fletcher, ING Interfaith Speakers Bureau member. This opinion originally appeared at The Forward. This year both the Jewish New Year and the Islamic New Year will fall on the same day. With both faiths beginning their days at sunset, the… Read More

Education and Peer-to-Peer Engagement Curb Religion-based Bullying

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Bullying is a fact of life for too many students. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over one quarter of middle and high school students are bullied at least once… Read More
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