"With the Oslo peace process underway, Israel prospered, with dramatic increases in foreign investment. Meanwhile, cut off from Jerusalem, their economic hub, and denied the freedom to import raw materials or export finished products, the Palestinian economy languished - with little understanding from U.S. officials or media."
"Hollywood, in particular, has an Arab and Muslim problem with negative stereotypes abounding. But our political culture is no better. For more than a decade now, some political leaders have been engaged in poisonous discourse targeting Arabs and Muslims—culminating in recent years in the mass movement to block the building of an Islamic Community Center in lower Manhattan, a rash of referenda and legislation to block the imposition of Sharia law in over two dozen states, and declarations by presidential candidates insisting that Muslims would have to take special loyalty oaths before allowing them into public service. And it has been revealed that many in our military and law enforcement agencies have received deeply flawed and biased training about Arabs and Muslims. And while this hate has had devastating consequences for Arabs and Muslims—in crimes against their persons and rights, discrimination, and profiling—the purveyors of the hate have received nary a slap on the wrist."
"The recent move by King Abdullah to publicly support investigative journalism and journalists is a step in the right direction. However, for this step to be translated into action on the ground, a number of legislative and administrative actions needs to be taken by both government and journalists so that the media can assume their proper role as the fourth estate."