Mary Ann Weston explores the history of the Seraj Library Project, a non-profit founded by Estephan and Laurie Salameh that created eight libraries across the West Bank including branches in Palestinian refugee camps.
Jesse Sbaih, the Nevada Congressional candidate who said he was discouraged from running by Sen. Harry Reid because of his Muslim faith, lost badly in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Sbaih, whose Palestinian-refugee parents immigrated from Jordan when Jesse was 11, got 12.81 percent of the vote compared with 62.19 percent for Jacky Rosen, Reid’s hand-picked candidate. Both were seeking office for the first time. Rosen in president of a Henderson, Nevada synagogue. In March Sbaih made news when he asserted Reid told him, “You are not going to be able to win because you are a Muslim.”
Mondoweiss interviews Jesse Sbaih, a Nevada attorney running for Congress in the state’s open Third District race. Sbaih contends Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, whose support is crucial for Democrats in Nevada, told him: “You’re not going to be able to win because you are a Muslim.” Sbaih would be the first Muslim Arab in Congress.