- Fusion: Amazing Dance Party Shuts Down Anti-Muslim Protesters During Anaheim Eid Celebration [July 11, 2016]
- Los Angeles Times: In Anaheim’s Little Arabia, Muslims and non-Muslims are breaking bread to break the ice [July 1, 2016]
- KPCC: This Ramadan, breaking the fast while getting to know a new country [July 1, 2016]
- Voice of OC: Anaheim to Fly LGBT Flag in Solidarity With Orlando Shooting Victims [June 22, 2016]
- New University: In Little Arabia, Community Begins and Ends at its Roots [April 19, 2016]
- New University: #RefugeesWelcome – Monica Curca is rewriting the way refugees are being resettled in Orange County [April 5, 2016]
- Los Angeles Times: Local Syrians getting support [November 22, 2015]
- Munchees: Little Arabia is an Edible Oasis in Southern California [October 9, 2015]
- Daily Pilot: Little Arabia provides tastes, comforts of home [May 1, 2015]
“It is important to officially designate Little Arabia district in order to recognize the contributions of Arab Americans to Anaheim both economically an culturally,” Al-Dabbagh said.
- Voice of OC: Anaheim Police Face Scrutiny Over Cell Phone Spying [March 23, 2015]
“I didn’t know this was happening,” said Rashad Al-Dabbagh, an Anaheim resident and vocal supporter of the city’s Little Arabia business district, when told about the lawsuit. “It’s troubling because we, especially in our community, we’ve been under surveillance for a while.”
- KPCC: Should the US census count Arab Americans differently [February, 2015]
“In a post-9/11 world, a lot of people felt they’re not treated as white,” Al-Dabbagh said. “Arabs and Middle Easterners are not treated as white at the airport, they are not treated as white at the workplace, they are not treated as white at the house of worship. So to pretend we are white is not going to cut it anymore.”
- FiveThirtyEight: The U.S. Census is Trying To Get a More Accurate Count of Arab Americans [November 24, 2014]
The first Rashad Al-Dabbagh saw a census form, he didn’t know how to respond.
Sex? Male. Age? 20. But race? Al-Dabbagh, who moved to the United States from Saudi Arabia in 1998, scanned the 2000 census form looking for himself. He wasn’t white or black or Chinese or Samoan or any of the 10 other categories listed.
- OC Register: Eid Festival returns to Anaheim to mark end of Ramadan [July 31, 2014]
- OC Weekly: Dana Rohrabacher Tweets His Love for New Strongman Egyptian Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [May 30, 2014]
- Public Radio International: Heading to Disneyland? Now you can stop by the Middle East on the way [February 26, 2014]
- OC Register: Muslims getting more politically active [May 31, 2013]
For many election cycles, the Arab American Caucus of the California Democratic Party gathered in small conference rooms at party conventions, listened to speeches, made a few endorsements and went home. This year, something different happened. “The room was packed,” said Rashad Al-Dabbagh of Anaheim, who attended the state party convention in April as a member of the Arab caucus.
- OC Weekly: The 5 Best People Running this Weekend to Become an Assembly Delegate to the Democratic Party of Orange County [January 11, 2013]
Faithful readers will remember Al-Dabbagh as one of the people trying to get to designate an official district instead of the de facto one that exists. And while we’re still not too happy with him being a big fan of Anaheim councilmember , we forgive him for being on top of all the shit in the . He’s running in the .
- OC Weekly: Group Plans To Protest Arab American Festival in Garden Grove This Weekend Because Founder Supports Syrian Dictator [September 27, 2012]
In his website, Happy Arab News Service, community activist Rashad Al-Dabbagh writes a post titled 6 Reasons To Boycott OC’s Arab Festival. The festival runs from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, and the protest is planned for Saturday evening.
- Associated Press: Arab-Americans organize ahead of 2012 elections [August 24, 2012]
Rashad Al-Dabbagh of the Syrian American Council said politicians showing support for Palestinians – whether by fully backing a two-state solution or just toning down pro-Israel rhetoric – will capture the support of their community. “Even if it’s small, it will make a difference on the Arab side,” Al-Dabbagh said. Capitalizing on concentrations in strategic states might be the Arab-American community’s best chance at gaining political clout.
- Foreign Policy Association: Exclusive Interview: Rashad Al-Dabbagh of the Syrian American Council [May 21, 2012]
The following interview was conducted by Foreign Policy Blog’s Rob Lattin with the Syrian American Council’s (SAC) Communications Director Rashad Al-Dabbagh.
- KGTV San Diego: State Politicians Taking Money From Man Tied To Dictator [May 17, 2012]
Rep. Darrel Issa among those who received donations from Dr. Hazem Chehabi. “Dr. Hazem Chehabi represents the Assad regime,” said Rashad al-Dabbagh, the communications director for the Syrian American Council. Chehabi has admitted a childhood friendship with current Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad. The United Nations claims Assad is murdering his people to retain control.
- KPCC: SoCal Syrians call for removal of UC Irvine foundation trustee, supporter of Assad government [March 15, 2012]
People have been calling for Chehabi’s removal for a little over a year. Thursday night, the Associated Students organization on UC Irvine’s campus voted on a resolution regarding Chehabi’s ousting — and according to Rashad Al-Dabbagh, communications director for the Syrian-American Council, that resolution has passed.
- Daily Pilot: Fundraiser for Syrian protesters set for Sunday [January 28, 2012]
Majd Jadaan, the sister-in-law of al-Assad’s brother, Maher al-Assad, left the country before the uprising began March 15, said Rashad Al-Dabbagh, communication director of the Syrian American Council (SAC).
- OC Weekly: Little Arabia Grows Up [January 26, 2012]
“It should be viewed as a positive thing for Anaheim, not ‘Arabization’ or ‘Islamization,'” says Al-Dabbagh, communications director for the Syrian American Council. “In fact, we’re more interested in bringing non-Arabs to these restaurants. There are a lot of reasons why people visit Anaheim. They come for an Angels game, to watch a hockey game or to go to Disneyland. The idea is when someone is coming to Anaheim to watch an Angels game, let’s have them stop by Little Arabia and have lunch.”
- KPCC: A view from Little Arabia [May 3, 2011]
KPCC staff videographer Grant Slater caught up with blogger Rashad Al-Dabbagh of the Happy Arab News Service yesterday in Anaheim’s Little Arabia, where Al-Dabbagh was at a restaurant when he first heard news of Osama bin Laden’s death in Pakistan. Now, he said, “with the death of Osama bin Laden, the person who symbolized terror, we should move forward.”
- Aljazeera’s The Stream: A Syrian Revolt in Orange County? [April 19, 2011]
We spoke with Rashad Al Dabbagh, who is an Arab-American who lives in Orange County, for some context. He spoke with us about the role of sectarianism in the debates.
- Daily Pilot: Chance to reach Arab voters [Sept. 4, 2010]
Rashad Al-Dabbagh, a NAAP board member, said the 68th Assembly District has a large Arab American community, one that comes out to vote. “We’re just providing both candidates a forum to explain what their agenda is, why they should be elected, and we want to make sure that the Arab American community’s concerns are met and their questions are answered,” Al-Dabbagh said.
- Los Angeles Times: Assembly race casts light — and heat — on candidate with Mideast roots [Aug. 23, 2010]
The old blog post has fueled a campaign by Arab American activists and Nguyen supporters against the “self-hating Mansoor.” In one e-mail about Nguyen’s fundraiser, community activist Rashad al-Dabbagh urged people to “defeat racist Allan Mansoor!!!”
“It’s offensive that he’s denying his own heritage,” al-Dabbagh said. “If Barack Obama said I’m white because my mom is white, what would the African American community do, would they be offended by that?”
- OC Register: OC Arabs abuzz over new Miss USA [May 18, 2010]
Rashad Al-Dabbagh, a community leader and U.S. Census worker from Anaheim who was born in Saudi Arabia, said the news feeds on social-media sites he checks have lit up with enthusiastic posts. “Every time I log onto Facebook and Twitter, the entire news feed is about it,” he said. “People congratulating each other over text messages. Everyone is excited that America is talking about an Arab – and it has nothing to do with war or terrorism.”
- NPR: Arab American Census Activists Say: Check it Right [March 29, 2010]
The census is making a big push this year to count Arab-Americans. In California, it hired Rashad Al-Dabbagh to get the word out.
- OC Register: Arabs’ ‘You ain’t White’ push goes national [March 25, 2010]
Newsweek’s Web site ran a homepage story on the campaign and a segment ran on National Public Radio. “This was the whole point of the campaign, to get the word out,” said Rashad Al-Dabbagh, a committee member from Anaheim and a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. “We don’t want this work to stop here; we want it to be heard across the nation.”
- OC Register: OC Arabs told for Census: ‘You ain’t White [Feb 5, 2010]
“Estimates are that there are more than three times as many Arabs in America as was estimated by the 2000 census,” said Rashad Al-Dabbagh, a U.S. Census Bureau partnership specialist from Anaheim.
- OC Register: OC hookah parlor owners raise money for Palestinians [Jan. 29, 2009]
“These are places that I frequent and I’ve been talking to the owners about what we could do to help the civilians of that area,” said organizer Rashad al-Dabbagh, 27, of Anaheim. “We decided to try and not make it political and focus on whatever we could do to help the civilian population,” said al-Dabbagh, who is the son of a Palestinian father and Armenian mother and regional director of California Young Democrats.