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Statement on conflicts abroad, impact on Michigan communities

October 23, 2023

Media Contact: 
Jada Fisher

Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs statement on conflicts abroad, impact on Michigan communities

The Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs (CMEAA) condemns the recent uptick of Islamophobic and anti-Arab harassment of our Middle Eastern American (MEA) communities in Michigan. According to the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, “Students are reporting being expelled, removed from classes, asked to go home and change their clothes, being monitored and policed for their social media posts, subjected to violent attacks on campus, losing job opportunities, being placed on blacklisting websites, targeted for pro-Palestinian speech and activism.” This climate of fear and hatred is particularly dangerous in the Detroit metropolitan area given that it is home to the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States. 

The Office of Global Michigan, along with the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and the Michigan Immigrant and Refugee Council, stand in solidarity with CMEAA against the abhorrent acts of hate and discrimination that are distressing the MEA communities in Michigan.

CMEAA stands for a Michigan that is welcoming, inclusive, and safe for all. We call on all communities in Michigan to come together and reject Islamophobia, bigotry, and hatred as we hope for an end to the conflict in the Middle East.

If you would like to submit a complaint to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, you may use the online complaint form, call 1-800-482-3604, or email If you would like assistance filing your complaint reach out to CMEAA at