Miami - Florida, It is with regret we inform you that the Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit, scheduled for November 3-4 in Orlando, Florida, has been unilaterally canceled by the Doubletree Hilton Hotel at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.
The stated reason for this last-minute unilateral cancellation is security. Yet, we believe this to be part of an overarching and systematic machine vowing to shut down all Arab American voices.
The cancellation followed claims that the hotel received calls in recent days with: “questions about the event taking place at the Hotel next weekend.” The calls referenced the event being in different media channels and “expressed surprise that Hilton would host such an event at this time.“
“Arab Americans have long been subjected to negative stereotypes in the media and by elected officials, leading to a distorted public image,” said Warren David, president of Arab America and Co-Founder of the Arab America Foundation. “The recent developments in Palestine have unfortunately fueled even more disparaging narratives, resulting in the cancellation of our summit at the hotel. It’s almost ironic that we find ourselves rejected for the very principles we uphold, advocating against discrimination based on our Arab American identity.”