Communications Director, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Raed is an Arab American political advocate, media analyst, and architect. Since his immigration to the United States in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to US-Arab relationships. Raed gained national attention after an incident in 2006 at John F. Kennedy International Airport when he was prevented from boarding a flight while wearing a t-shirt with the text "We Will Not Be Silent" in English and Arabic. ADC contacted the Department of Transportation at the time and initiated an investigation into the matter. In January 2009, both the airline and the TSA paid Raed a settlement that ranks among the largest of its kind since Sept. 11, 2001. Given his personal and professional experiences with issues that impact Arab Americans, Raed is a sought after analyst who frequently appears on English and Arabic media outlets.
Raed Jarrar came to the United States in 2005 and has worked on many Iraq-related projects – as a translator, interpreter, consultant, and political analyst. Since the summer of 2006, Jarrar has been active as the Iraq Project Director of the San Francisco-based NGO, Global Exchange where he works at bridging the gap between Iraqi leaders and U.S. Congress members by arranging series of face-to-face meetings between U.S. and Iraqi leaders and facilitating the publication of op-eds and policy papers by Iraqi leaders in U.S. newspapers.
Jarrar is also an analyst and contributing writer for Foreign Policy in Focus and a member of the steering committee of the NY-based coalition United For Peace and Justice.
He maintains his own popular web-log that includes political analysis and news summary regarding and has been featured as an Iraq expert on several media outlets including CNN, CNNi, Aljazeera, Al-Alam, BBC, Democracy Now, Pacifica, BBC, NPR, CBC, CBS, and Fox.