Amani al-Khatahtbeh Wiki – Amani al-Khatahtbeh Biography
Amani al-Khatahtbeh is an American author, activist and tech entrepreneur. She is the founder of MuslimGirl.com, a blog for Muslim women. In 2016, she was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media for her work with MuslimGirl. She was named one of the 25 most influential Muslim Americans by CNN. She unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 6th Congressional district.
Following high school, she attended Rutgers University, graduating in 2014 with a political science degree. She then worked for a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. before moving to New York and briefly working for a major media organization.
In the beginning of 2015, MuslimGirl developed a volunteer staff and saw a large increase its readership. The site logged 1.7 million hits in 2018.
In 2016, she partnered with Teen Vogue for a web series that explored issues of concern to young Muslim women.
On March 27, 2017, MuslimGirl.com created Muslim Women’s Day. Muslim Women’s Day strives to celebrate all Muslim women and center their voices in mainstream media.
Al-Khatahtbeh’s book, MuslimGirl: A Coming of Age, was released in October 2016. She was a panelist at the 2017 Brisbane Writers Festival in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
On April 4, 2020, Al-Khatahtbeh announced her candidacy in the race to represent New Jersey’s 6th congressional district, becoming the first Muslim woman in New Jersey to run for federal office. In the Democratic primary election, her opponents are the 16-term incumbent, Frank Pallone, and attorney Russ Cirincione.
Al-Khatahtbeh’s campaign platform focuses on progressive issues including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, student debt cancellation, free public university tuition, criminal justice reform, and the federal minimum wage of $15.
Amani al-Khatahtbeh Age
Amani al-Khatahtbeh is 28 years old. She was born on May 6, 1992, in New Jersey, United States.
Al-Khatahtbeh grew up in New Jersey to parents of Jordanian descent. When she was 13 years old, her family decided to move to Jordan due to concerns of increased violence against the Muslim community in the United States. After her mother fell ill, her family moved back to New Jersey to be closer to their relatives who still lived there. Back in New Jersey, she continued to feel closer to her Muslim identity and decided to wear the hijab as an act of resistance against Islamophobia. Because she didn’t have a community of young Muslim women, she decided to make her own and founded MuslimGirl.com in 2009 as a 17-year-old high school senior. With friends from her mosque, al-Khatahtbeh published blogs on the site.
A Muslim woman from New Jersey who once ran for Congress was removed from an American Airlines flight Saturday and arrested after an argument with a male passenger, she claimed on social media.
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, an activist and blogger who ran unsuccessfully for Congress this year, recounted the incident on Twitter and in a 15-minute Facebook video she took before she was taken off the Charlotte, North Carolina-bound flight.
“The last 6 hours of my life have been draining & traumatizing. Today I got arrested for the first time because a man that insisted he was ‘first class’ felt entitled to blow past me at TSA security, then have me removed from our @AmericanAir flight bc he ‘felt uncomfortable,’” she tweeted Saturday evening.
She then retweeted an image taken by another passenger apparently showing Al-Khatahtbeh being escorted away by authorities.
“Simply flying as a Muslim woman makes people uncomfortable…. unbelievable,” she wrote.
The problem, which forced everyone onboard to disembark at some point, apparently began at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport as Al-Khatahtbeh was trying to remove her shoes.
“I had the craziest experience in TSA this morning. An entitled white man behind me insisted on cutting me in line because I was ‘still taking my shoes off’,” Al-Khatahtbeh tweeted at 9:18 a.m., not long before her scheduled 9:55 a.m. flight. “When I said he could wait like everyone else, he started going off about how he’s ‘pre check’ and ‘first class’.”
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She followed up with another tweet: “Guys he made a complaint about me and @AmericanAir is attempting to remove me from the flight.” She then posted a long video to Facebook from the airplane in which a police officer tells her she is under arrest.
“Literally they called the cops on me,” she said in the clip. “This man in first class made a complaint about me because he cut me in line at TSA and now they literally have police coming to escort me off this flight right now, for no reason, literally taking this man’s word over mine.”
“He made me feel uncomfortable, this man sitting in first class. I’m a veiled Muslim woman on this flight and they’re taking his word for it.”
Al-Khatahtbeh, who did not return to emails from The Post, claimed the man who apparently complained was not removed from the flight.
Port Authority confirmed a person was removed from a flight and taken into police custody, while American Airlines told The Guardian it was “working to understand what occurred.”
The flight took off after an hour’s delay.
The TSA claimed no complaints were made about any passengers at the checkpoint, and deferred any situation on the aircraft itself as an “airline matter.”