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The term Middle Eastern Americans refers to immigrants and their native-born descendants who trace their ancestry to the Middle East and North Africa. In other words, they come from the 22 countries that form the Arab League, and the non-Arab countries: Iran, Israel, and Turkey. Middle East & Middle Eastern First, we must tackle this set of terms, as we’ve used it already in the intro. The Middle East is a region, revolving around the countries which surround the Arabian Peninsula, the large peninsula to the northeast of Africa that is a western part of Asia .