The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Helen Abbott Community Service Awards. Now in its 20th year, AAIF presents awards to exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. The awards’ namesake, Helen Abbott, is remembered...
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Washington Watch: A Weakly Inflated Trial Balloon
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
This week a well-known Israeli journalist revealed what he said were "new details about the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan." His report, he said, came from notes he had obtained from an American Jewish leader who had been part of a small group of community leaders briefed by a "senior Administration official" just two weeks earlier.
Since I had heard about the briefing and anticipated the "expected leak," I began reading, preparing to be outraged. Instead I found my reaction to be somewhere between bored and amused by the content. At the same time, I was also alarmed, not so much by what was or wasn't in the "plan," but by what I suspected was the intent of the leak. Continue Reading...
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