FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017 Contact: Jennifer Salan firstname.lastname@example.org / 202-429-9210 Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court action regarding the Muslim Ban: Today’s announcement from the Supreme Court is a disappointment but it does not mean that bigotry has won the...
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Washington Watch: What We Didn't Know or Chose to Ignore About the '67 War
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
In June of 1967, I was in the midst of my final weeks in college when the war broke out. At the time, I knew little about the Middle East, since I was more engaged in the anti-war and civil rights movements. And so as I watched the UN Security Council debates that preceded and followed the war, I saw what was unfolding through the prism of those struggles with which I was more familiar—the one in opposition to the war in Vietnam and the other for civil rights and justice in America. As a result, I was skeptical both about the US and Israel's justifications for the war and the reporting and political commentary that followed. The story, as it was being told, was too simple and, therefore, it just didn't ring true. I knew there had to be more. Continue reading...
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Contact: email@example.com / 202-429-9210 June 23, 2017 Following the Daily Beast’s reporting that Sebastian Gorka delivered an anti-Muslim lecture to FBI officials in August 2016, long after the agency was ordered to end bigoted presentations, the Arab American Institute’s Executive Director, Maya Berry, issued the following statement about Gorka, who continues to serve...
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