Posted on July 18, 2006 in Press Releases

AAI Reiterates its Calls for a Ceasefire; Appointment of Special Envoy by President Bush

Washington — Arab American leaders from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. Wednesday July 19th as part of an Emergency Summit on the Middle East being organized by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

Arab American Congressmen Nick Rahall (D-WV), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ray LaHood (R-IL), and Charles Boustany (R-LA) will host a town hall meeting with members of Congress to hear about the situation in Lebanon and Gaza from the perspective of Arab Americans. Delegates will also meet with the State Department’s Catherine Barry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services about the evacuation of the approximately 25.000 U.S. citizens trapped by the fighting.

WHO: National Arab American Leaders

WHAT: Crisis in Lebanon and Palestine: AAI’s Emergency Summit

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19 12:00 NOON

WHERE: Contact Valerie Smith at (202) 429-9210 ext. 14 or

Additionally, AAI will be helping organize emergency meetings across the country to help Arab Americans meet with their members of Congress and congressional staff in their home districts.

Separately, AAI reiterates its call for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing violence in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and Israel and urges the Bush Administration to appoint a special envoy to the region to address the spiraling violence.

AAI continues to receive disturbing reports of American citizens who have been trapped amidst the fighting, including many Arab Americans who traditionally visit extended family in the Middle East during the summer. AAI is compiling a database of individuals and families trapped in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip and continues to monitor their situation.

AAI again calls on the Bush Administration to appoint a special envoy with the full authority of the President to the region.

To view pictures of profiles of Americans trapped in Lebanon and Gaza, visit here

For the contact information of those trapped, please contact Natasha Tynes at the Arab American Institute, (202) 429-9210 ext. 26 or


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