A Special Take Action Edition

Posted on May 14, 2013
The Arab American Institute is collecting stories of American citizens who have been harassed, detained, or deported when attempting to enter Israel or Palestine. If you've personally been targeted by Israeli authorities in such an incident, fill out our Israel Border Harassment Reporting Form. All personal information will be kept private and stories will not be distributed without your expressed permission. As we make the case for why we should not reward Israel with visa waivers, we need to hear from you about personal accounts of Americans who have been unjustly denied entry based solely on their ethnicity, religion, political activism. We have a duty to educate our members of Congress, and let them know about the injustices at the border.
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We Won’t Back Down

Posted on May 08, 2013
After a drone strikes his village, Yemeni activist Farea Al-Muslimi comes to Washington to have a word with the Senate; physicist Stephen Hawking joins the academic boycott of Israel; former SC Governor Mark Sanford finds redemption; and if you've been harassed at Israel's border, we want to hear from you.
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Wavering on Visa Waivers

Posted on April 30, 2013
In the face of overwhelming evidence that the Bush Administration systematically tortured detainees in violation of American law and international treaty obligations, Obama’s mantra has been that he prefers to “look forward, not back.” Unfortunately for the President, his determination to forget that these crimes happened does not erase them.
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An American Citizen is an American Citizen

Posted on April 24, 2013
Those are the words of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice concerning Israeli treatment of Arab American citizens who are denied entry or subjected to heightened scrutiny at Israeli borders, an issue we have written about several times and raised with US officials on countless occasions.
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For Boston, Gibran and the Year Ahead

Posted on April 16, 2013
We were all Bostonians last night as we looked on in horror at the senseless attacks on our fellow Americans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Boston and to those directly affected by yesterday's horrible tragedy.
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From Cairo to New York: More of the Same

Posted on April 02, 2013

More of the Same from the NYPD

Within days of his appointment, the new Chief of New York’s Police Department (NYPD), Philip Banks III, came out in defense of the department’s controversial Stop-and-Frisk program. Stop-and-Frisk gives officers the authority to search people they believe may be committing a crime. It has also been revealed that the NYPD keeps a record of those it stopped, regardless of innocence. Banks, who is third in line behind Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, called Stop-and-Frisk...

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Mixed Opinions on Obama’s Middle East Trip

Posted on March 26, 2013
President Obama has returned to Washington from his trip to the Middle East last week, and reactions have been decidedly mixed. Obama seemed to genuinely impress and charm the Israeli public, succeeding in sending the message that he has a real understanding of Israeli history and culture.
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Iraq: We Wouldn’t Do That Again

Posted on March 19, 2013
Or would we? Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, and it’s an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we let a small group of neo-conservatives capitalize on the fear of terrorism to launch our country into an unnecessary and counterproductive war.
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We Met With President Obama

Posted on March 12, 2013
Obama’s trip to the Middle East doesn’t officially start until next week, but he has already been hearing from key constituencies. Yesterday, the President hosted an Arab American meeting with community leaders at the White House. Pretty cool, huh? Well, it was about time!
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