Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Rawan Elbaba/Jen Salan (202-429-9210).

Dearborn Community Town Hall: Rejecting Islamophobia

Posted on April 25, 2012

Dearborn Community Town Hall: Rejecting Islamophobia

Washington, DC – The Arab American Institute and local Michigan-based community partners will hold a town hall to take a stand against Islamophobia in Dearborn this Sunday, April 29. The event, entitled Rejecting Islamophobia: A Community Stand Against Hate, is expected to bring out hundreds of local community members, including various community leaders and public officials. Organizers say Dearborn has become a convenient stomping ground for anti-Muslim groups who target Michigan’s Arab American and American Muslim residents. This town hall reflects the community’s determination to stand up against what the groups identify as...

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DHS Approves TPS Request for Syrians

Posted on March 23, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Breaking News:  DHS Approves TPS Request for Syrians

Washington DC 

March 23, 2012 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), along with the Arab American Institute (AAI), United for Free Syria (UFS) and the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), welcome the decision made by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to approve the submitted Request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian nationals. 

The TPS designation will be effective for 18 months. Before the end of the TPS designation period, Secretary Napolitano will review the conditions in Syria and determine whether...

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Capitol Hill Briefing: Revitalizing the Arab Peace Initiative Ten Years Later

Posted on March 23, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Capitol Hill Briefing: Revitalizing the Arab Peace Initiative Ten Years Later

Washington, DC – March 23, 2012 – The Arab American Institute (AAI), J-Street and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a panel on Capitol Hill next Tuesday to discuss revitalizing American political efforts in favor of the stalled Arab Peace Initiative as an attainable path to Israeli-Palestine peace. Since its introduction in 2002, the historic initiative, proposed by the Arab League, has been effectively ignored by the Israeli government despite wide-held praise for the plan’s viability from the international...

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Community Groups Meet with FBI Director Mueller to Discuss Anti-Muslim Training Material

Posted on February 15, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

Washington, DC - February 15, 2012 - In a continuing effort to address concerns related to inflammatory training material, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently met with community and interfaith organizations to provide an update on steps taken by the agency to rectify the matter. On Wednesday, February 8, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Arab American Institute (AAI), Interfaith Alliance, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muflehun, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and the...

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Capitol Hill: Ashraf Khalil Briefing on Egypt one Year Later

Posted on January 26, 2012

Capitol Hill: Ashraf Khalil Briefing on Egypt one Year Later

The Arab American Institute (AAI) will host a briefing on Capitol Hill next Tuesday, January 31 to discuss the situation in Egypt one year after the uprising with renowned Egyptian journalist Ashraf Khalil. Khalil is author of the recently-published book Liberation Square: The Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation and will join AAI president James Zogby in addressing the current hurdles facing the Egyptian revolution and their implications for future relations with the U.S.

The event will broadcast on AAI's Livestream Channel

Ashraf Khalil is...

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Press Briefing: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government

Posted on October 19, 2011

Press Briefing: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government WASHINGTON - October 19, 2011 - Early next week, the Arab American Institute will hold a press briefing in its offices for the release of its newest Arab Opinion poll: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government. Across the Arab world, a remarkable consensus has emerged in support of demonstrators opposing the Syrian government. There is also near-unanimous agreement that Assad can no longer govern in Syria. These are but two of the findings of a poll to be released by the Arab...

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Founder of April 6th Youth Movement in Washington

Posted on October 13, 2011

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik Updated: October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute will host Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher, founder of Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement in Washington, DC tomorrow, October 18 in its offices for a discussion about the current status of Egypt’s youth revolution. Maher will explain the role in which the youth movement played to help spark the Egyptian revolution and the current challenges faced by pro-democracy advocates in post-Mubarak Egypt. There will be a Q and A session.

The event will be live streamed on the Arab American Institute's website

Part one:

What: A Discussion with Ahmed...

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Arab World Concerned with Iran’s Regional Role

Posted on July 21, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Arab World Concerned with Iran's Regional RoleArab American Institute releases part two of exclusive six Arab nations poll 

WASHINGTON - The Arab American Institute (AAI) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at its offices at 1600 K St, NW Suite 601 in Washington, DC, to release the findings of the latest AAI poll. Findings from the survey of six Arab nations show real concern with Iran’s current and future role in the region.

The poll surveys six Arab nations’ attitudes towards Iran and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issues. The key finding...

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U.S. Favorable Ratings Plummet Across the Arab World

Posted on July 13, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

U.S. Favorable Ratings Plummet Across the Arab World WASHINGTON - July 13, 2011 - The Arab American Institute (AAI) released the findings of a poll today conducted in six Arab nations. Commissioned promptly after President Obama's state department address on the popular uprisings in the Arab world, over 4000 people were surveyed. Four key findings of the poll are: U.S. and Obama favorable ratings are at a record low Top Arab concerns are U.S. interference in the region and the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict Killing bin Laden has not...

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National Faith Leaders to Protest Anti-Muslim Hearings

Posted on March 09, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY    CONTACT: Adam Muhlendorf, Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications202-265-3000; 202-641-6216 (c); adam@rabinowitz-dorf.comMarch 9, 2011   National Faith Leaders to Protest Anti-Muslim HearingsSenior national religious leaders of several faiths including Jews, Christians and Muslims will express their concerns about the format of Rep. Peter King's congressional hearings on the radicalization of American MuslimsWASHINGTON - Senior national religious leaders of several faiths including, Jews, Christians and Muslims will converge on Capitol Hill Thursday to protest Representative Peter King's (R-N.Y.) congressional hearings on the radicalization of the American Muslim community.  Following the House Committee on Homeland Security's hearing, the religious leaders will issue a statement voicing...

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