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).

Ambassador Susan Rice to Address Arab Americans at Kahlil Gibran Awards

Posted on April 19, 2010

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and others to be honored

Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will join members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and other distinguished guests in honoring awardees at this year’s Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Marking the Arab American Institute’s (AAI) 25th Anniversary, this year’s awards gala honors four individuals and one corporation for their work promoting inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines:

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will receive the award for Individual Achievement...

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State Department: P.J. Crowley on Iraq Elections

Posted on March 26, 2010

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release March 26, 2010


Results of the Iraq National Election

Today, Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) issued the provisional results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections held on March 7. We congratulate the Iraqi people, the Iraqi government, candidates and coalitions, and IHEC for carrying out a successful election. In support of the election’s integrity, IHEC has...

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AAI and Other Civil Society Leaders Call on President Obama to Join Mine Ban Treaty

Posted on March 22, 2010

Zogby: The Middle East has long known all too well the tragic toll antipersonnel mines take on civilian populations. Our strategic interests in the region would be well served by addressing this human tragedy by signing on to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Monday, March 22, 2010 Information: Rebecca Brown 202-429-9210 or

WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders from 65 nongovernmental organizations delivered a letter to President Obama today urging the U.S. to relinquish antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty without delay.

In the

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Poll Findings Show Widening Partisan Gap on Views of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted on March 22, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rebecca Brown 202-429-9210 ext. 23

Zogby: Israel retains greater public support than the Palestinians but Americans display a deepening partisan divide on all questions related to the Middle East with Democrats holding strong negative views toward Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his current policies.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Members of Congress join the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference tonight it is interesting to note the latest polling data on American views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on U.S. national security.

The results of...

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Recap: AAI NY Town Hall Meeting on Immigration, Civil Liberties and National Security

Posted on February 17, 2010

On Wednesday, February 17, New York Arab Americans from across the city gathered in Brooklyn for a Town Hall meeting on immigration, civil liberties, and national security issues hosted by AAI and cosponsored by seven local groups serving Arab Americans in greater New York, The Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), The Arab Muslim American Federation (AMAF), The American Mideast Leadership Network (AMLN), Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC), The Salaam Club of New York, Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-New York), and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of New York (ADCNY).

Almost 200 Arab American leaders attended the forum,...

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AAI Hosting NY Town Hall Meeting on Immigration, Civil Liberties and National Security

Posted on February 16, 2010

Congressional Representatives, Federal and Local Officials, Arab American Leaders to Attend

WASHINGTON – February 16, 2010 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) and partnering organizations in New York City will host a town hall meeting on Immigration, Civil Liberties, and National Security on Wednesday, February 17 at Widdi Hall in Brooklyn, New York.

This forum will be an opportunity for elected officials, policymakers, and Arab American community leaders to discuss ongoing topics in the immigration debate and priorities for comprehensive immigration reform, including NSEERS, enforcement, racial profiling, and civil liberties protections...

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Arab, Muslim, Sikh & South Asian American Community Leaders Meet with DHS Secretary Napolitano

Posted on January 29, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rebecca Brown 202-429-9210 ext. 23

WASHINGTON, DC January 29, 2010—In a meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday to discuss joint efforts against domestic violent extremists, Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian American community leaders welcomed commitments by the Secretary to promote meaningful, positive and authentic dialogue. Leaders from national and local organizations representing these communities expressed concern about DHS policies, such as racial, ethnic, and religious profiling at airports and the border, that have eroded the government’s trust...

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Arab Nations Unite in Relief Effort for Haiti

Posted on January 27, 2010

January 27, 2010 Information: Rebecca Brown (202) 429-9210 or


WASHINGTON – Wednesday, January 27 – While not drawing press attention to their efforts, Arab nations have united in an effort to provide needed assistance to support the humanitarian relief work being undertaken in Haiti. The Arab American Institute (AAI) believes that their generosity should be showcased, and has compiled a list of Arab nation contributions from information available to date.

“While not covered in the US media, we felt it was important to impart this...

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AAI President James Zogby to Testify Before House Homeland Security Committee

Posted on January 06, 2010

WASHINGTON – December 15, 2009 – Arab American Institute (AAI) President Dr. James Zogby will testify today at 10:00 a.m. at a U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment hearing by invitation of Chairwoman Jane Harman.

Dr. Zogby’s testimony will focus on the unique experiences of assimilation and integration among ethnic and religious communities in the United States, and in addressing the hearing topic, will explain that “we are not Europe.”

“Recent cases, of course, are of real concern,” Dr. Zogby notes, “but we should not use a sledgehammer...

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White House Statement on Lebanon

Posted on November 10, 2009

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2009   THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

  Statement by the Press Secretary on the New Lebanese Government

The United States commends Prime Minister Hariri and President Sleiman for their stewardship during the government formation process, and looks forward to working with the next Lebanese government on behalf of the people of Lebanon. We hope that the cabinet statement and government program will reflect a commitment to full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1559, 1680, and 1701. The...

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