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 Omar Baddar at 202-429-9210.

AAI Applauds LaHood-Price Letter Sent to President Bush Ahead of May 2008 Middle East Trip

Posted on May 21, 2008

Letter to President Led by Representatives LaHood and Price and Signed by 50 Others Urges End to Gaza Blockade and Exploration of Ceasefire

WASHINGTON – May 21, 2008 –The Arab American Institute (AAI) commended the bipartisan efforts of Congressmen Ray LaHood (R-IL) and David Price (D-NC) calling for bolstered U.S. engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. LaHood and Price sent a letter to President Bush on the eve of his May 2008 trip to the Middle East expressing the urgent need for the U.S. to work to stabilize Gaza in order to strengthen and support ongoing peace talks....

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Campus Attacks on Palestinian Students Part of Disturbing National Trend

Posted on January 26, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute is deeply concerned by recent attacks on three Palestinian students at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

According to the Wilmington Star, Faris Khader, Osama Sabbah and Omar Awartani were “beaten with fists, feet and brass knuckles in an attack early Saturday involving at least 15 members of the school's football team…The attackers called the Palestinians ‘terrorists’ and used racial slurs during the attack.”

“This is a hate crime plain and simple and should be treated on the federal level as such,” said AAI President James Zogby. “It is a sad fact...

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AAI to Co-Sponsor Capitol Hill Briefing on Annapolis Conference

Posted on November 28, 2007

WASHINGTON – November 28, 2007 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is co-sponsoring a Capitol Hill briefing, entitled “Digesting Annapolis: What Happened, What It Means, What Happens Next?”, on Thursday, November 29 from 12 to 2 p.m. The briefing will be a roundtable discussion featuring leading American, Israeli, and Palestinian former negotiators, experts, and opinion shapers.

AAI is co-sponsoring the event with the American Task Force on Palestine, Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Israel Policy Forum, Churches for Middle East Peace, and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

WHAT: Roundtable discussion entitled “Digesting Annapolis: What...

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Former Israeli and Palestinian Negotiators Discuss Prospects for Middle East Peace with Likely Iowa

Posted on November 20, 2007

WASHINGTON – Nov. 20, 2007 – Former Israeli and Palestinian negotiators Daniel Levy and Ghaith al-Omari spoke with likely Iowa caucus-goers on November 16 and 17 in a speaking tour organized by the Arab American Institute, Concerned Iowans for Middle East Peace, and Churches for Middle East Peace. Speaking in advance of next week’s Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, MD, Levy and al-Omari discussed current prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine before audiences in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and at Drake University in Des Moines.

The discussion series was part of an ongoing effort by the...

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AAI Commends Constructive Congressional Efforts Towards Palestinian-Israeli Peace

Posted on November 20, 2007

WASHINGTON – November 20, 2007 – With the Annapolis conference less than one week away, the Arab American Institute commends the bipartisan efforts of Congressmen Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) (pictured left) to support U.S. engagement on Palestinian-Israeli peace. Yesterday, Ackerman and Boustany sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging sustained U.S. diplomacy, including a substantial increase in Palestinian aid. The letter was signed by 135 Members of Congress.

The letter advocates a reorientation of U.S. aid programs to the Palestinians, encouraging a focus on economic development and job creation. It also outlines...

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Aid is Step Forward, but Bolder Leadership Still Needed

Posted on July 16, 2007

A Statement by AAI President James Zogby on President Bush’s Commitment to Palestinian Aid:

President George W. Bush’s generous offer of assistance to the Palestinian Authority and his intention of convening a regional peace conference are welcome. Unfortunately they bear the trademarks of this administration’s policies: failing to act when the U.S. could have done some good, and ignoring reality when finally engaging.

The time to have acted would have been when Abu Mazen was first elected and had the support of the majority of Palestinians; or when an Israeli Prime Minister was strong and popular. At...

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AAI: Bush Administration Should Call for Halt to Construction

Posted on February 09, 2007

AAI Concerned by Israeli Dig in Jerusalem; Requests Bush Administration Call for a Halt to Construction Activity

WASHINGTON – Feb. 9, 2007 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is concerned about ongoing Israeli building activity near the Noble Sanctuary (Temple Mount) compound in Jerusalem and calls on the Bush Administration to request a halt to the work.

The compound, where the Dome of the Rock shrine and al-Aqsa Mosque sit, are one of the holiest places in the Islamic world. Muslims throughout the region have expressed concern that ongoing Israeli work could damage or weaken the foundation...

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Israel’s Illegal Use of Cluster Bombs in Lebanon

Posted on February 02, 2007

WASHINGTON – Feb. 1, 2007 – As the State Department announced its decision to notify Congress of likely Israeli violations of U.S. law in its use of cluster bombs in Lebanese civilian areas, the Arab American Institute (AAI) renewed its calls for humanitarian and political action. On Monday, the State Department sent the results of its preliminary investigation into a possible Israeli breach of the Arms Export Control Act to Congress.

AAI again called for the prohibition of U.S. tax dollars from being spent to acquire, utilize, sell or transfer cluster munitions, and for Israel to disclose details...

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Study Finds Illegally Built Israeli Settlements

Posted on November 22, 2006

WASHINGTON – Nov. 22, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) joins Peace Now in criticizing the Israeli government’s systematic disregard for the intrinsic and internationally-recognized property rights of the Palestinian people and calls upon the Bush Administration to publicly acknowledge the eroding effect this has on prospects for a longterm Israeli-Palestinian peace.

In its recently published report, Peace Now found that close to 40% of Israeli settlements in the West Bank are built on land which the Israeli government recognizes as privately-owned by Palestinians. The study, based on information culled directly from Israeli government sources responsible...

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AAI Welcomes State Dept. Complaint Against Israeli Discrimination of Arab Americans

Posted on October 19, 2006

WASHINGTON – Oct. 19, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent efforts to secure and defend the rights of Arab Americans of Palestinian descent to travel to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

At Secretary Rice’s direction, the U.S. recently filed a complaint with the Israeli Embassy in Washington over implementation of an Israeli policy that has resulted in the barring of entry to Arab Americans.

“We applaud Secretary Rice for following up on this important issue for Arab Americans,” said AAI President James Zogby. “Arab Americans have been regularly traveling to...

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