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).

AAI to Organize Emergency Summit to Address Spiraling Middle East Violence

Posted on July 18, 2006

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...

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AAI Renews Call for Cessation of Hostilities, Requests State Dept. to Evacuate American Citizens…

Posted on July 14, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute (AAI) continues its call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the State Department to immediately evacuate the estimated 25,000 American citizens trapped in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel’s bombing campaign.

AAI is receiving a growing number of calls and e-mails from Arab Americans in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as well as those who have relatives trapped in the region. Reports indicate a large number of American citizens are trapped amidst the fighting, unable to exit the area because of Israel’s systematic bombardment of bridges,...

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AAI Slams Israeli Decision to Bar Arab Americans from Visiting Israel, West Bank

Posted on July 10, 2006

Calls on Bush Administration to Step In, Enforce 1951 ‘Treaty of Friendship’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Arab American Institute today slammed an Israeli decision to bar Arab Americans of Palestinian descent from entering Israel and the West Bank and called for the Bush Administration to immediately raise the issue at the highest levels with the Israeli government.

The new policy, apparently enacted recently, has already affected Arab Americans on trips for business and/or to visit relatives in Israel and the West Bank.

“This is crude racial profiling and represents the worst of Israel’s systematic discriminatory policies...

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AAI Condemns Israel’s Indiscriminate Use of Helicopter Missiles Resulting in 20 Palestinian Deaths

Posted on July 06, 2006

The Arab American Institute today condemned Israel’s indiscriminate use of helicopter and tank fire in highly populated Palestinian centers, resulting in the death of 20 Palestinians, including children.

AAI once again called on the Bush Administration to speak out against the deepening crisis in the Gaza Strip and urge both sides to stand down while diplomatic efforts continue to try and secure the release of an Israeli soldier captured several days ago. The Israeli soldier’s own parents recently called for the pursuit of a diplomatic solution.

“It’s unconscionable that the use of such heavy weapons should be...

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The Arab American Institute today condemned Israel’s indiscriminate use of helicopter and tank fire

Posted on June 30, 2006

Dangers of Growing Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute called on President Bush to speak out forcefully regarding Israel’s ongoing offensive against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, reiterating that the ongoing operation is plunging 1.3 million people deeper into an already severe humanitarian crisis.

“Israel’s intensified siege of Gaza is now into its fifth day with over a million Palestinians without power. In addition, severe shortages of water, food and fuel are having a devastating impact on an already impoverished population,” said AAI President James Zogby. “With this disproportionate and callous use of...

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AAI Condemns Israeli Offensive: Use of Collective Punishment Exacerbates Humanitarian Crisis

Posted on June 28, 2006

Zogby: American Taxpayers to Shoulder Cost of Destruction

WASHINGTON  The Arab American Institute (AAI) today condemned Israel’s ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip, which already has destroyed a power station and three bridges and resulted in the loss of water and electricity to 1.3 million impoverished Palestinians.

AAI President James Zogby called on the Bush Administration to demand that Israel halt the systematic destruction of Palestinian infrastructure and allow diplomacy to resolve the issue of the captured Israeli soldier.

“Will Israel never learn? The use of disproportionate power in acts of collective punishment that display...

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AAI Condemns Indiscriminate Israeli Bombing of Gaza Strip; Death of Innocent Children

Posted on June 23, 2006

Calls on Bush Administration to Address Growing Casualty Toll; Letter Requests State Department Review Arms Exports to Israel

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute today condemned Israel for its ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip and called on the Bush Administration to address the growing number of children killed as a result of indiscriminate Israeli bombardment of highly concentrated Palestinian population centers.

In the last several days, at least 14 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli bombing raids in the Gaza Strip. This comes after Israeli shelling of a Gaza beach decimated a family of Palestinians enjoying...

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AAI Pushes President, Congress to Urge Olmert to Address Humanitarian Catastrophe in Occupied Territ

Posted on May 23, 2006

‘Starving Palestinian people into submission … ought not be a basic staple of Israeli foreign policy’

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is calling on President Bush and congressional leaders to press visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to address the developing humanitarian crisis his policies have engendered in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Olmert is in Washington, D.C. to seek support from the Administration for his unilateral policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Among other things, AAI is calling on President Bush and others to urge Olmert to release the $55 million a month allocated to the Palestinians...

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AAI Urges House to Reject HR 4681

Posted on May 22, 2006

‘A failed-state in Palestine is not in the interests of the U.S.’

WASHINGTON – In response to the worsening Palestinian humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Arab American Institute (AAI) urges Congress to reject the measures included in the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act (House Resolution 4681). The legislation calls for severe restrictions on the ability of the United States to provide aid to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), requires a review of current Palestinian-related United Nations aid programs.

Some quick facts on the impending Palestinian financial crisis, according to a recent World Bank report:

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AAI, ATFP Head Summit on Palestinian Aid

Posted on February 21, 2006

WASHINGTON  The Arab American Institute (AAI) and the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) co-chaired a daylong summit of Arab American leaders and organizations in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 17, to discuss the humanitarian and political consequences of suspending U.S. aid to the Palestinians and what can be done to inform the U.S. government about this issue.

Participants included over 50 community leaders representing more than a dozen prominent Arab American and Palestinian American organizations traveling from ten states. The summit kicked off with a strategy session for community leaders and representatives of aid organizations, including...

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