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 or Rawan Elbaba at 202-429-9210.

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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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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Summit on Palestine: US Should Continue Aid to the Palestinians

Posted on February 21, 2006

PRESS ADVISORY

WHAT: SUMMIT ON PALESTINE: U.S. SHOULD CONTINUE AID TO THE PALESTINIANS

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2006 at 2 p.m. ET

WHO: Dr. James Zogby, president, Arab American Institute (AAI), Dr. Ziad Asali, president, American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP), Dr. Peter Gubser, president, ANERA Washington, D.C.

For media inquiries please contact: Mira Browne at mbrowne@aaiusa.org or 202-429-9210

WASHINGTON  At the conclusion of a summit of Arab American and humanitarian organizations, the Arab American...

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US Must Not Stop Aid to Palestinians

Posted on January 30, 2006

Let’s not compound disaster, Zogby says

The Arab American Institute (AAI) urges the Bush Administration to reject growing pressure to suspend USAID funds to the Palestinians. Despite concern with the outcome of the recent Palestinian Legislative elections, the Institute says “This is not the time to walk away from the Palestinian people.”

USAID funds are allocated to assist the Palestinian people with infrastructure capacity building, promoting democratic reform, supporting higher education and promoting economic growth. Dr. James Zogby, president of AAI, warns that a suspension of Palestinian aid could weaken Palestinian moderates. AAI is leading a campaign...

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For Palestinian Voters, Peace Is Not on the Ballot

Posted on January 19, 2006

Voters Engaged but Cynical

WASHINGTON – As confidence in the peace process and the Palestinian Authority wanes, Palestinians appear to be concerned with their own internal needs. In a poll commissioned by the Arab American Institute (AAI) and conducted by Zogby International in the West Bank and Gaza Strip two weeks before Parliamentary elections, Palestinians rank issues in order of importance as: “release of prisoners” (from Israeli jails), “creating internal security,” “forging national unity,” “increasing employment,” and “fighting corruption.” Lower down the list of priority concerns are “confronting Israel” and “negotiating peace.”

“If Palestinians had any confidence...

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Washington Post Test

Posted on March 13, 2003

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