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).

Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Posted on April 29, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

April 28, 2015

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Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at

Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Salma Hayek, Lawrence Wright, Michael Baroody,

and John Sexton to receive Kahlil Gibran Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will deliver the keynote address Wednesday evening, April 29, at the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The event at 6:30 pm at the Omni Shoreham Hotel will honor four exceptional individuals for their...

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Arab American Institute Welcomes State Department Statement on Israel Visa Waiver

Posted on March 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Arab American Institute Welcomes State Department Statement on Israel Visa Waiver

Washington, DC - March 26, 2014 - At the State Department’s daily press briefing last Friday, March 21, DoS Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters “unequal treatment that Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel's border and checkpoints” precludes Israel from admittance to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Psaki’s statements come amid proposed legislation in both houses of Congress that would admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program without meeting a number of statutory requirements. Those pieces of...

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Poll: Tunisia: Divided & Dissatisfied with Ennahda

Posted on October 03, 2013

CONTACT: Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

Tunisia: Divided & Dissatisfied with Ennahda

AAI President James Zogby to release poll on Oct 8th at event organized by the Middle East Institute

From August 4 through August 31, 2013, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) surveyed 3,031 Tunisian adults to determine their attitudes toward the developments that have unfolded in Tunisia since their revolution two and a half years ago. What the ZRS survey found was a deeply dissatisfied electorate and an extremely polarized society. Favorable ratings toward Tunisia’s ruling Islamist Party, Ennahda, have plummeted since its election to power....

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President Obama Appoints James Zogby to Commission for International Religious Freedom

Posted on September 18, 2013

Contact: Omar TewfikPhone: (202) 652-4988

WASHINGTON, DC – 9/18/2013 – President Barack Obama has appointed Arab American Institute President Dr. James J. Zogby to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Last week, Zogby participated in his first meeting as a commissioner. Comprised of nine members, USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and...

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Poll: Egyptian Attitudes Toward the Muslim Brotherhood

Posted on June 13, 2013

AAI President and Zogby Research Services Founder, Dr. James Zogby to present findings on Monday, June 17 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Washington, DC - 6/13/2013 - Between April 4th and May 12th, 2013, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted a face-to-face poll of 5,029 Egyptian adults nationwide on attitudes toward Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Dr. James Zogby, Arab American Institute President and founder of Zogby Research Services will release the survey next Monday, June 17 during a briefing organized by the Middle East Institute (MEI) at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace...

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AAI Calls on DHS to Terminate TSA’s SPOT Behavioral Detection Program

Posted on June 07, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, June 7, 2013Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

In response to a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report and recent congressional action, AAI sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano calling for the termination of the Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program. “Beyond SPOT’s cost and inefficacy, we are deeply troubled by its embrace of racial, ethnic, and religious profiling as a way to identify potential terrorists,” said AAI Executive Director Maya Berry.  

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Secretary Janet NapolitanoU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityWashington, D.C. 20528

Dear Secretary Napolitano,...

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AAI Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Hearing on Constitutional Rights During War on Terror

Posted on May 22, 2013

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

Washington, DC - May 22, 2013 - The following statement was submitted for the record by Arab American Institute President James Zogby to the House Judiciary Committee hearing, "Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights During The War on Terror," which took place today.

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Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the Committee: I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the Arab American Institute.

As a non-partisan non-profit organization, the Arab American Institute conducts research and policy analysis on...

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Hill Briefing - “Drones: A Slippery Slope on Lives and Liberties”

Posted on May 02, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Yasmine Taeb, 202-494-6395Hill Briefing - "Drones: A Slippery Slope on Lives and Liberties" 

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held the first Senate hearing on drones last week, featuring a powerful and emotional testimony by Yemeni youth activist Farea Al-Muslimi. 

The Arab American Institute will be convening a briefing on this topic with Farea Al-Muslimi offering his personal perspective on the impact of drone strikes on his home village of Wessab, Yemen. Other speakers will address the civilian impact of targeted strikes and the legal framework (AUMF) underlying U.S. drone policy....

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AAI Submits Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Immigration Reform (April 19, 2013)

Posted on April 19, 2013

CONTACT: Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

Washington, DC - April 19, 2013 - AAI Executive Director Maya Berry submitted the following statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation proposed by the "Gang of Eight."

STATEMENT OF Maya Berry, Executive Director ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTEHEARING ON: COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM LEGISLATIONSENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES SENATE

Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley and members of the Committee: I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the Arab American Institute in response to the introduction of the “Border...

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Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Posted on April 15, 2013

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

Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Washington, DC – April 11, 2013 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will honor Christiane Amanpour with the inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism next Tuesday, April 16th at the fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism isnamed for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid who tragically passed away last year. The Anthony Shadid award honors those whose coverage of the Arab world or the...

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