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 Co-Hosts DNC Policy Forum on Middle East Peace with J Street

Posted on September 04, 2012

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik Cell: (202) 494-2942 September 4, 2012

AAI Co-Hosts DNC Policy Forum on Middle East Peace with J Street

Ahead of the forum, AAI will release the results of its latest poll on U.S. attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Arab American Institute (AAI) will co-host a policy forum today, September 4 at 1:30pm with J Street entitled Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A U.S. Policy Imperative. AAI will also release the data of its latest poll on U.S. attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prior to the forum at 1:00pm. The forum will address the latest political developments...

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Arab Americans at the DNC: A Community’s Political ‘Coming of Age’

Posted on September 03, 2012

Arab Americans at the DNC: A Community's Political 'Coming of Age' Charlotte, NC - Some 55 Arab American committee members and delegates representing 21 states will join their fellow party members this week at the Democratic National Convention. The number of Arab Americans representing their states at the DNC supersedes any other year. A record nine Arab Americans delegates representing Michigan, an important battleground state where the Arab American population in key districts is likely to have an effect on whether or not the state will go to President Obama or Governor Mitt Romney. For the Arab American community,...

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The American Divide: How We View Arabs and Muslims

Posted on August 21, 2012

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988 August 21, 2012

The American Divide: How We View Arabs and MuslimsPolling data highlights how anti-Muslim and anti-Arab political rhetoric over the past two years has influenced American public opinion

The Arab American Institute will release the results of a poll conducted this summer on American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims on Thursday, August 23, 2012. AAI will release the results of the poll at a press briefing hosted by AAI president Dr. Jim Zogby.

Of the findings, AAI President James Zogby stated:

“The numbers from our latest poll highlight that...

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Poll: The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict

Posted on August 17, 2012

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988 August 17, 2012

The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict

Arab American Institute to Release U.S. Public Opinion Data Ahead of Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Over the summer of 2012, the Arab American Institute conducted a poll: The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict. AAI will release the results of the poll next week at a press briefing hosted by AAI president Dr. Jim Zogby. The poll will be released in conjunction with more than a decade’s-worth of polling...

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U.S. Muslim, Christian Leaders Issue Statement on Human Rights in Egypt

Posted on August 07, 2012

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988 August 7, 2012

U.S. Muslim, Christian Leaders Issue Statement Urging Writers of The New Egyptian Constitution to Support Equal Rights for all Citizens 

Today the Arab American Institute (AAI) releases a statement co-endorsed by leaders of the American Muslim and Coptic Christian communities. The statement, organized by AAI, is supported by Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), longest serving Arab American member of Congress and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first American Muslim member of Congress. What prompted the statement was the group’s concern with the drafting of the new Egyptian Constitution. "Just...

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Arab American Voters Help Boost Pascrell to Victory

Posted on June 06, 2012

For Immediate Release

Win Energizes Ethnic Constituency for November 2012

Arab Americans turned out in historically high numbers for yesterday’s New Jersey primary contest between Democrats Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman in the newly-drawn 9th congressional district. Arab American voters rallied overwhelming support for Pascrell, a member of Congress who has had a long history of engagement with the community during his 16-year tenure in Congress. Pascrell’s solid victory over Rothman netted him 61% of the vote (30,227 to 19,118) and produced a win contrary to polling that indicated the race was too close to call.

It is...

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Media Teleconference with Report Authors and Experts to be Held Next Monday

Posted on May 31, 2012

Media Teleconference with Report Authors and Experts to be Held Next Monday

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, June 4, Rights Working Group will release a new report, The NSEERS Effect: A Decade of Racial Profiling, Fear, and Secrecy, which documents the ongoing impacts of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), a long discredited and discriminatory program launched by the federal government in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The report recommends a number of needed reforms to mitigate damage caused by the program.

The NSEERS Effect documents the ways in which individuals and families have been harmed by NSEERS...

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Dearborn Community Town Hall: Rejecting Islamophobia

Posted on April 25, 2012

Dearborn Community Town Hall: Rejecting Islamophobia

Washington, DC – The Arab American Institute and local Michigan-based community partners will hold a town hall to take a stand against Islamophobia in Dearborn this Sunday, April 29. The event, entitled Rejecting Islamophobia: A Community Stand Against Hate, is expected to bring out hundreds of local community members, including various community leaders and public officials. Organizers say Dearborn has become a convenient stomping ground for anti-Muslim groups who target Michigan’s Arab American and American Muslim residents. This town hall reflects the community’s determination to stand up against what the groups identify as...

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DHS Approves TPS Request for Syrians

Posted on March 23, 2012

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

Breaking News:  DHS Approves TPS Request for Syrians

Washington DC 

March 23, 2012 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), along with the Arab American Institute (AAI), United for Free Syria (UFS) and the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), welcome the decision made by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to approve the submitted Request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian nationals. 

The TPS designation will be effective for 18 months. Before the end of the TPS designation period, Secretary Napolitano will review the conditions in Syria and determine whether...

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Capitol Hill Briefing: Revitalizing the Arab Peace Initiative Ten Years Later

Posted on March 23, 2012

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

Capitol Hill Briefing: Revitalizing the Arab Peace Initiative Ten Years Later

Washington, DC – March 23, 2012 – The Arab American Institute (AAI), J-Street and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a panel on Capitol Hill next Tuesday to discuss revitalizing American political efforts in favor of the stalled Arab Peace Initiative as an attainable path to Israeli-Palestine peace. Since its introduction in 2002, the historic initiative, proposed by the Arab League, has been effectively ignored by the Israeli government despite wide-held praise for the plan’s viability from the international...

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