The Earthly Jerusalem: Captive and Transformed

Posted on February 21, 2018

I first visited Jerusalem 23 years ago. I was there in my capacity as co-Chair of Builders for Peace, an American initiative launched by then Vice President Al Gore of Jewish and Arab American business leaders working to find ways to grow the Palestinian economy.

We stayed at the Palestinian-owned Ambassador Hotel—from which we could see the Dome of the Rock and the Mount of Olives. Early in my visit, I made a point of going to the Old City, walking its narrow passage ways. And I visited the Church of...

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Testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (October 9, 2012)

Posted on November 08, 2012
The story of Arab Americans coming of age as an organized community is a classic American tale of immigrants seeking opportunity, benefiting from America’s freedoms, but also experiencing, at times, the dark side of exclusion and discrimination that has so often been a part of our nation’s history.
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2009 Homeland Security Testimony

Posted on December 15, 2009
The subcommittee's meeting today to explore whether there are risk factors or preincident indicators of terrorist activity identified by intelligence and law enforcement organizations to enable them in thwarting attacks while preserving -- let me repeat that -- preserving individuals' right to privacy and civil liberties.
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My Address to the Graduates

Posted on July 01, 2008

(On June 19th, I delivered the commencement address to the 2008 graduating class of the American University in Cairo. I wanted to share with you an edited version of my remarks.)

We are all the products of the relationships that shape us and the opportunities we are given. By relationships, of course, I mean the families that rear us, the mentors who guide us, the communities that sustain us, and those whom we love and who love us, and who ultimately define the persons we will be.

I would not be here were it not for the sacrifices and the...

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The Stakes Have Never Been Higher: The Need to Debate U.S. Mideast Policy in the 2008 Election

Posted on March 03, 2008

I’m writing from Los Angeles, where I have come to speak to the World Affairs Council. This is the beginning of a national lecture tour which I call “The Stakes Have Never Been Higher: The Need to Debate U.S. Middle East Policy in the 2008 Election.”

I have been doing this every four years, since the 1984 election. In 2004, for example, my lecture was entitled “The Mess We’re In: How Our Leaders Failed Us In the Middle East”. In that talk I noted that, despite our deep investment and involvement in the Middle East, because we didn’t understand...

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