An Initiative Worth Supporting

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Washington Watch
I have written before about some of my Palestinian American heroes, including men like Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Zahi Khouri. I want to add to that list, my friend, Sam Bahour. Two and a half decades ago, Ibrahim was a respected tenured professor at Northwestern University, and Zahi was Chairman of the Board of a major Park Avenue-based investment group. Sam, the youngest of the group, was a successful small businessman in Youngstown, Ohio.
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AAI Celebrates 30 Years at the 2015 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala

Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Blog
Arab Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, DC for the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala and our annual Arab American Leadership Days on Capitol Hill and at the White House on April 29th and 30th. The Gala is our annual celebration of the progress made by our community, and a chance to honor individuals whose work has promoted inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines. This year, we are honoring award winning actress and humanitarian Salma Hayek Pinault, NYU President John Sexton, the Honorable Michael Baroody, and Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Lawrence Wright.
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Acknowledging the Past

Posted on April 27, 2015 in Washington Watch
History is on the side of the Armenian people. And after 100 years there is growing recognition of what transpired in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. But in the end, US recognition of genocide will not bring justice or restitution to the victim Armenian nation. That will only come when Turkey is able to accept and become reconciled with its own past and that is what President Obama has called on the Turks to do.
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Announcing the 2015 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 24, 2015 in Blog
For the past 16 years, AAIF awards exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made a donation that was later converted into a youth scholarship in her name.
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A Nuanced Lens Capturing the Middle East

Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Blog
By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015 Having a foot in both the Middle East and the U.S. profoundly influenced Matar’s photography, “Although I belong in many ways to the Middle East, I am still seeing it with fresh eyes and perspectives.”
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If the U.S. Wants Arabs as Partners, We Must Treat Them As Such

Posted on April 20, 2015 in Washington Watch
The U.S. allies in the Gulf have long been concerned not only with Iran's nuclear ambitions, but more importantly with the Islamic Republic's regional ambitions and its meddlesome intrusion into affairs in the Arab region. Statements from Tehran boasting that they now have sit in capitals in Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and Sanaa, weigh heavy on the collective Arab consciousness.
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Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide

Posted on April 13, 2015 in Washington Watch
In less than two weeks we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Armenian Remembrance Day, April 24th, recalls the horrifying events that resulted in the deaths of more than one million Armenians and the forced expulsion and ethnic cleansing of many more from their ancestral homeland at the hands of Turkish nationalists.
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Preying on Anti-Arab Bias

Posted on April 06, 2015 in Washington Watch
Delta Airlines is leading an effort to petition the US government to sanction Etihad Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Qatar Air. They charge that these three airlines have received government subsidies and are unfairly competing with US carriers resulting in a loss of jobs for American workers.
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How Could This Happen?

Posted on April 02, 2015 in Countdown
The plight of Palestinians living in Syria has been all but ignored since the start of the conflict. As international delegations headed to Kuwait for the third annual donor conference on Syria, UNRWA warned that the emergency fund for Palestinians was dangerously low.
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The Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: Pointing the Way Forward

Posted on March 30, 2015 in Washington Watch
The success of the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel did not come easy. After 1948 when Israelis were celebrating what Ben Gurion called the "double miracle" of a state that was larger and had less Arabs, the 160,000 Arabs who remained in the "Jewish State" faced extreme hardships.
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