Washington Watch: Elevating Palestinians

Posted on March 25, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby It was 40 years ago that I co-founded the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC) and wrote "Palestinians, the Invisible Victims". I was concerned that in the American mind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had been reduced to a simple equation: Israeli humanity versus the Palestinian problem. When most Americans thought of the conflict they were able imagine Israelis as people just like us. They were parents who loved their families. They wanted what we wanted—peace, prosperity, and a chance to watch their children grow and realize their dreams. They had names and faces. They experienced...

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Washington Watch: No "Great Deal" on the Horizon

Posted on March 18, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby It looks like the Trump Administration has come to agree with the conclusion reached by every US President and Central Command Chief since the Gulf War of 1991—that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is necessary to promote regional security and US strategic interests in the Middle East.  When viewed this way, the struggle for justice for Palestinians becomes not an end in itself, rather it is the price to be paid so that the US can successfully consolidate its regional allies in order to confront threats to stability, whether from Saddam's Iraq, revolutionary Iran,...

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AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Press Releases

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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Washington Watch: Trump's Executive Order Is an Existential Threat to America

Posted on March 11, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This week President Donald Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO or Order) restricting immigration from six majority Muslim countries and more than halving the US refugee program. This version includes some significant changes: it is more carefully written; it removes Iraq from the list of countries falling under the ban; and it exempts those with green cards and valid visas. Nevertheless, it remains a false, dangerous, cruel, arbitrary, and bigoted assault on Muslims and the very idea of America as an open, welcoming society. The EO is based on the false premise...

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President’s Revised Executive Order is Still a “Muslim Ban”

Posted on March 06, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       March 6, 2017                                                                                     Contact: Jennifer Salan, 202-494-9857 / jsalan@aaiusa.org  Rawan Elbaba, 202-429-9210 / relbaba@aaiusa.org

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Take Action: Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial & Religious Profiling by Law Enforcement

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 27, 2017 in Blog

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has re-introduced his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws by ensuring policies and procedures are in place for law enforcement to promote best practices. ERRPA also closes existing loopholes in the DOJ Guidance to ensure federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the enforcement of...

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Washington Watch: Trump/Netanyahu Meet: an Exercise in Fawning, Fantasy, and Anti-Palestinian Incitement

Posted on February 18, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with US President Donald Trump was overshadowed by dramatic and unsettling events that preceded and followed their perfectly bizarre press conference.   The week began with the forced resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and revelations of extensive communications between Trump campaign aides and Russian intelligence—revealing a White House in disarray, operating under a dark cloud of suspicion. The day after the Trump/Netanyahu joint press event was dominated by reactions to Trump's solo press conference—an unprecedented incoherent and, at times, paranoid affair that left...

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Advocate Locally During this Congressional Recess

Posted on February 13, 2017 in Action Alerts

Please take this Congressional recess to connect with your Member of Congress face-to-face, either through a constituent meeting or at a public event.

On February 18 – 26, Members of Congress will be in their home districts in order to connect with constituents like you. This is an important time to start advocating locally on the issues you care about most.

There are so many issues that your Member of Congress needs to know that you care about, but most especially he/she needs to hear your voice opposing the Muslim Ban...

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Washington Watch: It’s Not Just a Muslim Ban, It’s Much Worse

Posted on February 04, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby With a stroke of the pen on a misdirected and, I believe, malicious Executive Order (EO), President Donald Trump unleashed a dynamic that will, I fear, have consequences as far-reaching and damaging to my country and my community as the Bush Administration's wrong-headed responses to the 9/11 terror attacks.   What the various provisions of the EO have done is deepen Arab popular anger at the United States, provide ISIS with a public relations gift, fuel Islamophobic fear here at home, while, at the same time, exacerbating sectarian tensions within the Arab community....

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How Your Local City Can Oppose the Muslim Ban

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 02, 2017 in Blog

There are important legal challenges moving forward against President Trump's Executive Order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending our refugee program. Before, during, and after these legal challenges are considered by federal courts, AAI is calling for cities and states to pass resolutions condemning the Muslim Ban. Below we have provided draft text that Arab Americans and our allies can present to their state and city legislators to be introduced and voted on. It is important for individuals states step up to denounce President Trump's un-American...

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