AAI's Questions for Gov. Nikki Haley at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 17, 2017 in Blog

  Nikki Haley will will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 18th at 10:00am. Watch online here

Nikki Haley has served as the Governor of South Carolina since 2011. Haley is the first female Governor of South Carolina and is the youngest current governor in the United States. She is the second Indian-American, after Bobby Jindal, to serve as a U.S. governor. Before she was elected Governor, Nikki Haley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005-2011. Haley was a successful businesswoman,...

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ACT NOW! Urge Your Senator to Stand Against Illegal Israeli Settlements & Any Effort to Defund the UN (Pt. 2)

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 11, 2017 in Blog

There are now at least two bills in the U.S. Senate that threaten to defund the United Nations because of the passage of UNSC 2334: The "Safeguard Israel Act," a bill written by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz, will immediately defund the United Nations and any UN agency if UNSC 2334 is not repealed. S. Res 6, which condemns the recent UN Security Council resolution stating the illegality of Israeli settlements. This bill was introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and goes on to warn United Nations agencies that if they were...

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AAI's Questions for General James Mattis at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

General James Mattis will will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, January 12th at 9:30am. Watch online here James Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps General who served as Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and concurrently as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (2007 to 2010), Marine Expeditionary Force (2006-2007), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2005-2006), and most famously the 1st Marine Division, that led Marine forces into Iraq (2002-2004). Upon retiring, he served as a consultant, board member, and...

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AAI Thanks 80 Representatives For Standing Against Illegal Israeli Settlements

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 06, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute would like to thank the below Representatives who opposed H.Res.11., a misguided and harmful bill. Though H.Res.11 claims to be about defending Israel and supporting the peace process, in reality it is about shifting long standing bi-partisan policy that opposes illegal Israeli settlements, and shielding Israel from well-founded criticisms. H.Res.11, introduced by Rep. Royce (R-CA), objected to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 which deemed Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 as having “no legal validity” and constituting a “flagrant violation” of international law. The...

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Urge Your Member of Congress to Stand Behind UN Security Council Vote

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 04, 2017 in Blog

Yesterday, the House and the Senate introduced legislation that would object to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as “as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace.” H.R. 11 & S. Res companion bill are unfounded and unwise criticisms of the Obama administration for abstaining from the UNSC resolution which condemned Israel for its settlements in the occupied West Bank. Contrary to what these bills (H.R. 11 & S.Res 11) say, they do NOT aim to support the peace process. That was made even more clear when Rep. Steve King [R-IA-4] introduced an amendment that would DELETE any reference to a two-state solution, which is a shocking...

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Urge Your Member of Congress to Stand Behind President Obama’s Actions at the UN Security Council

Posted on January 04, 2017 in Action Alerts

Yesterday, the House and the Senate introduced legislation that would object to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as “as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace.” H.R. 11 & S. Res 11 companion bill are unfounded and unwise criticisms of the Obama administration for abstaining from the UNSC resolution which condemned Israel for its settlements in the occupied West Bank. Contrary to what these bills (H.R. 11 & S.R. 11) say, they do NOT aim to support the peace process. That was made even more clear when...

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Washington Watch: What Kerry Did

Posted on December 31, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Secretary of State John Kerry's valedictory speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unleashed a firestorm of criticism from the very same folks who had just finished hyperventilating over the US abstention on a Security Council resolution a few days earlier.   The speech, itself, was divided into three parts. Kerry opened with an accounting of all that the Obama Administration had done for Israel in the past eight years. And he closed with a list of principles he said should serve as the basis for a future Israeli-Palestinian peace. The largest part, the middle, was...

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James Zogby discusses UNSC vote on illegality of Israeli settlements

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 28, 2016 in Blog

AAI President James Zogby joined MSNBC Live with Steve Kornacki on December 28 to discuss the UN Security Council vote on the illegality of Israeli settlements. We’ve included excerpts from his remarks below. Watch the full segment here or below.  Pushing back against those who are critical of the Obama administration’s abstention and who defend Israeli settlement growth, Zogby noted, “What the resolution says is that the territory taken in the ‘67 war is occupied territory and it is governed by the Fourth Geneva Convention that has very strict rules in terms...

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James Zogby discusses reactions to UNSC vote on illegal Israeli settlements

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 26, 2016 in Blog

AAI President James Zogby joined MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall on December 26 to discuss reactions to the UN Security Council’s vote on illegal settlements. Watch the full interview embedded below. Excerpts of his remarks follow. When asked about the Israeli Prime Minister’s radical reaction to the passage of the UN resolution – and the U.S. absention from the vote - Zogby had tough words. “Benjamin Netanyahu has a record of being a rather petulant, spoiled child. He didn’t get his way. He’s throwing a tantrum. And he’s going to...

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Washington Watch: Big Day at the United Nations

Posted on December 24, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby There was considerable drama leading up to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (UNSCR 2334) reaffirming the illegality of Israeli settlements.    It began with all hell breaking loose Thursday morning when it became clear that the Egyptians would submit their resolution on Israeli settlements for a vote at the Security Council and that the Obama Administration would support the effort, either by voting in favor or by refusing to veto it. On Wednesday, there had been a hint that something was up. The White House spokesperson appearing on...

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