Tell your Members of Congress to Attend ‘Open Bethlehem’ Screening

Posted on November 16, 2017 in Action Alerts

On December 12th, AAI will host a screening of ‘Open Bethlehem,’ a film that aims to bring the story of Bethlehem to millions around the world, including the reality of living under Israeli military occupation. Urge your senators and your representative to attend the screening on Capitol Hill, and the following discussion featuring a resident of the city.

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Reality Check: The Truth Behind the anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Posted by Heba Mohammad on November 15, 2017 in Blog

Those who listened to last week’s House Judiciary hearing on “Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses” may have been left with the impression that protecting communities from bias or hate, while also respecting the right to free speech, is complicated. Reacting to this discord, Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) used his opening statement to set a tone of conciliation by saying, “Equality and free speech are not, and must not, be pitted against each other as if they were opposing values.” This false conflict weighed heavily over the hearing because of the way the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (AAA)...

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Dialogue Explores Whether Peace in Jerusalem is Possible

Posted by Guest on November 14, 2017 in Blog

by Sarah Seniuk Conflict in Jerusalem was highlighted in a dialogue hosted by the Foundation for Middle East Peace featuring Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann, Ori Nir from Americans for Peace Now, and Dr. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute. Each panelist emphasized the necessity to re-center divisions in Jerusalem and the experiences of Palestinians in the city when unpacking how to move forward on broader Israeli-Palestinian peace.   Echoed across the panel was the unbudging attitude and policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Seidemann declaring that Netanyahu was not and would not be interested in...

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Washington Watch: Balfour: the Shame and Dangers of Ignoring Arab Opinion and Rights

Posted on November 04, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In 1919, following the first World War, the victorious Allied Powers met in Paris to remake the world. The prime ministers of Italy, France, and Great Britain as well as U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, collectively known as “The Big Four,” were the decisive diplomatic players at the meeting. Under their leadership, the lands of the defeated Central Powers were picked apart. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved into smaller central European nations. Germany lost territory and was served with an extremely punitive and expensive peace treaty. In several cases, the triumphant Big Four parceled out bits...

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Washington Watch: Balfour Declaration: A Convergence of Zionist Ambition and the British Imperial Enterprise 

Posted on October 28, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in which Great Britain's Foreign Secretary, Lord Balfour, stated in a note to his colleague, Lord Rothchild, that "His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object..."  Zionists have long viewed this document as a "promissory note" giving a Great Power "seal of approval" to their quest to establish a state in Palestine. They will, therefore, be celebrating this anniversary. In reality, however,...

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Washington Watch: Apartheid in Hebron

Posted on September 30, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Last week Israel announced that the heart of Hebron would henceforth be a separate municipality directly governed by Israel's Civil Administration. There are about 700 extremist Israeli settlers currently living in a few compounds in the center of the city protected by the Israeli military. While this disruptive and provocative presence has been ongoing for more than two decades, the decision to formally sever Hebron into two cities was profoundly unsettling, though not entirely unexpected. Twenty-two years ago, I wrote down my observations of what was happening in Hebron—in an effort to convey how...

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Stepping up for Susiya: The Power of the American Constituency

Posted by Guest on September 19, 2017 in Blog

Local elementary school students demonstrated their solidarity with Susiya by participating in Pinwheels for Peace ahead of the International Day of Peace by handing out pinwheels to those in attendance of the briefing By Sarah Seniuk Susiya is a small Palestinian village located in the southern Hebron Hills, and has been a particularly sought-after area of land by Israel. The villagers were first displaced in 1986 for an archaeological dig, and since have faced

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