Resources on the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation

Posted on June 06, 2017 in AAI Issue Brief: Palestine

Arab American Institute Statement Marking 50 years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

June 5, 2017

This week marks 50 years of military occupation, the longest in modern history, for the people of Palestine. Although there are more than 12 million Palestinians around the world today, 66% of them are considered forcibly displaced persons and only about half live in what was historical Palestine. It’s a reminder that even during the refugee...


Official Statement Marking 50 years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 05, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Institute Statement Marking 50 years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

June 5, 2017

This week marks 50 years of military occupation, the longest in modern history, for the people of Palestine. Although there are more than 12 million Palestinians around the world today, 66% of them are considered forcibly displaced persons and only about half live in what was historical Palestine. It’s a reminder that even during the refugee crisis we are witnessing today, Palestinians continue to be the largest displaced population in the world.

Despite being...

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Palestine Legal’s Dima Khalidi briefs Arab American Leadership Days on Free Speech

Posted by Guest on May 09, 2017 in Blog

By Basseem Maleki

During a panel discussion last week that was part of AAI’s “Arab American Leadership Days” programming, Dima Khalidi – the founder and Director of Palestine Legal – discussed the ways in which advocates for Palestine have been subjected to intimidation, harassment, and various forms of legal pushback in the United States. Khalidi explained that between 2014 and 2016, Palestine Legal “responded to 650 instances of repression of Palestine advocacy.” Some of these included professors who were fired and denied tenure for speaking out on Palestine, and...

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Washington Watch: What “Land Day” Means

Posted on April 01, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby March 30, 1976 was a transformative moment in Palestinian history. On that day, Palestinian citizens of Israel organized and implemented a nation-wide strike to protest the Israeli government's plans to confiscate thousands of acres of Palestinian-owned land in the Galilee region. The confiscations were designed to provide for the expansion of the Jewish population in the Galilee—since Israeli leaders were concerned that the composition of the region had remained overwhelmingly Arab. Confiscations were nothing new. In the three decades between the founding of their state in 1948 and 1976, Israel had seized 1,500,000...

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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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Take Action: Urge the New York State Assembly to Protect Free Speech

Posted on March 09, 2017 in Action Alerts

On March 8, 2017 the New York state Senate fast-tracked & passed three outrageous anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction) bills. These bills are an unconstitutional attack on our First Amendment freedom of speech and will have damaging effects on our efforts to organize around justice for Palestine both in our communities and on college campuses.

The Supreme Court has ruled that participating in a boycott is political speech and is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Historically, boycotts have played a major role in U.S. history and the Supreme Court has defended that constitutional right.

Now that these three bills have been sent...

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