What an Israeli Official Admits to When His Guard is down

Posted by on June 10, 2010 in Blog
In a stark departure from finely crafted talking points, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren spoke with rare clarity about Israel’s intentions in imposing and maintaining the blockade on Gaza’s 1.5 million people. Appearing on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, Oren faced tougher questions from Stephen Colbert than he has gotten from most “serious” news outlets.
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Gaza Update: Outstanding Congressional Action and Media Coverage

Posted by on June 09, 2010 in Blog
Yesterday, Senator Diane Feinstein displayed exemplary leadership by calling for an “impartial inquiry” into the Israeli attack on the humanitarian aid convoy.
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Audience of One

Posted on June 07, 2010 in Washington Watch
As expected, Israel matched its use of overwhelming force against the passengers on the Mavi Marmara with an equally vigorous attempt to shape both how the story played out in U.S. media and the official response from the U.S. Government.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Gaza Flotilla Crisis

Posted on June 04, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: June 3, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Mark Perry, foreign affairs analyst and acclaimed author; Ufuk Ulutas, Middle East program coordinator at the SETA-DC research foundation; Bill Corcoran, President and CEO of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA); Edward Peck, former Ambassador to Iraq and Mauritania, and passenger on the Gaza flotilla.
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Lying About The Gaza Flotilla Disaster

Posted by on June 03, 2010 in Blog
It’s been one lie after another in the US media about the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound relief flotilla. No matter that the Israeli media views the whole incident as a debacle for Israel, in this country the Israel-can-do-no-wrong crowd is on overdrive defending the operation. As usual, facts don’t matter to them.
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Time to Call Out Israel’s Bad Behavior

Posted by on June 01, 2010 in Blog
The Obama Administration’s equivocation over Israel’s outrageous deadly assault on humanitarian ships headed for Gaza, while not surprising, is nevertheless unacceptable. Once again Israel’s bad behavior has dug a deep hole for itself, and we’re left debating whether or not to jump in with them. Responsible governments behave responsibly. In its dealings with Gaza over the past 43 years, Israel has been anything but responsible, and we need to clearly distance ourselves from their actions.
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Tragic Attack on Humanitarian Relief Efforts Consistent with Failed, Brutal Israeli Policy

Posted by on June 01, 2010 in Blog
We are outraged by the reports of causalities in the latest flashpoint of the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We condemn Israel’s attack upon a convoy of ships delivering much-needed humanitarian aid to Gaza and the resulting loss of civilian life and causalities.
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Ambassador Rice Weighs In on U.S. Strategic Interests In the Middle East

Posted on April 28, 2010 in Press Releases

“Let there be no doubt: President Obama and all of us in his Administration are determined to reach a comprehensive peace in the Middle East – central to which is a two-state solution. President Obama has defined this goal as a vital U.S. interest.”

Washington, D.C. – April 23, 2010 – In an address to the Arab American Institute’s annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 21, 2010, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice addressed the gathering of members of Congress, foreign dignitaries, and other distinguished guests and became yet another...

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Arab Americans at the White House and on the Hill

Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Blog

On Thursday, April 22, the Arab American Institute (AAI), in cooperation with the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), hosted over 80 Arab American leaders from across the country for an Arab American Leadership Day in Washington DC. The day included a White House Leadership Briefing, followed by a Capitol Hill Meet and Greet Lunch with members of Congress.

AAI worked closely with the White House Office of Public Engagement to organize the briefing with senior Administration officials to discuss issues affecting the Arab American community. Samuel Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at...

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Latest Israeli Military Order Latest Israeli Provocation…

Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Blog
In the aftermath of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, there has been a stream of provocative Israeli actions taken.
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