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...Read more
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...Read more
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,...Read more
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...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on March 03, 2017 in Blog
“I was talking to my children and they bombed us,” said a crying and distraught Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish on the night his daughters were killed. The “Gaza Doctor” was on the phone with an Israeli journalist when the Israeli Army struck his family home. On January 16, 2009, Bessan (21), Mayar (15), Aya (13), and their cousin Noor (17) were killed during an Israeli attack on their home in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza. Their father, Dr. Abuelaish, had already been well known to Palestinians and Israelis alike for devoting his life...Read more
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...Read more
Posted by Guest on February 17, 2017 in Blog
By Raneem Alkhatib Arab Americans, joined by justice and faith groups, gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a raucous welcome, hours after his press conference at the White House, on February 15. Around 200 people braved the cold to stand against the bigoted policies of PM Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. AAI, along with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights; Palestine Legal; American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; The Jerusalem Fund; ArabAmerica.com; the Network of Arab American Professionals, DC Chapter; American Federation of Ramallah Palestine; and the National...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on February 15, 2017 in Blog
Watch the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vote on David Friedman
On Thursday morning - at 10:30am eastern - the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has an important opportunity to put a stop to President Trump's radical re-definition of U.S. policy towards Israel and Palestine by voting NO on David Friedman.
President Trump has nominated David Friedman, previously Trump's personal bankruptcy lawyer, to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. If you believe in justice for Palestine - call your Senators TODAY to urge them to VOTE NO. Friedman's far right-wing views on Palestinians, on what would be...Read more