Letter: AAI Rejects OMB Nominee who Denigrated American Muslims & Islam

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 07, 2017 in Blog

Today the Arab American Institute joined with Bend the Arc Jewish Action and Muslim Advocates to oppose the nomination of Russell Vought as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The letter below was sent to members of the Senate Budget Committee.

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

Posted on June 06, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  For Immediate Release Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

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 forced...

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Statement: AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 16, 2017 in Blog

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Press Releases

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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Statement: AAI President James Zogby on President Trump’s Executive Action on Immigration and Refugee Admissions

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 27, 2017 in Blog

The Executive Order issued today by President Trump is wrong on so many levels.  President Trump's order to ban the entry of individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries to the U.S.  is a misguided act that will deny millions of Americans the opportunity to be visited by their parents, siblings, and other family members.  Similarly, there is the President's decision to suspend our nation's refugee program. With one broad stoke, he has slammed the door on tens of thousands of innocents fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in our country. This heartless act is not based on security concerns,...

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Statement of AAI President James Zogby on President Trump’s Executive Action on Immigration and Refugee Admissions

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Press Releases

The Executive Order issued today by President Trump is wrong on so many levels.  President Trump's order to ban the entry of individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries to the U.S. is a misguided act that will deny millions of Americans the opportunity to be visited by their parents, siblings, and other family members.   Similarly, there is the President's decision to suspend our nation's refugee program. With one broad stoke, he has slammed the door on tens of thousands of innocents fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in our country. This heartless act is not based on...

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Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS

Posted on November 21, 2016 in Press Releases

Download here   For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016 Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS Coalition Calls on Obama to Dismantle Framework

  The Arab American Institute joined nearly 200 groups calling on the Administration of President Obama to do away with the framework of the discriminatory National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). Full text of the letter below:

November 21, 2016

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:...

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“Iran poses a significant threat to Israel and continues to develop its nuclear capabilities…”

Posted on January 10, 2012 in Campaign Statements

Iran poses a strategic challenge to the United States. In Iraq, Iran has worked to subvert progress toward stable, democratic rule and is responsible for the deaths of numerous American soldiers there. Iran has dealt ruthlessly with its citizens who have called for reform and continues to destabilize the Middle East through its support for Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. Iran poses a significant threat to Israel and continues to develop its nuclear capabilities in defiance of the international community.Middle East peace and stability will not be realized unless there is a fundamental change to the trajectory of Iran’s rise....

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“Like Iran, Syria has worked to subvert progress toward stable, democratic governance in Iraq”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"Like Iran, Syria has worked to subvert progress toward stable, democratic governance in Iraq and threatens both Israel and broader regional stability through its support of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. Syria continues to manipulate Lebanese politics in a manner that is both destabilizing for the region and that threatens Israel’s security interests. In partnership, Syria and Iran play the single greatest role in preventing Middle East peace and stability. While American engagement in Libyan uprising did not serve any major U.S. strategic interests, for the reasons articulated here, the United States should prepare to play a role, if...

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“[The Egyptian military] offers…protection against the emergence of a radical Islamic government”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"Egypt has been a stalwart partner to the United States through its role in combating terrorism and supporting a stable Middle East, and the United States should maintain its policy of aid to Egypt. The United States should support an orderly transition to democratic government managed by the interim military-backed government, which offers the greatest protection against the emergence of a radical Islamic government in that country. That said, recent developments give reason for pause. The Egyptian military’s limited and delayed role in protecting the Israeli embassy, for instance, is cause for concern. Thus, as conditions in the country further...

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