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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Announcing #GibranGala Awardee Kamal Boullata, Renowned Palestinian Artist

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 12, 2017 in Blog

Join us at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards, as we honor and celebrate the work of the remarkable Palestinian artist, Kamal Boullata. We are especially proud to have Kamal with us because we know that 2017 marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, an agreement by foreign powers that resulted in the eventual dispossession of indigenous Palestinians. It is also the 70th anniversary of the partition of Palestine. And in just a few short months, it will be 50 years since the...

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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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Gaza Doctor Finally Gets Court Date for the Death of his Daughters

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...

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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...

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Arab Americans lead intersectional protest against bigoted polices of Trump & Netanyahu

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...

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Arab Americans, Rights Groups Protest Bigoted Agendas of Trump & Netanyahu

Posted on February 14, 2017 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Feb 14, 2017        Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 Media Advisory   Arab Americans, Rights Groups Protest Bigoted Agendas of Trump & Netanyahu Community Stands for Equality, Justice, Immigrants, Refugees & Peace Washington, DC – On Wednesday, February 15, Arab Americans will be joined by a broad coalition of rights advocates to protest the xenophobic and bigoted agendas of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The protest comes as the Israeli PM makes his first official visit to the White...

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Arab American Protest Against Bibi & Trump's Bigoted, Anti-Peace Agendas

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 08, 2017 in Blog
Arab American Protest Against Bibi & Trump's Bigoted, Anti-Peace Agendas
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The 115th Congress Wastes No Time Weighing in for Israel

Posted by Guest on February 06, 2017 in Blog

By Basseem Maleki The 115th United States Congress has only been in session for 35 days, yet it has already taken steps that could adversely affect U.S. policy towards Israelis and Palestinians.  On February 1, U.S. Representatives Ted Budd (R-NC) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) introduced H.R.789, “No Bonuses for Terrorists Act.” They argue the legislation would “cut off American aid to the Palestinian government until the Secretary of State has certified that the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) and the Palestinian Liberation Organization have stopped paying benefits to the families of terrorists…” This overlooks the...

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