Palestinians Today

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 09, 2017 in Blog

With 7.98 million Palestinians in diaspora, the Palestinian people continue to make up the world's largest displaced population - including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). This diaspora population continues to grow, as Israel continues to block their to return home. In the infographic below, we note the massive number of Palestinians displaced as a result of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) and the 1967 conquest of the occupied territories. 

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Trauma and Torture: The Imprisonment of Palestinian Children

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 08, 2017 in Blog

Israel’s occupation has made life very difficult for most Palestinians, but none are more vulnerable to the hardships of that occupation than Palestinian children. In the infographic below, we highlight the mistreatment these children are subjected to (hundreds each year) at the hands of Israeli authorities, which very frequently involves physical violence, among a wide-range of abuses, in direct violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international agreements.

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How Israeli Settlements Killed Peace

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

For decades, the United States has simultaneously protested Israel’s occupation of Palestine in rhetoric, while actively shielding Israel from real accountability for that illegal occupation. This approach has allowed Israel to act with impunity, expanding settlements throughout the Palestinian territories, in direct violation of international law, and systematically violating a wide-range of basic Palestinian human rights. Since the start of the so-called “peace process”, Israel’s illegal settler population in the occupied territories has grown by more than 400%, destroying the viability of Palestinian independence and self-determination.

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VIDEO: 50 Years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Posted by Omar Baddar on June 06, 2017 in Blog

If you put on a hat for a few hours, you may forget it’s even there. And if you get used to the idea that Palestine is occupied, you may get used to the idea that this is the normal state of affairs. This week, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories turns 50 years old, the longest in modern history, and it’s anything but normal. A closer look at the brutality and injustice of this occupation is crucial to remind ourselves of how unsustainable the status quo is.I remember about...

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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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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 Posters: Symbols of Resistance

Posted by Guest on May 25, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata

This year, many articles have surfaced recognizing the signs and posters activists carry at various protests across the country. The March for Science saw a spectrum of poster art: kid-crafted colored pencil masterpieces of dinosaurs, trees, and rocket ships; signs with science puns such as “up and atom” and more serious calls for action such as “the oceans are rising and so are we”; and a more layman declaration of “no science, no beer.” As protests span mission and medium, posters often serve as symbols of resistance. With the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation approaching on June...

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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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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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