Posted by Ryan Suto on January 10, 2018 in Blog
On 29 December the Jerusalem Post published an interview with the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. In that article, Friedman stated that reactions were "largely emotional" to the Trump administration's announcement of support to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
He went on to state: "We expected the reaction, although we were disappointed with some of the rhetoric, which was ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic [sic]". The anti-Semitism charge
Friedman does not elaborate how political disagreements with an international policy change constitute bigotry against Judaism as a religion or Jews as a people....Read more
Posted by Ryan Suto on January 08, 2018 in Blog
With congress reconvening this week, we will be watching a few bills which might resurface in the new session. While there are always many concerning bills introduced each Congress, most linger without significant support. As such, the below is an abbreviated list of the bills we would highlight that have not yet been enacted, but may find new life in 2018 as Congress looks toward midterm elections later this year.
S.1697 / H.R.1164 - Taylor Force Act. This bill calls for cutting US funding for the Palestinian Authority (PA) for what is misleadingly described as the PA’s policy of “rewards for terrorism”. For...Read more
Posted on January 06, 2018 in Washington Watch
by James J. Zogby
Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I became embroiled in what The Jerusalem Post termed a "Twitter war" which they claimed "raised eyebrows on both sides of the Atlantic".
What started the heated exchange was my response to a tweet by celebrity chef Rachael Ray in which she called "Israeli"—"meze, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, beet dip, eggplant and sun-dried tomato dip, walnut and red pepper dip, and tabouli".
I hadn't intended a war, but my blood boiled when I saw Ray's tweet and so I tweeted a response—"Damn it! This is cultural genocide. It's not Israeli...Read more
It’s hard to put Trump and “strategy” in the same sentence, given the President’s tendency to fire reckless, unadvisable tweets at all hours of the day, but he did release his official “National Security Strategy,” so we had to put that sentence together. But when you see the Washington Post reporting that Trump “may not have read” his own national security strategy, you realize we’re back in la la land where we belong. So how is this strategy document different from previous administrations’? For starters, it fails to note the seriousness of climate change as a threat to...
Ahed Tamimi is a 16-year old Palestinian girl, and her videos have been going viral for years, as she fearlessly confronted heavily-armed Israeli troops in her village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. But after a new video showed her getting physical with Israeli occupation troops she was pushing out of of her neighborhood, she was arrested by the Israeli military. While some in mainstream coverage described her actions as “provocative,” fewer focused on the fact that she was on Palestinian land, and that Israeli troops were there to serve an illegitimate occupation that is actively...
To those who have observed our Commander in Chief over the last year, it is not surprising anymore to see him lash out. To those who understand, you know, the world, it came as no surprise that when the UN Security Council held a vote on whether the US should reverse its decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the vote was unanimous, except for the US of course. And the US “no” vote has veto power. This is just one of some four dozen vetoes the US has cast to shield Israel from accountability for its actions, including illegal takeover...
Posted on December 09, 2017 in Washington Watch
by James J. Zogby
President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns: While we have all grown weary of hearing the over-used mantra "this is the end of the peace process", Trump's decision may, in fact, be the nail in the coffin for any negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the first place, there is no peace process. It has been replaced, instead, by a breath-holding exercise with Israelis and Palestinians waiting for Trump...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on December 08, 2017 in Blog
As the world gets ready to celebrate Christmas and sing about Bethlehem, not many actually know about the town where Jesus was born, or the people who live in it today. The town is situated south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, an area that has been occupied by Israel since 1967.
Bethlehem is in grave danger today, as encroachment of illegal settlements and walls, coupled with restrictive military closures, are threatening the ancient city’s vibrancy and diversity.
On paper, US policy has long opposed the occupation of the West...Read more
Posted on December 06, 2017 in Press Releases
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate Release: December 6, 2017 Official Statement from AAI President James Zogby (Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute President James Zogby on President Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem: Listening to President Trump's announcement regarding Jerusalem was profoundly disturbing. It's a devastating blow: to Muslims and Christians living under harsh Israeli rule in occupied Jerusalem; to Arab and Muslim sensitivities; and to U.S. relations with our Arab allies. It also damages U.S. leadership worldwide, since we have now broken ranks with the E.U. and the rest of...Read more