Tell your Members of Congress to Attend ‘Open Bethlehem’ Screening

Posted on November 16, 2017 in Action Alerts

On December 12th, AAI will host a screening of ‘Open Bethlehem,’ a film that aims to bring the story of Bethlehem to millions around the world, including the reality of living under Israeli military occupation. Urge your senators and your representative to attend the screening on Capitol Hill, and the following discussion featuring a resident of the city.

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Reality Check: The Truth Behind the anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Posted by Heba Mohammad on November 15, 2017 in Blog

Those who listened to last week’s House Judiciary hearing on “Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses” may have been left with the impression that protecting communities from bias or hate, while also respecting the right to free speech, is complicated. Reacting to this discord, Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) used his opening statement to set a tone of conciliation by saying, “Equality and free speech are not, and must not, be pitted against each other as if they were opposing values.” This false conflict weighed heavily over the hearing because of the way the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (AAA)...

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Dialogue Explores Whether Peace in Jerusalem is Possible

Posted by Guest on November 14, 2017 in Blog

by Sarah Seniuk Conflict in Jerusalem was highlighted in a dialogue hosted by the Foundation for Middle East Peace featuring Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann, Ori Nir from Americans for Peace Now, and Dr. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute. Each panelist emphasized the necessity to re-center divisions in Jerusalem and the experiences of Palestinians in the city when unpacking how to move forward on broader Israeli-Palestinian peace.   Echoed across the panel was the unbudging attitude and policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Seidemann declaring that Netanyahu was not and would not be interested in...

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Tell your Members of Congress to Attend ‘Open Bethlehem’ Screening

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

On December 12th, AAI will host a screening of ‘Open Bethlehem,’ a film that aims to bring the story of Bethlehem to millions around the world, including the reality of living under Israeli military occupation. Urge your senators and your representative to attend the screening on Capitol Hill, and the following discussion featuring a resident of the city. TAKE ACTION AND SEND A LETTER TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE HERE

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Tell your Members of Congress to Attend ‘Open Bethlehem’ Screening

Posted on November 08, 2017 in Action Alerts

On December 12th, AAI will host a screening of ‘Open Bethlehem,’ a film that aims to bring the story of Bethlehem to millions around the world, including the reality of Bethlehem's Christian Community and the challenges they face to stay in their hometown. Urge your senators and your representative to attend the screening on Capitol Hill, and the following discussion featuring a resident of the city. Leila Sansour, a filmmaker who comes from one of the oldest Christian families in Bethlehem will be sharing her film as well as her experiences documenting the events of the last decade in Bethlehem...

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Washington Watch: Balfour: the Shame and Dangers of Ignoring Arab Opinion and Rights

Posted on November 04, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In 1919, following the first World War, the victorious Allied Powers met in Paris to remake the world. The prime ministers of Italy, France, and Great Britain as well as U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, collectively known as “The Big Four,” were the decisive diplomatic players at the meeting. Under their leadership, the lands of the defeated Central Powers were picked apart. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved into smaller central European nations. Germany lost territory and was served with an extremely punitive and expensive peace treaty. In several cases, the triumphant Big Four parceled out bits...

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Washington Watch: Balfour Declaration: A Convergence of Zionist Ambition and the British Imperial Enterprise 

Posted on October 28, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in which Great Britain's Foreign Secretary, Lord Balfour, stated in a note to his colleague, Lord Rothchild, that "His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object..."  Zionists have long viewed this document as a "promissory note" giving a Great Power "seal of approval" to their quest to establish a state in Palestine. They will, therefore, be celebrating this anniversary. In reality, however,...

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Washington Watch: The Transformation of Jerusalem

Posted on October 07, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Last week a group of Likud members and experts presented Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a plan to carve up Arab Jerusalem in somewhat the same way that Hebron was dismembered. Some saw news of this effort as a positive sign that the Netanyahu government might be considering ideas that would end direct rule over almost 300,000 Palestinians. In fact, the intent was quite different.  The design behind the plan was both financial and racist. By shedding Israel of the responsibility of providing support for these Palestinians, "billions of shekels" would be saved....

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