Two Problematic Reasons Why Trump Apparently Wants to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on December 17, 2016 in Blog

*Originally published on December 15, 2016 The foreign policy establishment in Washington, D.C. is rightfully losing sleep over President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to open a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. While many presidential candidates have flirted with the idea of moving the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, each and every elected President since 1967 has refused to do so. However, there is ample reason to fear that Donald Trump might just be the President to follow through on this particular promise in defiance of...

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David Friedman Should Not Be Confirmed As Ambassador to Israel

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on December 16, 2016 in Blog
Last night, President-elect Trump’s transition team announced that David Friedman is their pick for U.S. Ambassador to Israel, a position which Friedman said he “looks forward to to doing from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jeruslam.”
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Political Dissent is Not Hate

Posted by Ali Albassam on December 07, 2016 in Blog

Last week, the Senate passed a bill called the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” to counter rising anti-Semitism. Sounds like a sensible bill, right? But dig deeper, and you will find the legislation vaguely defines anti-Semitism in a way that conflates well founded criticisms of Israel’s human rights abuses and discriminatory policies with hatred. This bill, which was presented in a manner that provided no opportunity for debate, used the State Department's working definition of anti-Semitism and applies it in domestic settings of schools and college campuses. It seeks to expand...

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Support Free Speech

Posted on December 01, 2016 in Action Alerts
Senator Casey (D-PA) and Senator Scott (R-SC) co-sponsored a bi-partisan bill titled “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016.” This bill uses the State Department definition of anti-Semitism and applies in domestic settings of schools and college campuses. It would expand the definition of Title VI protection to include criticism of Israel. This would threaten free speech. At a time when hate crimes against minority communities have increased, it is imperative that our elected officials do not conflate criticisms of policies and political opposition with instances of hate.
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Washington Watch: Standing Rock and Palestine: The Struggle for Justice is One

Posted on November 28, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Last week, I joined several hundred protesters in a sit-in in front of the Army Corps of Engineers' Headquarters in Washington, DC. We were protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline designed to daily transport over 500 thousand barrels of fracked oil southward to be refined.   The DC protest was part of an international day of solidarity with efforts led by Native Americans at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. In all, demonstrations were held in over 300 cities worldwide. On one level, the issues involved are presented as complicated matters...

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Tell President Obama to Investigate the Death of Arab American Mahmoud Shaalan

Posted on August 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
To date, the U.S. government has not condemned the killing of one of its citizens, nor has it called for a transparent and fair investigation into Mahmoud’s tragic death. Mahmoud’s family deserves to know what happened to their beloved son, as does every family who loses a child. It is time for Mahmoud's government to demand information and an investigation.
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DNC 2016: Palestine

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism. That is why we will always support Israel’s right to defend itself, including by retaining its qualitative military edge, and oppose any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement."

"We will continue to work toward a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiated directly by the parties that guarantees Israel’s future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and...

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RNC 2016: Palestine

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"Like the United States of America, the modern state of Israel is a country born from the aspiration for freedom and stands out among the nations as a beacon of democracy and humanity."

"Beyond our mutual strategic interests, Israel is likewise an exceptional country that shares our most essential values. It is the only country in the Middle East where freedom of speech and freedom of religion are found. Therefore, support for Israel is an expression of Americanism, and it is the responsibility of our government to advance policies that reflect Americans’ strong desire for a relationship with no...

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AAI Talks Palestine at the Democratic National Convention

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 28, 2016 in Blog

"Palestinians and Israelis on the ground are paying the price with human life and massive destruction for the inability of the U.S. not only to hold Israel to account but to follow through on its policy talk with policy action." - Sam Bahour

  AAIF hosted an expert panel to debate how President Obama and the next President of the United States can end the occupation of Palestine. The panel featured AAI President Dr. James Zogby, Palestinian American businessman Sam Bahour, columnist and author Peter Beinart, and President of Americans for Peace Now Debra DeLee....

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American Attitudes Toward The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2016)

Posted on July 27, 2016 in Reports

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Research Services poll tracking American Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

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Key Findings Overall, nearly half (49%) of Americans view Israelis favorably, and nearly half (49%) view Palestinians unfavorably. Despite this, American voters believe that Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal rights by a margin of 65% to 14%. There is a strong partisan divide on U.S. policy toward Israel. Republicans are more likely to perceive current policies as favoring the Palestinians, and more likely to believe the next administration...

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