Study Finds Illegally Built Israeli Settlements

Posted on November 22, 2006 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Nov. 22, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) joins Peace Now in criticizing the Israeli government’s systematic disregard for the intrinsic and internationally-recognized property rights of the Palestinian people and calls upon the Bush Administration to publicly acknowledge the eroding effect this has on prospects for a longterm Israeli-Palestinian peace.

In its recently published report, Peace Now found that close to 40% of Israeli settlements in the West Bank are built on land which the Israeli government recognizes as privately-owned by Palestinians. The study, based on information culled directly from Israeli government sources responsible...

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AAI Welcomes State Dept. Complaint Against Israeli Discrimination of Arab Americans

Posted on October 19, 2006 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Oct. 19, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent efforts to secure and defend the rights of Arab Americans of Palestinian descent to travel to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

At Secretary Rice’s direction, the U.S. recently filed a complaint with the Israeli Embassy in Washington over implementation of an Israeli policy that has resulted in the barring of entry to Arab Americans.

“We applaud Secretary Rice for following up on this important issue for Arab Americans,” said AAI President James Zogby. “Arab Americans have been regularly traveling to...

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Arab Americans Barred from Entry into Israel and Palestine Asked to Contact State Department

Posted on October 04, 2006 in Press Releases

As Many as 120,000 Arab Americans Believed to be Adversely Affected by Israeli Policy

WASHINGTON – Oct. 4, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is encouraging Arab Americans who have encountered problems or been turned away when entering Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to report details to the State Department and AAI.

Those who have been affected by Israel’s recently implemented visa policy are urged to fill out the a consular form titled “Refusal of Entry Information Sheet,” which is available through American Citizen Services at the office of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem....

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AAI Tackles Roots of Conflict in Lebanon, Palestine, Israel; Future Role For the US

Posted on July 26, 2006 in Press Releases

US Aid Groups to Discuss Humanitarain Crisis on the Ground

Washington – On Friday, July 28, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, the Arab American Institute (AAI) will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill titled, “Understanding the Conflict and the Role of the United States.”

The first hour will focus on internal Lebanese political dynamics, including challenges surrounding the implementation of UNSCR 1559, and possibilities for positive US engagement. This panel will feature Joseph Cicippio, who was held for five years as a hostage during Lebanon’s civil war and is a former CFO of the US Agency for...

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AAI to Organize Emergency Summit to Address Spiraling Middle East Violence

Posted on July 18, 2006 in Press Releases

AAI Reiterates its Calls for a Ceasefire; Appointment of Special Envoy by President Bush

Washington — Arab American leaders from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. Wednesday July 19th as part of an Emergency Summit on the Middle East being organized by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

Arab American Congressmen Nick Rahall (D-WV), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ray LaHood (R-IL), and Charles Boustany (R-LA) will host a town hall meeting with members of Congress to hear about the situation in Lebanon and Gaza from the perspective of Arab Americans. Delegates will also meet with the State...

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AAI to Organize Emergency Summit to Address Spiraling Middle East Violence

Posted on July 18, 2006 in Press Releases

AAI Reiterates its Calls for a Ceasefire; Appointment of Special Envoy by President Bush

Washington — Arab American leaders from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. Wednesday July 19th as part of an Emergency Summit on the Middle East being organized by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

Arab American Congressmen Nick Rahall (D-WV), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ray LaHood (R-IL), and Charles Boustany (R-LA) will host a town hall meeting with members of Congress to hear about the situation in Lebanon and Gaza from the perspective of Arab Americans. Delegates will also meet with the State...

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AAI Renews Call for Cessation of Hostilities, Requests State Dept. to Evacuate American Citizens…

Posted on July 14, 2006 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute (AAI) continues its call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the State Department to immediately evacuate the estimated 25,000 American citizens trapped in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel’s bombing campaign.

AAI is receiving a growing number of calls and e-mails from Arab Americans in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as well as those who have relatives trapped in the region. Reports indicate a large number of American citizens are trapped amidst the fighting, unable to exit the area because of Israel’s systematic bombardment of bridges,...

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AAI Slams Israeli Decision to Bar Arab Americans from Visiting Israel, West Bank

Posted on July 10, 2006 in Press Releases

Calls on Bush Administration to Step In, Enforce 1951 ‘Treaty of Friendship’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Arab American Institute today slammed an Israeli decision to bar Arab Americans of Palestinian descent from entering Israel and the West Bank and called for the Bush Administration to immediately raise the issue at the highest levels with the Israeli government.

The new policy, apparently enacted recently, has already affected Arab Americans on trips for business and/or to visit relatives in Israel and the West Bank.

“This is crude racial profiling and represents the worst of Israel’s systematic discriminatory policies...

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Watching Gaza: "The Genovese Syndrome"

Posted on July 06, 2006 in Washington Watch

Today I thought of Kitty Genovese.

Some of you won’t remember her, but many in my generation will recall the horror and shame they felt after hearing the story of how she was raped and stabbed to death on a New York City street in 1964. What shocked the nation was the fact that 37 witnesses heard Kitty’s cries but did nothing to help. Years later, social scientists, studying this disturbing passivity, termed it the “Genovese Syndrome”.

That’s how I feel about what is happening in Gaza today. Israel is getting away with murder and the world...

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AAI Condemns Israel’s Indiscriminate Use of Helicopter Missiles Resulting in 20 Palestinian Deaths

Posted on July 06, 2006 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute today condemned Israel’s indiscriminate use of helicopter and tank fire in highly populated Palestinian centers, resulting in the death of 20 Palestinians, including children.

AAI once again called on the Bush Administration to speak out against the deepening crisis in the Gaza Strip and urge both sides to stand down while diplomatic efforts continue to try and secure the release of an Israeli soldier captured several days ago. The Israeli soldier’s own parents recently called for the pursuit of a diplomatic solution.

“It’s unconscionable that the use of such heavy weapons should be...

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