AAI Leads Coalition to Deliver Letter to Secretary of State Rice Regarding Arab American Entry Into

Posted on March 17, 2009 in Press Releases

Letter Expresses Continued Concern Over Obstacles to Entry for American Citizens of Arab and Palestinian Descent

WASHINGTON – March 17, 2008 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday expressing continued concern over the treatment of Americans attempting to legally enter the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) by the Government of Israel. The letter, signed by 29 organizations, states the signatories’ concern regarding the ongoing burdensome bureaucratic requirements, harassment, and humiliation that Americans of Arab, and particularly Palestinian, descent often face when trying to enter Israel or the oPt. Many...

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AAI to Co-sponsor the ALLMEP Summit on March 4th

Posted by AAI on March 03, 2009 in News Clips

A New Strategy for Middle East Peace

REELING FROM A FRESH WAVE OF VIOLENCE, Israelis and Palestinians look to the U.S. and the world for a broad, new strategic approach to an old conflict. Join us on March 4, 2009 in Washington, DC to be a part of the solution, as we develop a broad new strategy to build peace not only from the top-down but also from the bottom-up – engaging ordinary citizens in the struggle for peace.

The Summit will focus on dramatically expanding current cooperation between tens of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians, who work...

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REPORT: Guidelines for Israel’s Investigation into ‘Operation Cast Lead’

Posted on February 23, 2009 in Reports

READ THE REPORT: CLICK HERE

About B’tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

B’Tselem in Hebrew literally means “in the image of,” and is also used as a synonym for human dignity.

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Hopeful, But Not Optimistic

Posted on February 09, 2009 in Washington Watch
George Mitchell has returned from his first foray to the Middle East. He will now study his initial findings, await the results of Israel’s election, and then revisit the region at month’s end.
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House: Gaza Crisis: Selected Statements from Members of Congress

Posted on February 05, 2009 in Washington Watch

Selected Speeches on H. Res. 34

Selected Statements from Members of Congress, updated January 8, 2009

The Arab American Institute has assembled a list of statements by our members of Congress regarding the most recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  Links to select statements by Members of Congress:

• U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA)

• U.S. Representative Lois Capps (D-CA)

• U.S. Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA)

• U.S. Representative Geoff Davis (R-KY)

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AAI Cosponsors Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Gaza Presented by Gisha and Physicians for

Posted by AAI on January 12, 2009 in News Clips

On Thursday, January 7th, AAI along with Americans for Peace Now, Churches for Middle East Peace, the Israel Policy Forum, J-Street and Brit Tzedek, sponsored a Hill briefing to address the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The briefing featured Israeli representatives from two human rights organizations: Gisha and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.

The speakers provided background information on the events that led to the current situation, as well as detailed first-hand accounts of the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold within Gaza. A representative from Physicians for Human Rights expressed concern over the inability of health professionals to access...

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How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe

Posted by on January 08, 2009 in Blog
The only way to make sense of Israel’s senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians.
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The word from GAZA: AAI, ANERA speak to Congressional Staff

Posted by AAI on January 06, 2009 in News Clips

The word from GAZA: AAI, ANERA speak to Congressional Staff Posted on Tuesday January 6, 2009

This is a summarized transcript of the conference call organized by AAI for Hill Staffers with ANERA Director Sala Sakka in Gaza and ANERA President Bill Corcoran here in DC. The call took place on January 5, 2009. This is not an exact transcription of the conversation, but is an accurate reporting.

Conference Call: Update from Gaza Monday, January 05, 2009

Moderated by: Dr. James Zogby, President and Founder of the Arab American Institute

Featuring: Mr....

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Resources Addressing the Situation in Gaza

Posted on January 02, 2009 in Reports

AAI has been assembling resources and information regarding the ongoing Gaza crisis. Click the link below to find statements by members of Congress, U.S. officials, and our American Jewish and Arab American colleagues on the situation in Gaza. In addition, AAI has provided links to groups that are working on the ground in Gaza to provide aid and relief to the citizens of Gaza. If you have other resources you would like to add, please contact Christina Zola at czola@aaiusa.org.

Statements and press releases from U.S. officials about the current hostilities in Gaza:

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Words of hope from Gaza: “Be creative to defeat that sense of helplessness”

Posted by AAI on December 31, 2008 in News Clips

Words of hope from Gaza: “Be creative to defeat that sense of helplessness” Posted on Wednesday December 31, 2008

Listen to this conversation between AAI leadership and ANERA in its entirety (the conversation begins at minute 6:30 on the recording) – click here.

AAI leaders spoke to Salah Sakka, the ANERA director in Gaza, and Bill Corcoran, President of ANERA. Mr. Sakka is actually in Gaza and gave us an eye-witness account of conditions there, what’s working, and what we can do to help.

In general, the U.N. humanitarian groups are...

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