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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News & Views

Posted on July 18, 2008 in Washington Watch
(A review of items of interest to the U.S.-Arab relationship – covering developments in Washington, political campaigns and the U.S. Media)
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Letter to Secretary Rice Urges Further Championship of Gaza Students’ Hopes

Posted on July 15, 2008 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 15, 2008 – The Foundation for Middle East Peace, the Arab American Institute, and five other American organizations who support a two state peace between Israel and Palestine have asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to urge Israel to permit hundreds of students in Gaza who have been admitted to foreign universities to exit Gaza. These students are confined to Gaza because of Israel’s closure policy.

The other co-signers of the letter are Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Churches for Middle East Peace, the Israel Policy Forum, and Brit Tzedek...

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Holy Land Lost

Posted on July 07, 2008 in Washington Watch
The very words “The Holy Land” evoke powerful images. But the pictures that come to mind are rapidly disappearing from the landscape.
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News & Views

Posted on July 04, 2008 in Washington Watch
(A review of items of interest to the U.S.-Arab relationship – covering developments in Washington, political campaigns and the U.S. Media)
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News & Views

Posted on June 13, 2008 in Washington Watch
O! Jerusalem Just how sensitive the issue of Jerusalem is became clear in the reaction to Barack Obama’s remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last week. Recall that the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” The AIPAC crowd cheered, as did government spokesmen in Israel.
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McCain and Obama at AIPAC

Posted on June 09, 2008 in Washington Watch

NOTE: This column is based on a more detailed, individual treatment of both candidates’ speeches at AIPAC. Click here to read Dr. Zogby’s analysis of McCain’s speech, and here to read his analysis of Obama’s speech.

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, the presumptive Republican and Democratic nominees for President, addressed AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) last week. Always a depressing spectacle, this year’s conference, at least, provided some interesting insights into the differences that divide the candidates, and the way they played out with the AIPAC audience.

First up was McCain, whose hawkish...

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J Street: A Much-Needed Pro-Peace Lobby Is Born

Posted on June 03, 2008 in Washington Watch
Last month’s launch of J Street marks the culmination of a two-decades old evolution within the pro-Israel community in the U.S.
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AAI Applauds LaHood-Price Letter Sent to President Bush Ahead of May 2008 Middle East Trip

Posted on May 21, 2008 in Press Releases

Letter to President Led by Representatives LaHood and Price and Signed by 50 Others Urges End to Gaza Blockade and Exploration of Ceasefire

WASHINGTON – May 21, 2008 –The Arab American Institute (AAI) commended the bipartisan efforts of Congressmen Ray LaHood (R-IL) and David Price (D-NC) calling for bolstered U.S. engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. LaHood and Price sent a letter to President Bush on the eve of his May 2008 trip to the Middle East expressing the urgent need for the U.S. to work to stabilize Gaza in order to strengthen and support ongoing peace talks....

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