Self-Inflicted Deadly Wounds

Posted on May 29, 2007 in Washington Watch

Circumstances beyond one’s control may shape life options and limit possibilities, but one need never be a helpless victim of fate. I make this observation, in part, in reaction to the horrific scenes of violence playing out in Lebanon and Gaza. Both can be seen as a consequence of the lack of peace and realization of justice, and the failure to resolve the region’s long-festering problems. But while some injuries are inflicted, others are self-inflicted. And so, while fingers of blame can be pointed in many directions, for Lebanese and Palestinians, some should point close to home....

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What Secretary Rice’s Agenda Should Be

Posted on February 20, 2007 in Washington Watch

If U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had wanted to make a real contribution to enhancing future prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, she would not be spending her time in the region “sketching out broader political issues” with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. After too many years of U.S. neglect, these issues are abstractions that pale in comparison to immediate needs.

What the Secretary should be focusing her energy on is reinforcing the Mecca Accords and pressing Israel to end its strangulation of the Palestinian economy and society.

The agreement signed in...

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AAI: Bush Administration Should Call for Halt to Construction

Posted on February 09, 2007 in Press Releases

AAI Concerned by Israeli Dig in Jerusalem; Requests Bush Administration Call for a Halt to Construction Activity

WASHINGTON – Feb. 9, 2007 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is concerned about ongoing Israeli building activity near the Noble Sanctuary (Temple Mount) compound in Jerusalem and calls on the Bush Administration to request a halt to the work.

The compound, where the Dome of the Rock shrine and al-Aqsa Mosque sit, are one of the holiest places in the Islamic world. Muslims throughout the region have expressed concern that ongoing Israeli work could damage or weaken the foundation...

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Israel’s Illegal Use of Cluster Bombs in Lebanon

Posted on February 02, 2007 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Feb. 1, 2007 – As the State Department announced its decision to notify Congress of likely Israeli violations of U.S. law in its use of cluster bombs in Lebanese civilian areas, the Arab American Institute (AAI) renewed its calls for humanitarian and political action. On Monday, the State Department sent the results of its preliminary investigation into a possible Israeli breach of the Arms Export Control Act to Congress.

AAI again called for the prohibition of U.S. tax dollars from being spent to acquire, utilize, sell or transfer cluster munitions, and for Israel to disclose details...

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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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