Washington Watch: A Christmas Message to Vice-President Mike Pence

Posted on December 23, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

Mr. Vice President: 

As you celebrate Christmas with your family and listen to the gospel story of the birth of Jesus, I hope you will read and reflect on the following piece I wrote a few years back. 

I want you to open your eyes to the situation facing Palestinian Christians and Muslims living in the Holy Land. And I want you to understand why the Arab Christian leadership in Palestine was so troubled by your blindness to their plight that they refused to meet with you.  

Christmas: Then and Now

Two thousand years ago, Palestine...

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Washington Watch: The "Trump Effect": Positive Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims Are Up; So Is Hate

Posted on December 16, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

Are anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments on the rise in the US? And what are the best ways to combat them? These were some of the questions we discussed at the 2017 "Global Peace and the Fear of Islam" Forum held this past week in Abu Dhabi, UAE.    

Based on our most recent Arab American Institute (AAI) survey of American public opinion, conducted in conjunction with Zogby Analytics (ZA), I was happily able to report to the Forum that negative attitudes toward both communities appear to be in decline. I also noted that in...

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Washington Watch: Trump's Jerusalem Decision: A Fatal and Fateful Blow

Posted on December 09, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns: While we have all grown weary of hearing the over-used mantra "this is the end of the peace process", Trump's decision may, in fact, be the nail in the coffin for any negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the first place, there is no peace process. It has been replaced, instead, by a breath-holding exercise with Israelis and Palestinians waiting for Trump...

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Washington Watch: Arab, Turkish, and Iranian Opinions on Regional Conflicts

Posted on December 02, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Most Arabs have little confidence in the Trump Administration's ability to solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and many have lost hope that a resolution is even possible. At the same time, it appears that the West's hostility toward Iran has produced a noticeable and potentially worrisome backlash in Iranian public opinion. These were just two of the findings of the most recent Zogby Research Services (ZRS) nine nation Middle East poll.  Each year, for the past seven, ZRS has been given the opportunity to poll public opinion across the Middle East for the Sir...

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Washington Watch: Palestinians: Victims of an Unjust US Law

Posted on November 25, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

Imagine that you are a victim of a violent crime or theft but are forbidden from reporting it because Congress has passed a law that not only prohibits you from reporting the crime, but threatens punishment if you dare to do it. This is the situation in which the Palestinians find themselves today.

The Palestinians have been told that the US government is on the verge of decertifying their right to maintain an office in Washington because they had the audacity to complain to the International Criminal Court (ICC) about Israel's land theft and settlement activity...

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Washington Watch: Roy Moore: Guilty of Abusing Girls and Religion

Posted on November 18, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In the philosophy of language, we learn the simple truth that the meaning of a word is how it's used in a sentence. The same lesson can be applied to religion—with the meaning of religious language best understood by how it is being used.   I recalled this lesson this past week as I listened to some evangelical Christians defending Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Alabama. Moore has been charged with sexually assaulting and abusing at least seven girls when he was in his 30's and they were between 14...

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Washington Watch: President Trump Wasn't on the Ballot. Nevertheless, He Lost. 

Posted on November 11, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby With all due respect to the gubernatorial candidates who won their elections on November 7th, there can be no doubt that their road to victory was paved, in part, by voter's rejection of Donald Trump and Trumpism. The president wasn't on the ballot, but his presence was felt by an energized electorate intent on sending him a message of rejection.   Much attention, of course, was focused on Democratic wins in the high-profile contests for governor in Virginia and New Jersey. The margins of these victories were larger than expected and were correctly attributed...

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Washington Watch: Balfour: the Shame and Dangers of Ignoring Arab Opinion and Rights

Posted on November 04, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In 1919, following the first World War, the victorious Allied Powers met in Paris to remake the world. The prime ministers of Italy, France, and Great Britain as well as U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, collectively known as “The Big Four,” were the decisive diplomatic players at the meeting. Under their leadership, the lands of the defeated Central Powers were picked apart. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved into smaller central European nations. Germany lost territory and was served with an extremely punitive and expensive peace treaty. In several cases, the triumphant Big Four parceled out bits...

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Washington Watch: Balfour Declaration: A Convergence of Zionist Ambition and the British Imperial Enterprise 

Posted on October 28, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in which Great Britain's Foreign Secretary, Lord Balfour, stated in a note to his colleague, Lord Rothchild, that "His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object..."  Zionists have long viewed this document as a "promissory note" giving a Great Power "seal of approval" to their quest to establish a state in Palestine. They will, therefore, be celebrating this anniversary. In reality, however,...

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Washington Watch: This Fight Isn't Over

Posted on October 21, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Having come through a difficult 2016 primary campaign and a hotly contested 2017 race for party Chair, what Democrats desperately need is to unify their ranks to confront the challenges they will face in the 2018 mid-term elections and beyond. What happened over the last three days of Democratic National Committee (DNC) meetings not only didn't contribute to unity, it added to our division. It hasn't been an easy three days. There were a few personal setbacks. The new Chair removed me and a few other colleagues from the party's Executive Committee. What we...

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