Posted by Arab American Institute on December 06, 2017 in Blog


For Immediate Release: December 6, 2017

Official Statement from AAI President James Zogby

(Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute President James Zogby on President Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem:

Listening to President Trump's announcement regarding Jerusalem was profoundly disturbing. It's a devastating blow: to Muslims and Christians living under harsh Israeli rule in occupied Jerusalem; to Arab and Muslim sensitivities; and to U.S. relations with our Arab allies. It also damages U.S. leadership worldwide, since we have now broken ranks with the E.U. and the rest of the international community. Trump is playing with fire and the consequences will be grave. It was especially troubling to hear the President announcing measures that are bound to provoke and incite violence while at the same time absurdly preaching non-violence and peace.

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