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Washington Watch

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 18, 2020

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Thirty-two years ago this month, I was arrested sitting-in and blocking the entrance of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. The Embassy was hosting an event that evening in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Looking back at what we did that day, I'm confident that it was the right way to remember Dr. King's legacy.

There were a number of concerns that prompted our protest. In the first place, we were in the beginnings of the first Palestinian Intifada – the mass protest movement which witnessed tens of thousands of young Palestinians, armed with...

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America's Decline Continues

Posted on January 11, 2020

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Despite its claims of making America more respected and feared in the world, the Trump Administration’s behaviors have only contributed to accelerating the decline in America’s leadership. President Trump’s demonstrated disdain for international agreements and law, his erratic behavior, and his reckless tweets, have left world leaders and their publics alternating between being confounded and frightened. One result has been that some allies and opponents have sought leadership and more predictable partnerships elsewhere.

This was not the way it was just three decades ago when the United States emerged victorious from the Cold War...

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No Good Will Come of This

Posted on January 04, 2020

By Dr. James J. Zogby

The US drone attack that assassinated Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force​, represents an unsettling major escalation in US involvement in the region.

Given Soleimani's record, there should be no tears shed over his demise. He and his minions have played a central role not only in Iran's increasingly violent​, destabilizing role throughout the region, he also led efforts to brutally repress Iran's domestic democratic movement and the recent uprising against corrupt Iranian-backed sectarianism in Iraq. Despite this, Soleimani's assassination is deeply troubling for several reasons.

In the first place, no one should be foolish...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby

Viewpoint with James Zogby: Nathan Guttman on New Israeli Leadership

Posted on May 31, 2016

Nathan Guttman joins James Zogby to talk about changes in Israeli leadership. 

Nathan Guttman is the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Ha’aretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Viewpoint airs every Wednesday. Watch below:

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Bill Press on Sanders and the Democratic Party

Posted on May 24, 2016

Bill Press joins James Zogby to talk about Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party. 

Bill Press began his career as a political insider and media commentator on KABC-TV and KCOP-TV, both in Los Angeles. Over the years, he has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys and a Golden Mike Award. The host of radio’s nationally syndicated Bill Press Show (Monday-Friday from 6-9am ET), Press attends the daily White House press briefing and writes a syndicated newspaper column, distributed weekly by Tribune Media Services.

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Arjun Sethi on CVE Programming

Posted on May 16, 2016

Arjun Sethi joins James Zogby to talk about CVE programming. 

Arjun Sethi is a writer and attorney based in Washington, D.C., and a frequent commentator on civil rights and civil liberties related issues. He is currently Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition. Prior to joining The Sikh Coalition, he served as national legislative counsel for human rights and national security related affairs at the American Civil Liberties Union and was an associate at the international law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

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Speeches and Appearances

James Zogby Testifies Before UN Security Council on Israeli Settlements

Posted on May 09, 2019

James Zogby was invited by the nations of Indonesia, Kuwait and South Africa to participate in the United Nations Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting they convened. Titled, “Israeli-Settlements and Settlers: Core of the occupation, protection crisis and obstruction of peace,” the meeting was held at 3.00 p.m. yesterday, May 9, 2019. 

The meeting was chaired by Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and sought to, "allow for discussions on international responsibilities to uphold the law and internationally agreed norms and principles, including in regards to the prohibitions on the acquisition of territory by force; the right of peoples to...

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James Zogby and Avraham Burg Dialogue at NYU-DC Event

Posted on January 25, 2019

On the evening of January 24, 2019, Jim Zogby and Avraham Burg were invited by NYU Washington D.C. to engage in a discussion about the possibilities for solutions in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

Their candid and wide-ranging conversation was live-streamed and is available here

A round-up of the conversation is also available on our Twitter

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The Earthly Jerusalem: Captive and Transformed

Posted on February 21, 2018

I first visited Jerusalem 23 years ago. I was there in my capacity as co-Chair of Builders for Peace, an American initiative launched by then Vice President Al Gore of Jewish and Arab American business leaders working to find ways to grow the Palestinian economy.

We stayed at the Palestinian-owned Ambassador Hotel—from which we could see the Dome of the Rock and the Mount of Olives. Early in my visit, I made a point of going to the Old City, walking its narrow passage ways. And I visited the Church of...

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