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Washington Watch

He Threatened Us, Now He Goes to Jail

Posted on August 17, 2019

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Back in May, a jury found Patrick Syring, a former State Department official, guilty of 14 counts of making threats against my life and my staff at the Arab American Institute. This week, a federal judge sentenced Syring to five years in prison to be followed by three years of court-ordered probation. This was Syring's second conviction. He had been found guilty of the same crimes against me and my staff in 2008 and served over a year in prison. After his release and a period of probation, he began once again to stalk, harass,...

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We Have a Problem: Guns

Posted on August 10, 2019

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Once again, mass shootings are in the US headlines. And in the aftermath of yet another massacre of innocents, we are in the throes of what has become patterned ritual behavior.After the initial shock, we undergo a brief period of mourning, followed by an equally brief period of soul-searching, data charts reminding us how many have died from mass shootings in the past month, year, decade, etc.; analysts commenting about what was unique or not so unique with this particular shooting; and, of course, finger-pointing at those who we believe have incited or organized...

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Made for TV Presidential Debates: Forgettable Candidates and Irritating Format

Posted on August 03, 2019

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I've just returned from Detroit, Michigan, where I attended the second set of Democratic Party presidential primary debates. For many reasons, the debates were a frustrating experience. In the first place, there were simply too many candidates – many of whom, frankly speaking, didn't belong cluttering up the stage. And then there was the way these debates were run – more for TV ratings and entertainment, than for serious discussion and enlightenment.  In 1984, I was in New Hampshire with Reverend Jesse Jackson for one of that year's Democratic presidential primary debates. It was a...

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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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