Posted on December 04, 2009 in Arab American Institute

Like all ethnic constituencies, Arab Americans have a myriad of issues that they are concerned with. As our nation debated changing our health care system and passing financial reforms, Arab Americans were fully engaged. Arab Americans are also engaged on policy debates about education, unemployment and the environment.

But there is a set of specific issues that remain at the forefront of Arab American advocacy work. The cornerstone of all our foreign policy work is a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will result in two states, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security. The unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq is important. An end to the Syrian crisis that addresses the dire humanitarian situation is needed, and the stability of a unified, prosperous Lebanon is key.

And on the domestic side, whether it is on immigration or profiling, we support policies that make our country strong and secure, while protecting the civil rights and civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution.

These are the issue we care about. In each of the sections below, you will find information on each priority issue. Some of it is what we are saying and doing or what officials in Washington are saying and doing. You will also be able to hear from AAI President Jim Zogby on the issue. And finally, we have gathered what we think are the best resources on the topic.

We hope this helps your work on these issues, and we’d like to hear from you on what we could add.

Foreign Policy Concerns:





Domestic Policy Concerns:

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


Anti-Arab Bigotry & Islamophobia

Immigration Reform

2020 Census


Additional Domestic Policy Issues:

AAI Issue Brief: Voter Rights 

AAI Issue Brief: NSEERS

AAI Issue Brief: TSA SPOT Program

AAI Issue Brief: Israel and The U.S. Visa Waiver Program

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