Jared Kushner’s Bahrain conference won’t work

Posted by LOS ANGELES TIMES on June 25, 2019


JUN 25, 2019 

Twenty-five years ago, Vice President Al Gore asked the two of us to head up a project he was launching to promote Palestinian economic development in support of the still fledgling Oslo peace process. Our effort was called Builders for Peace and brought together an impressive group of American Jewish and Arab American business leaders.

We understood that economic prosperity alone would not bring peace. That could be achieved only through a negotiated political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the same time, we realized that improvements in the Palestinians' dire economic situation couldn't wait until the end of the five-year period envisioned by the Oslo Accords. If the process were to be sustained, Palestinians needed to experience the benefits of peace even as negotiations moved forward.

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The spirit of Palestinian resistance will not be broken

Posted by Al Jazeera on May 15, 2018

If you are familiar with the term "Nakba", you probably think of it as a historical Palestinian grievance over events that unfolded 70 years ago. That was the time when Zionist militias facilitated the creation of the state of Israel by depopulating Palestinian villages, driving some 750,000 people out of their homes.

Israel's founder David Ben-Gurion famously remarked: "I support compulsory transfer. I don't see anything immoral in it." Some Palestinians fled their towns upon hearing of the unfolding violence nearby. Villages that tried to resist displacement, like the village of Deir Yassin, were decimated. Conservative estimates...

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US Embassy opening in Jerusalem is nail in coffin of peace process

Posted by CNN on May 14, 2018

(CNN)The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem is dangerous, reckless and cruelly insensitive to the Palestinian people. The smiling Israeli and American guests at the opening ceremony on Monday -- juxtaposed with the deadly protests occurring on Gaza's border, where Israeli military forces have killed dozens of demonstrators -- only highlights how removed from reality the Trump administration is. And the White House's invitation to two pastors, both of whom are known for making bigoted remarks toward other faiths, particularly Islam, to be part of the ceremony can only be...

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Blytheville native to receive major award

Posted by Blytheville Courier on April 21, 2017

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Arab American Greg Simon will accept the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at the 19th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Salan, Communications Director of aaiusa.org said that Simon, originally from Blytheville and born into a long family history in the community, will be receiving a “major award” for his commitment to public service. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Biden Cancer Initiative. His family came from Georgia and settled in Blytheville and...

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Don't conflate legitimate criticism of Israeli policy with anti-Semitism: Amy Kaplan and James Zogby

Posted by PennLive on April 12, 2017


The recent desecrations at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mount Carmel, fit a pattern of increased anti-Semitic incidents and crimes throughout the United States.

Law enforcement and civil rights organizations have recorded an alarming growth of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment in general.

These acts have brought American Muslims, Arab Americans and American Jews together to denounce these heinous episodes and raise funds to repair cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia.

That's the good news. Americans came together to stand against hatred and bigotry and will continue to do so.

But one other thing...

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Posted by Star-Telegram on December 22, 2016

Obama shuts down Bush-era Muslim registry to keep Donald Trump from using it


In 2001, Roskana Mun was a 16-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant living in one of New York City’s most diverse neighborhoods. After 9/11, the U.S. government started tracking foreign Muslim men and boys, and Mun’s neighborhood changed as men were detained and in some cases deported.

“Women had to juggle raising a whole family and face the threat of detention,” Mun said. “Girls had to step up, and young people...

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Dr. James Zogby on Arabs in Politics LISTEN

Posted by KPFA on September 07, 2016

BY 94.1 KPFA SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Did you know that in many states, Arab numbers are equal to or greater than Jewish numbers — but for a variety of reasons, Arabs have never defeated a candidate with their clout. Why? In this episode, Arab American Institute president, Dr. James Zogby explains. He gets real about what it takes to achieve power in this country and he would know … For decades, he’s been working tirelessly in Washington to influence power in a pretty hostile climate. Don’t miss...

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Muslim Comedy Show Brings Laughs To RNC

Posted by Lakewood Observer on August 03, 2016

BY MIKE DENEEN August 2, 2016 

Thousands of visitors came to Cleveland last month to be part of the Republican National Convention. Most came for serious business – whether delegates on the floor or protesters outside. However, one group came not for business, but for comedy – albeit comedy with a message.

As you are likely aware, Republican candidate Donald Trump has generated tremendous controversy in his campaign, particularly in regards to Muslims. The Arab American Institute Foundation decided rather than doing traditional programming at this year’s RNC, it would put on a comedy show. “BANNED: Dangerously Funny Arab...

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