United For The Two State Solution

Posted by AAI on June 17, 2009


On Monday, June 15th pollsters from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came together to present “United for the Two-State Solution: The Popular Mandate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace”. The event was co-sponsored by the Arab American Institute, OneVoice Movement, J Street , Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Israel Policy Forum.

The briefing, held for Congressional staffers, was attended by nearly 100 guests. Discussion panelists included Nader Said, General Director of Arab World for Research and Development and pollster for the...

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State Department: Conference Call with Michele Bond, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizen

Posted by AAI on June 02, 2009

On Thursday, May 28th, at 3:00 PM The Bureau of Consular Affairs, division of American Citizens Services hosted a conference call with several organizations regarding their mission, goals, and several issues of concern, specifically problems faced by U.S citizens suspected of being from Arab heritage when trying to travel through or visit the West Bank or Israel.

Michele Bond, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for Overseas Citizens Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, began the conference by giving a quick overview of the different programs within the department, their respective missions, and their goals....

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From Belfast to Jerusalem

Posted by AAI on March 26, 2009

“What we do know is this: That the status quo is unsustainable, that it is critical for us to advance a two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can live side-by-side in their own states with peace and security…Last week, we were here for St. Patrick’s Day, and you’ll recall that we had what had been previously sworn enemies celebrating here in this very room. Leaders from the two sides of Northern a couple of decades ago — or even a decade ago — people would have said could never achieve peace, and here they were, jointly appearing and talking...

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AAI to Co-sponsor the ALLMEP Summit on March 4th

Posted by AAI on March 03, 2009

A New Strategy for Middle East Peace

REELING FROM A FRESH WAVE OF VIOLENCE, Israelis and Palestinians look to the U.S. and the world for a broad, new strategic approach to an old conflict. Join us on March 4, 2009 in Washington, DC to be a part of the solution, as we develop a broad new strategy to build peace not only from the top-down but also from the bottom-up – engaging ordinary citizens in the struggle for peace.

The Summit will focus on dramatically expanding current cooperation between tens of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians, who work...

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AAI Cosponsors Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Gaza Presented by Gisha and Physicians for

Posted by AAI on January 12, 2009

On Thursday, January 7th, AAI along with Americans for Peace Now, Churches for Middle East Peace, the Israel Policy Forum, J-Street and Brit Tzedek, sponsored a Hill briefing to address the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The briefing featured Israeli representatives from two human rights organizations: Gisha and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.

The speakers provided background information on the events that led to the current situation, as well as detailed first-hand accounts of the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold within Gaza. A representative from Physicians for Human Rights expressed concern over the inability of health professionals to access...

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The word from GAZA: AAI, ANERA speak to Congressional Staff

Posted by AAI on January 06, 2009

The word from GAZA: AAI, ANERA speak to Congressional Staff Posted on Tuesday January 6, 2009

This is a summarized transcript of the conference call organized by AAI for Hill Staffers with ANERA Director Sala Sakka in Gaza and ANERA President Bill Corcoran here in DC. The call took place on January 5, 2009. This is not an exact transcription of the conversation, but is an accurate reporting.

Conference Call: Update from Gaza Monday, January 05, 2009

Moderated by: Dr. James Zogby, President and Founder of the Arab American Institute

Featuring: Mr....

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Words of hope from Gaza: “Be creative to defeat that sense of helplessness”

Posted by AAI on December 31, 2008

Words of hope from Gaza: “Be creative to defeat that sense of helplessness” Posted on Wednesday December 31, 2008

Listen to this conversation between AAI leadership and ANERA in its entirety (the conversation begins at minute 6:30 on the recording) – click here.

AAI leaders spoke to Salah Sakka, the ANERA director in Gaza, and Bill Corcoran, President of ANERA. Mr. Sakka is actually in Gaza and gave us an eye-witness account of conditions there, what’s working, and what we can do to help.

In general, the U.N. humanitarian groups are...

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AAI Co-sponsors Capitol Hill Briefing on the Crisis in Gaza and Future Prospects for Israeli-Palesti

Posted by AAI on February 25, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute co-sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing, entitled “Recalculating Annapolis: Understanding the Crisis in Gaza and Southern Israel and Its Impact on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process,” on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. The event included a roundtable discussion featuring leading experts on Middle Eastern affairs, including perspectives on Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, U.S. and U.N. policy, and drew a large and diverse audience of congressional staff, policy-makers and academics, as well as university students and local community members.

AAI partnered with the American Task Force on Palestine, Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Israel Policy...

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