Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Omar Baddar at 202-429-9210.

King Hearings Prompt Hill Briefing on Islamophobia

Posted on February 28, 2011

WASHINGTON - February 28, 2011 - Prompted by Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) proposed hearings on the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community, the Arab American Institute and the Muslim Public Affairs Council will convene a briefing for congressional staffers on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 entitled Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism. The briefing will examine the industry of Islamophobia and its impact on people, foreign and domestic policy.Focusing on the active role Islamophobia plays in alienating and ostracizing the American Muslim community, the briefing will address how Islamophobia has not only become socially permissible but is also a used as...

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AAI and ATFL convene a Lebanese American meeting with the Administration

Posted on December 21, 2010


AAI and ATFL convene a Lebanese American meeting with the Administration

On Friday, December 17, a group of Lebanese Americans met with officials from the Obama administration to discuss the situation in Lebanon in light of the impending indictments by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Al Hariri. The meeting was convened by the Arab American Institute (AAI) and the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), and brought together Lebanese Americans from across the country. The following statement was released by the co-conveners at...

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Ashrawi: Pressure without Progress Could Lead to the “Political Suicide” of the Palestinian National

Posted on July 09, 2010


 Ashrawi: Pressure without Progress Could Lead to the "Political Suicide" of the Palestinian National Leadership

On his weekly Television show Viewpoint with James Zogby, Dr. Zogby hosted PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi to critique the July 6th White House meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In discussing Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, Ashrawi warned that moving to direct talks when no progress has been made will lead to the Palestinian national leadership’s loss of credibility with its own constituents. Responding to the question of whether President Abbas would ultimately be...

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Ambassador Rice Weighs In on U.S. Strategic Interests In the Middle East

Posted on April 28, 2010

“Let there be no doubt: President Obama and all of us in his Administration are determined to reach a comprehensive peace in the Middle East – central to which is a two-state solution. President Obama has defined this goal as a vital U.S. interest.”

Washington, D.C. – April 23, 2010 – In an address to the Arab American Institute’s annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 21, 2010, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice addressed the gathering of members of Congress, foreign dignitaries, and other distinguished guests and became yet another...

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Ambassador Susan Rice to Address Arab Americans at Kahlil Gibran Awards

Posted on April 19, 2010

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and others to be honored

Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will join members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and other distinguished guests in honoring awardees at this year’s Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Marking the Arab American Institute’s (AAI) 25th Anniversary, this year’s awards gala honors four individuals and one corporation for their work promoting inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines:

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will receive the award for Individual Achievement...

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State Department: P.J. Crowley on Iraq Elections

Posted on March 26, 2010

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release March 26, 2010


Results of the Iraq National Election

Today, Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) issued the provisional results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections held on March 7. We congratulate the Iraqi people, the Iraqi government, candidates and coalitions, and IHEC for carrying out a successful election. In support of the election’s integrity, IHEC has...

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AAI and Other Civil Society Leaders Call on President Obama to Join Mine Ban Treaty

Posted on March 22, 2010

Zogby: The Middle East has long known all too well the tragic toll antipersonnel mines take on civilian populations. Our strategic interests in the region would be well served by addressing this human tragedy by signing on to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Monday, March 22, 2010 Information: Rebecca Brown 202-429-9210 or

WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders from 65 nongovernmental organizations delivered a letter to President Obama today urging the U.S. to relinquish antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty without delay.

In the

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Poll Findings Show Widening Partisan Gap on Views of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted on March 22, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rebecca Brown 202-429-9210 ext. 23

Zogby: Israel retains greater public support than the Palestinians but Americans display a deepening partisan divide on all questions related to the Middle East with Democrats holding strong negative views toward Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his current policies.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Members of Congress join the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference tonight it is interesting to note the latest polling data on American views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on U.S. national security.

The results of...

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Recap: AAI NY Town Hall Meeting on Immigration, Civil Liberties and National Security

Posted on February 17, 2010

On Wednesday, February 17, New York Arab Americans from across the city gathered in Brooklyn for a Town Hall meeting on immigration, civil liberties, and national security issues hosted by AAI and cosponsored by seven local groups serving Arab Americans in greater New York, The Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), The Arab Muslim American Federation (AMAF), The American Mideast Leadership Network (AMLN), Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC), The Salaam Club of New York, Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-New York), and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of New York (ADCNY).

Almost 200 Arab American leaders attended the forum,...

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AAI Hosting NY Town Hall Meeting on Immigration, Civil Liberties and National Security

Posted on February 16, 2010

Congressional Representatives, Federal and Local Officials, Arab American Leaders to Attend

WASHINGTON – February 16, 2010 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) and partnering organizations in New York City will host a town hall meeting on Immigration, Civil Liberties, and National Security on Wednesday, February 17 at Widdi Hall in Brooklyn, New York.

This forum will be an opportunity for elected officials, policymakers, and Arab American community leaders to discuss ongoing topics in the immigration debate and priorities for comprehensive immigration reform, including NSEERS, enforcement, racial profiling, and civil liberties protections...

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