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.

Arab, Muslim, Sikh & South Asian American Community Leaders Meet with DHS Secretary Napolitano

Posted on January 29, 2010

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

WASHINGTON, DC January 29, 2010—In a meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday to discuss joint efforts against domestic violent extremists, Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian American community leaders welcomed commitments by the Secretary to promote meaningful, positive and authentic dialogue. Leaders from national and local organizations representing these communities expressed concern about DHS policies, such as racial, ethnic, and religious profiling at airports and the border, that have eroded the government’s trust...

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Arab Nations Unite in Relief Effort for Haiti

Posted on January 27, 2010

January 27, 2010 Information: Rebecca Brown (202) 429-9210 or


WASHINGTON – Wednesday, January 27 – While not drawing press attention to their efforts, Arab nations have united in an effort to provide needed assistance to support the humanitarian relief work being undertaken in Haiti. The Arab American Institute (AAI) believes that their generosity should be showcased, and has compiled a list of Arab nation contributions from information available to date.

“While not covered in the US media, we felt it was important to impart this...

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AAI President James Zogby to Testify Before House Homeland Security Committee

Posted on January 06, 2010

WASHINGTON – December 15, 2009 – Arab American Institute (AAI) President Dr. James Zogby will testify today at 10:00 a.m. at a U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment hearing by invitation of Chairwoman Jane Harman.

Dr. Zogby’s testimony will focus on the unique experiences of assimilation and integration among ethnic and religious communities in the United States, and in addressing the hearing topic, will explain that “we are not Europe.”

“Recent cases, of course, are of real concern,” Dr. Zogby notes, “but we should not use a sledgehammer...

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White House Statement on Lebanon

Posted on November 10, 2009

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2009   THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

  Statement by the Press Secretary on the New Lebanese Government

The United States commends Prime Minister Hariri and President Sleiman for their stewardship during the government formation process, and looks forward to working with the next Lebanese government on behalf of the people of Lebanon. We hope that the cabinet statement and government program will reflect a commitment to full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1559, 1680, and 1701. The...

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General James L. Jones to offer closing remarks at Arab American Leadership Summit

Posted on October 22, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Christina Zola (202) 429-9210 desk (202) 494-9859 cell

Washington D.C. – October 22, 2009 –National Security Advisor to the President General James L. Jones will address the Leadership Summit’s closing session on Monday, October 26, 2009. General Jones will brief Summit attendees on the Obama Administration’s continuing diligence in a wide range of Arab American issues.

General Jones’ remarks will address Arab American leaders from 19 states who represent over 35 Arab American organizations and businesses.

Although the session is closed, the White House will make...

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AAI to Host 21st Annual Virginia Candidates’ Night

Posted on September 21, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Christina Zola (202) 429-9210 × 21 desk (202) 494-9859 cell AAI to Host 21st Annual Virginia Candidates’ Night

Popular annual event is shaping up to be another success

WASHINGTON – September 21, 2009 – The Arab American Institute will be hosting its 21st annual Virginia Candidates’ Night on September 27th in Tysons Corner, Va. AAI is pleased to welcome guest speaker Congressman Charles Boustany of Louisiana and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, who have confirmed their attendance. Former Congressman Tom Davis will serve...

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AAI Leads Coalition to Deliver Letter to Secretary of State Rice Regarding Arab American Entry Into

Posted on March 17, 2009

Letter Expresses Continued Concern Over Obstacles to Entry for American Citizens of Arab and Palestinian Descent

WASHINGTON – March 17, 2008 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday expressing continued concern over the treatment of Americans attempting to legally enter the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) by the Government of Israel. The letter, signed by 29 organizations, states the signatories’ concern regarding the ongoing burdensome bureaucratic requirements, harassment, and humiliation that Americans of Arab, and particularly Palestinian, descent often face when trying to enter Israel or the oPt. Many...

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Letter to Secretary Rice Urges Further Championship of Gaza Students’ Hopes

Posted on July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 15, 2008 – The Foundation for Middle East Peace, the Arab American Institute, and five other American organizations who support a two state peace between Israel and Palestine have asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to urge Israel to permit hundreds of students in Gaza who have been admitted to foreign universities to exit Gaza. These students are confined to Gaza because of Israel’s closure policy.

The other co-signers of the letter are Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Churches for Middle East Peace, the Israel Policy Forum, and Brit Tzedek...

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AAI Applauds LaHood-Price Letter Sent to President Bush Ahead of May 2008 Middle East Trip

Posted on May 21, 2008

Letter to President Led by Representatives LaHood and Price and Signed by 50 Others Urges End to Gaza Blockade and Exploration of Ceasefire

WASHINGTON – May 21, 2008 –The Arab American Institute (AAI) commended the bipartisan efforts of Congressmen Ray LaHood (R-IL) and David Price (D-NC) calling for bolstered U.S. engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. LaHood and Price sent a letter to President Bush on the eve of his May 2008 trip to the Middle East expressing the urgent need for the U.S. to work to stabilize Gaza in order to strengthen and support ongoing peace talks....

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Campus Attacks on Palestinian Students Part of Disturbing National Trend

Posted on January 26, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute is deeply concerned by recent attacks on three Palestinian students at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

According to the Wilmington Star, Faris Khader, Osama Sabbah and Omar Awartani were “beaten with fists, feet and brass knuckles in an attack early Saturday involving at least 15 members of the school's football team…The attackers called the Palestinians ‘terrorists’ and used racial slurs during the attack.”

“This is a hate crime plain and simple and should be treated on the federal level as such,” said AAI President James Zogby. “It is a sad fact...

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