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.

Former Israeli and Palestinian Negotiators Discuss Prospects for Middle East Peace with Likely Iowa

Posted on November 20, 2007

WASHINGTON – Nov. 20, 2007 – Former Israeli and Palestinian negotiators Daniel Levy and Ghaith al-Omari spoke with likely Iowa caucus-goers on November 16 and 17 in a speaking tour organized by the Arab American Institute, Concerned Iowans for Middle East Peace, and Churches for Middle East Peace. Speaking in advance of next week’s Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, MD, Levy and al-Omari discussed current prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine before audiences in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and at Drake University in Des Moines.

The discussion series was part of an ongoing effort by the...

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AAI Commends Constructive Congressional Efforts Towards Palestinian-Israeli Peace

Posted on November 20, 2007

WASHINGTON – November 20, 2007 – With the Annapolis conference less than one week away, the Arab American Institute commends the bipartisan efforts of Congressmen Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) (pictured left) to support U.S. engagement on Palestinian-Israeli peace. Yesterday, Ackerman and Boustany sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging sustained U.S. diplomacy, including a substantial increase in Palestinian aid. The letter was signed by 135 Members of Congress.

The letter advocates a reorientation of U.S. aid programs to the Palestinians, encouraging a focus on economic development and job creation. It also outlines...

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Aid is Step Forward, but Bolder Leadership Still Needed

Posted on July 16, 2007

A Statement by AAI President James Zogby on President Bush’s Commitment to Palestinian Aid:

President George W. Bush’s generous offer of assistance to the Palestinian Authority and his intention of convening a regional peace conference are welcome. Unfortunately they bear the trademarks of this administration’s policies: failing to act when the U.S. could have done some good, and ignoring reality when finally engaging.

The time to have acted would have been when Abu Mazen was first elected and had the support of the majority of Palestinians; or when an Israeli Prime Minister was strong and popular. At...

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AAI: Bush Administration Should Call for Halt to Construction

Posted on February 09, 2007

AAI Concerned by Israeli Dig in Jerusalem; Requests Bush Administration Call for a Halt to Construction Activity

WASHINGTON – Feb. 9, 2007 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is concerned about ongoing Israeli building activity near the Noble Sanctuary (Temple Mount) compound in Jerusalem and calls on the Bush Administration to request a halt to the work.

The compound, where the Dome of the Rock shrine and al-Aqsa Mosque sit, are one of the holiest places in the Islamic world. Muslims throughout the region have expressed concern that ongoing Israeli work could damage or weaken the foundation...

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Israel’s Illegal Use of Cluster Bombs in Lebanon

Posted on February 02, 2007

WASHINGTON – Feb. 1, 2007 – As the State Department announced its decision to notify Congress of likely Israeli violations of U.S. law in its use of cluster bombs in Lebanese civilian areas, the Arab American Institute (AAI) renewed its calls for humanitarian and political action. On Monday, the State Department sent the results of its preliminary investigation into a possible Israeli breach of the Arms Export Control Act to Congress.

AAI again called for the prohibition of U.S. tax dollars from being spent to acquire, utilize, sell or transfer cluster munitions, and for Israel to disclose details...

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Study Finds Illegally Built Israeli Settlements

Posted on November 22, 2006

WASHINGTON – Nov. 22, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) joins Peace Now in criticizing the Israeli government’s systematic disregard for the intrinsic and internationally-recognized property rights of the Palestinian people and calls upon the Bush Administration to publicly acknowledge the eroding effect this has on prospects for a longterm Israeli-Palestinian peace.

In its recently published report, Peace Now found that close to 40% of Israeli settlements in the West Bank are built on land which the Israeli government recognizes as privately-owned by Palestinians. The study, based on information culled directly from Israeli government sources responsible...

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AAI Welcomes State Dept. Complaint Against Israeli Discrimination of Arab Americans

Posted on October 19, 2006

WASHINGTON – Oct. 19, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent efforts to secure and defend the rights of Arab Americans of Palestinian descent to travel to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

At Secretary Rice’s direction, the U.S. recently filed a complaint with the Israeli Embassy in Washington over implementation of an Israeli policy that has resulted in the barring of entry to Arab Americans.

“We applaud Secretary Rice for following up on this important issue for Arab Americans,” said AAI President James Zogby. “Arab Americans have been regularly traveling to...

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Arab Americans Barred from Entry into Israel and Palestine Asked to Contact State Department

Posted on October 04, 2006

As Many as 120,000 Arab Americans Believed to be Adversely Affected by Israeli Policy

WASHINGTON – Oct. 4, 2006 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is encouraging Arab Americans who have encountered problems or been turned away when entering Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to report details to the State Department and AAI.

Those who have been affected by Israel’s recently implemented visa policy are urged to fill out the a consular form titled “Refusal of Entry Information Sheet,” which is available through American Citizen Services at the office of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem....

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AAI Tackles Roots of Conflict in Lebanon, Palestine, Israel; Future Role For the US

Posted on July 26, 2006

US Aid Groups to Discuss Humanitarain Crisis on the Ground

Washington – On Friday, July 28, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, the Arab American Institute (AAI) will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill titled, “Understanding the Conflict and the Role of the United States.”

The first hour will focus on internal Lebanese political dynamics, including challenges surrounding the implementation of UNSCR 1559, and possibilities for positive US engagement. This panel will feature Joseph Cicippio, who was held for five years as a hostage during Lebanon’s civil war and is a former CFO of the US Agency for...

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AAI to Organize Emergency Summit to Address Spiraling Middle East Violence

Posted on July 18, 2006

AAI Reiterates its Calls for a Ceasefire; Appointment of Special Envoy by President Bush

Washington — Arab American leaders from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. Wednesday July 19th as part of an Emergency Summit on the Middle East being organized by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

Arab American Congressmen Nick Rahall (D-WV), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ray LaHood (R-IL), and Charles Boustany (R-LA) will host a town hall meeting with members of Congress to hear about the situation in Lebanon and Gaza from the perspective of Arab Americans. Delegates will also meet with the State...

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