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Summit on Palestine: US Should Continue Aid to the Palestinians

Posted on February 21, 2006



WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2006 at 2 p.m. ET

WHO: Dr. James Zogby, president, Arab American Institute (AAI), Dr. Ziad Asali, president, American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP), Dr. Peter Gubser, president, ANERA Washington, D.C.

For media inquiries please contact: Mira Browne at or 202-429-9210

WASHINGTON  At the conclusion of a summit of Arab American and humanitarian organizations, the Arab American...

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US Must Not Stop Aid to Palestinians

Posted on January 30, 2006

Let’s not compound disaster, Zogby says

The Arab American Institute (AAI) urges the Bush Administration to reject growing pressure to suspend USAID funds to the Palestinians. Despite concern with the outcome of the recent Palestinian Legislative elections, the Institute says “This is not the time to walk away from the Palestinian people.”

USAID funds are allocated to assist the Palestinian people with infrastructure capacity building, promoting democratic reform, supporting higher education and promoting economic growth. Dr. James Zogby, president of AAI, warns that a suspension of Palestinian aid could weaken Palestinian moderates. AAI is leading a campaign...

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For Palestinian Voters, Peace Is Not on the Ballot

Posted on January 19, 2006

Voters Engaged but Cynical

WASHINGTON – As confidence in the peace process and the Palestinian Authority wanes, Palestinians appear to be concerned with their own internal needs. In a poll commissioned by the Arab American Institute (AAI) and conducted by Zogby International in the West Bank and Gaza Strip two weeks before Parliamentary elections, Palestinians rank issues in order of importance as: “release of prisoners” (from Israeli jails), “creating internal security,” “forging national unity,” “increasing employment,” and “fighting corruption.” Lower down the list of priority concerns are “confronting Israel” and “negotiating peace.”

“If Palestinians had any confidence...

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