Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Posted on November 13, 2018 in Press Releases

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November 13, 2018

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(202) 429-9210 Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Underreporting Remains Significant Problem in FBI’s Annual Statistics

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute expressed concern and disappointment with the release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 2017 hate crime statistics. As expected, hate crime surged yet again in 2017. However, the data contained some glaring omissions, including three of the most severe acts of bias-motivated violence committed last year. And while career officials at the Department of Justice continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving communities and...

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Normalization Doesn't Advance Israeli/Palestinian Peace

Posted on November 03, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby 

For as long as I can recall, Israelis have sought recognition and acceptance from the Arab World without reciprocity. At times, they have made the argument that if the Arab States simply recognized them as a normal state in the Middle East then they would feel secure enough to make accommodations with the Palestinians.  In 2002, in an effort to test Israel's commitment to achieving a comprehensive peace that would result in its recognition and acceptance, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced an Arab Peace Initiative. The API,  which was later unanimously endorsed by the Arab...

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Our Election Agenda in the Trump Era

Posted on October 27, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby 

The "Trump Era" has posed special challenges for Arab Americans not only in foreign and domestic policy, but also in confronting the hostile political culture which the president has nurtured. As a result, we've been busy, especially in this election season - forced to work on many fronts, all at the same time. 

Not since the 1980s have we seen so many Republican campaigns using anti-Arab or anti-Muslim bigotry against Democratic opponents - with most instances tied to charges that the Democrat: has received financial support from questionable sources (from the Arab sounding names on...

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What the Closure of the US Consulate in East Jerusalem Means

Posted on October 20, 2018 in Washington Watch

This month's prize for dangerous moves and disingenuous press releases goes to the State Department for its October 18, 2018 notice, headlined "On the Merging of US Embassy Jerusalem and US Consulate General Jerusalem." The release was a statement by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announcing that the US Consulate in East Jerusalem was being closed and its functions were being transferred to the US Embassy in Jerusalem - that was the dangerous part. The disingenuous part was the Secretary's claim that this move had no political meaning since it was merely a cost-saving measure.Here is the beginning of the...

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The Kavanaugh Controversy Hit Close to Home

Posted on October 13, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby

President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court exacerbated our nation's deep partisan divide. It has also profoundly affected my neighborhood and my church.   My family has lived in Northwest Washington, DC for almost four decades. During all this time, we have gone to the Catholic church that's a few blocks from our home. My five children attended the neighborhood Catholic school, where for 17 years, I coached basketball. After graduating, all five went to three different local Catholic high schools.  The elementary school from which my children graduated is the same school that Kavanaugh's...

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Criticism of Israeli Policy is Not Anti-Semitic

Posted on October 06, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby

I was provoked to write this discussion of what is and what isn't anti-Semitism by an article in Ha'aretz on the "controversy" created by the awarding of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to George P. Smith. According to the reporting, Dr. Smith is not only a brilliant scientist whose work has helped lead to the creation of new drugs that can treat cancer and a range of autoimmune diseases, he is also an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israeli policies. 

The Ha'aretz piece notes that Dr. Smith has long been "a...

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Trump's Two-State Solution: News That Was No News

Posted on September 29, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby 

If we've learned anything about President Donald Trump it's that for him words have no meaning, or at least not their obvious meaning. Because he's a performer/salesman, he loves being on stage, knowing that the things he says will get a reaction.  In many instances he'll say something to shock, knowing that it will cause a distraction that can divert attention from something else. As a result, when I hear Trump make some outrageous remark at a rally or in a tweet, or appear to break new ground at a press conference—instead of taking it...

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"Preventing Palestine": A Must Read History of Failed Peace-Making

Posted on September 22, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby

Seth Anziska's "Preventing Palestine: A Political History From Camp David to Oslo" is a deeply insightful and profoundly disturbing book that traces the tortuous path of Middle East peace-making during the past four decades. It was quite painful to read. Having been a close observer and sometimes participant in many of the developments that have unfolded since the end of the 1973 War, Anziska opened old wounds while shedding new light on the painful events and acts of betrayal that have shaped recent Palestinian history.Through all of the twists and turns of this period, the brutal wars...

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Posted on August 29, 2018 in Programs

Washington Watch: Thank You, Ireland

Posted on July 14, 2018 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby 

On Wednesday morning, I watched an amazing debate unfolding in the Irish Seanad (Senate), as members spoke for and against a bill to prohibit the importation of Israeli goods produced in settlements in occupied Palestinian lands. The legislation in question is the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territory) Bill 2018, which would "make it an offense for a person to import or sell goods or services originating in occupied territory or to extract resources from an occupied territory". The bill had been introduced by independent Senator Frances Black and a group of co-sponsors earlier in the...

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