Why the US “Workshop” For Palestinians Will Fail

Posted on June 01, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Twenty-five years ago, I moderated the panel discussion on the Palestinian economy at the international economic summit in Casablanca, Morocco. I was there in my capacity as co-chair of Builders for Peace (BfP), a project created by Vice-President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy in support of the still-fledgling Oslo peace process. I learned a great deal both at the Casablanca Summit and in my more than three years with BfP and it is from that vantage point that I want to comment on the Trump Administration's proposal to sponsor an economic "workshop"...

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Irish Affinity for Palestinians Runs Deep

Posted on May 25, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

It is always gratifying to see the strength of Irish solidarity with the people of Palestine. This was brought home again last week during a visit to Ireland. While Eurovision was in Tel Aviv, a coalition of Irish Senators, non-governmental groups, and entertainers held a counter-concert "Palestine: You're A Vision" – to demonstrate Irish "solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people living under occupation, under siege, or in exile." And while in Dublin, we met with political leaders preparing for the final parliamentary vote, later this summer, on a bill to ban products originating in...

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US Complicity in Israel’s Violations of International Law

Posted on May 18, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Last week I addressed a United Nations Security Council meeting on "Israeli Settlements." Because I knew other speakers, experts and diplomats, would address the illegality of Israeli settlements, the economic and human rights impact on the Palestinian people, and the stated design of the entire settlement enterprise to eliminate the possibility of a viable and contiguous Palestinian state – I focused my remarks on my government's role in enabling Israel's settlements and its complicity in Israel's violations of international law. This may seem like harsh language, but when nothing is done to stop an activity...

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Justice Prevailed

Posted on May 11, 2019 in Washington Watch
a jury in US District Court for Washington, DC found a former US diplomat guilty on 14 counts
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Playing 20 Questions to Figure Out the "Deal of the Century"

Posted on May 04, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I believe that it was Henry Kissinger who described his approach to running Arab-Israeli negotiations as creating the illusion of momentum to compensate for the lack of momentum. The goal wasn't the outcome. It was to keep everyone involved in the process. 

Adhering to this maxim, successive generations of US diplomats have "led" a peace process more for its own sake than for establishing a just and lasting peace. For decades, we had, what the Palestinians would say was "all process, no peace." The Trump Administration has, it appears, now taken this approach one step further....

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AAI Statement on Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Census Citizenship Question

Posted by Tess Waggoner on April 23, 2019 in Blog


April 23, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner


(202) 429-9210 AAI Statement on Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Census Citizenship Question 

WASHINGTON, DC – Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, made the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Department of Commerce v. New York, which asks whether a question about citizenship can be added to the 2020 census questionnaire:

“The decennial census is supposed to be a matter of mandated constitutional procedure. It is not supposed to be politicized. Our...

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Why I'm Glad Netanyahu Won

Posted on April 20, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I'm glad Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection. Since I realize that saying this won't sit well with many folks, let me explain: 

As the election developed, it became clear that Benny Gantz, the leader of the opposition "Blue and White" coalition, for a number of reasons, had come to be seen as the darling of the liberal set – especially here in the US. 

Some, for example, were justifiably upset by Netanyahu's gross corruption or unnerved by his authoritarian actions designed to intimidate the press, silence non-governmental organizations, and strip the courts of their power. Others...

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Protecting Americans’ Right to Hear from the Leader of BDS, the Palestinian Non-Violent Campaign for Human Rights

Posted on April 13, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I awakened early Wednesday to listen to a voicemail message from Omar Barghouti, a leading member of the Palestinian movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel. In the message, Omar told me that he was at Ben Gurion Airport and despite holding a valid US visa and a boarding pass for his flight to Washington, D.C., the airline would not let him board the plane. He was informed that American immigration officials had notified the airline that he was being barred from entry into the US. 

We had invited Mr. Barghouti to Washington to...

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2019 Gibran Gala Awardees

Posted by Tess Waggoner on April 05, 2019 in Blog

Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Thursday, May 2, 2019Omni Shoreham2500 Calvert St. NW

Washington, D.C.5:30 Reception

6:30 GalaBlack Tie Awardees



 About the Awards 

The Arab American Institute Foundation is proud to present its twenty-first annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s recipients – Eugene "Gus" Newport, RAICES, Lyse Doucet, Miriam...

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Irish Senator Frances Black Makes the Case Against Israeli Settlements

Posted on March 30, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

This past week, we hosted Irish Senator Frances Black in Washington. Black is the Chair of the Irish Seanad's (Senate) Palestine Working Group and the lead sponsor of the legislation to ban the import of products from Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian lands into Ireland. The "Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territory) Bill of 2018" (CEA-OT) has passed the Seanad and successfully completed two rounds in the lower house (Dail) of the Irish parliament. In the Dail's first vote the bill passed by a wide 78-45 margin. All of Ireland's major parties, except for the...

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