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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Pitzer College and the Struggle for Real Academic Freedom

Posted on March 23, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

On March 14th, the College Council, the governing body of Pitzer College in California, overwhelmingly passed (67-28) a resolution suspending its relationship with the University of Haifa until Israel ended its policy of restricting entry on the basis of "legally protected political speech or race or ancestry." The resolution had earlier been approved by the both student body and the faculty.     Within a few hours of the College Council's vote, Pitzer's President took the unprecedented step of vetoing the resolution creating a crisis of confidence between the college's governing body and its chief administrator.


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Challenging the Presidential Candidates to Discuss the Middle East in Iowa, 2020

Posted on March 16, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

IOWA CITY, IOWA – I'm writing from Iowa where I've been speaking to audiences of activists and helping to organize "Concerned Iowans for Middle East Peace (CIMEP)" – a coalition committed to Palestinian human rights and a just Middle East peace. If you care about politics and policy, Iowa's the place to be. It's not just that Iowa is the first state to vote in the presidential election cycle. It's because of the way politics are done in this state and the seriousness with which Iowans engage in this process.   When they vote, Iowans don't pull...

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The Shameful Attack that Backfired

Posted on March 09, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

What happened to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was troubling. On the one hand, because she dared to challenge the way supporters of Israel have worked to silence debate on US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she became a victim of incitement, and the target of legislation meant to shame her. At the same time, however, the heavy-handed tactics employed against her by some pro-Israel members of Congress backfired, exposing new fault lines in the US-Israel relationship. The weapon of choice utilized by Omar's opponents was to demonize her as an anti-Semite. Her "sin,” it appears, was her...

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