Resources on the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation

Posted on June 06, 2017 in AAI Issue Brief: Palestine

Arab American Institute Statement Marking 50 years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

June 5, 2017

This week marks 50 years of military occupation, the longest in modern history, for the people of Palestine. Although there are more than 12 million Palestinians around the world today, 66% of them are considered forcibly displaced persons and only about half live in what was historical Palestine. It’s a reminder that even during the refugee...



Washington Watch: Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike

Posted on April 24, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby One thousand five hundred Palestinian prisoners have been on a hunger strike for almost a week now. They are refusing sustenance in an effort to improve the deplorable conditions faced by the nearly 6,500 Palestinians who are currently imprisoned in Israel.   On the day before the strike began, the action's leader, Marwan Barghouti, published an op-ed in the International New York Times. It was an elegantly written piece in which Barghouti laid out the conditions in Israel's prisons and the demands of the strikers. These demands include: more regular family visits, better...

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Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration & Refugees Are UnAmerican. Here's How We Fight.

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 27, 2017 in Blog

Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war...

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Executive Actions on "Wall" & Sanctuary Cities Are Scapegoat Politics

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 25, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute released the following statement in regards to Executive Orders on the "Wall" and sanctuary cities.  With a stroke of the pen today, President Trump is attempting to wipe away local communities’ ability to welcome all people, including those who may be undocumented. Fourth Amendment, Welcoming Cities and so called "sanctuary cities" are home to large and vibrant immigrant communities that allow them to build their lives and community while advancing public safety because they are free to speak without fear. This action will create a "show me your papers culture" and is in violation of Fourth Amendment protections to be free from "unreasonable...

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The Attack on Linda Sarsour is Wrong, But Sadly Not Surprising

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on January 24, 2017 in Blog

The Women’s March on Washington was a historic gathering of people in support of women’s rights, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBTQ rights, Muslim rights, Black rights along with the rights of several marginalized communities. As excitement from the weekend subdued, however, bigots were quick to unleash their fury against one of the co-chairs of the Women's March - Linda Sarsour. An activist and executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, Sarsour is an Arab American Muslim who has a long history of advocating for the rights of marginalized communities as...

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SCOTUS Should Affirm Constitutional Rights Are For All

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 18, 2017 in Blog

The Obama Justice Department will spend its final 48 hours fighting against the rights of post-9/11 detainees at the Supreme Court later today in the case of Ziglar v Abbasi. At stake is the ability of the detainees to challenge unconstitutional policies by seeking damages from federal officials. The case itself stems from the post 9/11 roundup of hundreds, often based on nothing more than unfounded reports, discrimination, or outright bias. In fact, a Justice Department IG later rebuked officials for the “indiscriminate and haphazard” way in which they erroneously classified many of these individuals as terror suspects....

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AAI Thanks 80 Representatives For Standing Against Illegal Israeli Settlements

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 06, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute would like to thank the below Representatives who opposed H.Res.11., a misguided and harmful bill. Though H.Res.11 claims to be about defending Israel and supporting the peace process, in reality it is about shifting long standing bi-partisan policy that opposes illegal Israeli settlements, and shielding Israel from well-founded criticisms. H.Res.11, introduced by Rep. Royce (R-CA), objected to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 which deemed Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 as having “no legal validity” and constituting a “flagrant violation” of international law. The...

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Arab American Institute Welcomes Passage of UNSC Resolution on Illegality of Israeli Settlements

Posted on December 23, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            December 23, 2016              Contact: relbaba@aaiusa.org / 703-209-0239 Official Statement   Arab American Institute Welcomes Passage of UNSC Vote on Illegality of Israeli Settlements The Arab American Institute released the following statement today: The Arab American Institute welcomes the passage of today’s U.N. Security Council vote on the illegality of Israeli settlements and in support of a political resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. For the past four decades, the United States has pursued a consequential – and ultimately failed – strategy of shielding the state of...

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