Victory: House Adjourns for Winter Break Without Taking up Israel Visa Waiver Legislation

Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Blog
We have important and inspiring news to share with you: Your efforts to hold Congress accountable to protect the rights of all U.S. citizens have paid off. The House of Representatives left for the year last week and they didn’t act on a key pro-Israel ask. That’s right, the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which includes a provision to admit Israel into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, is dead in the water!
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We Can Admit When We’re Wrong

Posted on October 01, 2013 in Countdown
Twenty years ago, AAI President Jim Zogby and the late Columbia University professor, Edward Said wrote opposing op-eds in The Nation about the Oslo accords and whether or not they would change the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The articles were printed in an AAI publication called “Nota Bene.” Two decades have passed and Jim concedes that he was wrong and Edward was right: Oslo did not pan out as many had hoped.
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Spying on You for Your Own Protection

Posted on September 17, 2013 in Countdown
If you’ve been harassed by Israeli authorities at the border when trying to enter Israel or Palestine, you know how frustrating it is to have them search your personal electronics just because you have an Arab sounding name. But what if we told you that the Israelis don’t even need your physical laptop, phone, or iPad to sift through your personal communications? What if we told you that the US government already provides this information to them in bulk? Would you believe us?
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Looking for an Exit: A trip to the Israeli Border

Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Blog
By Sijal Nasralla I was traveling to visit my family living in the West Bank village of Azarea. I was with my two older cousins, who held Palestinian Authority Identity Cards. Although we were there as a group, my cousins thought it would be best to pretend they didn’t know me at the border so as to not attract suspicion to themselves, or to my intention to visit my family in the Zone C village of the West Bank.
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Arab Americans Meet with White House and NSC on Israel/Palestine

Posted on August 13, 2013 in Countdown
No doubt you’re aware that ongoing US-brokered negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are underway this week. Secretary of State John Kerry has made it his job to get both sides to the table. In addition to Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary Kerry and the White House are bringing Arab Americans into the conversation. Last Friday, Secretary Kerry and White House National Security adviser Susan Rice met with Arab American leaders at the White House to discuss the negotiations.
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Panel Shares Personal Experiences of Denial of Entry Into Israel

Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Blog
By: Margaret Lowry Summer 2013 Intern Here at AAI we have been working to call attention to proposed legislation in Congress that would extend visa waivers to Israel including the “United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013,” proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)’s “Visa Waiver for Israel Act.” The language in these bills would allow Israel to continue their discriminatory practices against Americans - especially those of Arab descent, and American Muslims.
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Congress Should Not Reward Israel with Visa Waivers

Posted on April 22, 2013 in Washington Watch
There are currently several pieces of legislation being considered in the U.S. Congress that would include Israel in the Visa Waiver Program—thus allowing Israeli citizens to enter the U.S. without first obtaining a visa. Several Senators and Members of the House have already signed on as co-sponsors. Because countries seeking to qualify for visa waivers must provide "reciprocal privileges to citizens and nationals of the United States,” I would advise those current sponsors and those who might be considering signing on in the future to first take a long, hard look at the Department of State's (DOS) Travel Advisory for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
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Our Government Is Failing to Protect Our Rights

Posted on June 18, 2012 in Washington Watch
A few weeks ago a Palestinian-American woman, Sandra Tamari, traveling to the West Bank to visit her family was stopped by Israeli airport officials and ordered to log on to her email account and provide her password so that the Israelis could read her private communications. They insisted this be done before they would allow her to enter the country. From reports we are receiving, this practice has become routine.
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