Washington Watch: What Kerry Did

Posted on December 31, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Secretary of State John Kerry's valedictory speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unleashed a firestorm of criticism from the very same folks who had just finished hyperventilating over the US abstention on a Security Council resolution a few days earlier.   The speech, itself, was divided into three parts. Kerry opened with an accounting of all that the Obama Administration had done for Israel in the past eight years. And he closed with a list of principles he said should serve as the basis for a future Israeli-Palestinian peace. The largest part, the middle, was...

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James Zogby discusses UNSC vote on illegality of Israeli settlements

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 28, 2016 in Blog

AAI President James Zogby joined MSNBC Live with Steve Kornacki on December 28 to discuss the UN Security Council vote on the illegality of Israeli settlements. We’ve included excerpts from his remarks below. Watch the full segment here or below.  Pushing back against those who are critical of the Obama administration’s abstention and who defend Israeli settlement growth, Zogby noted, “What the resolution says is that the territory taken in the ‘67 war is occupied territory and it is governed by the Fourth Geneva Convention that has very strict rules in terms...

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James Zogby discusses reactions to UNSC vote on illegal Israeli settlements

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 26, 2016 in Blog

AAI President James Zogby joined MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall on December 26 to discuss reactions to the UN Security Council’s vote on illegal settlements. Watch the full interview embedded below. Excerpts of his remarks follow. When asked about the Israeli Prime Minister’s radical reaction to the passage of the UN resolution – and the U.S. absention from the vote - Zogby had tough words. “Benjamin Netanyahu has a record of being a rather petulant, spoiled child. He didn’t get his way. He’s throwing a tantrum. And he’s going to...

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Washington Watch: Big Day at the United Nations

Posted on December 24, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby There was considerable drama leading up to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (UNSCR 2334) reaffirming the illegality of Israeli settlements.    It began with all hell breaking loose Thursday morning when it became clear that the Egyptians would submit their resolution on Israeli settlements for a vote at the Security Council and that the Obama Administration would support the effort, either by voting in favor or by refusing to veto it. On Wednesday, there had been a hint that something was up. The White House spokesperson appearing on...

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

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 23, 2016 in Blog

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 Israel from U.N. action. This uncritical approach has allowed Israel to act with impunity, grossly expanding settlements in occupied territories in direct violation of international law while, at the same time, systematically violating the human rights of...

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Postponed U.N. Vote on Israeli Settlements

Posted by Ali Albassam on December 22, 2016 in Blog

In an odd series of events, Egypt proposed a UN Security Council resolution that would demand an end to Israeli settlement building last night, then postponed the vote today. Whether postponed indefinitely or until an Arab League meeting is scheduled—both are circulating—the impact of the delayed vote is clear: more inaction. Instead of the vote at 3:00 today, there has been much discussion about the expectation that the U.S. was intending to abstain or possibly support rather than veto, which would have dramatically increased the odds of such a resolution passing. Formal public U.S....

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Two Problematic Reasons Why Trump Apparently Wants to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on December 17, 2016 in Blog

*Originally published on December 15, 2016 The foreign policy establishment in Washington, D.C. is rightfully losing sleep over President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to open a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. While many presidential candidates have flirted with the idea of moving the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, each and every elected President since 1967 has refused to do so. However, there is ample reason to fear that Donald Trump might just be the President to follow through on this particular promise in defiance of...

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David Friedman Should Not Be Confirmed As Ambassador to Israel

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on December 16, 2016 in Blog
Last night, President-elect Trump’s transition team announced that David Friedman is their pick for U.S. Ambassador to Israel, a position which Friedman said he “looks forward to to doing from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jeruslam.”
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Palestinian Activists Highlighted on International Human Rights Defenders Day

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on December 09, 2016 in Blog

On International Human Rights Defenders Day (Dec. 9, 2016), AAI is working to bring attention to Palestinian activists who have been silenced, intimidated, harassed, imprisoned, and even killed for their advocacy efforts. Non-violent Palestinian human rights defenders are critical voices exposing the oftentimes brutal reality of living under occupation. Palestinian journalists, activists, and civil society organizations are important forces for justice and accountability, and today we honor...

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