Unholy Partnership

Before she was chased by protesters from a Mexican restaurant in DC over family separation at the border,  DHS Secretary Nielsen made a trip to Israel, which received scant attention in the national media despite posing significant domestic and foreign policy implications. The DHS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) issued multiple press releases during the fun-filled ‘let’s adopt discriminatory policies’ tour. The first press release (Jun. 8) discusses Secretary Nielsen’s itinerary, beginning with the inaugural International Homeland Security Forum in “Jerusalem, Israel.” Unlike prior U.S....

Sports Playing its Role in Shifting Public Discourse

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2018 in Blog

By Blaise Malley This month, in two countries halfway around the world from one another, sports took the center stage in important political disputes, with athletes taking a stand for justice in two very different arenas. Israeli Soccer Team pays the Price for Government’s Actions After weeks of unarmed protests in the Gaza Strip were met by Israel’s use of lethal force and resulted in more than 13,000 casualties, the international community started to take notice. On 5 June, the...

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Congressional Response to Violence in Gaza Promising, but Ultimately Inadequate

Posted by Guest on May 30, 2018 in Blog

By Blaise Malley

Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States presented Democrats with an ideal counterpoint to some of their long-held beliefs. Many in Congress have seized the opportunity to combat Trump’s divisive and regressive policies. However, one area in which they have continued to fall short is regarding the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Criticizing Israel has historically been a difficult road for politicians to travel, but with President Trump’s essentially unconditional support for the country, and Democratic voters’ increasing sympathy toward Palestine, it appeared possible that the position of the party toward the decades-long...

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James Zogby Addresses the Root of Dispossession to Mark Nakba’s 70th Anniversary

Posted by Mona Ahmed on May 29, 2018 in Blog

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, The Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center hosted Arab American Institute President, Dr. James Zogby for a talk entitled, “Political Zionism and the Root of Dispossession” on Tuesday, May 22nd. In his talk, Dr. Zogby cited his newly republished book, Palestinians: The Invisible Victims to address how the ideology and practice of political Zionism continues to silence Palestinians and forces them into the role of invisible victims.

Dr. Zogby highlighted...

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Countdown Vol 17 No 25: Digging Through Illusions

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 261 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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The Problems of the new Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Posted by Ryan Suto on May 23, 2018 in Blog

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018 has been introduced today in Congress. The bill includes an overly-broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel. The bill should be opposed because it misappropriates a non-legally binding definition for the basis of legal prohibitions, does not combat anti-Semitism, constitutes viewpoint discrimination, and is unconstitutional as being overly broad.

First, the bill misappropriates a State Department guidance for use in domestic civil rights law. The working definition cited in the bill, from the “Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism of the Department of State...

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Washington Watch: A Week of Horrors and Changing Perceptions

Posted on May 19, 2018 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

This has been a week of horrors in Palestine. On Monday, 63 mostly young Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli snipers. Another 2,700 were injured, mostly by live fire or tear gas. Adding insult to this injury, on the same day, the US opened its Embassy in Jerusalem, pounding what may be the final nail in the coffin of the hopes for just Israeli/Palestinian peace.

For hours on Monday, we sat glued to our televisions, watching these two events playing out, on split screen, in real time. The juxtaposition of the...

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 24: Cruel but Usual Punishment

Posted on May 18, 2018 in Countdown

Gina Haspel has been confirmed by the Senate to head the CIA. This is yet another troubling and shameful appointment by this administration, enabled by the very Legislative body that’s supposed to serve as a check to the President. We have a lot of work ahead of us!

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James Zogby Gives Context to Israel Embassy Move

Posted by Arab American Institute on May 15, 2018 in Blog

AAI President James Zogby gives important historical context to the Israel Embassy Move in two important pieces.

In an opinion piece for CNN James Zogby reminds us, "The reason why US presidents, including Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have used the act's waiver provision to defer its implementation was precisely to avoid this poison pill and to preserve some US peacemaking credibility. The pill has now been swallowed." Read the full piece here.

Then watch this MSNBC All In With Chris Hayes segment: 
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The spirit of Palestinian resistance will not be broken

Posted by Al Jazeera on May 15, 2018 in News Clips

If you are familiar with the term "Nakba", you probably think of it as a historical Palestinian grievance over events that unfolded 70 years ago. That was the time when Zionist militias facilitated the creation of the state of Israel by depopulating Palestinian villages, driving some 750,000 people out of their homes.

Israel's founder David Ben-Gurion famously remarked: "I support compulsory transfer. I don't see anything immoral in it." Some Palestinians fled their towns upon hearing of the unfolding violence nearby. Villages that tried to resist displacement, like the village of Deir Yassin, were decimated. Conservative estimates...

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