DNC 2016: Palestine

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism. That is why we will always support Israel’s right to defend itself, including by retaining its qualitative military edge, and oppose any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement."

"We will continue to work toward a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiated directly by the parties that guarantees Israel’s future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and...

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RNC 2016: Palestine

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"Like the United States of America, the modern state of Israel is a country born from the aspiration for freedom and stands out among the nations as a beacon of democracy and humanity."

"Beyond our mutual strategic interests, Israel is likewise an exceptional country that shares our most essential values. It is the only country in the Middle East where freedom of speech and freedom of religion are found. Therefore, support for Israel is an expression of Americanism, and it is the responsibility of our government to advance policies that reflect Americans’ strong desire for a relationship with no...

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AAI Talks Palestine at the Democratic National Convention

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on July 28, 2016 in Blog

"Palestinians and Israelis on the ground are paying the price with human life and massive destruction for the inability of the U.S. not only to hold Israel to account but to follow through on its policy talk with policy action." - Sam Bahour

  AAIF hosted an expert panel to debate how President Obama and the next President of the United States can end the occupation of Palestine. The panel featured AAI President Dr. James Zogby, Palestinian American businessman Sam Bahour, columnist and author Peter Beinart, and President of Americans for Peace Now Debra DeLee....

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American Attitudes Toward The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2016)

Posted on July 27, 2016 in Reports

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Research Services poll tracking American Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.


Key Findings Overall, nearly half (49%) of Americans view Israelis favorably, and nearly half (49%) view Palestinians unfavorably. Despite this, American voters believe that Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal rights by a margin of 65% to 14%. There is a strong partisan divide on U.S. policy toward Israel. Republicans are more likely to perceive current policies as favoring the Palestinians, and more likely to believe the next administration...

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Dr. Jim Zogby on "Progressives for Palestine" Panel Shares Key History on the Issue

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 26, 2016 in Blog
Before the 2016 Democratic National Convention officially kicked off, AAI President Jim Zogby shared a powerful and personal story of how the Democratic Party has shifted its approach to the issue of Palestine over the past three decades. From the days of Jim's work on the 1988 Jesse Jackson campaign - when Palestinian self determination was first introduced to the Platform, and when Dr. Zogby was told he would destroy the Democratic Party by introducing the language - to 2016, when the Party adopted language calling for two states for two people and acknowledging the rights of Palestinians, the Party has moved forward. Jim, however, stressed that there is a long way to go and the 2016 language was far from perfect, especially on Jerusalem and BDS. He further lamented the fact that there is a new, illogical resistance to calling what is happening an occupation. He said, "We [the Sanders appointees] wanted to strike the BDS line out, we wanted to strike a line on Jerusalem out. I thought that would be the fight. I had no idea the fight would be over occupation and settlements."
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Palestine Lives at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Posted on July 26, 2016 in Arab Americans at the 2016 Conventions!

Here's a running list of tweets, pictures, and news coverage of Palestine supporters at the 2016 Democratic National Convention! Let us know if we missed something! #PalestineLives flag up again #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/MEYvqqpIQM — Arab American Inst. (@AAIUSA) July 25, 2016

  The dope @hasanminhaj is #progressiveforpalestine @TheDailyShow #DemsInPhilly #DNCinPHL pic.twitter.com/ACm5OTrolQ — Tamar G. (@tamarghabin) July 25, 2016 Charles Lenchner a NY delegate, dual Israel citizen supports Palestine at #DNCinPHL was first jailed IDF...

Help Protect the Youngest Victims of the Israeli Occupation

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
Please write to your member and urge them to support the request for President Obama to create a “Special Envoy for Palestinian Children.”
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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 15: Look Who's Talking Now

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: All the talk surrounding AAI President Jim Zogby's appointment to the DNC platform committee; Questions regarding Trump's Muslim supporters; why TSA isn't the only problem for travelers this summer; and, another acquittal in Baltimore.
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Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

Posted on March 16, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Israel Seized Palestinian Land While VP Biden Was There

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on March 16, 2016 in Blog

Reports are coming out after Vice President Joe Biden's short visit to Israel last week that the Israeli military seized 580 acres of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank land while the Vice President was in-country. This is not the first time that Israel has made controversial announcements at the expense of Vice President Biden, during the VP's first official visit to Israel in 2010, Netanyahu unveiled plans for 1,600 new settlement units in the occupied territory. The illegal land seizure was brought up at the daily State Department briefing on March 15th, 2016, with disappointing comments made...

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