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

Posted by 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.

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TAKE ACTION – Legislation Introduced to Shut Down Free Speech Critical of Israel

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Action Alerts

A bicameral bill was introduced in the House and Senate that seeks to restrict criticism of Israel at the expense of our First Amendment protected right to free speech. Introduced in the House as H.R.5924 by Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and in the Senate as S.2940 by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the legislation includes an overly broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel.  

Entitled the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018, the bill does not actually...

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The Problems of the new Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Posted by Ryan J. 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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Book Release: Palestinians - The Invisible Victims

Posted on May 16, 2018 in Donate

Our community will not get a full understanding of the core injustice imposed on the Palestinians until we understand the history and political ideology animating the injustice today. For this reason, we have joined Mondoweiss to republish Jim Zogby's book: “Palestinians: The Invisible Victims.” 

Zogby first wrote the book over four decades ago because Americans do not know Palestinians as people. On the contrary, Palestinians (and Arabs, in general) have been subjected to years of defamation, campaigns of disinformation and negative stereotyping. Consequently, Palestinians are not seen in the U.S. as human beings with equal rights. When Palestinians are considered at all, they are referred to as the “Palestinian problem” confronting Israel, the “problem” that must somehow be resolved so that Israelis can have peace. The book is not a catalog of Israeli acts of repression against Palestinians. Rather, it is an examination of the ideology and practice of the movement of Political Zionism and its patron, British imperialism, that together were responsible for the denial of Palestinian rights and the subsequent campaigns of disinformation and repression against the Palestinian people.

We’re republishing this book to educate a new generation about the history that has created the situation that continues to plague both Israelis and Palestinians; provide context in which to understand the enormity of the injustice that has defined the Palestinian reality; promote recognition of the human rights of this beleaguered people; and spur a much-needed debate about the dangers inherent in the exclusivist vision of Political Zionism. For there to be a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians, an understanding of this history is a necessity.

You can buy ‘Palestinians: The Invisible Victims’ on Amazon Kindle here or purchase a paperback copy of the book for $10 by filling out the form below.

About the Author James J. Zogby

James Zogby co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and continues to serve as its president. He is Director of Zogby Research Services, a firm that has conducted groundbreaking surveys across the Middle East. For the past 3 decades, he has served in leadership roles in the Democratic National Committee and served 2 terms as a President Obama appointee to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. He writes a weekly column published in 12 countries. He is featured frequently on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs. In 2010, Zogby published the highly-acclaimed book, Arab Voices. His 2013 e-books, Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab Public Opinion and 20 Years After Oslo, are drawn from his extensive polling across the Middle East with Zogby Research Services.


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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.

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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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AAI President James Zogby responds to Trump's Jerusalem Embassy move

Posted by Arab American Institute on May 14, 2018 in Blog
Today, the Trump Administration celebrated the opening of its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, in a move widely condemned by the international community. This coincided with Israel killing dozens of Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, and injuring hundreds, if not thousands. The contrast between the smiles at the embassy ceremony and the violence unfolding in the Palestinian territories shows how out of touch the Trump Administration is with reality. To respond to all this, AAI President James Zogby went on MSNBC. Check out the video:
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Statement on Moving the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

Posted on May 14, 2018 in Press Releases


May 14, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Statement from Arab American Institute Deputy Director Omar Baddar on Moving the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem: Today, the Trump Administration has opened a US embassy in Jerusalem, cementing his decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Trump’s decision breaks with previous administrations, making his the first to accede to congressional pandering on Israel, in violation of international law. Recognizing the sensitivity and significance of Jerusalem to so many religious communities around the globe, the 1947 UN partition plan protected the city from falling under...

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