Obama Renews the Debate on Settlements

Posted by on July 23, 2009 in Blog
The Obama Administration’s engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has renewed the long-standing settlement debate. On this page, you will find links to AAI articles and interviews, as well as outside experts, on the issue of settlements in the Occupied Territories.
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Dr. Zogby Speaks at Conference Commemorating 45th Anniversary of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Posted on July 20, 2009 in Speeches and Appearances
The story of Arab Americans coming of age, as an organized community, is a classic American tale—a story of immigrants seeking opportunity, benefiting from America’s freedoms, but also experiencing, at times, the dark side of exclusion and discrimination that has, for so many, haunted our nation’s history.
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American Presidents and Israeli Settlements

Posted on July 06, 2009 in Washington Watch
Largely because the Obama Administration has directly challenged Israel’s continuing settlement expansion in the West Bank, the issue has been receiving unprecedented US press coverage. Last week alone, there were several dozen editorials, commentaries and news articles appearing in major US dailies.
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Gaza: 1.5 Million People Trapped in Despair International Committee of the Red Cross

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Reports

In a new report entitled “Gaza: 1.5 Million People Trapped in Despair”, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) outlines the conditions on the ground six months after Israel launched its three week military operation in Gaza. The report calls for immediate humanitarian actions to give the people of Gaza their right to a “normal and dignified life”. According to the ICRC, Gazans were “already facing a major crisis” prior to the military operation. Following the operation the conditions on the ground have only become more devastating. The report outlines major sources of complication including public health issues,...

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United For The Two State Solution

Posted by AAI on June 17, 2009 in News Clips

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On Monday, June 15th pollsters from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came together to present “United for the Two-State Solution: The Popular Mandate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace”. The event was co-sponsored by the Arab American Institute, OneVoice Movement, J Street , Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Israel Policy Forum.

The briefing, held for Congressional staffers, was attended by nearly 100 guests. Discussion panelists included Nader Said, General Director of Arab World for Research and Development and pollster for the...

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State Department: Conference Call with Michele Bond, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizen

Posted by AAI on June 02, 2009 in News Clips

On Thursday, May 28th, at 3:00 PM The Bureau of Consular Affairs, division of American Citizens Services hosted a conference call with several organizations regarding their mission, goals, and several issues of concern, specifically problems faced by U.S citizens suspected of being from Arab heritage when trying to travel through or visit the West Bank or Israel.

Michele Bond, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for Overseas Citizens Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, began the conference by giving a quick overview of the different programs within the department, their respective missions, and their goals....

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Senate: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Briefing The Middle East: The Road to Peace

Posted on May 29, 2009 in Washington Watch

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  U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Briefing The Middle East: The Road to Peace

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419 Washington DC 20150, May 15th, 2009 2:00 PM

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Senator John Kerry (D-MA) hosted a briefing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the current road to peace for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The briefing featured former British Prime Minister and current Middle...

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The Doha Debates: Should the U.S. Get Tough with Israel

Posted on May 18, 2009 in Reports

On Monday, May 18, 2009 commentators John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International, and James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, joined respondent Amjad Atallah and moderator Farah Stockman to discuss the results of a recent poll that reveals a deep partisan divide over the path towards Middle East peace.

The Zogby Interactive survey, "American Perceptions of an Arab-Israeli Peace: A New Zogby Poll on Domestic Attitudes Toward Obama’s Middle East Policy" offers critical insight to the undercurrents running through the political landscape here in the United States.

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From Belfast to Jerusalem

Posted by AAI on March 26, 2009 in News Clips

“What we do know is this: That the status quo is unsustainable, that it is critical for us to advance a two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can live side-by-side in their own states with peace and security…Last week, we were here for St. Patrick’s Day, and you’ll recall that we had what had been previously sworn enemies celebrating here in this very room. Leaders from the two sides of Northern a couple of decades ago — or even a decade ago — people would have said could never achieve peace, and here they were, jointly appearing and talking...

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AAI Leads Coalition to Deliver Letter to Secretary of State Rice Regarding Arab American Entry Into

Posted on March 17, 2009 in Press Releases

Letter Expresses Continued Concern Over Obstacles to Entry for American Citizens of Arab and Palestinian Descent

WASHINGTON – March 17, 2008 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday expressing continued concern over the treatment of Americans attempting to legally enter the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) by the Government of Israel. The letter, signed by 29 organizations, states the signatories’ concern regarding the ongoing burdensome bureaucratic requirements, harassment, and humiliation that Americans of Arab, and particularly Palestinian, descent often face when trying to enter Israel or the oPt. Many...

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