Letter to Secretary Rice Urges Further Championship of Gaza Students’ Hopes

Posted on July 15, 2008 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 15, 2008 – The Foundation for Middle East Peace, the Arab American Institute, and five other American organizations who support a two state peace between Israel and Palestine have asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to urge Israel to permit hundreds of students in Gaza who have been admitted to foreign universities to exit Gaza. These students are confined to Gaza because of Israel’s closure policy.

The other co-signers of the letter are Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Churches for Middle East Peace, the Israel Policy Forum, and Brit Tzedek...

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Holy Land Lost

Posted on July 07, 2008 in Washington Watch
The very words “The Holy Land” evoke powerful images. But the pictures that come to mind are rapidly disappearing from the landscape.
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News & Views

Posted on July 04, 2008 in Washington Watch
(A review of items of interest to the U.S.-Arab relationship – covering developments in Washington, political campaigns and the U.S. Media)
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News & Views

Posted on June 13, 2008 in Washington Watch
O! Jerusalem Just how sensitive the issue of Jerusalem is became clear in the reaction to Barack Obama’s remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last week. Recall that the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” The AIPAC crowd cheered, as did government spokesmen in Israel.
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McCain and Obama at AIPAC

Posted on June 09, 2008 in Washington Watch

NOTE: This column is based on a more detailed, individual treatment of both candidates’ speeches at AIPAC. Click here to read Dr. Zogby’s analysis of McCain’s speech, and here to read his analysis of Obama’s speech.

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, the presumptive Republican and Democratic nominees for President, addressed AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) last week. Always a depressing spectacle, this year’s conference, at least, provided some interesting insights into the differences that divide the candidates, and the way they played out with the AIPAC audience.

First up was McCain, whose hawkish...

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J Street: A Much-Needed Pro-Peace Lobby Is Born

Posted on June 03, 2008 in Washington Watch
Last month’s launch of J Street marks the culmination of a two-decades old evolution within the pro-Israel community in the U.S.
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AAI Applauds LaHood-Price Letter Sent to President Bush Ahead of May 2008 Middle East Trip

Posted on May 21, 2008 in Press Releases

Letter to President Led by Representatives LaHood and Price and Signed by 50 Others Urges End to Gaza Blockade and Exploration of Ceasefire

WASHINGTON – May 21, 2008 –The Arab American Institute (AAI) commended the bipartisan efforts of Congressmen Ray LaHood (R-IL) and David Price (D-NC) calling for bolstered U.S. engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. LaHood and Price sent a letter to President Bush on the eve of his May 2008 trip to the Middle East expressing the urgent need for the U.S. to work to stabilize Gaza in order to strengthen and support ongoing peace talks....

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Bush Visits the Messy World He Created

Posted on May 19, 2008 in Washington Watch
President George W. Bush may attempt to sound visionary, talk tough, and criticize opponents as naive, but the Middle East which he visited last week is in shambles, due in no small part to policies he has pursued or failed to pursue during his two terms in office.
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U.S. State Department to Israel: “An American Citizen Is an American Citizen”

Posted on March 31, 2008 in Washington Watch
For thirty years now, I have been demanding that my government, in Washington, protect and defend the rights of its citizens of Arab descent when they travel to Israel and the Palestinian lands occupied since 1967.
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AAI Co-sponsors Capitol Hill Briefing on the Crisis in Gaza and Future Prospects for Israeli-Palesti

Posted by AAI on February 25, 2008 in News Clips

WASHINGTON – The Arab American Institute co-sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing, entitled “Recalculating Annapolis: Understanding the Crisis in Gaza and Southern Israel and Its Impact on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process,” on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. The event included a roundtable discussion featuring leading experts on Middle Eastern affairs, including perspectives on Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, U.S. and U.N. policy, and drew a large and diverse audience of congressional staff, policy-makers and academics, as well as university students and local community members.

AAI partnered with the American Task Force on Palestine, Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Israel Policy...

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