James Zogby

James Zogby

Dr. James J. Zogby is the author of Arab Voices (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010) and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. Since 1985, Dr. Zogby and AAI have led Arab American efforts to secure political empowerment in the U.S. Through voter registration, education and mobilization, AAI has moved Arab Americans into the political mainstream.

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A Palestinian man is giving Palestinian flags to the people, during the demonstration in solidarity with Palestine, at the Museumplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 14th, 2020. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 15, 2021
US Policy Ignores Palestinian Human Rights
Over the years, the approach of most American policymakers toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been Israel-centric with near total disregard for the suffering endured by the Palestinian people. The architects of policy in successive US administrations have discussed the conflict as if the...
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Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, greets Palestinians in Bethlehem in the Israeli occupied West Bank on Christmas Eve, 2018. (Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 21, 2020
Conservative Christians Remain Silent About Suffering Bethlehem
As we enter the final week before Christmas, my thoughts turn to Bethlehem, its struggling people, and the shocking disregard for them displayed by many Christians in the West. This is not to say that that these same Christians don't love Bethlehem. But the city they love is the one of the story...
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What should be clear from this review is that discriminatory policies that unfairly target Arabs or Muslims didn’t begin with Donald Trump and will not automatically end with a change in the White House. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Views
Monday, October 19, 2020
Policies Targeting Arabs and Muslims Didn’t Just Start With Donald Trump
Donald Trump isn’t the first politician to use demonization of foreigners, whether Arabs or Muslims, as a campaign tactic. And his administration isn’t the first to implement policies that have adversely affected these communities. But while we have a century of such policies, the Trump era has...
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President Donald Trump, right, looks over to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) Views
Friday, July 31, 2020
Why Is the Democratic Party So Timid on Palestinian Rights?
I’ve been engaged in Democratic Party platform debates for over three decades and am amazed at how the party consistently gets the section on the Mideast wrong. Wrong because the positions expressed are out of touch with political realities on the ground. And wrong because it is out of sync with...
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While there are a number of principled souls serving in Congress, for too many Members raising money and getting reelected become ends in themselves. (Photo: AIPAC/Screengrab) Views
Monday, July 13, 2020
Is AIPAC Losing Its Grip on Democrats?
I came to Washington, more than four decades ago, to run the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. We founded the PHRC after hearing from lawyers and human rights activists in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian lands horrible stories of rights being abused on a daily basis. Because these stories weren’...
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Bowman’s victory against an entrenched incumbent came on the heels of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 unseating of 10 term Congressman Joseph Crowley in the nearby 14th District of New York. (Photo: Bowman for Congress) Views
Monday, June 29, 2020
What Jamaal Bowman's Historic Win Represents for the Palestinian People
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Jamaal Bowman made history by winning the Democratic Party primary in New York State’s 16th Congressional District. Here’s why his victory is so significant. Bowman beat Eliot Engel, a 16-term incumbent Congressman who served as Chair of the House Committee on Foreign...
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The election of Donald Trump was the byproduct of our partisan dysfunction. (Photo: Matthew Busch/Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 11, 2020
The End of US Empire: Covid-19 Exposes Once-Great Superpower as Epic Failure
“And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.” I am following worldwide commentary about my country’s disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic with equal measures of frustration, fury, and embarrassment. Writers from Europe, the Arab World...
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If Democrats want to win, they should be planning how, in the wake of COVID-19, to address the challenges they face in order to ensure that even in a “virtual convention” there is full participation that respects all wings of the party and builds unity. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, April 06, 2020
The Political Toll of COVID-19
The COVID-19 crisis is taking a human and economic toll everywhere across the U.S. An additional casualty may be what it does to our political parties and our electoral processes, which were already struggling in a weakened state and may not survive the onslaught of this crisis. Take, for example,...
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Palestinians rush to the border fence with Israel as mass demonstrations at the fence continue on May 14, 2018 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israeli soldiers killed at least 41 Palestinians and wounded over a thousand as the demonstrations coincided with the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
A Second Nakba in the Making
Two years ago Friday, President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. We knew then that this was an irresponsible and cruelly insensitive act that would do grave harm to the rights and well-being of Palestinians and put an end to any pretense that the United States could...
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The bottom line is that, to be sure, Netanyahu is a criminal. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 25, 2019
Netanyahu's Real Crimes
After years of investigation and months of delay, Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit formally indicted Benjamin Netanyahu for crimes ranging from his violation of public trust to bribery and fraud. Israel's apologists will argue that the fact that a sitting Prime Minister has been charged...
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