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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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Why I’m Glad Netanyahu Won
I’m glad Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection. Since I realize that saying this won’t sit well with many folks, let me explain: As the election developed, it became clear that Benny Gantz, the leader of the opposition “Blue and White” coalition, for a number of reasons, had come to be seen as the...
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There is a poisonous political climate in Washington and the anti-BDS hysteria has become a part of it. (Photo: Alex Christy/Flickr) Views
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Protecting Americans’ Right to Hear from the Leader of BDS, the Palestinian Non-Violent Campaign for Human Rights
I awakened early Wednesday to listen to a voicemail message from Omar Barghouti, a leading member of the Palestinian movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel. In the message, Omar told me that he was at Ben Gurion Airport and despite holding a valid US visa and a boarding pass for his...
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Representative Omar is owed an apology. False charges and a manufactured crisis have sullied her name and put her at risk.  (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The Shameful Attack that Backfired
What happened to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was troubling. On the one hand, because she dared to challenge the way supporters of Israel have worked to silence debate on US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she became a victim of incitement, and the target of legislation meant to shame...
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Michelle Alexander (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Monday, January 28, 2019
Michelle Alexander Opened a Door
This past Sunday, The New York Times featured on the front page of its “Week in Review” section a major column by Michelle Alexander: “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine.” It was, by any measure, an important article because of who wrote it, where it appeared, and its breathtaking indictment of...
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Despite all of the issues roiling the Middle East, Palestine remains a priority concern across the region and there is no tolerance among Arabs, in any of the region's countries, for normalized relations with Israel until the terms of the API are met, in full. (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
A Weakly Inflated Trial Balloon
This week a well-known Israeli journalist revealed what he said were "new details about the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan." His report, he said, came from notes he had obtained from an American Jewish leader who had been part of a small group of community leaders briefed by...
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The list of challenges is by no means complete, but it's enough to cause us to know that we are hurtling into an uncertain future with good reason to be filled with apprehension. (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Looking Backward (2018) and Forward (2019)
Many years ago, I came across a pre-Islamic Arabic poem describing a camel running across the desert. Suddenly, the camel freezes in mid-stride. First, it looks backward in fear of what it was running from, and then it turns its glance forward—also in fear—toward the unknown that is its destination...
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Polls show that Israel is losing ground in U.S. public opinion – most especially among the demographic groups that form the Democratic coalition. (Photo: The IMEU/Twitter) Views
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Turning a Corner in Public Opinion Toward Israeli Occupation
U.S. supporters of Israel are in a bind: public opinion is changing; there are more actors publicly challenging Israel; and the crude, heavy-handed tactics they have successfully used in the past to silence criticism now only aggravate the situation. A few examples: A few weeks back, Airbnb...
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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Mr. Trump, You Cannot Erase the Palestinian Refugees
First, the Trump Administration “took Jerusalem off the table.” Now, in an especially dangerous display of recklessness, they have announced their intention to do the same for the Palestinian “right of return.” The first indication that this was in the works came with the administration’s...
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The destruction of the Great Mosque in Mosul (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
Foolish Wars Have Consequences
Fifteen years ago, we were still in the early stages of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, “the war that would change everything.” Looking at the Middle East today, I feel an overwhelming sadness as I consider the far-reaching and devastating impact that the Iraq war has had on my country and...
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Sunday, July 08, 2018
Reporting Hate Crimes: The Arab American Experience
Next week, the Arab American Institute Foundation will release a comprehensive study on anti-Arab hate crimes in the US. The result of eight months of work, “Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans,” fills a gap in available research on hate-...
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