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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 Liberal voices were largely silent as Israel built new settlements, roads, and infrastructure, seizing Palestinian land and violating their fundamental rights. (Photo: The West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev is pictured in late December, 2016) Views
Monday, September 16, 2019
An Israeli Election That Will Decide Nothing
Before a single vote is cast in Israel's second national election this year, two disturbing facts are clear: the outcome will be as muddled as it was after the April contest and whoever wins, despite the permanent state of denial in which Western liberals find themselves, Israel/Palestine has...
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"The goal must be to address head on the anger, disappointment, alienation, and loss of control of those who feel left out of the national discussion," writes Zogby. "What is needed is a message that speaks to voters across the spectrum, telling them that they are being heard and their needs will be addressed by proposals for economic and social progress that will include and benefit everyone." (Photo: Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Addressing Those Who Have Been Fooled All of the Time
It was more than a century and a half ago that Abraham Lincoln told us, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." While the wisdom behind these words is clear, what has long confounded me is,...
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George W. Bush's penchant for saying that in executing the war against Iraq he was carrying out "God's will."(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, July 29, 2019
The Abuse of Religion to Foster Extremism Is a Universal Phenomenon
When Americans express concern about religious extremism and violence, they almost always are thinking about Islam. The problems posed by the politicization and weaponization of religion, however, are deeper, more widespread, and more dangerous. Several years ago, I moderated a panel discussion on...
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The U.S. Capitol building (Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
Two Congressional Resolutions That Won’t Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace
In the coming week, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will move on four bills – all of which, I believe, drive more nails in the coffin of Israeli-Palestinian peace. While two of the proposed bills are blatantly pro-Israel, it is the two more benign pieces of legislation that cause me real...
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A general view of a Israeli separated barrier between the Palestinian town of Biet Jala and Jerusalem on May 14. (Photo: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA-EFE/REX) Views
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Jared Kushner’s Bahrain Conference Won’t Work
Twenty-five years ago, Vice President Al Gore asked the two of us to head up a project he was launching to promote Palestinian economic development in support of the still fledgling Oslo peace process. Our effort was called Builders for Peace and brought together an impressive group of American...
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It was disturbing how few of the candidates appear to have given the matter any serious thought. (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr) Views
Monday, June 24, 2019
Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid to Criticize Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights
The attitudes of Democratic voters toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have become decidedly more balanced in the past two decades. Favorable attitudes toward Palestinians are up while attitudes toward Israel appear to be in decline. While, overall views of Israel remain positive, substantial...
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The attempt to convene an “economic workshop” without first guaranteeing that Palestinians will have freedom and independence–is destined for failure. (Photo: Screen shot / Twitter) Views
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Why the U.S. "Workshop" For Palestinians Will Fail
Twenty-five years ago, I moderated the panel discussion on the Palestinian economy at the international economic summit in Casablanca, Morocco. I was there in my capacity as co-chair of Builders for Peace (BfP), a project created by Vice-President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy in...
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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Playing 20 Questions to Figure Out Jared Kushner's "Deal of the Century"
I believe that it was Henry Kissinger who described his approach to running Arab-Israeli negotiations as creating the illusion of momentum to compensate for the lack of momentum. The goal wasn’t the outcome. It was to keep everyone involved in the process. Adhering to this maxim, successive...
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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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