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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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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"Three punishing Israeli wars on Gaza (in 2008, 2012, and 2014) left over 3,800 Palestinians dead, 15,000 wounded, and an already dilapidated infrastructure even more devastated by deliberate Israeli targeting of civilian sites, like a sewage reservoir and a chicken processing plant." (Photo: Adam Helweh/Flickr/CC) Views
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Gaza Deserves Our Support
To say that the situation in Gaza is deplorable and desperate is an understatement. That impoverished strip of land on the Eastern Mediterranean has been deplorable and desperate for decades. I traveled to Gaza many times during the 1990’s, in my capacity as co-Chair of Builders for Peace, which...
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"From 2003 to the formal withdrawal of US fighting forces in 2011, the war took the lives of 4,500 Americans and well over 150,000 Iraqi civilians." (Photo: Reuters) Views
Monday, February 19, 2018
The Iraq War: Fifteen Years Later
Over the next few weeks, I want to take a look back to February and March of 2003, to those fateful days leading up to the Bush administration’s disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. I remember all too well the lies that were told, the hysteria that was created, the bullying tactics that were...
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While Middle Eastern, Mexican, and Central American are largely the subject of today's immigration debate in the U.S., xenophobic lawmakers fought against immigrants from Ireland, Italy, and other European countries in the past. ( Views
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Immigration Debate We Must Not Lose
The debate over US immigration policy is a very personal one for me. It's about my family's history and the hardships they faced coming to America. It is also about who we are and who we aspire to be as an American people. In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, my father's family, like many...
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