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James J. Zogby: A Deeper Look at Anti-Semitism and Anti-Arab Bigotry

While there are differences, to be sure, between anti-Semitism and anti-Arab bigotry, the animus that has driven the hostility directed against both Arabs and Jews springs from the same source. It is a largely Western phenomenon directed against two Semitic peoples – one which the West historically found living within its midst and which it saw […]

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James J. Zogby: Trump Is Dismantling the International Order

December 2, 2019 – The Trump Administration’s declaration that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian lands are not illegal was, in fact, a consequential act – ­though not for the reasons cited by Israelis or Palestinians. It was also “the nail in the coffin” ­– though not the “coffin of the peace process”– as some Palestinians […]

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James Zogby: The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Is Back: Free Speech Is at Risk

June 9, 2018 – Back in 2016, without debate or an actual vote, the US Senate stealthily passed a disturbing and dangerous piece of legislation called “The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016” (AAA). The bill would have required the Department of Education (ED) to apply a State Department (DOS) working definition of anti-Semitism in evaluating […]

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James J. Zogby: Pence’s recent foray into Middle East politics nothing short of a disaster

Jan. 29, 2018 – US Vice President Michael Pence’s recent foray into Middle East politics has been nothing short of a disaster. Because he sees the world through the lens of right-wing Evangelical Christianity, he trampled on regional realities, leaving a mess in his wake. One might have hoped that American political leaders had learned the […]

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James J. Zogby: Trump’s Executive Order Is an Existential Threat to America

March 13, 2017 – Last week President Donald Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO or Order) restricting immigration from six majority Muslim countries and more than halving the US refugee program. This version includes some significant changes: it is more carefully written; it removes Iraq from the list of countries falling under the ban; […]

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James J. Zogby: Trump/Netanyahu Meet: an Exercise in Fawning, Fantasy, and Anti-Palestinian Incitement

Feb. 21, 2017 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Donald Trump was overshadowed by dramatic and unsettling events that preceded and followed their perfectly bizarre press conference. The week began with the forced resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and revelations of extensive communications between Trump campaign aides […]

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James J. Zogby: UN resolution reaffirming illegality of Israeli settlements largely a restatement of decades of US policy

Dec. 24, 2016 – There was considerable drama leading up to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (UNSCR 2334) reaffirming the illegality of Israeli settlements. It began with all hell breaking loose Thursday morning when it became clear that the Egyptians would submit their resolution on Israeli settlements for a vote at […]

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James J. Zogby: Standing Rock and Palestine: The Struggle for Justice is One

Nov. 26, 2016 – James Zogby is President of the Arab American Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization created to nurture and encourage the direct participation of Arab Americans in political and civic life in the United States. Last week, I joined several hundred protesters in a sit-in in front of the Army Corps […]

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James J. Zogby: We may defeat Trump but see the root causes of Trumpism fester unless we change direction

August 13, 2016 – This presidential election is exposing deep fault-lines in our society and the failure of some of the basic institutions of our democracy. If we don’t change direction, we’re on our way to “hell in a handbasket”. I begin with the difficult situation in which Republicans now find themselves as they watch […]