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Readers' Letters & Announcements, November 6, 2009
CLINTON says Israel makes 'unprecedented' concession
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Tina Tchen praises joint session, urges continued efforts for peace
Sunday's sessions at AAI's Leadership Summit included a powerful joint session with J Street, the new face of the pro-peace, pro-Israel movement. Tina Tchen took the podium to speak to a room filled to overflowing with Arab and Jewish American business and community leaders from around the country. Arab and Jewish American leaders weave a message of common ground and common goals Click here to read comments by Jeremy Ben-Ami, George R. Salem, Nick Rahall, Steve Jacobs, and Dr. James Zogby.
Gen Jim Jones: Arab Americans Play a Key Role General Jim Jones, National Security Advisor to the President's address at the close of the Arab American Institute's fall Leadership Summit outlined the Obama Administration's views on a broad range of Middle East issues. Jones made it clear that Arab Americans play a key role in bridging the gap between the United States and the Arab nations, and are a fundamental part of what makes the U.S. a great country. He stated that the Administration's policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue has been consistent and unambiguous. "In his Cairo speech, the President also made clear his commitment to achieving two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. He is committed to this goal because he believes that peace is in America's interest, just as it is in the interest of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples." In addition to stopping settlement growth and outposts, the Administration's approach includes building an infrastructure for peace in the Palestinian territories, and improve conditions, with the ultimate goal...
CAIR Seeks HBO Apology for ‘Curb’ Episode Mocking Jesus
A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today
called on HBO to apologize for an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in which
the main character splattered urine on a painting of Jesus.
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726,
CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171,
The story the New York Times published this week on Hamid Karzai's drug-dealing brother Ahmed Wali and his ties to the CIA is very revealing, considering it comes just few days before Afghanistan's run-off election; however, it is not the real news. It has been rumored for years that Wali has been involved in opium trafficking and has been receiving payments from the CIA. The big story is the United States' government plan to buy out the Taliban -- officially, so to speak.
On Wednesday, President Obama signed a $680 billion defense appropriations bill, which is supposed to cover military operations in the 2010 fiscal year. The bill includes a Taliban reintegration provision under the Commander's Emergency Response Program. Don't you love the terminologies used by government bureaucrats? Call it buyout, bribes, protection money, but please don't call it integration.
The idea, according to Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is to separate local Taliban from their leaders, replicating a program used to neutralize the insurgency against Americans in Iraq. If you can't beat them, buy them!
Tour highlights systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children by the Israeli authorities
Mohammad Salem Abu Eid was 14 years old when he was
detained by Israeli forces in February 2008 and accused of throwing stones
at the Separation Wall, which cuts through the Palestinian West Bank.
He was beaten, interrogated in the absence of a lawyer and
family member, deceived into signing a confession, prosecuted in a military
court and sentenced to four months imprisonment.
Whilst in prison, he received no education and no family
Mohammad, accompanied by his mother, Sumya will be
speaking about his experiences on a tour of Liverpool, London, Sheffield and
Gerard Horton, Lawyer from Defence for Children International –
Abdefattah Abusrour, President of Palestinian Theatre League.
Members of the press are invited to attend the meetings
Mohammad and Sumya are available for interviews.
To arrange an interview, please contact: Joni McDougall,
ALL MEETINGS START AT 7 AND FINISH AT 9pm
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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of
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