Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Vote '98 Features President Clinton, Members of Congress and Palestinian Officials

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Vote '98 Features President Clinton, Members of Congress and Palestinian Officials

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VOTE `98 FEATURES PRESIDENT CLINTON, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND PALESTIN-IAN OFFICIALS

Arab Americans from across the United States gathered in Washington, DC May 6 through 10 for "Vote `98: A Winning Strategy," a national leadership conference cosponsored by the Arab American Institute, Palestinian American Congress and the National Arab American Business Association.

Vote `98 featured a keynote address by President Bill Clinton, the first by a sitting U.S. president to an Arab-American organization (see article on p. 27 concerning Clinton's speech and see box on facing page for the full text of AAI President James Zogby's introduction of the president), remarks by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, panel discussions by members of Congress, academics and policymakers, sessions at the White House, meetings with elected representatives on Capitol Hill, and panel discussions with Arab ambassadors and Palestinian diplomats.

On the domestic level, delegates and presenters focused on the developing political role of the Arab-American community in the United States. Many Arab-American leaders compared their warm reception on Capitol Hill and at the White House for Vote `98 with a decade earlier when members of Congress would return "Arab money" given to political campaigns. …

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