Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arab-American Activism

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arab-American Activism

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AAI Director Demands Retraction from American Jewish Congress

James Zogby, executive director of the Arab American Institute (AAI), has demanded an apology and a full retraction from the American Jewish Congress (AJC) for its recent recruitment and fund-raising letter which equated Zogby's criticism of the pro-Israel lobby with "the new anti-Semitism," and sought to link him with former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

In his letter to the American Jewish Congress, the AAI director stated, "charging someone with anti-Semitism or with fomenting anti-Semitism is a serious accusation which, when levelled against a political activist, can easily have the effect of isolating the latter from our political culture, thereby denying that person his or her political and civil rights to freely participate in the political process."

United Nations Day: Activists Call for Increased UN Role for Palestine

On United Nations Day, Oct. 24, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) held a press conference with two Palestinian children who were permanently maimed by Israeli soldiers during a grenade attack on their home.

On Nov. 4, 1989, a grenade thrown by Israeli soldiers onto the terrace of the Abu Sneineh residence in Hebron, the West Bank, resulted in the wounding of all 11 family members. Mansour Abu Sneineh, 13, lost both legs, one hand and an eye. His 14-year-old sister Sabah had two compound leg fractures. The children are in the US to receive medical treatment. ADC President Albert Mokhiber commented on the irony that the US had supplied "both ends of the technology equation in this case -- the grenade which wounded the children and Mansour's new bionic arm."

In marking the anniversary of United Nations Day, ADC and the Palestine Solidarity Committee drew attention to the role of the United Nations in Palestine. "The UN needs to be more involved in Palestine in order to protect children like these," said Mokhiber.

The two groups asked that the US continue pressuring the Israeli government to allow the United Nations to send an investigative mission on the Dome of the Rock massacre. In addition, they asked the US to push for a UN-sponsored international peace conference, and to support protection of the lives of Palestinians under occupation with the deployment of UN peace-keeping troops to the occupied territories. …

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