An Action Alert by AAI
The future of Jerusalem is at risk and
the peace process is in grave danger as a result of the policies of the
Netanyahu government in Israel.
Arab Americans can and must act to create some measure of balance in the
U.S policy debate. We must also challenge Congress and the Administration
to provide balanced leadership.
IN WASHINGTON, WE HAVE BEEN HARD
MOBILIZING 42 Arab American organizations in support of a statement to the
Administration calling for an end to Israeli policies of land confiscation,
settlement building, and economic blockade of Palestinian areas;
PARTICIPATING in meetings with the White House and State Department, including
with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, urging balanced U.S. leadership
and pressure on Israel to stop settlement construction;
ORGANIZING an Arab American Town Meeting and media event for Dr. Hanan Ashrawi,
Minister of Higher Education for the Palestinian National Authority on Friday,
April 11 in Washington (call AAI for details),'
CHALLENGING members of Congress meetings and letters to support a balanced,
pro-peace position and avoid a biased anti-Palestinian stance; and
EDUCATING the public about the dangers Israeli policies pose to Middle East
peace and U.S. interests through numerous speaking engagcrnents and media
A hostile, anti-Palestinian letter is circulating
on Capitol Hill. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) is seeking congressional co-signers
for a letter that blames the Palestinians for the impasse in the peace process
and calls on the President to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority.
At the same time, a balanced, pro-peace letter is being circulated by Representatives
Nick Rahall, II (D-WV) and Jim Moran (D-VA) calling on the President to
insist that Israel stop building at Jabal Abu Ghnaim.
1. Call fax or visit your member
of congress; call the switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your congrcssperson's
- speak to the staff person who handles foreign
- ask to convey your request that the representative
help save the peace process through balanced U.S. leadership and urgent
- urge your member to co-sign the Rahall/Moran
letter and not to sign the Engel letter.
2. Write to your newspaper(s)
and speak out in other media and local forums. Talking points are attached
for your use.
the AAI National Office by phone (202) 429-9210 or fax (202) 429-9214 if
you need other resources and to report on local action.