The Crisis in the Peace Process

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.


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 appearances.



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.

Call fax or visit your member of congress; call the switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your congrcssperson's office:

  • speak to the staff person who handles foreign affairs;
  • ask to convey your request that the representative help save the peace process through balanced U.S. leadership and urgent action;
  • 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.

3. Contact 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.