American Corner Opens in Akko, Israel

April 29, 2009
Screenshot of American Corner Director in Akko

Watch Video | Video TextAbout the Author: Will Stevens serves as the Deputy Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

On April 1, 2009, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv opened the newest, and possibly most beautiful, American Corner in the world. This Corner is housed in the newly restored medieval structure at the A-Saraya, and is perhaps the first of the hundreds of American Corners in the world to be located in a UNESCO World Heritage site. On hand for the gala opening were U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunnigham, Akko Mayor Shimon Lankri, and over 150 community leaders, educators, and business people from Akko and surrounding areas. Peter Yarrow of the American folk group “Peter, Paul, and Mary” and Israeli music legend David Broza headlined the gala opening.

American Corners are a unique State Department program whereby U.S. embassies partner with local municipalities and community centers to open small pieces of America throughout the world that give local publics the chance to access the internet, research America, attend embassy events, and host activities. The American Corner in Akko will offer materials in English, Arabic, and Hebrew on such topics as business and education in America, English language studies, and American civics, history and culture.

The American Corner is a formal partnership between the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, the Akko Community Center, and the Municipality of Akko. Ambassador Cunningham noted at the opening that “our great hope is that this American Corner will serve as a gathering place for dialogue, discussion and debate on issues important to the greater goal of peace….. We are confident that it will further my Embassy’s effort to extend the message of coexistence between Arabs and Jews in Israel.”

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joe
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Tennessee, USA
June 24, 2009

Joe from Tennessee writes:

Nothing like presenting a goal oriented strike zone for terrorist...

If this is this to insure US backing of any future Israel defense moves, it is a good idea as it seems likely to become an objective for at least a single fanatical Islamic or Palestinian terrorist. With the increase of organized terroristic mobile groups as the Tunisians, it seems to present initiative which was not there before.

Tel Aviv is beautiful, always was.

John
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Greece
April 29, 2009

John in Greece writes:

American Corners is the best way and program in order for everyone to understand the pure American spirit and founding values for democracy, communication and progress!

There is no distance between countries, people and oceans, when we honestly love each other.

Is there any list/web page for someone interested to know where an American Corner is near him? I mean a country list with American Corners? locations all over the world?

joe
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Tennessee, USA
June 24, 2009

Joe from Tennessee writes:

Haaretz reports for the last month do not seem as leaning toward productive diplomacy between the EU and even the U.S. right now. Exceptions seem to be centered on the acquisition of an increase of sales for land based missiles rather than restaurants.

Tel Aviv has always had American cafes, restaurants and business. I recall them from my past and know they were the center of bombings initially by Arafat and his group as they represented Western Capitalism.

This is what leads me to say:
I personally feel it makes a target and may well be politically motivated for that sole purpose. God willing, I am wrong.

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