Shooting The Messengers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Le Monde Diplomatique
by Mariano Aguirre - October 3, 2007 - 6:12pm

The New York Post editorial on 5 January 2007 read: “How did this man ever become president of the United States?” Readers might have thought this was a crack about President George Bush in a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch. But the editorial went on: “He’s gone from failed president to friend of leftwing tyrants and global scold of anything that represents America’s legitimate interests”; he wanted to “demonise Israel” and had secretly given “PR and political advice to Yasser Arafat”.

Dropping "muqawama"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
by Maria Stephan - (Blog) October 3, 2007 - 6:07pm

With another international conference focused on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict just around the corner - likely to take place in Washington in November - hopes rise for a negotiated breakthrough in this decades-long conflict. However, without a Palestinian strategy to apply steady pressure on Israel, the November talks are likely to produce a new "road map" to nowhere. The Palestinian Authority may be aware of this, as its recent call for a new form of struggle against the Israeli occupation suggests.

A Note To Hillary On Jerusalem Disunited
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg - October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Dear Hillary, A colleague alerted me to your recent position paper on Israel, with your promise of support for an "undivided Jerusalem." I appreciate the warm feelings, but I admit I was confused by your description of my city. Since you are a careful, wonky candidate, I figured you must have details at your disposal. So this morning I called a Palestinian cabby friend, and together we went looking for the "undivided Jerusalem."

Only A First Step To Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
(Editorial) October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

It would be easy to be cynical about Israel's release of 57 Palestinian prisoners yesterday in an attempt to bolster the authority of the man they see as the moderate Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas. The number released is fewer than the average number of Arab militants detained by Israeli forces each month, joining 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, many imprisoned without trial.

In The End, Bet On Israeli Hawks To Forge The Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Bradley Burston - October 1, 2007 - 12:00am

You could always count on the leftists here for certain things. They have proven themselves superb novelists and collective farmers, singer-songwriters and operators of fighter-bombers. They are unsurpassed at holding demonstrations, signing petitions, opening channels of communication in the arts, in academia, and, trans-wall, on the ground with the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza. They just can't make peace.

A Conversation With Mahmoud Abbas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
September 30, 2007 - 12:00am

When the Islamic radicals of Hamas kicked their more secular Fatah rivals out of the Gaza Strip in June, it looked as though the peace process was dead. But surprisingly, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have held a series of in-depth talks that U.S. officials hope may culminate in some kind of deal or framework to be presented at a proposed meeting of Middle East leaders in Washington in November. Last week, the Fatah chief attended the opening of the U.N.

Sense, Nonsense and Strategy in the New Palestinian Political Landscape
Issue Paper by Hussein Ibish - September 6, 2007 - 12:00am

The catastrophic division that has recently developed in Palestine, with the national leadership split between two fiefdoms and in a state of open conflict, has left Palestinians and their allies around the world dismayed, and struggling to reformulate a viable strategy for ending the occupation. As people search for guidance and try to make sense of a shocking turn of events, misleading and overwrought polemics have become more prevalent than sober analysis.

ATFP Expressed Deep Concern Over Palestine Split, Urges Preserving of Palestinian Unity and Statehood Goal
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - June 21, 2007 - 12:00am

Washington, D.C., June 22 – The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today expressed deep concern over the serious implications from the military take-over in Gaza. ATFP declares its full support for President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad as they pursue Palestinian unity, independence and statehood. ATFP urges the Bush administration to initiate prompt implementation of political and economic policies that help lay the foundation of a future state of Palestine.

New Beginnings from Old Realities: The Arab Peace Initiative as the Basis for Peace
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - May 16, 2007 - 12:00am

Washington D.C., May 17th -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) cosponsored a briefing today at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Affairs Department Negotiations Support Unit (NAD-NSU). The briefing was titled “New Beginnings from Old Realities: The Arab Peace Initiative as the Basis for Peace”. The three NSU members featured were Ms. Zeinah Salahi NSU Legal Advisor for Borders, Mr.

ATFP Donates $100,000 To Palestinian Charity In Jerusalem Dar El-Tifl
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 23, 2007 - 12:00am

The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) is happy to announce the donation of the amount of $100,000.00 to Dar El-Tifl (Home of Children) in Jerusalem. The donation comes from ATFP's Palestine Humanitarian Fund, established to fund Palestinian humanitarian projects in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Dar El-Tifl is a Palestinian charity established in Jerusalem in 1948 originally to care for Palestinian children who were made orphans.

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