Obama and Abbas: From Speed Dial to Not Talking
Media Mention of Ziad Asali In The New York Times - September 12, 2011 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON — Among the very first foreign leaders President Obama called after entering the Oval Office on Jan. 21, 2009, was the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. The last time the two men spoke was in February, when Mr. Obama failed, in an awkward, 55-minute phone conversation, to persuade Mr. Abbas not to go to the United Nations to condemn Israel for building Jewish settlements.

Train Wreck in Turtle Bay
In Print by Ziad Asali - Foreign Policy (Opinion) - September 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Late September is fast approaching, and the stage seems set for yet another crisis in the Middle East. Palestinian leaders are determined to push for greater international recognition of their state at the upcoming annual session of the U.N. General Assembly. A large number of countries are reportedly poised to vote in Palestine's favor, much to the chagrin of the Israeli government, which has mounted a vigorous lobbying campaign against recognition.

Palestinians Seeking Statehood at UN May Get Same Rights as Pope
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In Bloomberg - September 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won’t walk away from the United Nations General Assembly this month with the sought-after statehood. More likely, he’ll get parity with the world’s smallest state led by Pope Benedict XVI. Support for the upgrade in Palestinian status at the UN from “entity” to “non-member state” is likely if the matter is brought to a vote in the 193-member assembly, where a two- thirds majority, or 129 votes, is required.

ATFP/APN Joint Internship Program -Summer 2011
Video on September 6, 2011

American Task Force on Palestine works together with Americans for Peace Now in promoting youth involvement in solving the conflict between Israel and Palestine. By taking interns from both Israel and Palestine, the organizations show that one can be both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian simultaneously.

ATFP Urges US Government to Help Curb Proposed Israeli Settlement Expansions
Press Release - Contact Information: Ghaith al-Omari - August 15, 2011 - 12:00am

ATFP Condemns Reported Attacks on Syrian and Palestinian Civilians in Latakia
Press Release - Contact Information: Ghaith al-Omari - August 15, 2011 - 12:00am

Audio recording and transcript now available: Owning a Piece of Palestine: Syria’s Assad Regimes and the Palestinian Question
Press Release - July 29, 2011 - 12:00am

On Wednesday July 27, 2011, The American Task Force on Palestine co-sponsored with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace the event entitled “Owning a Piece of Palestine: Syria’s Assad Regimes and the Palestinian Question.”

Palestinian UN Vote No Longer A Certainty
Media Mention of Ziad Asali In ATFP - July 27, 2011 - 12:00am

As the Palestinians prepare to unveil Thursday a draft of their resolution requesting United Nations’ recognition next month of an independent Palestinian state, many analysts believe such UN action is not inevitable.

Israel's Foreign Ministry Borrows From the Settlers for Its Propaganda
Media Mention of Hussein Ibish In The Jewish Daily Forward - July 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel’s deputy foreign minister and Twitter warrior, Danny Ayalon, recently released a video over YouTube that is doing quite well — posted on July 11, it now has nearly 180,000 hits. In it, Ayalon tries to explain why he thinks the West Bank should not be referred to as “occupied” and that settlements are not in effect settlements.

Debating an extremist Israeli settler
In Print by Hussein Ibish - NOW Lebanon (Opinion) - July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Last week I had a fascinating debate with David Ha’ivri, an extremist Israeli settler—an event loosely connected to a conference of the pro-settler Christians United for Israel organization.

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