Mideast Conflict: Need For A New Perspective
In Print by Ziad Asali - Arab News (Opinion) - May 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Peace is not easy. Achieving it requires summoning the deepest forms of courage. It means examining one?s darkest prejudices that dehumanize and demonize the other. The quest for mutual recognition of humanity and dignity is an arduous task. The question facing both Israelis and Palestinians is: Do they prefer to cling to the pain of past injuries and the suffering of their forefathers, or will they determine to move forward and build a better future for their children?

Yasser Abd Rabbo Cautions Against ?Partition of West Bank?
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 24, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, April 25 -- In a speech in Washington today, Yasser Abd Rabbo, a PLO Executive Committee Member and Policy Adviser to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, reiterated the Palestinian commitment to peace with Israel and praised Bush Administration efforts to reach an agreement. He repeatedly cautioned Israel against seeking “the partition of the West Bank,” which he said Palestinians “will never accept.”

ATFP hosts book event featuring Aaron David Miller
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 24, 2008 - 12:00am

On Friday, April 18, the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) hosted a discussion with veteran US peace negotiator Aaron David Miller about his new book “The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace” (2008, Bantam Books). Miller served as an adviser to six secretaries of state and is now public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

ATFP Op-ed: Miscalculation
In Print by Ziad Asali - The Washington Times (Opinion) - June 17, 2008 - 12:00am

Since Hamas' violent takeover of Gaza last June, a pattern of tit-for-tat provocation has defined the organization's relationship with Israel.

ATFP, Secretary Rice, Private Sector Leaders Promote Investment in Palestine
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 28, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington DC, April 29 – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today convened a meeting of American private sector business leaders and leaders of the US-Palestinian Public-Private Partnership initiative to explore opportunities for investment in Palestine in the run-up to the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem on May 21-23, 2008. Partnership chair Walter Isaacson and co-chairs Jean Case and ATFP President Ziad J. Asali attended the meeting at the State Department along with Secretary Rice and other senior government officials.

ATFP President Named as Member of Presidential Delegation to Palestine Investment Conference
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - May 14, 2008 - 12:00am

President George W. Bush today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Bethlehem to attend the Palestine Investment Conference May 21-23, 2008. The Honorable Robert M. Kimmitt, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce The Honorable Robert Mosbacher, Jr.,President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

ATFP Event: Raja Shedadeh Discusses the Vanishing Landscape of Palestine
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - May 29, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, May 30 – The transformation of the landscape of the occupied territories is inextricably linked to the erosion of Palestinian rights, living conditions and national prospects, according to prominent Palestinian attorney and activist Raja Shehadeh. He spoke at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Friday, May 30, at a briefing hosted by the Foundation for Middle East Peaceand the American Task Force on Palestine.

Palestinian-Americans Concerned about New Jerusalem Settlement Plans
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - June 1, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, June 2 – New Israeli settlement expansions in and around occupied East Jerusalem threaten prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement, according to the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). On Monday ATFP warned that further Israeli construction in and around Jerusalem dangerously prejudiced final status talks and made the creation of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem more difficult.

ADC, AAI, and ATFP meet with State Department
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - June 18, 2008 - 12:00am

On June 19, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the American-Arab Institute (AAI), and the American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP) met with State Department officials from the Bureau of Consular affairs, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to discuss the practice of denying entry to US citizens of Palestinian or Arab descent into Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

Marwan Muasher Stresses Importance of A Two-State Solution for Arab Reform
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - June 26, 2008 - 12:00am

On Friday, June 27, the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) hosted a discussion the National Press Club in Washington of “The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation” (Yale University Press, 2008) with its author, Dr. Marwan Muasher. Dr. Muasher is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Information Minister of Jordan, as well as Jordan’s first Ambassador to Israel.

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