Call for Partners in Peace Internship Applications
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - March 24, 2008 - 11:00pm

Americans for Peace Now (APN) and the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) are seeking applications to a joint internship program that will offer interns a unique perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – from two leading advocacy organizations – that spans borders, dispels prejudice, and promotes a two-state solution.


Dr. Asali speaks at Brookings Conference
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - March 9, 2008 - 11:00pm

On Monday, March 10th, Dr. Ziad Asali gave a presentation at The Brookings Institution entitled “Daily Life in the West Bank and Gaza: Implications for an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement.” The presentation was part of the three-day Brookings conference, “Inside the Middle East.” A link to event agenda and its impressive panelists can be found here: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/Course/Agenda/middle_east.pdf.


In Search for Peace, a Shrinking White House Role
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The Washington Post - March 3, 2008 - 12:00am

Ghaith al-Omari, a former adviser to Abbas and now advocacy director for the American Task Force on Palestine, faulted the Bush administration for not nurturing a process that it started. He noted that the administration has appointed three generals to assess various aspects of the issue, but that few people in the region understand their roles. Rice's two-day visit this week is her first substantive trip since the conference in November.


ATFP reiterates call for end to violence in Gaza
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - March 2, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, March 3 – The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today renewed its call for an end to armed hostilities between Israel and militia groups based in the Gaza Strip. The Task Force expressed grave concern for the wellbeing of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip – where over 100 people, many of them civilians, have been killed by Israeli forces in recent days – and for the population of Israeli towns, including Sderot and Ashkelon, within the range of rockets fired by militia groups in Gaza.


Bolstering Palestinian Moderates
In Print by Ghaith al-Omari - The Washington Times (Opinion) - February 10, 2008 - 12:00am

The recent breach of the Gaza-Egypt border was an avoidable setback to the newly revived Palestinian-Israeli peace process. It has shown what happens when grand political commitments — made by Israeli, U.S. and Arab leaders — fail to translate into concrete policies, structures and behavior. Had the situation been addressed in a timely fashion, control of the Gaza crossings to Egypt and Israel could have been a major political gain for the moderate government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.


Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad delivers major policy address at ATFP event
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - February 10, 2008 - 12:00am

The American Task Force on Palestine today hosted Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for a major policy address at the National Press Club. Delivering a speech entitled “Investing in Peace for Palestine,” Prime Minister Fayyad spoke about progress on Palestinian commitments to good governance, security, economic and political reform despite continued occupation. “I firmly believe that we have demonstrated our ability to do the job, if given the chance,” said Prime Minister Fayyad.


ATFP calls for ceasefire in Gaza, lifting of siege
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - January 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, Jan. 22 – The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today called for an urgent ceasefire between Israel and militia groups based in the Gaza Strip, and an end to measures that threaten to impose a humanitarian crisis on the population in Gaza. In particular, ATFP called for an immediate end to the latest moves by the government of Israel including cutting of fuel supplies for Gaza's only electricity plant, and other restrictions threatening international aid supplies of food and medicine.


Is It A Budding Partnership?
In Print by Ziad Asali - Gulf News (Opinion) - January 17, 2008 - 12:00am

Even the most skeptical of us would have to concede that things are better now than they were a few months ago, as they hasten to add that we have been here before and that this too shall pass. Yes, things are better: Palestinian and Israeli officials are talking, and final status issues are being discussed, though they are not being resolved.


U.S.-Palestinian Partnership Concludes Trip to Palestine-Israel
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - January 14, 2008 - 12:00am

A delegation of the newly-created U.S.-Palestinian Public-Private Partnership has just concluded its first trip to Palestine-Israel. The delegation was led by the Partnership chair and President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson and included co-chairs ATFP president Ziad Asali and Case Foundation CEO Jean Case, Mickey Bergman and Toni Verstandig of the Aspen Institute, Ambassador Margaret Scobey and Andrea McDaniel from the Department of State, and George Laudato from USAID.


Egypt opens its borders
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The Washington Post - January 3, 2008 - 12:00am

By ELLEN KNICKMEYE and GLENN KESSLER, The Washington Post CAIRO, Egypt – Egypt opened its main crossing into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims – including at least one official of the armed Hamas movement – to return to their homes there, outraging Israel in a growing dispute over border security.



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