ATFP Donates $45,000 For Emergency Humanitarian Relief in Palestine
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - July 31, 2006 - 11:00pm

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2006 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today announced the donation of $45,000 for Palestinian humanitarian relief, with grants going to Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem, St. Luke's Hospital in Nablus, and the Washington, D.C.-based United Palestinian Appeal (UPA). ATFP launched an appeal in May 2006 to collect donations for urgent humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. ATFP will donate all funds it raises from the Palestinian Humanitarian Appeal to medical facilities in the West Bank and Gaza.


ATFP Calls for Diplomatic Resolution of Growing Middle East Crisis
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - July 10, 2006 - 11:00pm

The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today called on all parties to take the steps necessary to defuse the escalating tensions in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Lebanon. ATFP warned that the region is heading towards an extremely dangerous conflagration that would not be in the interest of any of the involved states, organizations and communities.


ATFP Urge US Intervention to Stem Spiraling Gaza Violence
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - July 5, 2006 - 11:00pm

Washington, D.C., July 7 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today urged the Bush administration to exert all efforts to address the spiraling violence in Gaza that led yesterday to the deaths of twenty-two Palestinians, many of them civilians and children.


ATFP Voices Extreme Concern at Targeting of Palestinian Civilian Infrrastructure in Gaza
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - June 28, 2006 - 11:00pm

Washington, D.C., June 30 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today voiced extreme concern at the targeting of vital Palestinian civilian infrastructure in Gaza by the Israeli army. The most damaging of this targeting was the destruction of the six transformers at Gaza's only power station on June 28, which is owned by a U.S. company and whose repair expense will be borne by U.S. taxpayers.


ATFP Notes Significant Improvement in Senate Version of House Bill on Palestinian Aid
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - June 21, 2006 - 11:00pm

Washington, D.C., June 23 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today noted the significant improvement in the Senate version of the bill concerning aid to the Palestinians. The Senate unanimously approved S. 2370 today, otherwise known as the Palestinian Anti-Terrorist Act of 2006. ATFP had earlier deplored the passage on May 23, 2006 of H.R.4681, the House of Representatives companion version of this legislation, which the Bush administration had opposed. The Senate bill must now be reconciled with the House version.


Morality and Interest in Helping Lebanon
In Print by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) - June 19, 2006 - 11:00pm

It is, of course, a reassuring sight to see thousands of American citizens and other western nationals being evacuated by their governments from war-torn Lebanon. But spare a thought, and some serious political consideration, for those not so fortunate, especially the Lebanese and Palestinian people who are presently baring the brunt of the suffering caused by the conflicts between Israel and Hezbollah and Hamas.


Asali: Palestinians Support Abbas' Referendum Plan By Huge Majority
In Print by Ziad Asali - Council On Foreign Relations (Interview) - May 31, 2006 - 11:00pm

Ziad J. Asali, president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a group dedicated to setting up a state of Palestine alongside that of Israel, says that the call two weeks ago by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a referendum by Palestinians on whether to proceed with negotiations for a two-state solution with Israel has energized many Palestinians who had earlier believed he was too weak.


ATFP Deplores Passage Today of H.R. 4681 as Collective Punishment of Palestinians and Contrary to US Interests
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - May 21, 2006 - 11:00pm

Washington, D.C., May 23 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today deplored the passage of H.R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was passed by a vote of 361 to 37, with 9 representatives answering "present." Opposition to the bill with its existing provisions included Arab, Palestinian, Jewish and Christian American groups, and the Bush administration.


Visiting Palestinian Leaders Urge US and Israeli PM Olmert to Restart Negotitations with Palestinians
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - May 9, 2006 - 11:00pm

Washington, D.C., May 11 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) held a briefing today in Washington, D.C. featuring three senior Palestinian leaders currently visiting the United States: Yasser Abed Rabbo, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee and former minister of communication; Nabil Amr, former minister of communication and parliamentary affairs; and Ziad Abu Amr, elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and former minister of culture.


Joint ATFP-Woodrow Wilson Center Briefing Explores Next Steps in Arab-Israeli Peace Making
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - May 8, 2006 - 11:00pm

Washington, D.C., May 10 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a half-day conference today entitled "Politics and Diplomacy: Next Steps in Arab-Israeli Peacemaking." The conference featured two panels of Palestinian, Arab and Israeli former senior government officials in addition to a member of the Israeli media. The conference concluded with a keynote speech by H.R. H. Prince Turki al-Faisal, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States.



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