A Palestinian View: In search of a Palestinian strategy
In Print by Ziad Asali - Bitterlemons - April 25, 2004 - 11:00pm

The foundations of the historic compromise have been shaken in this cruelest month of April. The president of the United States, publicly and clearly, redefined the right of return to mean the return to the yet-to-be-born Palestine. He questioned the "sanctity" of the 1967 borders and sanctioned "reality on the ground" as a determining factor for the future of settlements and borders.


The Geneva Proposals for Peace: Still Viable?
Speech by Ziad Asali at Washington, DC - April 14, 2004 - 11:00pm

Thank you, Mr. Ambassador Freeman. I will try. Good morning everyone. The Hall of Justice in Geneva was packed with dignitaries, delegates, hardened peaceniks and guests from Palestine, Israel, the Arab world, Europe and the United States. The festive celebration with speeches, music and live performances, correctly and evenly divided between Israelis and Palestinians in joint appearances while a full court of world media was providing sympathetic attention -- an auspicious and promising occasion.


Gaza: Gateway to Palestine or Anarchy?
In Print by Ziad Asali - Arab News (Opinion) - March 12, 2004 - 12:00am

After initially reacting with caution, the Bush Administration is now taking the Israeli proposal for unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip more seriously. The initial reaction of tepid interest has gradually given way to a highly engaged conversation.


Remarks by Ziad Asali at Congressional Middle East Coexistence Conference
Speech by Ziad Asali at 2325 Rayburn Building - February 12, 2004 - 12:00am

The Holy Land, a tiny sliver of the landmass of this earth, has generated emotions of unbridled intensity. It offered sublime guidance to mankind and made unparalleled contributions to the best in civilizations and cultures while at the same time releasing wayward passions that bred violence, death and destruction. It appealed to the most noble of instincts as it did to the most base and banal corners of people's souls. It has been an open wound whose healing has defied the wisdom of the best minds for a century or more.


Fences Don't Always Make Good Neighbors
Media Mention of ATFP In Seattle Post-Intelligencer - January 14, 2004 - 12:00am

Henry Kissinger still wants to be a player in U.S. foreign policy, but he is off base on a crucial issue in the Middle East. I'm convinced that Kissinger would give up all his riches -- accumulated by parlaying his government expertise into lucrative business connections -- if he could be secretary of state-in-perpetuity. Power has always meant more to him than money. When he was guiding our nation's foreign affairs in 1969 and the early 1970s as President Nixon's national security adviser and secretary of state, the world was his chessboard.


Of Image and Peace
In Print by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) - January 9, 2004 - 12:00am

Newspaper headlines on the day after Christmas read: “12-Week Lull in Mideast Ends,” on the cover of the Los Angeles Times; “Attacks broke a lull that had lasted more than two months,” reported the Chicago Tribune; “Lull in Violence Ends,” was the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle and 3,000 miles away The New York Times reported, “The suicide bomb attack…broke a relative calm that existed on both sides since October.”


ATFP Hosts Initiators of Geneva Accords for Extraordinary Week of Events
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - December 10, 2003 - 12:00am

Washington DC, Dec. 10 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) hosted the initiators of the Geneva Accords for a week of events in Washington and New York ending Sunday December 7,2003. The delegation consisted of former Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, Dr. Nabil Kassis, Dr. Samih Al Abed, and Governor of Bethlehem Zuhair Al Manasreh from the Palestinian side; and former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin, Shaul Arieli, Daniel Levy, and General Amnon Lipkin-Shahak from the Israeli side.


ATFP Co-Hosts Abed Rabbo-Beilin Meeting with Arab and Jewish American Leaders at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - December 3, 2003 - 12:00am

Washington DC, Dec. 3 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) along with Americans for Peace Now and the Foundation for Middle East Peace hosted a discussion about the newly launched Geneva Accords at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Wednesday December 3rd.


Bush's Inaction Over General's Islam Remarks Riles Two Faiths; Muslims call for rebuke of Boykin, but such a move could isolate key Christian supporters
Media Mention of Ziad Asali In The Los Angeles Times - November 23, 2003 - 12:00am

More than a month has passed since the disclosure that a fundamentalist Christian policymaker at the Pentagon had disparaged Muslims for worshipping idols. Yet to U.S. diplomats charged with selling America to the Arab world, the remarks by Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin are an albatross they cannot seem to shake. "I get calls from officials in Arab countries every day about Boykin," said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. "They are stunned nothing has happened."


Statement of Ziad Asali at Special Senate Hearing
Speech by Ziad Asali at U.S. Senate - October 30, 2003 - 12:00am

Mr. Chairman, Honorable Members of the Committee, It is an honor and a privilege to appear before you to testify about yet one more vexing problem of the Palestinian Israeli conflict, that of the Palestinian education.



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