Ziad Asali



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Ziad J. AsaliMD FACP, is the President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2003 and based in Washington, DC.

Dr. Asali was born in Jerusalem, where he completed his elementary and secondary education. He received an M.D. from the American University of Beirut (AUB) Medical School in 1967. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology in Salt Lake City, Utah, and then practiced medicine in Jerusalem for a year before returning to the US in 1973. Dr. Asali was the Medical Director and Chairman of the Board at the Christian County Medical Clinic in Taylorville, Illinois and he served as Chairman of the Board of Physicians Health Association of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois before he retired from practicing medicine in 2000. He is a Diplomat of the Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Since 2000, Dr. Asali has assumed full-time, pro bono, leadship roles in several Arab-American organizations. He has been a member of the Chairman's Council of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and served as ADC’s President from 2001-2003. He served as the President of the Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG) from 1993-1995, and was Chairman of the American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ), which he co-founded, from 1995-2003.

He has contributed and written for a variety of both domestic and international publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Ha'aretzHuffington Post and The Daily Star. He has provided television commentary and interviews for CNN, CBS, Charlie Rose, MSNBC, FOX News, BBC, C-Span, Voice of America and numerous syndicated cable programs. Dr. Asali has also appeared on numerous Arabic television networks, and his opinions have appeared in newspapers throughout the Arab World. In addition, he is a regular speaker at institutions of higher education, including Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon and others. He also attended various United Nations and international conferences about the Middle East.

Dr. Asali has testified before the Senate on the issue of Palestinian education, and before the full U.S. House Committee on International Relations on the topic of “The Way Forward in the Middle East Peace Process.”  He also testified at a Senate committee hearing on the most recent Israeli offensive in Gaza. He served as a member of the United States official delegation to the funeral of Chairman Yasser Arafat and as a member of the United States official delegation to observe the Palestinian Presidential elections in January 2005. He also was a delegate with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to monitor the Palestinian Legislative election in January 2006.

In August 2007 Dr. Asali traveled with Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes to Palestine as a member of the official delegation of the U.S. Department of State to monitor the launch of the Middle East Investment Initiative Program. On December 3rd, 2007, he was appointed co-chair of the U.S. Public-Private Partnership, an initiative launched by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to promote economic and educational opportunities for the Palestinian people. In May 2008 he served as a member of the U.S. Presidential delegation to the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem. Dr. Asali is also a member of the bipartisan and interfaith Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement. 

Dr. Asali's leadership extends to other initiatives and non-partisan organizations. He is a member of the Advisory Board of OneVoice, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, Search for Common Grounds, and past board member of A Diffferent Future and the Middle East Investment Initiative.

Dr. Asali was also founder and Chairman of the American Charities for Palestine (ACP). In August 2008 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ACP initiating a partnership to help harness the generosity of the American people to help meet Palestinian humanitarian needs.

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Publications, Press and Speeches

Does a Two-State Solution Still Exist? September 25, 2017
What to do while no peace is in sight June 22, 2017
Living with a sloping status quo for 50 years June 8, 2017
Six-Day War: 50th Anniversary with Ziad Asali June 7, 2017
Fifty Years Since 1967: What Have We Learned about Arab-Israeli Peacemaking? June 7, 2017
Confronting ISIL: The Day and Decade "After" September 26, 2014
MSNBC's Last Word interview with ATFP President Ziad Asali July 18, 2014
BBC Video of Pres. Asali on the Violence in Palestine and Israel July 2, 2014
Crisis in Iraq Risks Regional Conflagration June 11, 2014
Men Must Play Their Part in the Battle for Arab Women's Rights April 18, 2014
ATFP President Ziad Asali says US Seeking to Salvage Peace Talks March 19, 2014
Americans must never ask themselves, ‘Who Lost Egypt?’ March 1, 2014
Video Profile of Dr. Asali from Wattan TV February 28, 2014
Dr. Asali Raises Issue of Palestinian Statehood at the Atlantic Council February 10, 2014
The Road to the Arab Civil State February 9, 2014
Israel Needs Peace with Palestine to Avoid Looming Boycotts January 28, 2014
Why Palestinians are puzzled by the 'Jewish state' demand January 10, 2014
The high price of letting Israel's extremists flourish December 15, 2013
Asali to CCTV: Peace Talks Require Change of Attitudes by Both Parties September 13, 2013
Palestine and Israel in the New Regional Context September 11, 2013
Asali: Independent Palestinian State will End the Middle East Conflict August 15, 2013
Asali: The US is an Indispensible Partner for the Palestinians August 1, 2013
Asali Appears on Charlie Rose Show to discuss Kerry Peace Initiative July 30, 2013
Ziad Asali expresses confidence about success of Kerry's push for peace talks July 19, 2013
America's Challenge in the Arab World April 8, 2013
Palestinian prime minister hospitalized April 1, 2013
This Is What the Challenges for Israel and Palestine Look Like March 5, 2013
Analysts Assess Chances of Progress on Mideast Peace Under Kerry February 28, 2013
American Elections Matter and the System is Open October 25, 2012
No Drama at Turtle Bay September 26, 2012
Palestinian culture is not about failure August 14, 2012
Another Look at Palestinian Culture August 9, 2012
Ten Questions + One for the One-Staters June 29, 2012
Questions For One-Staters June 26, 2012
To honor a tragic history, we must work for peace June 13, 2012
Arabic media mum on Nakba Day events May 14, 2012
The Lessons of the Nakba May 11, 2012
The West Must Support Universal Values in the Arab World March 30, 2012
Decisions in the Interregnum in Palestine and Israel March 19, 2012
Arabs Deserve a Party of the Citizen January 19, 2012
Arabs deserve a party of the citizen January 16, 2012
'Price Tag' Attacks Pose Test for Israel November 21, 2011
Freij to be honored for distinguished service in philanthropy October 14, 2011
Commentary: Peace negotiations best for Mideast September 26, 2011
Go-it-Alone Strategy Leaves Palestinians Divided September 23, 2011
Palestine progress seen up in air with U.N. bid September 21, 2011
Palestinian leader's path to statehood is a dangerous road to nowhere September 19, 2011
Avoiding Collision Course in Mideast September 16, 2011
Avoiding an Israeli-Palestinian 'Train Wreck' September 16, 2011
Obama and Abbas: From Speed Dial to Not Talking September 12, 2011
Train Wreck in Turtle Bay September 8, 2011
Palestinian UN Vote No Longer A Certainty July 27, 2011
Palestinians face a dangerous U.N. clash on statehood July 21, 2011
Washington must not be a global policeman or dictators' patron March 4, 2011
An-nahar: "The Successes of Palestinian Authority Institution Building" in Arabic February 24, 2011
Stability not at cost of injustice February 24, 2011
Dan Shapiro to be named US envoy to Israel February 23, 2011
The Successes of Palestinian Authority Institution Building February 17, 2011
To build Palestine, support the plan that will establish a state February 16, 2011
The Successes of Palestinian Authority Institution Building February 15, 2011
The Arab Citizen Stands Up for His Dignity February 1, 2011
Daily Star, letter to the editor January 25, 2011
Could This Be the Map to Mideast Peace? January 21, 2011
The immorality of Assaults on Christians in Arab/Muslim Societies January 20, 2011
Honesty and hypocrisy in facing terrorism January 3, 2011
Giving up is not an option December 8, 2010
ATFP President Ziad Asali's Introduction for Sec. Clinton at Fifth Annual ATFP Gala October 20, 2010
Netanyahu and Abbas to Begin Direct Mideast Peace Talks September 2, 2010
Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks August 30, 2010
'Palestinian-Israeli situation could lead to a holy war if not resolved soon' July 12, 2010
Asali addresses The Israel Project June 21, 2010
Palestine is open for business! June 17, 2010
The Significance of the Second Palestine Investment Conference June 17, 2010
Obama’s Israel Policy Showing No Difference With Clinton-Bush June 15, 2010
As non-violence takes root, so may a Palestinian state May 19, 2010
The path to a true peace May 19, 2010
The sensible Palestinian statehood plan April 30, 2010
A peaceful strategy for Palestinian independence April 19, 2010
US-Israel crisis — this time it's serious March 17, 2010
Hillary Rodham Clinton's harsh words stun Israel March 14, 2010
Washington is the indespensible partner for a settlement March 12, 2010
Verbal Testimony of Dr. Ziad J. Asali - U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations March 4, 2010
Palestinian Prime Minister to Israeli Leaders: We are Building a State While Under Occupation to End the Occupation February 23, 2010
Bit of a Stir as Clinton Strays From Script on Mideast Peace February 4, 2010
Build a Partnership for Peace, Right Here in America February 3, 2010
Clinton urges Israel, Palestinians to plunge into talks January 9, 2010
Clinton urges Israel, Palestinians to plunge into talks January 9, 2010
Washington Insider: "Politics always interferes with policy" November 12, 2009
Palestinian Authority’s Future Is in Question November 11, 2009
Fayyad condemns "terrorist" settler violence November 2, 2009
J Street and the ATFP are norm breakers October 21, 2009
Dallas-area Muslims fear backlash from arrests tied to terror plot October 19, 2009
Ziad Asali Introduces Gen. Jim Jones at ATFP Fourth Annual Gala October 16, 2009
Opening Remarks by Ziad Asali at ATFP Fourth Annual Gala October 16, 2009
New negotiations will test Netanyahu's commitment October 13, 2009
Palestinians should trust Obama October 4, 2009
White House Pivots in Mideast Peace Bid September 23, 2009
President Obama enters the Mideast fray September 23, 2009
If you build it, the state will come September 4, 2009
Experts Voice New Hope for Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 30, 2009
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