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Summary: Critics of the American Task Force on Palestine get one thing right.
Critics of the American Task Force on Palestine get one thing right: Palestinian Americans have largely failed to make their voices heard in the mainstream American political and foreign-policy conversation.
It is therefore with grave concern that we issue this letter expressing our dismay at the continued disregard and disrespect for our struggle and our people by the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), and its President, Ziad Asali.
If there is one Palestinian outreach event on the Washington calendar that the city's establishment is likely to attend, a senior Hill staffer told me earlier this week, it's the annual gala of the American Task Force on Palestine, a seven-year-old group that advocates for a two-state solution.
Remarks to the American Task Force on Palestine [State Department] Related:Palestinians Shift Their Statehood Strategy [NYT] Earlier: Movement for Non-Negotiated Statehood Grows
However, while those of us at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) firmly oppose Israel's delegitimization, we also oppose the occupation and support peaceful, nonviolent efforts to end it.
Asali is President of the American Task Force on Palestine.
It was presented by Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership executive director and senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine Dr Hussein Ibish, who will deliver another two free lectures today.
Since we established the American Task Force on Palestine in 2003, I have been criticized for being "too soft on Israel," mostly by those who seek to lecture me about the Nakba and trumpet their own Palestinian "patriotic credentials.
Arab and Muslim Americans have felt vulnerable in America since September 11, have accepted Israel's existence within its 1967 borders, have organised an American Task Force on Palestine - which is active in dialogue with Jewish groups - and have actively participated in interfaith programs all over America.
My colleagues and I at the American Task Force on Palestine have long recommended that the Palestinian state be democratic, pluralistic, non-militarized and neutral in conflicts.
The close relationship that my colleagues and I at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) have built with IPF is fundamental to what we, at ATFP, are working towards.
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