Saturday, July 19, 2014

ATFP Panel on Israeli-Palestinian War in a New Regional Landscape... & a firm call for an immediate ceasefire

A breath of fresh air!  Four very bright, compassionate, aware, and wonderfully articulate individuals brave enough to be fully honest about Israel and Palestine and the vital importance of actually ending the Israel-Palestine conflict. 

Washington, DC, July 18 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) yesterday held a policy briefing at the National Press Club in Washington on "Israeli-Palestinian War in a New Regional Landscape." 

The panel, entirely composed of ATFP experts, called for an immediate ceasefire and analyzed the hostilities and their political implications from several perspectives. The event was sponsored by ATFP Board Member Ameen Estaiteyeh.

 ATFP President Ziad J. Asali framed the overall issue, expressed deep concern at the human suffering and destruction, and reiterated the Task Force's commitment to peace and a two-state solution as the only way to avoid further such tragedies. 

ATFP Board Member, Prof. Saliba Sarsar of Monmouth University, examined the ethico-political aspects of the conflict and prospects for conflict resolution between Israel and the Palestinians.

 Ghaith Al-Omari, ATFP Executive Director, analyzed the political impact and implications on the Palestinians, Israel and Egypt. 

A broader regional perspective was provided by ATFP Senior Fellow Hussein Ibish. A lively Q&A session followed the presentations.

 American Task Force on Palestine's mission is to articulate and educate about the United States
national interest in helping to create a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace, security and dignity. ATFP is committed to strengthening Palestinian-American relations at every level. 

The Task Force supports Palestinian institution-building, good governance, anti-corruption measures, economic development, and improved living standards. ATFP holds that these same values are relevant to the broader Arab world, and that the question of Palestine is inextricably linked to regional realities and developments. 

ATFP provides an independent voice for Palestinian-Americans and their supporters and advances human rights and peace. It categorically and unequivocally condemns all violence against civilians, no matter the cause and who the victims or perpetrators may be.

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