ATFP Finds More In Common With Zionist Fanatics Than Palestinian-Americans

Ghaith Al-Omari, who recently represented  The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) at the Iftar dinner hosted by the Israeli Ambassador, will be discussing the UN Palestine vote along with David Makovsky from the Washington Institute of Near East Policy (WINEP), the “think tank” of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  Although the stated objectives of the ATFP is to work for peace between two peoples all it seems to have achieved is a close working relationship between the three individuals that run this shop and the various components of the pro-Israel lobby.  The only individuals with whom the ATFP collaborates or maintains friendly relations are pro-Israel extremists whose views not only fall outside the scope of any reasonable debate, but are clearly beyond the pale. 

Hussein Ibish can’t find a single Palestinian-American other than Ziad Asali willing to speak with him, but recently had a friendly “debate” with an anti-Arab, Zionist fanatic settler openly committed to the destruction of Palestine.  He has also co-authored op-eds with the likes of Jeffrey Goldberg, organized meetings with AIPAC and The Jewish Project, and even dined with the Israeli Ambassador.  Asali, Ibish, and Al-Omari are often found at functions organized or hosted by the various organization that make up the pro-Israel lobby, but they maintain virtually no contact with any grassroots Palestinian or Arab-American organizations or individuals.

The ATFP claims to have been established “to provide an independent voice for Palestinian-Americans and their supporters and to promote peace. “  In reality the ATFP does not represent any segment of the Palestinian-American community which has clearly disassociated itself from this group.  The ATFP functions as the Washington lobbying arm of the Israeli-sponsored, Western-funded, American-supervised Palestinian Authority in occupied Ramallah.  The empty-tuxedo president of this outfit has even made it clear the ATFP deliberately chose to be a “Washington-centered” group, and dismissed Palestinians in the U.S. as being “holier than thou.”

Given the ATFP’s approach to “peace”, it’s positions on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and its contempt for the Palestinians, it’s not surprising that racist, Zionist organizations, and Israel’s supporters in this country are the only group with which the ATFP can maintain any working relationship or share any common ground on which to engage in debates or discussions.

  5 comments for “ATFP Finds More In Common With Zionist Fanatics Than Palestinian-Americans

  1. September 21, 2014 at 8:21 PM

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  2. Nancy
    September 17, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    The thing is neither Ibish (Lebanese) nor Omari (from Irbid, Jordan) are Palestinians. Which is okay if they support the Palestinian cause. But Omari is the de facto  representative of the Jordanian royal court and Ibish is the de facto representative of the Lebanese House of Salaam. He funded by the Saudi-front group the Hala Salaam Foundation. Under Hala Salaam’s leadership, Hussain Ibish was introduced to the Arab American public along with the other shady character Kamal Nawash. Using Arab American civil rights as a cover, Ibish has done far more damage to the Palestinian cause and progressive Arab American activists than any person in the history of Arab America   http://www.halafoundation.org/HalaFoundBrEngWeb80707.pdf

    • August 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Israel is in a tough spot vis a vis Hamas and the Gaza Strip. Hamas is/was a terrorist group that was rssloneibpe for some rather heinous anti Israeli and anti Jewish acts. Hamas’s charter is a foul thing. Israel’s experience with the PLO was to wait them out, until they rescinded their charter and denounced terrorism, even if in fact these words were only pro forma. Israel wishes to wait out Hamas as well. But Hamas won an election in 2006 and even if their rule over the Gaza Strip was as a result of a coup d’etat (whatever the causes), they remain the rulers over that piece of land. The response of siege is cruel and the response of allowing Hamas and its rule over the Gaza strip to prosper seems foolishly weak. Yossi Alpher of bitterlemons.org has in the past advocated offering to speak to Hamas. (If Hamas then refuses to speak to Israel the onus will be on them.) There is danger in speaking to Hamas particularly when Israel wishes to weaken Hamas in the West Bank, but the siege seems to be ultimately too cruel with no end or strategy for an end in sight. Regarding negotiating a final peace accord, Hamas certainly complicates the situation. Firstly they will not negotiate a full peace without a right of return something that Israel sees as a recipe for disaster. Lacking a right of return Hamas has offered a long term truce. Their definition of long term is 10 years. My definition of long term is 61 years. I’d be willing to settle for 45 years. But they want a full withdrawal from all pre 67 territory without any exchanges. I can’t foresee an Israeli government willing to settle for less than the Clinton Parameters or the Olmert offer, which involve territorial exchanges and certainly Jewish sovereignty over the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the Western Wall. I don’t think Hamas would agree to that. And I believe the PLO under Mahmoud Abbas would not agree to it either. Therefore I am pessimistic regarding the potential for a successful peace process.

    • Viv
      August 13, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      This has always been aepnrpat to anyone who will listen to Palestinians. Sadly, their western allies are frequently imbeciles trying to shoehorn reality into an, increasingly anti-Semitic, ideology of imperialism. Sadly too, Arab leadership has ignored those voices and indulged in its own rhetoric. The ultimate tragedy, is that the voice of rejection is also the only one heard by Israeli leadership. This cycle is reinforced by the violence of both sides – often brutal and arbitrary. Violent death has never been good at persuading others of one’s reasonableness.The voice of the majority of the Palestinians needs to be heard and listened to.

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