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.