A petition has been posted online to demand the resignation of American Task Force On Palestine (ATFP) President Ziad Asali. This came in response to Asali’s participation in an “independence day” celebration organized by the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C.
We at Ikhras have decided to not sign the petition. To begin, Asali’s attendance of the Zionist entity’s “independence day” celebration is not the first time Asali or the two other members of the ATFP have engaged in such outrageous conduct. Such appalling behavior by the ATFP is nothing new. Hussein Ibish, the Senior Fellow at the ATFP, has also dined with the Israeli Ambassador in the past. In fact, the ATFP”s activities all revolve around celebrations, conventions, and cocktail hours with Israeli officials and the racist, Zionist groups that represent them in Washington DC as part of the pro-Israel lobby. Moreover, demanding the resignation of the ATFP president would confer legitimacy upon the ATFP as a Palestinian-American organization. Such a demand would send the wrong message that Palestinian-Americans consider the ATFP a worthy organization whose reputation & activities are of concern to the community. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ATFP is not a grassroots organization by its own admission, it has no support among the Palestinian-American community, and functions as a public relations front for the collaborationist Palestinian Authority in occupied Palestine.
For these reasons we have decided to not sign the petition, but have provided a link for those who feel they would, nevertheless, like to express their disgust with Asali by signing it. Asali and Ibish are not taken very seriously, and informed watchers of Washington DC galas and conventions understand the ATFP does not represent anyone in the Palestinian-American community. Asali & Ibish have a right to dine and celebrate with the Israeli Ambassador, but they have no right to arrive at these events as self-appointed representatives of the Palestinian-American community. Rather than demanding Asali’s resignation, let’s demand they remove the word “Palestine” from their name and stop claiming they represent anyone within the Palestinian-American community.