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Ziad J. Asali, MD Biography

Title:
President and Founder of the American Task Force on Palestine
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Well, there has emerged, over the course of the past ten years at least, a sense that the only way out of the situation in the Middle East is to establish a State of Palestine alongside Israel so that there will be an end of conflict. There is no other solution to end the conflict in reality. There is an international consensus about it as reflected by the so-called Road Map Quartet [the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations], which is after all the whole world. You have the United States, you have Europe, you have the Russians and the United Nations, which is the whole world, and then there is the Arab League, which is twenty-two different states, and there is the previous Palestinian administration, and the Israeli administration, all of them committed to the two-state solution.”

Interview with Bernard Gwertzman of the Council on Foreign Relations, June 2, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and Founder of the American Task Force on Palestine
  • President of the Chairman’s Council of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), 2001-2003, Member, 1982-present
  • Named “Arab American of the Year” by the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (AACCESS) of Ohio in 2006
  • Delegate with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to monitor the Palestinian Legislative election, 2006
  • Served as a member of the United States official delegation to the funeral of Chairman Yasser Arafat and as a member of the United States official delegation to observe the Palestinian Presidential elections, 2005
  • Chairman and co-Founder of the American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ), 1995-2003
  • Frequently writes articles on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are featured in Al Ahram Weekly, Washington Times, the Forward, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and The Daily Star
  • Television commentary and interviews for CNN, CBS, Charlie Rose, MSNBC, FOX News, BBC, C-Span, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, Al-Hurra, Nile TV, ART, Egyptian TV, Abu Dhabi TV, and the Dubai satellite channel
  • Testified before the Senate on the issue of Palestinian education
  • Testified at a hearing before the full U.S. House Committee on International Relations on the topic of “The Way Forward in the Middle East Peace Process”
  • Medical Director and Chairman of the Board at the Christian County Medical Clinic in Taylorville, Illinois
  • Served as Chairman of the Board of Physicians Health Association of Illinois before he retired in 2000
  • Diplomat of the Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Education:
  • MD, Medical School, American University of Beirut (AUB), 1967
Other:
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