The CORRECT DIAL-IN NUMBER is (702) 851-3330 for all calls in the Palestinian Perspectives series.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Khalil Shikaki, a prominent pollster on issues related to the Palestinian community, will lead an additional conference call on future Palestinian Authority elections in our Palestinian Perspectives series on December 5th. Details follow below.

To participate in these Town Hall conference calls, dial 1-702-851-3330 within 5 minutes of the call's designated start time and then enter the access code 123432#.

You will be responsible only for domestic long distance charges. Because this call is limited to 100 participants, we encourage you to dial in at the beginning and/or dial as a group with a speakerphone.

These conference calls will entail a briefing by each presenter followed by questions and answers. You can ask questions by emailing them to both before and during the call.

Conference Call Details
(Extensive presenter bios and fotos follow.)

Monday, November 22nd at 8:00 P.M. EST

With: Amjad Atallah, an advisor to the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department and to Chairman of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas, and Omar Dajani, a former senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team and political advisor to U.N. Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larson.

Related Article:
Palestinian Politics After Arafat: What's Next? Brookings Institute - Saban Center for Middle East Policy Briefing, November 11, 2004.

Tuesday, November 30th at 9:30 P.M. EST

With: Ray Hanania an internationally syndicated columnist and founder of Yalla, Salaam (Palestinian Peace Now), and Saffiya Shillo, the President of the Palestinian American Congress-Chicago chapter and the former Director of the Chicago office of the Arab American Institute.

Sunday, December 5th at 1:00 P.M. EST

With: Dr. Khalil Shikaki, the Director of the Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research and a premier pollster in the region.

Presenter Bios

Amjad Atallah is director of the Strategic Assessments Initiative, an organization committed to providing pro bono legal and policy assistance to parties involved in peace negotiations. For the past three years, Mr. Atallah has advised the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department, and Mahmoud Abbas' office, in peace negotiations with Israel on international borders, security, and constitutional issues. He was also responsible for liaising with US government officials in Washington, D.C. on these issues. He coordinated Palestinian cooperation with the Sharm El-Sheikh Fact Finding Committee (the Mitchell Commission), the General Zinni and Secretary of State Powell missions, and was heavily involved in discussions pertaining to the Quartet "Roadmap", including monitoring mechanisms and other forms of third party involvement.

Omar M. Dajani has legal, political, and diplomatic skills that have placed him squarely in the center of one of the world's most troubled regions: the Middle East. As Political Advisor to United Nations Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larson from 2001 to 2003, Dajani was intimately involved in a range of U.N. initiatives to foster peace in the region. Proficient in Arabic, he played a lead role in marshalling and organizing international efforts to support Palestinian legal and political reforms, and represented the U.N. in donor groups supporting Palestinian elections, the development of rule of law, and civil society mobilization. Prior to joining the U.N., Dajani was Senior Legal Advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team, where he gained unique experience in preparing and negotiating complex agreements covering a variety of contested matters including borders, security, law enforcement, trade and financial issues in peace talks with Israel. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.

Ray Hanania writes an award winning syndicated column analyzing Middle East events, is an author of several books, and is a humorist, satirist and professional stand-up comedian who launched his public comedy performances after September 11th to help break through the growing hatred and animosity. Hanania is the only Palestinian-American to write a regular nationally and internationally syndicated column. In his columns which analyze Middle East events, he seek to define "the moderate Palestinian voice" clearly seeking the moral position between right and wrong in a region overwhelmed by tragedy and suffering. Hanania has also served as the National President of the Palestinian American Congress (1995-1996) to which he was elected on a platform of peace. He attended the 1993 White House peace signing between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, and participated in numerous meetings with President Clinton, President Arafat and officials of the Palestinian and Israeli Labor governments. He was a board member with Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam through the 1990s. He currently serves on the Entertainment Council of One Voice for Peace. He is also a founder of Yalla, Salam! (Palestinians for Peace Now) which seeks to express a Palestinian voice of peace in today's bitter conflict. His most recent book is "The Moral Jihad" which explores why Arabs and Muslims must face the growing extremism from within and denounce violence and injustices committed in their name.

Dr. Khalil Shikaki is Director of the Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research. Shikaki has also served as both Director and Project Director at the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, and was the editor of its Quarterly Journal of Palestine Policy. He was both Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of Scientific Research at al-Najah National University in Nablus. Over the years, Shikaki has also been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of South Florida, and Columbia University. Since 1993, he has conducted numerous public opinion polls and published many articles about Palestinian politics and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Saffiya Shillo is President of the Palestinian American Congress-Chicago chapter, a board member of the Palestinian American Women's Society and board president of Arab American Family Services (a social service agency serving the Chicago area's Arab and Muslim community, of which the majority is Palestinian). She previously worked as Director of Ethnic Affairs for the State of Illinois' Office of Lieutenant Governor and prior to that was Director of the Arab American Institute's Chicago office. She is very involved in Jewish/Israeli-Palestinian dialogue in the Chicago area and has given presentations at area synagogues and Hillels. Shillo currently works as a domestic violence/sexual assault counselor in Chicago's Arab community.

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