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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 email@example.com both before and
during the call.
Conference Call Details (Extensive
presenter bios and fotos follow.)
POLITICS: ON THE GROUND AND IN THE FUTURE
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.
Politics After Arafat: What's Next? Brookings Institute
- Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Briefing, November 11,
2. STRENGTHENING THE MODERATE VOICE
FOR PEACE IN THE PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN
Tuesday, November 30th at 9:30 P.M.
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.
3. PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
Sunday, December 5th at 1:00 P.M.
With: Dr. Khalil Shikaki,
the Director of the Palestine Center for Policy and Survey
Research and a premier pollster in the region.
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
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
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
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
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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