The Unraveling of Palestinian Politics
and the US Role

with Hanna Siniora and Amjad Atallah

Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 PM ET (1 CT/12 MT/11 PT)

Hanna Siniora will address the on-the-ground situation in the Palestinian territories; Amjad Atallah will discuss the potential ramifications of President Bush's policy of "regime change" on the Palestinian people.

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* see below for information on the Meretz USA Israel Symposium, December 1-8, 2006


Hanna Siniora. Mr. Siniora is Co-director of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research (IPCRI), the only joint Palestinian-Israeli public policy think-tank in the world.  IPCRI was established in 1988 in order to promote dialogue at various levels between Israeli and Palestinian civil societies, and seeks to serve as an intellectual platform for Israelis and Palestinians to create and develop new concepts and ideas that enrich the political and public discourse in order to influence decision makers and to challenge the current political reality in the interest of advancing the political solution of two-states for two-peoples.

Mr. Siniora has held numerous official and entrepreneurial positions in Palestinian government and business.  He is currently a member of the Palestinian National Council, and was nominated by the PLO as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation in Madrid from 1991-1992.  From 1985-1987 he was nominated by the PLO to serve on a joint Palestinian Jordanian delegation. He is a recognized expert on political issues related to Jerusalem, where he was born in 1937.

Mr. Siniora currently serves as the chairman of several organizations, including the East Jerusalem Development Corporation, the Palestinian Economic and Social Council, and the Peace and Democracy Forum.  He is also the publisher of the Palestinian English weekly, the Jerusalem Times.  He currently lives in East Jerusalem. 

Amjad Attallah. Palestinian–American Amjad Atallah is founder and President of Strategic Assessments Initiative (SAI), a not-for-profit organization committed to providing legal and policy assistance to parties involved in negotiations in conflict and post-conflict situations. SAI seeks to bridge the gap between conflict management as embodied in humanitarian assistance, development work and peace operations and conflict–resolution, which demands a greater investment of political will. Toward that end, SAI runs innovative programs that link on-the-ground practicalities with the broader political concerns of the major stakeholders.

Before Mr. Atallah founded SAI, he advised the Palestinian negotiating team, and later Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas' office, in peace negotiations with Israel on the issues of international borders, security, and constitutional issues. He was also responsible for liaising with US government officials in Washington, D.C. on these issues.

Mr. Atallah contributed to SAI's authoritative report assessing the Palestinian security forces, Planning Considerations for International Involvement in the Palestinian Security Sector (July 2005). Mr. Atallah has also co-authored papers on the issue of third party involvement in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict including Planning Considerations For International Involvement In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part I (Jan. 2003), Planning Considerations For International Involvement In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II (April 2003) and Planning Considerations for International Involvement in an Israeli Withdrawal from Palestinian Territory (May 2004). He has also co-authored Issues Of "Trusteeship" In The West Bank And Gaza Strip, presented to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office in December 2002.


The Meretz USA Israel Symposium will be taking place between December 1-8, 2006. Symposium participants will meet with a plethora of high-level figures in Israel, and gain an insider's look at the multitude of challenges facing the country.

The central focus of the 2006 Symposium will be the status and identity of Israel's Palestinian Arab citizens: The meaning of equality in a Jewish and democratic State.

Symposium participants will also meet with pivotal members of the peace camp in Israel and Palestine, as well as with the Israeli social activists on the front line of the struggle for social and economic justice.

For an overview of 2006 Israel Symposium and a look at its tentative itinerary, please click here.

For more information about this year's Israel Symposium, please contact Meretz USA at:

(212) 242 4500 OR mail@meretzusa.org

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