UNITY OR CIVIL
WAR?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.
The Unraveling of Palestinian Politics
and the US
TOWN HALL CONFERENCE
with Hanna Siniora and Amjad Atallah
November 5, at 2:00 PM ET (1 CT/12 MT/11
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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
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.
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
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
USA ISRAEL SYMPOSIUM - DECEMBER 1-8,
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
For an overview of 2006 Israel Symposium and a
look at its tentative itinerary, please click here.
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about this year's Israel Symposium, please contact Meretz USA
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