Ziad J. Asali
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Ziad J. Asali is the president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. A long-time activist on Middle East issues, he has been a member of the Chairman's Council of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) since 1982, and was ADCís president from 2001-2003. He was the president of the Arab-American University Graduates from 1993-1995, and chairman of the American Committee on Jerusalem, which he co-founded, from 1995-2003.

Asali was born in Jerusalem. He received a MD from the American University of Beirut Medical School in 1967 and completed his residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. He practiced medicine in Jerusalem before returning to the U.S. in 1973. Asali was the medical director and chairman of the board at the Christian County Medical Clinic in Taylorville, Illinois and served as chairman of the board of Physicians Health Association of Illinois before he retired in 2000. He is a diplomat of the Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Asali has testified before the U.S. Senate on the issue of Palestinian education and before the U.S. House on the topic of Middle East peace. He was a member of the official U.S. delegation both to the funeral of Chairman Yasser Arafat and to observe the Palestinian presidential elections in January 2005. He also was a delegate with the National Democratic Institute to monitor the Palestinian legislative election in January 2006. He was named Arab American of the Year by the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services of Ohio in 2006.

He has both been featured in, and contributed commentary and opinion pieces to, newspapers, radio stations, and television networks worldwide.