Ziad J. Asali
Ziad J. Asali, MD, is president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 2003 and based in Washington, D.C.
A longtime activist on Middle East issues, Asali has been a member of the chairman's council of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) since 1982, and served as ADCís president from 2001-03.
Born in Jerusalem, Asali received his MD from the American University of Beirut (AUB) Medical School in 1967. He is a diplomate 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 full U.S. House Committee on International Relations. He most recently testified before Congress regarding the aftermath of the Gaza war. In December 2007, he was appointed co-chair of the U.S. Public-Private Partnership, an initiative launched by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. In May 2008, he served as a member of the U.S. presidential delegation to the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem.
A member of the bipartisan and interfaith Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement, Asali is founder and chairman of the American Charities for Palestine (ACP). In August 2008, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of understanding with ACP, initiating a partnership to help harness the generosity of the American people to help meet Palestinian humanitarian needs.