Ziad J. Asali, M.D., is the President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2003 and based in Washington, DC.
Dr. Asali is a long-time activist on Middle East issues. He has been a member of the Chairman's Council of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) since 1982, and served as ADC’s President from 2001-2003.
Dr. Asali was born in Jerusalem and received his M.D. from the American University of Beirut (AUB) Medical School in 1967. He is a Diplomat of the Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Asali has testified before the 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 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. Dr. Asali is also a member of the bipartisan and interfaith Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement.
Dr. 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.