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Ziad J. Asali, M.D., is the President of the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest
Arab-American grassroots civil rights organization in the United
States. Dr. Asali is also the
Chairman of the American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ), which was founded
in 1995 to develop and promote educational and informational activities on
the heritage and future of Jerusalem.
Dr. Asali is a long-time activist on Arab-American
issues. He served as the
President of the Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG) from 1993-1994,
and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for the National
Interest (CNI). He has been a
member of the Chairman's Council of ADC since 1982.
Dr. Asali has contributed and written for the Los
Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami
Herald and Daily Star.
He has provided television commentary and interviews for CNN,
Hardball, MSNBC, FOX News, BBC, Voice of America and numerable syndicated
cable programs. Dr. Asali has
also appeared on several Arabic television networks, including Al Jazeera,
Nile TV, ART, Egyptian TV, Abu Dhabi TV and the Dubai satellite
channel. Newspaper interviews
in Arabic include Al-Hayat, Al-Ahram, Al-Raii, Jordan Times and
Akhbar Al-Arab. In
addition, he is a regular speaker at international conferences,
Arab-American conventions, academic groups and community gatherings.
Asali is the author of several publications that
include: "Coronary Artery Spasm Causing Myocardial Infarction"
(1983), "Expedition to Jerusalem" (1990), "Zionist Studies of
the Crusades" (1992) and "From Crusades to Zionism"
Dr. Asali is in continuous contact with high-ranking
foreign policy makers, Middle East leaders and other officials in
Dr. Asali was born in Jerusalem, where he completed his
elementary and secondary education.
He received a B.S. from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in
1963 and an M.D. from AUB Medical School in 1967. He completed his residency in
Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the Latter Day Saints Hospital in
Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr.
Asali practiced medicine in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem before returning to
the US in 1973. Dr. Asali was
the Medical Director, Laboratory Director, and Chairman of the Board at
the Christian County Medical Clinic and St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in
Taylorville, Illinois, until he retired in 2000. He remains licensed to practice
medicine in Illinois, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Dr. Asali has certifications from
the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates, the American Board
of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians. He is a member of several medical
societies such as the American Medical Association, the American Society
of Internal Medicine and the American Academy of Medical Directors.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), 4201 Connecticut Ave, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20008, Tel. 202-244-2990, Fax, 202-244-3196, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Scham grew up in New York City, and was educated at Columbia, Princeton, and the University of California, where he received a law degree. Not finding law to his liking, he became interested in Israel, and gradually in the Israeli-Arab conflict as a whole. In 1989 he set up the Washington office of Americans for Peace Now and engaged in lobbying, advocacy and analysis on behalf of Americans who supported the Israeli peace movement.
From 1996 until 2002 he worked on joint Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Jordanian academic and NGO projects at the Truman Institute for Peace of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, working intensively with Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and engaged in editing a book on Israeli-Palestinian views of history.
Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. is President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington D.C.-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Wilcox retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in September 1997 after 31 years of service.
Born in Denver, Colorado on February 1, 1937, Wilcox attended public schools, graduated from Williams College with a BA in History in 1958, and obtained an LL.B. from the Stanford Law School in 1961. After law school, Wilcox taught school in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and practiced law for three years in Denver with the firm of Holme, Roberts & Owen.
Wilcox entered the Foreign Service in 1966 and has served abroad at U.S. Embassies as Press Attache in Vientiane, Laos, Political and Economic/Commercial Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, and as Chief of the Economic/Commercial Section in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His last overseas assignment was as Chief of Mission and U.S. Consul General, Jerusalem.
In the Department of State, Wilcox has served as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Management, Deputy Director for UN Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and in the Bureau for Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs as Director for Regional Affairs, Director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs. He also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism.
After his retirement, Wilcox was appointed by the Secretary of State to serve as a member of an Accountability Review Board, chaired by Admiral William Crowe (ret.) to examine and make recommendations concerning the terrorist bombing of the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya on August 7, 1998.
Wilcox speaks French and Indonesian. He is a graduate of the National War College, and has been awarded the Department of State’s Meritorious, Superior, and Presidential Honor Awards. He is a board member of the Middle East Institute and Americans for Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) and a member of The Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs and Dacor-Bacon House. He and his wife Cynda live in Bethesda, Maryland.