The Terror and Crime of the American Task Force on Palestine


While America is staunchly pro-Israel, there sits at the foot of the power base of the U.S. government a radical element that wishes to change that reality. The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) is that radical element. But as elected officials gladly jump to attend the group’s affairs, ATFP leaders connected to criminal and/or terrorist activity mysteriously vanish from the group without a word of their leaving, in hope that no one is paying attention.

On October 15, 2009, ATFP held its fourth annual gala – a black tie affair – in Washington, D.C. National Security Advisor James L. Jones gave the keynote address for the event; House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Representative Howard Berman provided a letter of support and commendation; and ten current United States Senators and Representatives were named as parties to the gala’s Honorary Host Committee.

This, while ATFP was allowing the participation at the gala of one of the leaders of a group the U.S. government has long considered a terrorist organization. The group was the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and the leader was Chief Representative to the PLO to the United States Maen Ariekat. Ariekat was part of the Honorary Host Committee and he gave the introduction to General Jones. As well, Ariekat read a letter of support from global PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas. The letter, as well as Aiekat’s gala remarks, is found on ATFP’s website.

According to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987, which was signed into law by President Ronald Wilson Reagan in December 1987, “[T]he Congress determines that the PLO and its affiliates are a terrorist organization and a threat to the interests of the United States, its allies, and to international law and should not benefit from operating in the United States.”

The Act is still in effect today, albeit it’s been hampered by signed Presidential waivers circumventing its enforcement. The waivers provide convenient excuses for politicians who wish to attend such functions as what’s sponsored by ATFP and give cover to a group that wishes to affiliate itself with extremists.

But while the U.S. President can protect ATFP when it wishes to honor the PLO, he cannot protect the group from its own leadership, a leadership that has been comprised of terrorists and criminals.

ATFP was established in Washington, D.C. in 1995, under the name American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ). It held its “inaugural public activity” in November of that year, a briefing given by the group’s then-President, Rashid Khalidi. Khalidi had previously been identified in news reports as “a PLO spokesman” and “a director of the Palestinian press agency, Wafa,” (Wikalat al-Anba al-Filastinija), which Khalidi himself has described as “the P.L.O.’s news agency.”

Eight years later, the group changed its name to the American Task Force on Palestine. On the ACJ site, in August 2003, the following message was found: “ACJ is now the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). Please visit our new website!” And the group provided a hyperlink to it, attached to a ‘thumb nail’ of the new ATFP site.

Immediately, though, the group would completely disown the ACJ. The same month, August 2003, the new website stated the following, “The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.” Yet, even the group’s current Washington, D.C. corporate status shows ATFP – as ATFP – incorporating in May 1995.


A number of the board members of the ACJ stayed on with ATFP. They included ACJ Chairman Ziad Asali and ACJ President Rashid Khalidi, who became respectively ATFP’s President and Vice President. But one name of particular interest was left off of the new board, that being Abdurahman Alamoudi.

At the time that ATFP was being “founded,” Alamoudi was coming to the end of a terrorist plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah using money obtained from foreign sources, including the Libyan government. On August 13, 2003, Alamoudi, while heading to Damascus, Syria, had $340,000 seized from him in London. On September 28, 2003, Alamoudi was arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Alamoudi had been on the ACJ Executive Board for well over five years – of which a good part was spent involved in the terror plot – and the group’s name change could very well have taken effect due to the potential fallout from Alamoudi’s actions.

Another individual who suddenly left the ATFP’s board was Rafaat “Rafi” Dajani. Dajani was Executive Director of “both” ACJ and ATFP. That is, until he was caught robbing ATFP of over $100,000 in donations to the group and forging signatures on ‘thank-you’ letters to the donors. He was sentenced last May to eight years in prison.

And yet another was Tereq Salahi, who was named to ATFP’s Board of Directors in July 2005. Salahi served on the board for well over four years, and he and his wife, Michaele, attended functions for the group that included a number of high profile diplomats. In one photo, which was taken during a December 2006 ATFP delegation trip to the Middle East, Tareq is pictured, along with ATFP President Ziad Asali, shaking hands with Mahmoud Abbas.

However, Salahi’s bio has now been removed from ATFP’s site. Salahi and his wife are currently the subjects of a criminal investigation into how the two were able to breach security in a successful attempt to gain access to the White House this past November. If it is determined that the Salahis knowingly made false statements to the Secret Service – a felony – the two could face up to five years in prison. When questioned by the Congressional Homeland Security Committee on January 21, 2009, they refused to testify.

Much has been made in the media of the Salahis being “gate crashers” and wannabe ‘reality TV’ stars, but little to no coverage has been given to their involvement with a group that associates frequently with a terrorist organization – a group whose own co-founder, Rashid Khalidi, was in the PLO himself. Though, as of March 2005, his bio and photo have been scrubbed from the ATFP website as well.

Question: Who else will leave the ranks of the radical ATFP?

In truth, it may not matter, because it seems, regardless of all the sinister individuals involved, the American Task Force on Palestine will continue to attract those sitting in the highest echelons of government, ready and willing to be used by the terror lobby.

  • Jeremiah Riddell

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  • eerie Steve

    You know what I want to do with Nasrallah? I want to take that old Plymouth from the evil dead series and bolt his feet to the hood of it via the space between the Achilles tendon and the end of the fibula, and just stretch out his knees so he is one inch taller.

    Drive around the Middle east a la Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show and there you go, problem solved.

    There are worst things that can happen to the human body besides killing it, like keeping it alive!

    -PR 10-

    • USMCSniper

      Whatever you are smoking, it must be from a bad batch. What is it Bill Cosby said> Ahhh yes…. brain damaged!

      • eerie Steve

        Nah. It's probably the depacopte. But come on! Let one of those huge bull dyke Marines drive him around the desert with those big waffle tires, and then just dump him in the street when you are done with him like the trash he is as a a reminder to anyone else who wants to step up.

        It sure beats just blasting them with a missle in a wheelchair. That's Israel's job. Our job is to try and try and try to just simply add a few more inches to the gene pool of all these Osama wannabes.

        PR 10 !!! Morbo out:

        • davarino

          Ya, you tellum stevie.

          What the hell did he say? I dont even know what depacopte is.

          • USMCSniper

            Depakote is PRESCRIBED FOR: Valproic acid and divalproex are used for the treatment of seizures, bipolar disorder and prevention of migraines. Depakote extended- release (ER) is used 1) for the prevention of migraine 2) as sole and adjunctive therapy for complex partial seizures in isolation or in association with other types of seizures and simple and complex absence seizures in children with epilepsy ages 10 and above 3) for the treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

          • davarino

            Well that explains it.

    • lovezion

      Hello eerie Steve: Easier to shoot him starting from his feet, arms, stomach…and up! No, I wouldn't want any of these poisonous soul-deformed things alive at any cost, even at the cost of not giving ourselves the pleasure of seeing them suffer for a looooong time! :o)


  • davarino

    Well well well, so its easy for terrorists to get into a white house ball without an invitation, and the powers that be cover for them. How interesting, could it be that we are being infiltrated from within. Sounds like we have a bunch of politicians that value money over patriotism. Do we need to have another McCarthy hold hearing? "Are you or have you ever been a member of the PLO, ATFP, CAIR, HAMAS, ….etc." We probably need to do it for the commies in the white house as well.

  • JosephWiess

    Don't you just love it when a politician thinks he can disregard a law, just because he can get a free rubber chicken meal and some cash out of a terrorist organization?

    Any, and I mean any politican that attended this groups seminars, must be arrested and charged with treason. If this means that one was Obama, then he too must be arrested.

    • lovezion

      Ah hahaha! He ain't goin' to be arrested ever because all his liberal accomplices in Congress think like him. Only thing they lack that's different is….a towel around their heads! Maybe bcause his is invisible while working at the WH???


  • Kathrine

    I hope that this meeting bring some good result for us.

  • ayel@israel

    usa is pro-israel???? i am sorry, but definitevly not. i can see lack of understanding of the conflict that israel has with its neighbors, but any real support -no. oh yes, and lots of pressure like in situation with gaza, where local goverment creates face shortage of food …

  • TopAssistant

    Folks, if you want to stop this, go to ACT! for America and sign our petition to have CAIR fully investigated. Next, review our STOP SHARIAH PROJECT. According to the lawsuit, filed by the conservative Christian Thomas More Law Center, at least a portion of AIG’s $40 billion federal bailout has been used to support Sharia-compliant financial products. Finally, link to the ACT chapters in your state and join, if there is not one close, start one. There is a link on the website explaining how. We must have an ACT! chapter supporting each military installation in the nation. The chapters will be run by the wives, mothers, fathers, those that have a family member in the military and those of us who just love them. We must top radical Islam; our useless government is too politically correct to do so. Did our government contact the KKK and ask them to come to their offices and advise them how to arrest KKK members without offending them?

  • lovezion

    The truth of the matter is the USA has been sold and worse things we can expect with the present government! Our situation will become absolutely unbearable! Obama's antisemitism, probably because of his islamic upbringing, is very obvious to all except the blind who don't want to see it and…apparently almost the entire world doesn't want to see it…or just doesn't give a damn!

    I'm nobody, I know, BUT, for 2000 years it has been shown that antisemites of any and all kind, even those who are, but dont' do anything, ARE NEVER EVER GOING TO CHANGE despite all Jews' and Israelis' efforts to do the right thing in all situations, including even helping Israel's enemies! so….the ONLY thing it will help Israel and all Jews is to follow this advice:

    (See it in my next comment, system found it too long)

  • lovezion

    Conclusion of my previous comment:



    I simply don't see any other way that will ever get PEACE for Israel and the Jews!


  • Daniel Sacred
  • ER Online

    Thanks for this! I hope you have a awesome week!

  • Jacques Dmitriev

    I think I first came across your blog via a link on Twitter.. Love the stuff I have seen so far and will absolutely revisit to read more afterward. By the way, are you on Twitter?

  • Johnathan

    Bigots.. There is nothing called the Jewish people. There are no people. The idea is a fictional methology. The so called Jewish people have nothing in common. They did not share a language nor did they share a culture. Some were eastern european, some were western , others were Middle Eastern. The so called Jewish People is the bigest lie ever made. At least the palestinian people share a common language. You did not until Israel was established in 1948 . Lies, lies and more lies… The so called Jewish people are nothing but a lie. They never existed. Even Abraham was not Jewish. He was Hebrew. Your so called Jewish People are not even Hebrew. If they were, they would not be called Jewish. Fictions and more fictions by crazies that think they belong to a Jewish people?????