"The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC. ATFP is dedicated to advocating that it is in the American national interest to promote an end to the conflict in the Middle East through a negotiated agreement that provides for two states - Israel and Palestine - living side by side in peace and security. The Task Force was established in 2003 to provide an independent voice for Palestinian-Americans and their…See More
"Here again, there has been new opportunity for discussion--I'm referring to the complaints involving East Jerusalem and Hebron--but a day passes and at least 105 of 108 interested members seem reluctant to respond, engage in research, ask new…"
"Hate, Jaquenette, requires a sustaining dogma in language. Leaving aside Islam's larger civil war, an event overarching but bearing down on the middle east conflict, the proponents of the conflict have borrowed the worst from every…"
"Maor: speaking as a moderator (co-moderator) but not a network administrator, I don't know whether the discussions can be locked and the virtual document comprised of so much thought archived for reference.
In terms of banned or verbally…"
I'm here after receiving an email about your post here... it's true that this is not an active forum, but why closing it and deleting all valuable past conversations (especially those exposing Christine as a bigot :)? What's…"
Recommended alternative forum: www.mepeace.org. This has been in the works for weeks to months now, and, with Oliver's approval, I'm inclined to have this group closed. Briefly, the Israel-Palestine Peace Group started off as a delegitimization site under the auspices of a sponsor whose business was entwined with Palestinian interests and who sought to delete arguments counter to that drift. Not alone but taking a little extra initiative, I bid to become…See More
"Be forewarned, Patrick: the co-moderators, Oliver and I, are intent on closing this group and having interested members, all remaining 105, move to www.mepeace.org where the community has been stable and there has been plenty of threaded…"
"One might be disappointed in you, Olek.
That a position stands for 40 years (or 62) may suggest that such is the nature of states of affairs truthfully stated, for they stand many tests across time.
We do not understand here that…"
Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
JAMES S. OPPENHEIM has published in Equus, The North American Review, The Washington Post and Firehouse Magazine, worked as managing editor of the University of Maryland graduate literary magazine, Ethos. He has also had a life in music, producing one album and playing venues from cabin porches in West Virginia to bars in Florida. Today finds him in Hagerstown, Maryland as a photographer, singer/songwriter, and the editor of a blog-- Oppenheim Arts & Letters devoted to the understanding of political conflicts and small wars, as well as the appreciation of international culture, and, albeit in translation (he speaks only English), language.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
From my second row seat to history (i.e., the Internet), I've followed the war news most closely in Pakistan and Somalia. From time to time I've strayed and have commented on affairs in Zimbabwe and Kenya as well. As a Jew, I've had the odd experience of learning more about Islam than I had ever about Judaism, so I'm now working on balancing that as I move forward in my intellectual journey.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
I own Communicating Arts in Maryland, a photography practice, but live most as an artist-intellectual, free for a little while to respond to curiosity and pursue a course suited to my mind, spirit, and temperament.
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Culture, Media, Psychosocial, Terrorism
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Communication, Monitoring, Research
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
I've been following the Islamic Small Wars, delving into both Judaic and Islamic studies (I'm very tenderfoot in both), and winding my way through issues in observation and perception, ethics and spirituality, and the character of internecine violence.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
The North American Review
The First Saffron Short Story Collection
I have poems coming out this spring in the literary publication In the Silence of This Room.
As a journalist, I've published features in several magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post (most relevant here, I covered the sundance hosted by the Piscataway of Port Tobacco, Maryland for the Post's Maryland Weekly section).
Old news--all that.
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Thanks for sharing your light here to empower many lives. Please add me as a friend as I cannot add any more due to ning restrictions. Wish you every success on your journey with the great work you do to make a difference.
What an interesting place to live. Just far enough from Washington to miss most of the traffic but close enough to keep an eye and/or an ear to the constant happenings. Please consider joining me in www.villagedirect.org
Love & Peace, Deborah
I am very interested in having close collaboration with you JAMES. i have the potentials of getting an international job,could you please kindly help me on this issue, this is because the job i have now is purely voluntary and i need agood job to sustain my family and thewelfare.
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