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The American Task Force on Palestine invites and honors APAAM and its members 

The American Task Force on Palestine invites and honors APAAM and its members to its Second Annual Gala to honor the contributions of Palestinian Americans to the United States.  This year’s award recipients have made outstanding contributions to the fields of government service, commerce and industry, and medicine.  Honorees:  T.H. Theodore Kattouf - Farouk Shami - Theodore Baramki, MD 

APAAM’s own Chief Petty Officer Rayan Hijazi, US Navy was present and honored for his service to his country.

Lt. Waseem, MSgt Abdulaziz, SSgt Taher-Wats, CPO Hijazi,                                Rayan, Rafi Dajani (Executive Director, ATFP, Samir, and Mohammad
Cpl Montaser, and 1stSgt Baadani 

Dr. Ziad Asali, President of ATFP addresses the Gala Audience

Rayan Hijazi with Ambassador Theodore Kattouf                                                                   Samir with Senator John Sununu 


Excellence in Government Service – Ambassador Theodore Kattouf
The ATFP Award for Excellence in Government Service is presented to Ambassador Theodore Kattouf. Ambassador Kattouf is the President and CEO of AMIDEAST. Ambassador Wyche Fowler, Chairman of the Board of the Middle East Institute, will present the award.

Excellence in Commerce and Industry – Mr. Farouk Shami

The ATFP Award for Excellence in Commerce and Industry is presented to Mr. Farouk Shami. Mr. Shami is the Houston-based Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc. Mr. Shami’s brother, Dr. Jamil Shami, will present the award.

Excellence in Medicine – Dr. Theodore Baramki

The ATFP Award for Excellence in Medicine is presented to Dr. Theodore Baramki, an Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mr. Farah Munayyer, co-founder of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation and ATFP Board Member, will present the award.

ATFP is a not-for-profit organization that aims to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East by advocating the national security interests of the United States in the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state living in peace alongside Israel. Specifically, ATFP seeks to promote awareness of the far-reaching benefits that Palestinian statehood will have for the United States in the following areas: (1) enhancing national security, as well as regional peace and stability, (2) the proliferation of American values of freedom and democracy, through the creation of a democratic and constitutional state for the Palestinian people, and (3) the expansion of economic opportunities throughout the Arab and Islamic worlds resulting from an atmosphere of peace and cooperation.

ATFP believes that the Palestinian American community can and must play an ever-increasing role in serving as a bridge between the United States and the Palestinian people. The Palestinian American community has made significant contributions to our country and ATFP will recognize these achievements by honoring leading Palestinian Americans who have made contributions in the fields of government service, commerce and industry, and scholarship.  Your attendance at at our Inaugural Gala would serve as your recognition of the accomplishments of the Palestinian American community, as well as a much appreciated gesture of support for ATFP's message of peace, justice, and co-existence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




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