Established in 1991, the Washington, DC-based Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP) is a Palestinian-American think tank describing itself as “a non-profit humanitarian organization.” CPAP pursues “the study and analysis of the relationship between the United States and the Middle East, with particular emphasis on Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict, [and] seeks to bring into focus the implications of specific U.S. policies with regard to Palestine and the broader region.” Founded as a part of The Jerusalem Fund, CPAP holds periodic symposims and conferences to showcase speakers on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In CPAP’s calculus, Israeli transgressions and human rights violations are entirely to blame for that nation’s ongoing state of war with the Palestinian people. At the organization’s 2003 winter conference — entitled “Israel’s Policy of Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing” — CPAP Chairman Hisham Sharabi set the tone for the seminar with his opening remarks: “In the face of relentless Israeli force, the only weapon the helpless and desperate have is to fling their bodies against the beast. Suicide bombings are no longer the lone act of desperate fanatics, but have become a conscious weapon of resistance and war. The culture of death and self-sacrifice is spreading in many Arab and Muslim countries. With unprecedented force being unleashed [by Israel] against helpless people, the task of recruiting hundreds, if not thousands of men and women willing to die has become a routine organizational matter in the resistance process.”
CPAP derives its revenues from investment income and from “community assistance grants” that are funded through donations from private individuals in the United States and abroad.