Events and activities

UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees after its 60th Anniversary


The FMRU at the IALIIS hosted Lex Takkenberg - Chief, Ethics Office at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Takkenberg presented an overview of the UNRWA and Palestinian refugees after its 60th anniversary. During the course of his presentation, he pondered the most vital actions of the UNRWA during the six decades of its existence and its vital role in providing assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 11

Are Palestinian Refugees Stateless? An International Law Perspective.


The FMRU at the IALIIS, Birzeit University, hosted a lecture by Professor John B. Quigley, President’s Club Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.

In his lecture, Professor Quigley dealt with the concept of a Palestinian State from a historical perspective. At the core of his argument, Professor Quigley made the assertion that a Palestinian State has been in existence ever since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and the takeover by the British Mandate in Palestine.

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 11

Beyond Alienation: Capitalism, Structural Genocide and the Search for Social Justice


Garry Leech and Terry Gibbs, from Cape Breton University, discussed how the nature of contemporary capitalism inherently generates inequality and structural violence. Given that more than 10 million people a year needlessly die under the capitalist system, Leech argued that global capitalism constitutes a form of genocide. Within this framework, Terry Gibbs explored how a shift in values both at the level of individual consciousness and at a structural level will be required to move towards a more sustainable and socially just world.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 09

International Sanctions on Russia and their Effect on Russia’s Role in the Arab World

Dr. Nimer Rizeq, from Kazan Federal University, talked about the geopolitical role of Russia, and explained that the Ukrainian crisis is one of the main reasons behind the imposed sanctions on Russia. He also highlighted that the European Union would get adversely affected by the sanctions given the economic relations between the EU and Russia, especially in fuel and energy fields.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10

The Geo-Strategic and Political Significance of the Gaza Strip



First Day: 18 November 2014

Registration (9:00 – 9:30)

Opening Session (9:30 – 10:00)

Welcoming and Prologues

Birzeit University – Khalil Hindi

Institute for Palestine Studies – Camille Mansour

Heinrich Boll Foundation – René Wildangel


First Session: The History of the Gaza Strip since the Nakba (10:00 – 12:00)

Session's Chair and Remarks: Munir Fakher Eldin & Issam Younis

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 07

Diplomatic communication tools in addressing the international community


Dr. Naser Al-Qudwa talked about the bases of diplomatic communication with the international community. He highlighted the need to uphold themoral values of the Palestinian cause and to adhere to international humanitarian law as represented in the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Hague Convention.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 19

The new Palestinian strategy


Dr. Shaath talked about the third strategy that Palestinians are currently following, which is based on popular unarmed struggle and the use of international law to hold Israel accountable for its racist policies.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 10

Enhancing the political representation of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

In cooperation with Birzeit’s program of Israeli Studies, Dr. Nakhleh presented his latest book entitled Israel Shahak: An exceptional universal humanist, an unwavering critic of Jewish-Zionist hypocrisy.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 20