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1/6/2013- 28/8/2013

Training Course

Strategic Communication

Course Title

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies

Organizer

Dr. Abdul Karim Barghouti

Course Convener

Dr. Lord Habash, Dr. Samir Awad, Dr. Ehab Bessaiso, Mr. Alex Kuttab

Instructors

Ahmad al-Khatib, Fareed To’mallah, Yara Abdullah, Hanin Qatamesh, Majed Omar Abbadi, Hamza Dalia, Basel Sumreen, Maha Shihadeh, Ouf Awadallah, Hiba Tantash, Ihab Omar, Tareq Edeh, Majdi al-Adarah, Hazem Shamlawi, Jebreel Hejja, Salah al-Din Barghouti, Munjid Abu-Sharar, Lara Habash, Samar Awadallah, Samia Wazwaz, Amani Sarahneh, Mohammad Shuja’ya, Farid Ladadweh, Diab al-Basha, Mohammad Mahmoud, Rami Mehdawi, Mohammad Madani.

Participants

A specialized course offered by the Institute, which aims at empowering Palestinian professionals with communication skills adhering to the highest international standards and setting a high benchmark for Palestinian strategic communications. The course will cover the full range of expertises and skills necessary for strategic communications to international standards, through lectures and workshops. The lectures and workshops will be given by senior Palestinian and international experts, as well as by professors and course instructors. This course is open to professionals in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. The course will take place in the period from June 1st till August 31st, 2013, at Birzeit University.

 

To view the course plan please click here.

To listen to the recorded lectures please click here.

Reading Materials from: Lord Habash, Samir Awad, Ehab Bessaiso, Alex Kuttab, John Williams, Kavin MarchMark Gill.

 

Abstract

 

 

25/6/2012 – 2/7/2012

Training Course

SPSS

Course Title

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studie

Organizer

Hasan Ladadweh, Dr. Majdi Al-Malki

Instructor

Saja Badwan, Rewayda Khawaldeh, Tahani Abdul-Samad, Suhad Khalifa, Zareefa Ali, Amal Zayed, Nowar Thabet, Nahida Sabbah, Suzan Da’na, Hamza Obaidallah, Samaher Suleiman, Noura Saqer, Saeed Badawi, Sujood Eleiwi, Ahlam Hamad, Alaa Gosheh.

Participants

Throughout this training, a number of essential issues were addressed concerning how to use SPSS program, form charts and analyze data. The differences between qualitative and quantitative research was also discussed, in addition to the main concepts in qualitative research. This training also examined the methods of constructing questionnaires and coding them, in addition to the mechanisms and procedures for determining the appropriate statistical treatment; that is through determining the level of measuring variables and the type of survey/sample.

 Abstract

 

 

12/2/2012 – 16/2/2012

 

Training Course

Palestinian Refugees

Course Title

Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University of Cairo

Organizer

Dr. Michael Kagan

Instructor

Amal Zayed, Hiba Saida, Reham Mualla, Ra’ed Bader, Ra’ed Eshneiwer

Participants

 

Professor Michael Kagan gave a course on Palestinian refugees, in which he presented a large number of videos which shed light on the historic evolution of the Palestinian issue and the series of Jewish migration to Palestine. Professor Kagan also illustrated legal aspects related to Palestinian refugees, and the status of Palestinian refugees in international refugee law.

 

The issue of the establishment of the UNRWA was mentioned in addition to its role in providing services to Palestinian refugees. An employee from the UNRWA was hosted during this session,  and presented a detailed presentation of the different UNRWA programs (education, health, relief, development, infrastructure, and sponsoring small projects) in its five different working areas (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza). The course concluded with referring to the status of Palestinian refugees in the Israeli Palestinian negotiations. Participants were divided into groups to play the role of Palestinian and Israeli negotiators who negotiated on particular things regarding the refugees’ issue.

                          

 

Abstract

 

 

5/2/2012 - 9/2/2012

 

Training Course

Migration and Refugee Movements in the Middle East and North Africa

Course Title

Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University of Cairo

Organizer

Dr. Shaden Khalef

Instructor

Amal Zayed. Hiba Saida, Reham Mualla, Olla Tamimi, Ra’ed Bader

Participants

The course presented a number of interested researchers in refugee issues around the world, most of whom have worked with UNHCR and have practical experience in dealing with asylum situations. The emphasis was on presenting the circumstances and situations of migration and refuge in Arab countries, middle eastern countries and north Africa. The cases of refuge and migration in Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen and South Africa were used as case studied. One of the main issues covered throughout the course was the matter of differentiating between UNRWA and UNHCR, the impact of the “American war on terror” in creating refuge cases especially in Iraq, permanent solutions for refugees, the difference between migration and refuge.

 

The supervisor presented a number of video scenes on documented cases of refuge and migration around the world. In addition to conducting debate sessions between different groups, participants were divided into three groups; each represented a party in the international community (France, Tunis and the United Nations). Afterwards a number of issues were discussed such as, specifying the number of refugees which France receives from Tunis and the position of various parties from the case.

               

Abstract

 

 

2/2/2012 - 29/1/2012

Training Course

Demographic Measures of Migration

Course Title

Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University of Cairo

Organizer

Dr. Ayman Zuhri 

 

Instructor

Suhad Khalifeh and Tahani Abdul-Samad

Participants

The course addressed the various aspects and issues of demography, in addition to the main demographic terms and the basics of international migration. After explaining the demographic, population and statistics terms, the supervisor of the course referred to the factors which affect the demography of population such as, the nature of the population, age,  gender, economic situation and of course migration. With referring to examples from all over the word, he spoke about the main demographic concepts such as, natural increase, aging of the population, demographic transition, population density,  net migration, and migration in all its forms: (internal/ international, voluntary/ forced, legal/illegal, circular/ permanent).

 

Moreover, a session was dedicated to review the different sources of gathering data on international migration- whether random samples or representative- and these sources represented family surveys, population statistics, population registry, registering foreigners, and other administrative sources. Another issue discussed was the process and criteria of calculating basic demographic standards such as, birth, death and migration rate. Finally, the supervisor demonstrated how to employ the techniques of charts in analyzing international migration data.

          

Abstract

 

 

21-22 October 2011

Training Course

Historiography of possession of land in Palestine

Course Title

Muwaten organization

Organizer

Dr. Muneer Fakher Eddin, Dr. Amin Abu-Baker and Suhad Bishara

Instructor

Dr. Raed Bader

Supervisor

The theme of the internship was the historiography of land ownership in Palestine, and the first day was supervised by Dr. Munir  Fakher Eldin, a professor at Birzeit University specialized in the history of land ownership in mandate Palestine. Dr. Fakher Eldin presented the major historical transformations that took place throughout the nineteenth century. Following his lecture, Dr. Amin Abu-Baker gave a lecture on the status of private property in Palestine during the ottoman rule. He presented many laws such as those relating to the conditions of the land and its realities.

 

During the second day of the internship Dr. Fakher Eldin discussed the matter of private ownership as an instrument for rule in mandate Palestine, in addition to mandatory military regulations. He also referred to projects that aimed at confiscating land from Palestinians and thus assisted the Jewish agency in owning the land. The internship was concluded with the presentation of Suhad Bishara (Lawyer at the centre of Justice/ Haifa) who is specialized in defending Arab lands in Galilee and the Negev. She discussed the issue of Israeli occupation and the methods of stripping Palestinian lands through forcing the population to leave, in addition to other regulations during and after the 1948 Nakba.

Abstract

 

 

22-23 April 2011

Training Course

Historiography of possession of land in Palestine

Course Title

Muwaten organization

Organizer

Dr. Muneer Fakher Eddin

Instructor

Fadel al-Allah Salim, Hend Shreda, Rowaeda Khawalda, Niveen Sayyad, Noor Salous, Mahmood Hazein, Ghadeer al-Nubani

Participants

Dr. Raed Bader

Supervisor

The course offered an overview to the development of the historiography of land ownership, specifically during the late ottoman era (in the late 19th century) and the British mandate. Important questions were raised, such as: how did the land ownership transformed from individual ownership to national one? How did the British mandate use the land laws as a colonial tool?  The course also concentrated on the transformation of the relationship between people, authority and land, during the Ottoman and the British eras.

 

Throughout the course, students were introduced to many important terms in the field of land ownership like Miri, Jiftlik, Matrook, Mahlool, Masha’, Raqaba, Muwat, and Tabo law. In addition, students were introduced to the situation of land ownership during the Ottoman Tanzimat period, and discussed the British general philosophy in controlling and developing the land ownership in Palestine, and how the transformation in the relationship between people, land, and authority led to the transmission of large properties of some Palestinian and non- Palestinian families, which helped the transformation of these lands to the Zionist movement later on. Students also discussed the way the British mandate imposed British regulations on Palestine in 1921, and divided the land into three areas: Area A, which constituted 70% of the Palestinian land; Area B, which was under the control of the High Commissioner; and Area C, which was under free market rule.

                           

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