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2012-PE1213

Decembe 13th

workshop

“European Union: History,  Law and Institutions”

Program:

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Summary:

The workshop opened with the speech of Dr. Samia Hilala, Vice President for Community Outreach, as she emphasized the importance of Birzeit University in discussing political and national issues, and the significance of viewing the political, economical and legal experiences of other countries. She further added that “the objective of this course, which the workshop is derived from, is to identify the EU as a regional  organization, shedding light on the evolution of the EU after World War II, in addition to EU institutions and the process of decision making on all levels.”

From his side, Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Barghouthi, director of IALIIS, mentioned the importance of studying the experience of the EU as a unique case of integration and bloc. He also referred to the significant economic power and strategic weight of the EU in the context of international interactions, stressing on the importance of this course in deepening students’ knowledge of the EU and international cognitive.

 

Moreover, Mr. Marc Franco, Former Head of the European Commission delegation in Cairo, referred to the importance of this workshop from two angles: the first is presenting crucial information on the EU, its history, institutions and countries, which deepens Palestinians’ knowledge of the EU in general, and students in particular. Whereas the second significance of the workshop addresses the EU, where he indicated that through this workshop the EU will identify Palestinian students’ perspectives, what they think and feel towards the EU. Mr. Franco thanked IALIIS for organizing this workshop and expressed his delight for being at Birzeit University and thanked IALIIS students for presenting their research papers.

 

 

 

 

Regarding the papers that were presented in this workshop, they were presented in two main sessions. Each session consisted of three MA students at IALIIS, as they discussed their research papers under the supervision of the professors of this course: Dr. Roger Heacock, Dr. Asem Khalil, and Dr. Nayef Abu-Khalef. After students presented their papers, they were commented by a number of experts in the field such as, Mr. Amir Khalil,  Academic assistant and PhD Candidate at the Center for Private and Economic Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Mr. Bashir Assi, Visiting Researcher at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), Mr. Marc Franco, Former Head of the European Commission delegation in Cairo, and Mr. Gianmatteo Arena, EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian police, as they commented on students papers and gave their comments on issues related to format, content and methodology.

Among the students who participated in this workshop, Rami Al-Alami’s paper entitled “The EU and Settlement Products”, addressed the EU’s position which opposes the building of Israeli settlements. He emphasized that the EU has expressed this position through adapting a number of diplomatic policies, trying to underpin the reasons which led the EU to take such a position despite its good relations with Israel. Then Amna Al-Natsha presented her paper on “The        (Dis-)Unity of the EU in Facing the Financial Crisis”, in which she explored the reasons which  led to the financial crisis in Europe. Following Amna’s presentation, Rabab Sabbah’s paper examined “The EU and China: Partners or Competitors?”, as she discussed the relations that binds China to the EU; whereby both are considered one of the largest partners  in the commercial world. In addition to the centrality of both the EU and China in the international system, on both the political and economical level.

The second group of students began with Ibrahim Saif, who spoke about “The Future of Relations Between the European Union and the USA”. He shed light on the nature of this relation and put forward plausible scenarios in light of the international changes on the ground. After that, Ghada Hamed covered “The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)” through discussing the nature and  structure of the EU, in addition to the potential role it could play in peacekeeping and crises management. Finally, Eman Judah presented her paper on “The Impact of Migration on Arab-European Relations”, as she elaborated on the nature of the political, social, and economical relations that bind both sides and she revealed changes that occurred within the political and economical  global changes.

Dr. Roger Heacock concluded the workshop by presenting a number of recommendations and concluding remarks emerged from the workshop and thanked everyone who contributed in the success of it from participants, organizers and attendance. 

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2012-PE0925

September 25th

workshop 

Gaza’s Tunnel Economy: Dependence or Independence?


Program:

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Summary:

The workshop opened the speech of Dr. Samia Hilala, Vice President for Community Outreach, as she shed light on the importance of the workshops which aim at opening serious discussions on strategic issues in Palestine, so as to enhance the structure of the state through its institutions. In addition to promoting communication and coordination between civil society institutes, governmental institutions and decision makers; which fall under the priority of Birzeit University and promotes its societal, and developmental role, in addition to providing research and recommendations with a scientific and strategic orientation. She also indicated that in light of the current economic crisis, this workshop suggests a crucial topic in the Palestinian arena; because the tunnel economy is considered one of the most distorted and deformed economies in the region, due to the imposed Israeli blockade on Gaza.

 

In his speech, Dr. Abdel Karim Al-Barghouti, director of IALIIS, mentioned that the series of workshops IALIIS organizes aims at shedding light on the mutual affect between policies and options, or the economic detestation in the Palestinian society. Because there are a number of policies which the Palestinian Authority should adopt, regardless of the upcoming scenario, and whether a state was established or not. He also emphasized that this workshop -is the fifth and the last-and will address a highly sensitive issue, which is called Gaza’s tunnel economy. He affirmed that the geo-political division between Gaza and the West Bank, and in light of the continuing occupation of Palestine and its ability to divide, fragment and control both parts of the country; makes searching for methods to resist more crucial than ever. This has established a deformed tunnel economy, which either reinforces the plan of dividing or “Israeli containment” considering it an act of resisting the occupation and blockade. He referred to the main question here which is: “Is there still a united national project? Where’s the contribution with or against this project? He added that it is also important to discuss the status quo of the West Bank which is the premise of the upcoming conference which will address the forms of dependency and independence within the Palestinian condition. This conference will be based on the proceedings of all other workshops IALIIS held, with particular attention to the youth-Arab mobility.

 

Before the speakers presented their papers, a documentary was viewed, which epitomizes the tunnels in Gaza and the employments of children and adolescents in this dangerous job which became known as “Graveyard of the Living".

 

The first session was headed by Mr. Alaa Tartir, PhD Candidate and Researcher in International Development Studies, London School of Economics, and the title of which was “The Intertwined Relation between Gaza’s Tunnels and the Israeli Siege”. During this session, Mr. Nicholas Pelham, Correspondent for The Economist, a writer on Arab affairs, who has also worked as a consultant for the UN on Gaza’s political economy. He spoke about the changes the siege Israel, regional powers and the international community imposed on Gaza has made to the enclave’s trade and commerce in Gaza, which led Gazans to search for alternative sources, notably the tunnels. The tunnels became the main supply of resources which provides the needs of Gazanas. He also mentioned the regional and international reactions toward expanding the tunnels and its impact on the social and economic balance of Gaza. After that Mr. Fahd Abu Saymeh, Financial and administrative Director of Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) commented on Mr. Pehlam’s paper and opened the floor for discussion.

The second session was entitled “Gaza’s Tunnels Economy:  Economic Growth or Crisis?” and was chaired by Ahmad Azem, Professor of International Relations at IALIIS. Throughout this session Mr. Samir Abu Midalala, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Al-Azhar University Gaza, presented his paper via Skype, as he wasn’t able to enter the West Bank and participate in person in this workshop. He discussed the reasons of constructing these tunnels, its pros and cons which are reflected in how the tunnels are considered a means to break the blockade and compensate for the missing resources on the one hand; and forms a block in front of establishing a productive economy on the other hand. Mr. Riyad Mousa, Chairman of the department of Economics at Birzet University commented on this session.

In the last session, which was entitled “Privatization of Tunnel Economy” was headed by Ms. Linda Tabar, Researcher in the Development Studies Center, Birzeit University.  The speaker of this session was Mr. Samir Abdullah, Director General of The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS). He mentioned that it would be difficult to establish a solid private sector with the lack of a competitive economy and with the continuation of the status quo, which the Israeli blockade has imposed on Gaza. Before opening discussion with the audience, Mohsen Abu Ramadan, Chairman of The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Network (PNGO) in Gaza, commented on this session. The workshop was concluded with the recommendations of Mehrene Larudee, Associate Professor and Chair, Economics & Finance; Division Head, Social Science.

 

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2012-PE0606

Tuesday June 6

workshop 

Workshop on the Palestinian National Archive Law

Program:

 

Summary:

 The workshop was opened by Dr. Asem Khalil, Director of IALIIS, who welcomed the speakers and emphasized the importance and objectives of this workshop, hoping that the outcome of which would be taken into consideration and complies with the national interest. He also indicated the danger of passing this law which would restrict the freedom of viewing documents relating to “public interest”. In addition to the loopholes of legislating this law, whereby the adaptation of this law would be passed directly through the president without passing through the legal processes for legislating such laws, including the Palestinian legislative Council. Dr. Asem asserted that law is supposed to organize freedom not restrict it. Mr. Nassra warned from the danger of imposing the content of this law through organizing legislative regulations in a way which maneuvers the legislative council from the executive council.

During his commentary on the subject, Mr. Ahmed Nassra completely refused the project of this law, even if it was approved by the legislative council, he considers it an attack on freedoms and is incompatible with the principle of transparency and other rights such as, the right of private and public ownership. He emphasized how law consists of large concepts; it does not present a clear definition which explains the limitations of what’s allowed from what’s prohibited in concepts such as “public interest”, which increases the imposed restriction on freedoms.

 

 

From his side, Mr. Mahmoud Alawni illustrated that this law leans toward imposing more restrictions rather than towards organizing them. This policy which stands behind the suggestion of this unknown project keeps the destiny of private archives vague. He also spoke of the proposed suggestions concerning the decision of including amendments, deletion, or adding to some of its articles. Moreover, Mr. Alwani claimed that this project excludes local institutions that works in the archive field from mutual cooperation with the national archive and limits its cooperation with international and regional institutions. Furthermore, he referred to a number of provisions which conflict with rights preserved in Palestinian law such as,  the right of private ownership which should not be removed, in addition to the issue of university independency.

 

In the end, the participants of this workshop unanimously stressed on the importance of forming a pressure group from institutions working in the archive field, to oppose the adoption of this legal project which affects the freedom of viewing  and publishing documents.

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2012-PE0430

April 30 2012

workshop 

Palestinian Refugees and the State: A Human and Political Capital or an Economic Burden?


Program:

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Summary:

 The workshop opened with the speech of  Dr. Munir Qazaz, Vice President for Community Outreach, who welcomed the audience and participants and pointed the importance of the suggested topic. Following Dr. Munir, Dr. Asem Khalil, Director of IALIIS, gave a speech on the series of workshops the Institute is organizing, with emphasis on the reasons behind conducting this workshop, and the importance of the topic under discussion. He also thanked everyone who contributed in making this workshop possible, from speakers to donors.

 

The second session was headed by Mr. Said Salameh, Director of the Department of Refugees Affairs, and which included the intervention of Leila Hilal who spoke of “UNRWA and the Future Palestinian State”. She presented three theoretical tracks concerning durable solutions for Palestinian refugees: The first is the political track whereby agreements would be reached between Israel, the Palestinians and host Arab countries on durable solution options for the refugees. The second track would be the provision of “rehabilitation” assistance to relocate and reintegrate refugees. The last track would be monitoring and oversight to ensure that principles specified in a settlement are followed and that refugees are granted their rights. Also Leila considered that the agency’s role in durable solutions would be most concentrated in the second track, particularly in light of imposed political restrictions. 

 

The third session was entitled: “The Palestinian Refugees, The Right of Return and Nationality” and the chairperson of which was professor Ismat Zidan. During this session, Soujood Elwi, MA student at the International Studies Programme/ Forced Migration and Refugee Concentration, presented her paper entitled “The impact of the Palestinian State on Palestinian Refugees and Their Right of Return”, in which she spoke of the legal relationship that will bound Palestinian refugees with the state which is represented in “nationality”.  She emphasized on three main points: the first addresses the relationship between Asylum as a specific case and nationality based on the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, and its protocol 1967. The second sheds light on the relationship between nationality and the case of Palestinian asylum, especially based on article 1D from the refugee convention and UNRWA’s definition of Palestinian refugees. And finally the third point addresses the relationship between granting Palestinian refugees the nationality of their national country, and between their continuous status as refugees.

 

Whereas the fourth and last session, entitled “The Status of the Palestinian Refugees in the Future Palestinian State” was headed by  Hana Jaber, Research associate at the Corporate team and Muslim cultures in LAS Laboratory of Social Anthropology and chair person of the Contemporary Arab World at the college de France. This session included a paper presented by Ingrid Jaradat, research consultant to Palestinian civil society campaigns, entitled “Palestinian refugees, agents of self-determination, unity and empowerment”. She  referred to a number of common and intriguing questions regarding the Palestinian refugee cause, their situation and  relationship with their state. In addition to a number of questions, the answer of which is a right to the Palestinian society and is a part of Palestinian right in self determination.

 

The commentator on the second session was Alex Pollock: Director of Micro Finance for UNRWA and Lex Takkenberg, Chief, Ethics Officer with UNRWA Headquarters in Amman. While the commentators of the third session was Asem Khalil, Director, IALIIS, and Yasser Amouri, Assistant Professor at the department of Law. The fourth session was commented by Rana Barakat, assistant Professor at the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Department, Jaber Sulieman,  independent researcher and Aiko Nishikida, Assistant Professor of Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. That was before opening the floor for discussion with the audience. Finally, Oroub Al-Abed, PhD student at the Department of Development Studies SOAS- University of London SOAS Concluded the workshop with Remarks and recommendations

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 Concluding Remarks by Oroub al-Abed

 

 


 

2012-PE0228

February  28, 2012 

workshop 

Workshop on "International Aid: A “Necessary Evil” for Development in Palestine?"

Program:

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Summary:

The workshop opened with the speech of Dr. Asem Khalil, Director of IALIIS, who welcomed the audience and participants, and pointed to the importance of the suggested workshop. He also talked about the series of workshops the Institute is organizing, while emphasizing the reasons behind conducting this particular workshop.  He also thanked everyone who has contributed in making this workshop possible, from speakers to donors.

 

The second session was chaired by Professor Elieen Kuttab, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, and included the intervention of Alaa Tartir, Researcher, who presented his paper on “Aid and Development in Palestine: Anything, but Linear Relationship. Can Aid Contribute to Development?”. Through his paper, Mr. Alaa sought to answer an important question that is how, if at all, can aid contribute to development in Palestine, and what will be the impacts on the viability of the Palestinian economy and state? In order to answer these questions he Relied on  one basic premise and two lines of argumentation. The main premise is: the role of aid in the development process is dependent in the first place on the adopted development paradigm and approach. While the first line of argumentation looks at the so-far impact of aid on development; the second line of argumentation tries to spell out few conditions and prerequisites so aid can work better in the Palestinian context.

 

The third session was entitled “Salam Fayyad’s Plan to Reduce Dependency on International Aid” and the chair person of which was Dr. Yousef Daoud, Professor of Economics at Birzeit University. The speaker of this session was Dr. Naser Abdel Karim, Professor of Economics at Birzeit University, he presented his paper on “The Future of International Aid and the plausible options to achieve financial sustainability of the Palestinian National Authority.” In which he referred to the importance of aid and its prominence in the Palestinian context. He also mentioned that aid is political by privilege and aims at funding the peace process, it is not expected to be developmental; because neither its nature nor Israeli limits allow so. He indicated that these aids are indispensible, due to the huge deficit which can be surmounted in two ways: The first is through loans (which is not possible in the Palestinian case) and the second is through international aid. Moreover Dr. Naser claimed that the Palestinian Authority does not have any effective plan, and even if there was one, the finical dimension isn’t enough to solve the crisis, because the political dimension is the main problem. He explained that the entry to income taxes should be corrected through: redistributing income in the Palestinian society, to have an effective stimulation of the economic and agriculture sector.

 

On the other hand, the fourth and final session was entitled “Development Programs and the Anti- Colonial Struggle”, in which Nithya Nagrajan, visiting scholar at the development Studies center, presented her paper on “Development under Colonialism?” She sought to study the idea of pursuing “development” as framed by current development orthodoxy in a settler-colonial context. Based on two primary arguments: First, a historical de-construction of international assistance to Palestine shows that, ever since Oslo, development programs in occupied Palestinian territory have had a very political agenda. Whereas the second argument, is that: with the aim of feigning a total erasure of politics from the developmental imaginary, developmental actors sustain a technical discourse – allegedly “objective” and “neutral” – which represents their problematic in an approach that is largely devoid of recognition of the colonial fact.  In so doing, donors have shifted the gaze from Palestinian political aspirations (condition sine qua non for any meaningful developmental plan) to a neoliberal substitute.

 

Both Dr. Mandy Turner and Sam Bahour commented on the second session, whereas Ismat Quzmar and Dr. Mahmoud El-jafari commented on the third session. In the fourth session, both Khalil Nakleh and Dr. Husam Zumlot commentated on this session, that is before opening the floor for discussion with the audience. The workshop was concluded by Dr. Lourdes Habash,  who presented concluding remarks and recommendations. 

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 Audio File (part1) (part2)

 

 


 

 

2012-PE0110

January  10, 2012 

workshop 

Workshop on "The Internal and External Movement of Populations and its Impact on the Palestinian Authority/ Future State"


Program:

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Summary:

 

The workshop opened with the welcome note of  Dr. Munir Qazzaz, Vice President for Community Outreach, who welcomed the audience and participants, and indicated to the importance of the suggested topic of the workshop. Afterwards Dr Asem Khalil, director of the institute, gave a speech in which he spoke about the series of workshops the institute plans on organizing. He also explained the reasons behind holding this workshop and the importance of the topic under discussion. In addition he thanked everyone who contributed in making this workshop possible, from speakers to donors.  

The second session was headed by Tayseer Khaled, Director of Expatriate Affairs Department, and included the intervention of Dr. Asem Kahlil, in which he presented his paper on “The Palestinian Authority/state’s need to regulate Migration Issues under Unstable Political Conditions”. Dr. Asem gave a general perception of migration policies which should be followed towards population and foreign movements. In light of three plausible scenarios manifested in the continuation of the status quo in terms of the limitation of the PA’s jurisdiction;  or in the case of granting the PA more authority over external borders and/or ending the imposed restrictions on populations' movement between West Bank and Gaza Strip while Israeli occupation persists. Lastly, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on recognized international borders, which has complete control over the population and region.

The third session addressed “Socio-Economic Aspects of Migration” and the chairperson of this session was Dr. Oroub El-Abed. During this session Dr. Majdi Malki, Associate Professor in Sociology at Birzeit University, presented his paper on “Palestinian Population Movement in the Palestinian Territories: Policy-Oriented Perspectives”; which revolved around the features and different forms of migration in the Palestinian territories (internal, external and returnees) with revealing its main reasons and outcomes. He concluded with giving a number of recommendations in order to deal with these matters, such as focusing on university education and vocational aspects. Likewise, working to provide a comprehensive and accurate data for migratory competencies and to encourage communication between them.

Whereas, the fourth and final session was entitled “Demographic Challenges Facing the Palestinian State, in which Dr. Yousef Courbage presented his paper on “Demographic Trends and Challenges in Case of Statehood in Palestine: 2012 – 2048”; which focuses on the demographic competition between Palestinians and Israelis and its impact on the population balance of the region. Statistics indicate that the demographic competition is beginning to tilt towards the Israeli side. 

Both Mrs. Rula  M'haissen and Mr. Asif Said commentated on the first session. On the other hand, Mr Jamil Hilal and Mr. Mahmoud Attia commentated on the second session. Whereas the third session was commentated by both Mr. Abdel Allah Al-Najar and Dr. Niveen Abu-Rmeileh, this was before opening the floor for discussion for all of the participants. Furthermore, Dr. Roger concluded the workshop by presenting and discussing recommendations and gave concluding remarks which ended the workshop.

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2011-PE1101

November  01, 2011

 

workshop 

Workshop on "Water in Palestine"

Program:

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Summary:

This workshop was held with the collaboration of Fundación para la Cooperación APY-Solidaridad en Acción, and Fundacio Solidaritat Universitat de Barcelona. Many regional and international specialists spoke about the issue of water in Palestine. Dr. Munir Qazzaz, Vice President for Community Outreach at Birzeit University, welcomed the audience and pointed to the importance of the subject at hand. He indicated that the aim of the workshop was to put forward recommendations designed to help decision makers to take fundamental choices regarding the water sector in Palestine. Dr. Shaddad AttiliHead of the Palestinian Water Authority, gave a brief speech on the role of the Palestinian Water Authority in the Palestinian decision making process. He also shed light on Israeli restrictions imposed on Palestinian’s usage of water. Dr. Atttili likewise made a brief presentation on the issue of water in Palestinian/Israeli negotiations, emphasizing the frustration caused by the Palestinian side in this asymmetrical process. Dr. Asem KhalilDirector of the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute, briefly presented the series of workshops the institute plans to hold beginning with the present one, dealing with the overall theme of the “Political Economy of Dependence and Independence in Palestine.” in this regard, he stressed the key role of water as a factor in achieving Palestinian independence and a flourishing economy.

The second session was entitled “ Palestinian Water Sector: imposed restrictions and available options,” led by two specialists, Jean Selby and Clemens Messerschmid. Selbey, in his intervention entitled “Dependence, Independence and Interdependence in the Palestinian Water Sector,” provided a schematic overview of current and potential future governance arrangements in the Palestinian water sector, by establishing two sets of distinctions: between 'dependence’, 'independence’ and 'interdependence’ in external water relations. He also presented an analysis of present-day realities and options for the future  of water in Palestine. Clemens Messerschmid, for his part, gave a talk entitled“ Back to Basics:  Policy Options for Palestinian Water Sector Development,” illustrating the current state of the Palestinian water sector, and challenges faced by policy makers since the Oslo Accords. He critically analyzed  a variety of current approaches.

 

 

In the final session entitled “Local, regional and international aspects of  the water sector in Palestine,” Abdelrahman Tamimi and Nidal  Mahmoud made presentations. Tamimi’s was entitled “Can a New Regional Water Policy Transfer IWRM from Myth to Reality?” in which he discussed the most important trends, tensions and possible transitions of the Integrated water resources management (IWRM). He noted that analysis of these needs to be based on qualitative and quantitative data. Such data must include major indicators through time (demography, income, unemployment, reform….etc). Dr. Nidal Mahmoud, for his part, analyzed wastewater management and the main challenges facing the Palestinian Water Authority in managing and planning the wastewater sector. In his opinion, despite all Israeli impositions, Palestinians can take a step forward in developing the water sector.

 

Fuad Bateh, Ziad Mimi, and Rashed Al-Sa’ed commented on the papers, following which a general discussion took place among participants from international, regional, governmental or nongovernmental sectors.  Mehrene Larudee concluded the workshop, reviewing the recommendations made. She stressed the importance for Palestinian policy makers to adopt these recommendations. Following the workshop, an exhibition on water in Palestine was commented, which had been set up in the vestibule thanks to the University of Barcelona.

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No State Without Water (video)
Coverage in the local newspapers: AlQudsAl-Ayyam, Alhayat
Coverage by News Agencies:PalestineNews&InformationAgency (WAFA)
Donia Alwatan.
Summary of discussion

 


 

2011-PE1015

October  15, 2011

 

workshop 

Workshop on the Birzeit University Palestinian Archive Project Website

Program:

11:00-11:10 Khalil Hindi, University President: Background and Nature of the Project

11:10-11:20 Roger Heacock: Archiving priorities

11:20-11:30 Lourdes Habash: The archive and the society

11:30-11:40 Raed Eshnaiwer: Organization of work

11:40-11:50 Haytham Dieck: Visual overview of the site

11:50-12:30 Exchange of views among participants

Summary:

During this workshop the nature and importance  of the archive was presented, in addition to the significance of preserving these valuable documents which contribute to preserving and documenting Palestinian history.

In his opening speech, Dr. Khalil Hindi, President of Birzeit University, referred to the nature and critical need for this project in order to protect the Palestinian heritage. He also noted the important role of Birzeit University in launching the project. Following Dr. Hindi, Dr. Roger Heacock, a faculty member at IALIIS illustrated the dimensions of the archive project, noting that the archive is online and thus open to researchers and interested persons around the world. He also emphasized on the need to expand the field of the project so that it would include all  parts of Palestine and the Diaspora. He also suggested that areas to be documented should include educational and cultural institutions.

Mr. Raed Eshnaiwer, a researcher at IALIIS spoke of the mechanism and stages of working in the archive, and explained the structure of the working team, pointing to mentioned the challenges they face. He also stressed the need to find additional funds making it possible to move forward. Mr. Haytham Dieck , likewise a researcher at IALIIS, presented the website of the archive project, surfing through different categories such as refugees, Palestinian villages and cities, and human rights. He also gave details on the way materials are categorized and uploaded, and presented pictures and recordings from the site, by way of examples.

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Coverage by News Agencies: Ma'an News Agency (MNA), , Palestine News&InformationAgency (WAFA),Donia Alwatan.
Coverage in the local newspapers: AlQudsAlhayat

 

 

 

 

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