AIPAC’s Anti-BDS Campaign

When the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) comes to town this week for their annual policy conference, high on the agenda of issues they’ll be pushing Congress to support are bills designed to ‘fight the boycott of Israel.’ This campaign to combat efforts to ‘boycott, divest, or sanction’ Israel (BDS) has become a full-fledged national movement with AIPAC-supported initiatives moving forward not only in Congress but in two dozen state legislatures, as well. These bills, both federal and state, are all variations on a theme designed to punish, by blacklisting or sanctions, any governments, businesses, organizations, or individuals who boycott, divest funds, or impose sanctions on Israel or Israelis or products emanating from Israel or ‘Israeli controlled territories.’

In-Depth Publications

A collection of articles analyzing various aspects of Palestinian politics, the relationship of the occupation to the world, and U.S. policy towards Palestine produced by the Palestine Center.

Political Documents

The MacMahon Letter (October 1915) The Sykes-Picot Agreement (May 1916) The Balfour Declaration (November 1917) The Feisal-Weizmann Agreement (1919) Recommendations of the King-Crane Commission on Syria and Palestine (August 1919) The British Mandate (July 1922) The Churchill White Paper (June 1922) The MacDonald Letter (February 1931) Report of the Palestine Royal Commission (Peel Commission) (July 1937) The British White Paper (1939) UN Special Committee on Palestine: Recommendations to […]


Basic Maps West Bank, Gaza, Israel, and Vicinity Gaza West Bank Historical Maps Depopulated Palestinian Villages in 1948 and 1967 Arab Land Seized by Israel in 1948-1949 in Violation of UN Partition Plan The United Nations Partition Plan, 1947 Land Ownership in Palestine, 1945 The Royal Commission (Peel) Plan for the Partition of Palestine, 1937 Palestinian Sub-districts According to British Mandate Administration […]


Statistics on population distribution in Palestine, the Arab world, and the diaspora.

Suggested Readings

Abdul-Hadi, Mahdi F., ed. Palestine: Documents. 2 vols.(Jerusalem: PASSIA, 1997). Applied Research Institute. An Atlas of Palestine (Bethlehem: Applied Research Institute, 2000). Ingrams, Doreen; compiler. Palestine Papers 1917-1922: Seeds of Conflict (New York: George Braziller, 1973). Institute for Palestine Studies, ed. United Nations Resolutions on Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 5 vols. (Washington, DC: Institute […]

Post-1948 Palestine

Introduction Excerpted from Palestine and the Palestinians (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 1997), by Samih K. Farsoun with Christina Zacharia, pp. 1-2. “Palestine is a small territory, and the Palestinians-the indigenous Arab people of Palestine-are a relatively small population, numbering 6.8 million in 1996. Yet the Palestinian problem has loomed large on the international scene for […]