When Settlers Attack

By Yousef Munnayer

The Palestine Center report, When Settlers Attack, is comprised of data gathered over a span of seven years, from 2004 to 2011, that includes over 3,700 separate incidents of settler violence. It provides analysis as to why, how and when Israeli settler violence occurs.

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Palestinians and the Jewish State: 60 Years of Exile and Dispossession

A 15 May 2008 Palestine Center symposium examines Palestinians and the Jewish state 60 years after the Nakba. A panel of academic experts addresses the effect of Zionism—in all its variations—on a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, the status of Israel’s Palestinian citizens and how the events of 1948 shape what is happening today.

The three experts were Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Founder and President of Palestine Land Society in the U.K; Mr. Nimer Sultany from Harvard Law School; and Dr. Donald Wagner, Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Illinois, with Dr. Subhi Ali, chairman of The Jerusalem Fund’s Board of Directors, as moderator.

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The Palestinian National Movement: What Went Wrong?

By Ahmad S. Khalidi

Mr. Ahmad S. Khalidi argues that while Israel’s responsibility for the Palestinian predicament is unquestionable, the current Palestinian woes are not just about Israeli occupation. The bitter truth is that the Palestinian national movement has proven to be both brittle and inconsistent. Khalidi delivered his remarks at the third Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture on 10 April 2008 and is published within the Palestine Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series.


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Arms Export Control Act: Israeli Breaches and U.S. Indulgence Result in
Palestinian and Lebanese Civilian Casualties

By Michael F. Brown

Israel’s violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) are increasingly countenanced by conservative and liberal officials alike in Washington, DC. Twenty-six years ago, Washington conservatives were at least willing to apply mild penalties for Israel’s misdeeds with American weaponry in Lebanon. Today, liberals are largely silent and conservatives indulgent of Israel’s misapplication of American firepower in Lebanon in 2006 and throughout the past decade in the Gaza Strip with flechettes, F-16s and Caterpillar bulldozers. The damage to American integrity is significant and noted widely by people in the region.

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Arms Export Control Act: Israeli Breaches and U.S. Indulgence Result in Palestinian and Lebanese Civilian Casualties

The Nexus Between Palestine, Iraq & Lebanon

By Hani A. Faris, Ph.D.

Since ancient times, Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon have shared a cultural, religious and social bond. Today, they share a common reality – a state of war. In this new publication, Dr. Hani Faris debates whether the three wars waged on each country, in which the U.S. is directly involved in or in support of, is a chance occurrence or share a common cause and serve the same interest. Dr. Faris details and provides supporting evidence on the four elements that form this nexus between the three wars: the principle of national security; the ideology developed to rationalize and promote all three wars; policy tools adopted to aid the war effort; and diplomacy used to ensure that no settlement of the conflicts is reached unless it is that of the current U.S. administration.

Dr. Faris also analyzes the Bush administration’s policies and its approach towards the Middle East and argues that stability will never be reached in the region unless all three conflicts are resolved.

To get a copy of The Nexus Between Palestine, Iraq & Lebanon, call The Palestine Center at 202-338-1290 and ask for the Publications Manager.

40 Years after the 1967 War: The Impact of a Prolonged Occupation

 The edited remarks in this online publication were delivered at the 5 June 2007 Palestine Center symposium, “40 Years after the 1967 War: The Impact of a Prolonged Occupation.” The five panelists are distinguished academics and diplomats with decades of experience and knowledge of the Middle East. They addressed the role of the international community in the conflict, the Johnson administration’s handling of the escalating crisis that led to the 1967 war, the Israeli, American and Palestinian dimension to the conflict, the effect the 1967 war had on Israeli society and Palestine’s socioeconomic potential as well as the threats and obstacles facing it.

The five panelists were Mr. Alvaro de Soto, former U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; Dr. William Quandt, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia and author of “Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967” (Brookings, 2005); Ambassador Afif Safieh, Head of the PLO Mission, Washington, DC; Dr. Herbert Kelman, Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University, former Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; and Mr. Jan de Jong, Cartographer for the Foundation for Middle East Peace and Strategic Planning Consultant.

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War Crimes Litigation in U.S. Courts: The Caterpillar Case

By Gwynne Skinner

In this new Palestine Center publication, Gwynne Skinner addresses war crime litigation in U.S. courts through the case of Corrie et al. v. Caterpillar, which, in addition to Rachel’s parents, includes five Palestinians representing themselves and family members – including children – who were killed or injured when the Israeli Army used Caterpillar bulldozers to demolish their homes without notice.

The lawsuit, one of several civil lawsuits currently working their way through the federal court system in the United States attempting to hold U.S. corporations accountable for complicity in human rights violations abroad, seeks to hold Caterpillar liable because it has for years supplied the Israeli Army with bulldozers and other assistance while knowing that such are regularly used in the demolition of civilian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of customary international humanitarian law.

The plaintiffs allege that Caterpillar’s sales to Israel are illegal under international law because of Caterpillar’s knowledge that such demolitions are war crimes.

The Politics of Occupation, Democracy and Reform

The 2004-05 Compendium of Palestine Center analysis focuses on key political and social developments in the Palestinian arena and surrounding region since October 2004, the month preceding the passing of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and guides readers through the changing political landscape in both the Occupied Territory and Israel.

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The Politics of Occupation, Democracy and Reform

Palestine and the Middle East in a Global Context

The 2005 Annual Conference Proceedings reflect the discussion of developments in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria; U.S. efforts to “spread democracy” in the Middle East; the extent to which Abbas’ administration has influenced prospects for a political settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and more. Held at the Palestine Center on 18 November 2005, this conference brought together a broad spectrum of scholars, experts and activists to analyze salient developments in Palestine and the Middle East and how the policies of the rising powers in Africa, Asia and Latin America have affected the political and economic development of the region. The proceedings also provide a prescription for future pathways for those involved in the Middle East.

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2005 Annual Conference Proceedings

The Untold Story: The Cost of Israel’s Occupation to the Palestinians This Palestine Center Special Report by sociologist Souad Dajani analyzes the nature and effects of the 37-year Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. This time period has seen continued damage, destruction and loss of Palestinian life and property. Today more than ever, it is imperative that Palestinians estimate the costs they have sustained in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. For a hard copy, see ordering information below.

The ICJ Ruling on the Legality of Israel’s Wall

This Palestine Center Special Report by legal scholars Susan Akram of Boston University and John Quigley of Ohio State University analyzes the International Court of Justice’s July 2004 Advisory Opinion on the legality and conseques of the Wall Israel is building inside the West Bank and within occupied Palestinian territory. This publication also discusses the ICJ ruling’s legal precedents and gives insights into the judicial make-up of the Court itself.

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The Palestinian-Israeli Impasse:
Has U.S. Policy Run its Course?

The 2001 Annual Conference Proceedings, which mark the 10th anniversary of the Palestine Center, address the pitfalls and possibilities of U.S. policy toward the Middle East and Central Asia, with special focus on the Palestinian Israeli conflict. Held less than two months after the tragic and fateful events of 11 September 2001, the conference papers reflect how and why this long-running conflict is central to understanding how the United States is perceived in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

The Conflict in the Middle East:
The Breakdown of Peace

The 2001-02 Compendium, published at the end of the second year during the second Palestinian intifada, provides in-depth analysis on what lead the region to the edge of the abyss and what the long-term effects of the ongoing tragedy are in economic, social, political and humanitarian terms. The compendium also addresses international and humantiarian law, signed legal agreements and relevant U.N. resolutions.

The Conflict in the Middle East: Post-Oslo Myth and Reality

The 2000-01 Compendium focuses on the situation in the occupied Palestinian Territories during what is arguably the bloodiest 12-month period in Palestinian-Israeli relations since 1967. While the official record and personal accounts of the talks surrounding the July 2000 Camp David talks hosted by U.S. President Bill Clinton were not released until December, the Center provided insightful critiques of the negotiations and the ongoing events in the Territories at the start of the second Palestinian intifada.

The Conflict in the Middle East: Analyzing the Present, Prospects for the Future

The 1999-2000 Compendium focuses on the events leading up to the second Palestinian intifada and serves as a tool for understanding the complex issues involved in the Oslo Peace Process and necessary for a comprehensive, just, and lasting settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.