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April 2, 2013

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (47)

No hope in peace and reconciliation

Popularity of Hamas and Haniyeh drops and the popularity of Fatah and Abbas rises but pessimism regarding reconciliation prevails once again and a majority believes the new Obama administration will not succeed in reviving the peace process more…

February 25, 2013

Start of new Round of Diploma in Public Administration

On February 22 2013, 26 new students started the one year diploma in Public Administration at the Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) at Bethlehem University. more…

December 17, 2012

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll

Gaza: War gives Hamas an electoral victory in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip if elections are held today

Two major developments preceded the conduct of the poll: (1) the Gaza war between Hamas and Israel followed by a ceasefire, a visit by Khalid Mish’al to the Gaza Strip, and Hamas’ celebration of victory in the war on the occasion of its launch, (2) the submission of a Palestinian request for the upgrading of the status of Palestine to a non-member state at the UN and the vote at the General Assembly on the request with 138 countries voting in favor. more…

December 13, 2012


European Union: History, Law and Institutions

On Thursday, 13 December 2012, the Birzeit University held a symposium on „European Union: History, Law and Institutions“, in which students of the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS) presented and discussed their papers prepared for a module on the European Union. more…

December 13, 2012

Country Report

The political economy of the West Bank

An attempt to explain the economic protests in September 2012 Since 2011, West Bank-wide demonstrations have markedly increased. Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, stated at a meeting with Arab League ministers in Cairo in September 2012 that “The Palestinian Spring has begun, and we are in line with what the people say and what they want”. more…

December 7, 2012

Institute of Law Conference

“The legislative status in the Palestinian Territory and problems of dual authority”

On 4 December, the IoL organised a conference on “The legislative status in the Palestinian Territory and problems of dual authority”. The conference focused on the implications of the political division between Gaza and the West Bank for the legislative process. more…

December 3, 2012

Legal Encounter

Palestine as a Non-Member Observer State at the United Nations: Legal and Political Dimensions

In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Law Students’ Club, the Institute of Law organised a Legal Encounter on “Palestine as a Non-Member Observer State at the United Nations: Legal and Political Dimensions”. more…

November 27, 2012

United Nations

The Palestinian UN bid

On 29 November, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is going to ask the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Territories to non-member observer state. This step could boost efforts for the international recognition of a State of Palestine after last year's failed bid for full membership at the UN, yet the initiative also contains political risks. more…

November 22, 2012

Press Review

Will Palestinian factions reconcile over Gaza crisis?

The Gaza crisis has been closely monitored by the world, but for Palestinians it became a reason for bipartisan solidarity that was visible in demonstrations inside the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Palestinian refugee camps. more…

November 20, 2012

Legal Encounter on "The Local Elections: Legal and Administrative Dimensions"

On 12 November 2012, the Institute of Law (IoL) at Birzeit University organised in Gaza City a legal encounter on "The Local Elections: Legal and Administrative Dimensions". more…