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The General Manager of Al-Zaytouna Centre, Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh, participated in Al-Jazeera Sixth Forum that was organized by Al-Jazeera Network and hosted in Doha’s Sheraton hotel, on 12-14/3/2011. Al-Jazeera’s annual forum is among the top media and political forums held in the Arab region, and it enjoys wide participation of prominent figures, as well as intense coverage by Al-Jazeera network channels. 

Dr. Saleh was invited to discuss the “Report on Research Findings” of the poll “European Public Perceptions of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict”. The poll was conducted by the European renowned polling institution ICM Government & Social Research Unit on behalf of Al-Jazeera Center for Studies, the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) and the European Muslim Research Centre; while the discussed report on research findings was published by MEMO.

In his discussion, Saleh complimented the importance of the poll and its level of professionalism and academic objectivity. He then noted that the poll reflects a positive development in the European perception of the Palestinian issue, and an increased awareness of the Zionist Lobby pressures and influence. The poll also reflects the importance of new media (satellite channels and internet) in communicating with regular European individuals, thus ending the era of local media dominance. Saleh however advised that there is yet long distance to walk for those who support the Palestinian issue, in order to make known the real (just and balanced) narrative of the issue, in a sound way for the European mindset.

Dr. Saleh also had a book signing ceremony in the context of Al-Jazeera Forum for his latest book, The Lost Course of the Palestinian Statehood, published by Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies. The book considers the Palestinian struggle for establishing a state since the British Occupation until the end of 2010. It also studies the contemporary Palestinian, Israeli, Arab and international approaches to a Palestinian state and final settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Finally the book presents an analytical reading of the issue, and suggests possible future scenarios and conclusions.

Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, Beirut 20/3/2011