Chapter One: The Internal Palestinian Scene
Mohsen Moh’d Saleh, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Modern and Contemporary Arab History, the general manager of al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, editor-in-chief of the annual Palestinian Strategic Report, former head of Department of History and Civilization at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and former executive manager of Middle East Studies Centre in Amman. He was granted the Bait al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) award for Young Muslims Scholars in 1997 and the Excellent Teaching Award (College level), given by IIUM in 2002. Dr. Mohsen is the author of 10 books and some of his books are translated into several languages. He contributed chapters to seven books. He is the editor/co-editor of 15 books. Dr. Mohsen is the editor of electronic daily “Palestine Today,” which has so far published more than 1,400 issues. He has published many articles in refereed scholarly journals and magazines. He has presented papers at innumerable academic local and international conferences and seminars. He is a frequent commentator on current issues on broadcasting media.
Chapter Two: The Israeli-Palestinian Scene
Johnny Mansour, Ph.D., is a historian and a lecturer at the History Department of Beit Berl Academic College, deputy director of Mar Elias College in the Galilee and director of Information Unit of The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (Madar) in Ramallah. His publications include: Masafah Bayna Dawlatayn (A Distance between Two States), al-Istitan al-Israeli (The Israeli Settlement), al-Mu’assasah al-‘Askariyyah fi Israel (The Military Institution in Israel), al-Madinah al-Filastiniyyah fi Fatrat al-Intidab al-Baritani (The Palestinian City in the British Mandate Period) and Mu‘jam al-A‘lam wa al-Mustalahat al-Sahuniyyah wa al-Israeliyyah (Lexicon of Zionist and Israeli Personalities and Terms).
‘Abdul-Hameed al-Kayyali, M.A., holds a master degree from Institut de recherches et d’études sur le Monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM), Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille III), and is preparing his Ph.D. at the same university. He holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Jordanian University. He is a specialized researcher in Jewish and Israel studies. Former director of the Israeli Studies Department at the Middle East Studies Center in Amman. Currently, he is a researcher at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations. He published several researches and scientific articles in refereed journals and magazines. He edited a number of academic works in his field of specialty.
Hani al-Masri, is an author and journalist. He’s a member of the Union of International Journalists since 1980 and the general manager of Palestine Media, Research and Studies Centre (Badael), since 2005 and till now. He studied at the Faculty of Commerce of Ain Shams University in Cairo. He was the general director of the Department of Publication and Media Organizations Affairs at the Palestinian Ministry of Information. He is a columnist in al-Ayyam newspaper, and in several Palestinian and Arab newspapers and magazines. He wrote and published hundreds of articles, studies and researches, and contributed in several Arab and international conferences. He is a member of Board of Trustees of Yasser Arafat Foundation, a member of the Committee of Yasser Arafat Award, a member of the PA government delegation to the Cairo talks, and in many civil foundations, societies and others.
Chapter Three: The Palestinian Issue and the Arab World
Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh
Wael Sa‘ad, a specialized researcher in Palestinian studies. He works now a researcher and assistant general manager at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies & Consultations in Beirut. He authored a book al-Hisar (The Siege), and participated in preparing and editing several publications, among them: al-Zaytouna’s annual al-Watha’iq al-Filastiniyyah (The Palestinian Documents), Sira‘ al-Iradat (Conflict of Wills), al-Tatawurat al-Amniyyah fi al-Sultah al-Filastiniyyah 2006–2007 (Security Developments in the Palestinian Authority 2006–2007), Qira’at Naqdiyyah fi Tajrubat Hamas wa Hukumatiha 2006–2007 (Critical Assessments of the Experience of Hamas & Its Government 2006–2007). He participated in several local and international conferences and seminars.
Hasan Ibhais, a media man and a specialized researcher in Palestinian studies. He heads the Department of Media and Public Relations at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies & Consultations. Participated in several publications, such as: Al-Tatawurat al-Amniyyah fi al-Sultah al-Filastiniyyah 2006–2007 (Security Developments in the Palestinian Authority 2006–2007), Sira‘ al-Iradat (Conflict of Wills), al-Jidar al-‘Azil fi al-Diffah al-Gharbiyyah (The Separation Wall in the West Bank), in addition to many research contributions. He participated in several local and international conferences and seminars.
Chapter Four: The Palestinian Issue and the Muslim World
* Turkey Mohamed Noureddine, Ph.D., is a teacher of History and Turkish language at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Lebanese University. A specialized researcher in Turkish issues. His publications include Turkya fi al-Zaman
al-Mutahawwil (Turkey in Changing Times), Qubba‘ah wa ‘Amamah: Madkhal ila al-Harakat al-Islamiyyah fi Turkya (A Hat and a Turban: Introduction to Islamic Movements in Turkey), Turkya: al-Jumhuriyyah al-Ha’irah (Turkey: The Confused Republic), Hijab wa Hirab: al-Kamaliyyah wa Azamat al-Hawiyyah fi Turkya (Headscarf and Spears: Kemalism and Identity Crises in Turkey), and Turkya:
al-Sighah wa al-Dawr (Turkey: The Form and the Role).
* Iran Talal ‘Atrissi, Ph.D., is a professor at the Lebanese University and teaches both Educational Sociology and Social Psychology. He obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Sociology from Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV. He is a former dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Lebanese University and a former general director of the Center for Strategic Studies, Research, and Documentation (CSSRD), Beirut. He is a specialized researcher in the Iranian affairs. He published a number of books, studies and articles; al-Bi‘that al-Yasu‘iyyah wa Muhimmat I‘dad al-Nukhbah al-Siyasiyyah fi Lubnan (Jesuit Missions and the Task of Preparing Political Elite in Lebanon),
al-Harakat al-Islamiyyah fi Muwajahat al-Taswiyah (Islamic Movements in Opposition to Peace Settlement), Dawlah Bila Rijal: Jadal al-Siyadah wa al-Islah fi al-Sharq
al-Awsat (A State without Men: Rule and Reform Controversy in the Middle East), and al-Jumhuriyyah al-Sa‘bah: Iran fi Tahawwulatiha al-Dakhiliyyah wa Siyasatiha al-Iqlimiyyah (The Hard Republic: Iran in its Internal Changes and Regional Politics).
* Organization of Islamic Conference Wael Sa‘ad
Chapter Five: The Palestinian Issue and the International Situation
Walid ‘Abd al-Hay, Ph.D., is a professor of Political Sciences at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He had his Ph.D. degree in Political Sciences from Cairo University and had taught at several universities. He is the former head of the Department of Political Sciences at Yarmouk University. Currently, he is a consultant for studies and researches at the Higher Media Council, Jordan. He published 15 books mostly focused on futuristic studies in theory and application. His books include: Al-Dirasat al-Mustaqbaliyyah fi al-‘Alakat al-Duwaliyyah (Futuristic Studies in International Relations), al-Dirasat al-Mustaqbaliyyah fi al-‘Ulum al-Siyasiyyah (Futuristic Studies in Political Sciences) and al-Makanah al-Mustaqbaliyyah li al-Sin ‘Ala Sullam al-Qiwa al-Duwali 1978–2010 (The Futuristic Status of China in the International Power Scale 1978–2010). He has translated many books and studies, and published more than fifty researches in refereed academic journals.
Chapter Six: The Land and the Holy Sites
Jad Isaac, Ph.D., is the director general of The Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ) which is a Palestinian institute that conducts researches and studies in several fields, such as: agriculture, environment, land use and water. He got his B.S. degree from Cairo University and his M.S. degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. He is the former dean of Science at Bethlehem University.
Ziad al-Hasan, a specialized researcher in Jerusalem issues, was head of Media and Research Department at al-Quds International Institution (2004–2007), and became since 2008 its executive director. He has many publications and edited several books such as: ‘Ayn ‘Ala al-Quds 2005–2006 (An Eye on Jerusalem 2005–2006), Taqrir ‘Ayn ‘Ala al-Aqsa 2006–2008 (Eye on al-Aqsa Report 2006–2008). He conducted many researches on the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, and wrote a chapter in the book: Awda‘ al-Laji’in al-Filastiniyyin fi Lubnan (Conditions of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon). He contributed in the field study on the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon conducted by al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies & Consultations during 2005–2006.
Suhail Khalilieh, a political analyst and a specialist in Israeli settlement and Israeli policies in occupied Palestine. He is the head of Urbanization Monitoring Department at The Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ) for more than four years, and is a member of ARIJ team since 2003. He held several positions, such as: coordinator of the south region at Citizen Rights Center of The Arab Thought Forum in Jerusalem, Communication and Publications officer at the Palestinian Trade Center in Ramallah, and after that he was executive director of the Union of Stone & Marble Industry. He has many publications.
Chapter Seven: The Palestinian Demographic Indicators
‘Abdullah ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Najjar, M.A., acting general director of the Censuses Directorate in the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in Ramallah. He was a technical director and deputy executive director of Census in 1997. He holds two master degrees in Population Studies and in Economics and Statistics from the Jordanian University. He is a former lecturer at al-Andalus College in Amman and a former lecturer at Birzeit University. He participated in preparing several teaching and training curricula and participated in several regional and international conferences.
Chapter Eight: The Economic Situation in the WB and GS
Moein Muhammad ‘Atta Ragab, Ph.D., is a professor of Economics at al-Azhar University in Gaza Strip. He studied his Ph.D. in the Faculty of Commerce at Alexandria University, Egypt. He participated in founding the Faculty of Commerce at the Islamic University in Gaza Strip and taught Economics there. Then, he moved to al-Azhar University and participated, also, in founding the Faculty of Commerce (later it was known as Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences). He was the dean of this Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and, also, taught there. Prof. Ragab is a member in several Economic Scientific Societies and has many scientific researches and working papers that were published in scientific periodicals.
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