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Al-Zaytouna Centre in Beirut convenes at the end of the coming November:

A conference that discusses the stance of Islamists on the Palestinian issue in 

light of the Arab uprisings 

Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations is pleased to invite you to participate in its conference to be held in Beirut on Wednesday and Thursday 28-29/11/2012, under the title:

The Islamists of the Arab World and the Palestinian Issue
in Light of the Arab Uprisings

The Conference Theme

The Palestinian issue draws a great deal of interest from Islamic movements; some of which considers it the central issue of the Muslim world. Their literature is full of emphases on Palestine’s Islamic and Arab character, refusal to give up any part of it, and the necessity to work towards its liberation. The Islamists in particular have stood at the forefront of the forces that reject peace settlement plans and confront normalization with Israel.

With the state of revolutions and changes that is sweeping the Arab world since the beginning of 2011, the Islamic movements emerged at the forefront of the political scene, whether in the changing process or in winning people trust to assume power and lead the country. This has placed great responsibilities on the Islamists, not only in the political reshaping of the system, generating a civilized developmental renaissance in their societies, and building balanced foreign relations; but also in dealing with issues and commitments that they have inherited from the previous regimes, such as the peace settlement treaties with Israel.

The Islamists who are now at the forefront of the political scene in their countries are facing challenges related to determining their priorities, their ability to implement their convictions, political programs and visions and to refrain from engaging in external problems before putting their internal affairs in order.
Under these conditions, the Islamists are widely faced with questions about the status of Palestine in their programs, in light of the changes and revolutions taking place in the Arab world, and in light of the transition of some of their forces from the ranks of the opposition to the ranks of power.

Furthermore, there will be questions about the mechanisms they would use in their dealing with the peace settlement plans and treaties, resistance forces, Israeli blockade of Gaza Strip, the internal Palestinian situation and the reconciliation plan; and how would they face Israeli arrogance and the Judaization plans for Jerusalem and Palestine in general, etc. This is what prompted al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations to organize this conference.

The conference of al-Zaytouna Centre will only focus on the Islamists of the Arab world, in particular in those countries that have witnessed political change and rise of Islamists, considering this as the most prominent development that must be addressed and highlighted.

The conference will try to foster an environment of open discussion, in which Islamists from a number of countries, academicians, interested parties, some independents and some belonging to different trends and currents, will participate.  In the conference, there will be exchange of serious views, maturation of ideas, quest to explore opportunities and know the challenges of this phase and how best to deal with the Palestinian problem and the challenges of the Zionist project.

The Conference’s Objectives:

The main objectives of the conference can be summarized as follows:

1- Shedding light on the new political map of the Arab region and its impact on the Palestinian issue.

2- Getting to know the real positions of the Islamic movements, especially of those who had risen to power, vis-à-vis the Palestinian issue and its priority in their plans and programs.

3- Attempting to identify the main challenges faced by the Islamic project for Palestine as well as the best opportunities that the process of change in the Arab world has to offer.

4- Seeking to arrive at the best concept for dealing with the Palestinian issue and confronting the Zionist project, in light of the changes in the Arab world.

Sessions and Working Papers:

The conference will have an opening ceremony, in which select symbols of Islamic activism will participate, and six sessions convened over a two-day period. It will include 21 working papers, while the following subjects will be discussed:

1- The vision of the Hamas movement of the implications of the changes and revolutions in the Arab world on the Palestinian issue.

The vision of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine (PIJ) of the implications of the changes and revolutions in the Arab world on the Palestinian

The implications of the rise of the Islamists in the Arab world on the Palestinian internal situation.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Palestinian issue (Freedom and Justice Party).

The Salafist movement in Egypt and the Palestinian issue (Al-Nour Party, as an example).

The Islamists in Jordan and the Palestinian issue (the Islamic Action Front, as an example).

Al-Jama‘ah al-Islamiyyah in Lebanon and the Palestinian issue.

The Lebanese Hizbullah party and the Palestinian issue.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and the Palestinian issue.

The Islamists in Libya and the Palestinian issue (Justice and Construction Party, as an example).

The Islamists in Tunisia and the Palestinian issue (Renaissance Party “al-Nahdah,” as an example).

The Islamists in Morocco and the Palestinian issue (Justice and Development Party, as an example).

The Islamists in Yemen and the Palestinian issue (Yemeni Congregation for Reform, as an example).

The Islamists in the Gulf and the Palestinian issue.

The Israeli stance towards the rise of Islamists in the Arab world.

The impact of American pressures and policies on the stances of Islamists in the Arab world towards the Palestinian issue.

The impact of changes and revolutions in the Arab world on the stances of Islamists towards the peace treaties.

The implications of the rise of the Arab world Islamists on the Iranian position towards the Palestinian issue.

The implications of the rise of the Arab world Islamists on the Turkish position towards the Palestinian issue.

The Islamists in the Arab world and the culture of resistance.

The Arab world Islamic media and the Palestinian issue.

For those wishing to participate, please fill in the form no later than 5/11/2012, knowing that the registration fees are $300, excluding the cost of travel and accommodations.

For those seeking the Centre’s assistance in making any arrangements related to obtaining a visa to Lebanon or to hotel accommodations, please complete all required procedures, in coordination with the conference’s preparatory committee, at least one month before the conference date.

For more information, please contact the Public Relations Department:

Phone: 00 961 1 803644
Fax: 00 961 1 803643
Email: [email protected]


Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the conference sessions in English and Arabic.

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy

– The registration fee is paid in advance, and if the registrant cancels his/her conference registration, 50% of registration fee refunded if cancellation occurs after 21/11/2012.

– Registration is not confirmed until a confirmation email is received from al-Zaytouna Centre.


Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, 2/10/2012