Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations in Beirut celebrated the publication of its 100th academic book with the release of Palestinian Documents for the Year 2009, which is the fifth in a series issued since 2005.
This book is added to a long list of achievements by al-Zaytouna, which has reached a prominent status among study centers in the Arab and Muslim world, and amongst researchers and academics. Al-Zaytouna has achieved a leading position in the field of Palestinian studies.
This list, which covers 8 years of continuous work, includes holding 26 highly distinguished conferences. It also includes publishing more than 2650 issues of the daily electronic newsletter “Palestine Today,” around 80 translations within “Al-Zaytouna Translations series” and around 50 strategic assessments, tackling the key issues related to the Palestinian issue. Added to all these are the training courses and academic consultations provided by the Centre besides dozens of articles and hundreds of interviews with different media outlets.
Back to Palestinian Documents for the Year 2009, the book includes 309 documents which map, in 862 pages, the different events related to the Palestinian issue throughout 2009. The book reflects an objective, comprehensive and balanced image of the events and developments witnessed in 2009 on the internal, regional and international levels.
The book includes a miscellany of documents whether written forms, data, press statements, minutes of meetings, decisions, or interviews with influential figures who have impact on the Palestinian issue. These documents tackle issues such as Palestinian division and partial legitimacy in the Palestinian arena in 2009. They also display the most notable Israeli infringements on the rights of the Palestinian people including Operation Cast lead that targeted the Gaza Strip in early 2009 and the retaliation by the resistance movements, the continued blockade of the Strip and the arrest campaigns against the people of the West Bank.
The documents also address the PLO’s continued engagement in negotiations with Israel despite the continued Judaization process in Jerusalem and the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, besides the continued security coordination between the Palestinian security apparatuses and Israel. They also case light on the weakness of the Arab and Muslim worlds, while the US leads international action regarding the Palestinian issue and grants its usual support for Israel.
The book includes an index of names, places, organizations, conferences, and initiatives, in a way that makes it easier for researchers to identify the documents they need in their research work and studies.
Palestinian Documents is considered one of the most important periodic books published by Al-Zaytouna Centre. The documents are meticulously selected and categorized according to their priority and role in changing the course of the Palestinian issue. In addition, the book is keen to maintain the balance between the influential forces and figures on the Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, Israeli and international levels while taking into consideration their relative weight, and the levels of their influence, and how far or close they were to the track of events during the documented year.
The importance of this book, which took a year of continuous work, lies in securing documented material when studying the Palestinian issue from all its aspects and developments. Thus, it contributes to enriching the Palestinian library with material to serve researchers and those concerned with the Palestinian issue, in addition to universities and research centers.
Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, Beirut 6/11/2012