Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations published a new volume of the Arabic “The Palestine Documents” series, “The Palestine Documents for the Year 2011.” This is the 7th volume in a series issued since 2005. It is edited by Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh and Wael Ahmad Sa‘ad.
The 714-page book includes 339 documents—each can be downloaded for free—sketching the map of different events associated with the Palestinian issue in 2011, thus reflecting a comprehensive, balanced and objective image of the issue during this year.
The book is one of the most important periodic publications issued by Al-Zaytouna, pursuing meticulous criteria for selecting documents. These are categorized according to their importance, thus showing the map of events and developments related to the Palestinian issue during 2011, and thus, objectively clearing out the overall picture of events.
The editorial staff was keen to consider the influential factors on the Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, Israeli and international levels while taking into account the relative weight of the prominent players, the level of their influence, and their participation in the events.
Reading through the documents reveals that the state of deadlock, division and frustration that has been dominant over the Palestinian situation throughout 2011, where major change has been witnessed on the local, regional, Arab, Islamic and international levels. A reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas was reached in 2011, and the “Devotion of the Free” prisoner exchange deal took place between Hamas and Israel, in which 1,027 Palestinians were released, in return for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The setback of the peace process in 2011 encouraged the Palestinian negotiator to join the United Nations and international institutions. At the same time, the armed resistance path continued to suffer from siege imposed on Gaza Strip and from suppression and security coordination in West Bank. However, the Arab changes, especially in Egypt, has been—albeit relatively—positively reflected on the path of resistance.
The volume is the outcome of a year of continuous work. It enriches the Palestinian library with an additional reference book that would serve researchers and those interested in the Palestinian issue, in addition to universities, research centers and studies institutions.