Overview:

Al-Zaytouna Centre conducts strategic and futuristic academic studies on the Arab and Muslim worlds. It focuses on the Palestinian issue and the conflict with Israel as well as related Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and international developments.

General Manager

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 13 books and some of his books were translated into several languages. He contributed chapters to seven books. He is the editor/ co-editor of more than 30 books. Dr. Mohsen is the editor of electronic daily “Palestine Today,” which has so far published more than 3,777 issues. He has published many articles in refereed scholarly journals and magazines. He presented papers at innumerable academic local and international conferences and seminars. He is a frequent commentator on current issues on broadcasting media.

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Mohsen Mohammad Saleh

Dr. Saleh has a Ph.D. degree in modern and contemporary history, since 1993. He is an associate professor of Modern and Contemporary Arab History, the general manager of al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations since 2004, editor-in-chief of the annual Palestinian Strategic Report (8 volumes were issued), editor-in-chief of al-Watha’iq al-Filastiniyyah (Palestinia Documents) series, 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. Dr. Mohsen is the author of 13 books and the editor/ co-editor of more than 60 books. Dr. Mohsen is the editor-in-chief of the daily Arabic electronic newsletter Palestine Today, which has so far published more than 3,700 issues until the end of September 2015, and the editor of the Strategic Assessment series. He has published many articles in refereed scholarly journals and magazines. He presented papers at innumerable academic local and international conferences and seminars. He is a frequent commentator on current issues on broadcasting media.

Wael Sa‘ad

A researcher specialized in Palestinian studies. He works now as a researcher and assistant general manager at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies & Consultations in Beirut. He is in charge of the training program of al-Zaytouna Centre. He authored a book The Siege (in arabic). He is the co-editor of al-Zaytouna’s annual al-Watha’iq al-Filastiniyyah (The Palestinian Documents), in which 6 volumes were issued. Besides, he contributed chapters to several books published by al-Zaytouna including: Conflict of Wills Between Fatah and Hamas and Other Relevant Parties 2006–2007, Security Developments in the Palestinian Authority 2006–2007 and Critical Assessments of the Experience of Hamas & Its Government 2006–2007. He is the managing editor of the Strategic Assessment series. He, also, who participated in several local and international conferences and seminars.

Rana Sa‘adah

A researcher specialized in Palestinian studies and the head of Translation Department at al-Zaytouna since 2010. She co-edited nine volumes of the English translation of “Am I Not a Human?” series, and co-prepared Al-Jama‘ah Al-Islamiyyah fi Lubnan (Al-Jama‘ah Al-Islamiyyah in Lebanon: 1975–2000). Besides, she was the senior language editor of five volumes of the Palestinian Strategic Report series, and assistant editor of one volume of the same series. Sa‘adah was the language editor of three books: The Red Minaret: Memoirs of Ibrahim Ghusheh, The Palestinian Issue: Historical Background and Contemporary Developments, and Gaza Strip: Development and Construction in the Face of Siege and Destruction. She was the language editor of tens of al-Zaytouna articles and publications. Sa‘adah participated in several local and international conferences and seminars.

Iqbal ‘Omeish

Head of the Academic Editing unit, researcher at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, who is specialized in the Palestinian issue. ‘Omeish participated in preparing the demographic, economic & educational indicators in several volumes of the Palestinian Strategic Report series, in addition to preparing the book of Gaza Strip: Development and Construction in the Face of Siege and Destruction. She participated in the editing of many al-Zaytouna books and publications. She contributed a chapter titled “Human Development Under the Palestinian Authority” to the book: The Palestinian National Authority: Studies of the Experience and Performance 1994–2013.

Ghina Jamal al-Din

A researcher at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, who is specialized in the Palestinian issue. She participated in preparing the demographic, economic & educational indicators in several volumes of the Palestinian Strategic Report series, in addition to participating in the book Gaza Strip: Development and Construction in the Face of Siege and Destruction. She participated in the editing of many al-Zaytouna books and publications. She contributed a chapter titled “Human Development Under the Palestinian Authority” to the book: The Palestinian National Authority: Studies of the Experience and Performance 1994–2013.

Fatima ‘Itani

A researcher specialized in Palestinian studies at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations. She participated in preparing three books of Am I Not a Human? Series: The Suffering of the Palestinian Patient Under the Israeli Occupation; The Suffering of Palestinian Environment and Farmer Under the Israeli Occupation; The Suffering of Palestinians at the Israeli Roadblocks in the West Bank. Itani participated in preparing the Information Report series, and she also participated in the editing of many al-Zaytouna books and publications. She contributed a chapter titled “Corruption in the Palestinian National Authority” to the book: The Palestinian National Authority: Studies of the Experience and Performance 1994–2013.

Rabi‘ al-Dannan

A researcher at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, who is specialized in the Palestinian issue. Dannan is the head of the Archives and Information Department at al-Zaytouna Centre, he’s the deputy editor-in-chief of the Information File series, he participates in preparing the volumes of The Palestine Daily Chronicle (in Arabic) published by al-Zaytouna since 2014. He was the managing editor of the Information Report series, 2007–2013, of which he participated in preparing all 28 issues. He is the deputy editor–in-chief of the daily Arabic electronic newsletter Palestine Today, and during the period 2007–2012, he was the editorial secretary of the same newsletter. He contributed a chapter titled “The Palestinian Authority’s Policies Towards the Palestinian Resistance” to the book: The Palestinian National Authority: Studies of the Experience and Performance 1994–2013.

Basem Jalal Elkassem

A researcher at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, has a Masters Degree in international and diplomatic relations from the Lebanese University. Qassem is specialized in the Palestinian issue, he is currently the managing editor of the Information Report series (in Arabic) of which he participated in preparing 28 issues, such as The Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations Track Between Annapolis and the Arab Summit in Damascus (Autumn 2006–Spring 2008; The Palestinian Legislative Council in the West Bank and Gaza Strip 1996–2010; Shalit: From the “Dispelled Illusion” Operation till “Devotion of the Free” Deal. He contributed a chapter titled “The Establishment of the Palestinian National Authority” to the book: The Palestinian National Authority: Studies of the Experience and Performance 1994–2013. Elkassem is the author of the Arabic book Resistance Rockets in Gaza: A Palestinian Deterrent Weapon, and he participates in preparing the volumes of The Palestine Daily Chronicle (in Arabic) published by al-Zaytouna since 2014.

Hayat Dada

A researcher specialized in Palestinian studies at al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations. She participated in preparing many issues of the Information Report series. Dada prepared a book titled The Suffering of the Palestinian Student Under the Israeli Occupation, a volume of Am I Not a Human? Series. She contributed a chapter titled “The Palestinian National Authority Facing Judaization and Settlement Building” to the book: The Palestinian National Authority: Studies of the Experience and Performance 1994–2013.



Fellows and Research Associates:

Dr. Ahmed Atawna

A Research Associate at Al-Zaytouna Centre (non-resident), specialized in the Palestinian issue, who holds a Ph.D in Political Science, obtained from the University of Malaya – Malaysia. The General Manager of Vision For Political Development Center since 2005, and was a researcher in political contemporary studies at Al-Buraq Center for Studies and Research, 2000–2010. He has participated in many conferences and panel discussions and has been engaged in several researches that were published in refereed journals, including:

“Equality and Citizenship from the Perspective of the Islamic Parties: Study of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) of Egypt.” Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research 21, no. 6 (2014): 890-96 (Scopus), “Political Pluralism from the Perspective of the Islamic Parties: Study on Freedom and Justice Party of Egypt.” Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research 21 (9): 1541-1549, 2014. (Scopus), and Hamas Role In The Palestinian Political Issues 1998-2010, pp.163-173. In Transformation of research in Islamic Studies. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; 2012.

As a research associate, he contributed strategic assessments and papers to al-Zaytouna Centre, and participated in its conferences.

Feras Abu Helal

A Researcher in Middle East Politics, who holds a Masters Degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Middle Eastern Studies, obtained from Birkbeck College-University of London. He has published several refereed studies and reports, in addition to op-eds in Arab newspapers and websites. Since 2009, he has been working as a researcher and preparing political programs and documentaries for Sage Media in London. As a research associate, he contributed researches and papers to al-Zaytouna Centre, for example, a book discussing the suffering of Palestinian prisoners, part of the “Am I Not a Human?” series; and chapter “Performance of the Palestinian Governments 2003–2013” of The Palestinian National Authority: A Study of the Experience and Performance 1994–2013 book.

Hasan Ibhais

He was a full time researcher in the field of the Palestine studies at al-Zaytouna Centre (1/4/2009–5/2/2013), besides being appointed as the head of the Department of Media and Public Relations there (15/3/2010–5/2/2013). Now, he is cooperating with al-Zaytouna as a research associate. He is currently studying his masters in international affairs. Ibhais contributed several al-Zaytouna studies, researches and strategic assessments. He participated in preparing The Palestinian Strategic Report of the years 2009, 2011 and 2012–2013; Security Developments in the Palestinian Authority; Conflict of Wills Between Fatah and Hamas and Other Relevant Parties; The Suffering of the Palestinian Women Under the Israeli Occupation and The Separation Wall in the West Bank.

Ziad Bhies

A researcher who is specialized in Jerusalem. He was the head of Media and Research Department at al-Quds International Institution (2004–2007) then he was its executive director (2008–2010). Bhies is a member of al-Quds Cultural Forum in Jordan, and a trainer there in the Training Diploma Program of Bayt al-Maqdis Studies. He edited several Arabic books including The Jerusalem Book 2005–2006 and the annual Arabic reports Eye on al-Aqsa from 2006 till 2008, he also contributed in preparing the latter 2009–2013. As a research associate to al-Zaytouna, he contributed several researches and papers, including a chapter titled “Social Condition of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon” of the book Conditions of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. He contributed in the field study on the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon conducted by al-Zaytouna during 2005–2006. Bhies also contributed the part of Jerusalem and the holy sites in The Palestinian Strategic Report series in the period 2009–2011 and 2012–2013 (4 volumes). A frequent paper presenter at al-Zaytouna’s conferences, and a contributor in several strategic assessments.



Frequent Expert Contributors:

Walid ‘Abd al-Hay

Ph.D., is a professor of Political Sciences at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Political Sciences from Cairo University and had taught at several universities. He is a member of the board of trustees of al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan and the former head of the Department of Political Sciences at Yarmouk University. ‘Abd al-Hay was a consultant at the Higher Media Council and at the Board of Grievances in Jordan. He published 22 books mostly focused on futuristic studies in theory and application. His Arabic books include: Futures Studies in International Relations, Futures Studies in Political Sciences, Futures Studies Methods and Their Applications in the Arab World, The Futuristic Status of China in the International Power Scale 1978–2010 and Iran: The Future of Regional Status 2020. He has published more than 60 researches in refereed academic journals.
Dr. ‘Abd al-Hay is a frequent contributor to al-Zaytouna’s publications. He is the writer of the chapter “The Palestinian Issue and the International Situation” of The Palestinian Strategic Report series since 2006 (seven volumes). A frequent paper presenter at al-Zaytouna’s conferences, trainer, and writer of several strategic assessments.

Mu’min Bsiso

a Palestinian who studied journalism and media studies. He was the managing editor of al-Sada newspaper, and former director of the Arab Center for Research and Studies in Gaza. He conducted many studies, most notably the Intifadat al-Aqsa series, issued by the Arab Center for Research and Studies. He is the advisor to the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and the editor-in-chief of PLC’s al-Barlaman newspaper. He is a permanent columnist in several Palestinian and Arab newspapers, magazines and websites.
Bsiso is a frequent contributor to al-Zaytouna’s publications. He wrote chapter “The Internal Palestinian Scene” of The Palestinian Strategic Report series in the 2011 and 2012–2013 volumes. A frequent writer of several strategic assessments.

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. His researches are on Islamic and Arab history and on Middle Eastern issues. Mansour’s Arabic publications include: Jaffa’s Arab Streets, A Distance Between Two States, The Israeli Settlement, The Military Institution in Israel, The Palestinian City in the British Mandate Period and Lexicon of Zionist and Israeli Personalities and Terms. He edited the 2006 & 2007 strategic reports of The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (Madar) in Ramallah and managed the archive department there. He has published many studies and refereed articles in many scientific journals and participated in local and international conferences. Mansour is an active member of several societies and academic institutions.
Dr. Mansour is a frequent contributor to al-Zaytouna’s publications. He wrote on the topic “The Israeli-Palestinian Scene” in The Palestinian Strategic Report series in the period 2009–2011 and 2012–2013 (4 volumes). A participant in the strategic assessment series of al-Zaytouna.

Talal ‘Atrissi

Ph.D., is the dean of Higher Institute of Doctorate, professor of Educational Sociology and Social Psychology (1990–2000) at the Lebanese University. He is a researcher in Middle East issues and a member of academic and consultative councils in several Arab and Lebanese studies centers. He published a number of Arabic books, studies and articles; Future of Islam, with other researchers, 2004; A State without Men: Rule and Reform Controversy in the Middle East, 2005; The Hard Republic: Iran in its Internal Changes and Regional Politics, 2006; Iran: The State and the Crisis, with Bashir Nafi‘, 2008; and The geostrategy of the Iranian Hill, Problems and Alternatives, 2009. He is one of the authors of Political Islam and European Foreign Policy: Perspectives from Muslim Democrats of the Mediterranean book, 2007.
Prof. ‘Atrissi is a frequent contributor to al-Zaytouna’s publications. He wrote the part related to Iran and the Palestinian issue in The Palestinian Strategic Report series since 2006 (seven volumes). A writer in al-Zaytouna series of strategic assessments. A frequent paper-presenter at al-Zaytouna’s conferences and panel discussions.

‘Abdullah ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Najjar

M.A., general director of the Censuses Directorate in the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) in the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, where he has been working since 1995. He was a technical director and deputy executive director of Census in 1997 and 2007. He holds two M.A 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 and Al-Quds Open University. He participated in preparing several teaching and training curricula and participated in several regional and international conferences.
Najjar is a frequent contributor to al-Zaytouna’s publications. He covered the chapter related to the demographic indicators in The Palestinian Strategic Report series in the period 2006–2010, and 2012–2013 (6 volumes).

Prof. Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim

earned his Ph.D in history from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS), University of London in 1970, and have since been exclusively and uninterruptedly engaged in the world of academia. His academic career took him to many universities and institutes of higher learning worldwide: in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the U.S.A, Canada and Asia. Currently, he is a Professor of History and Civilization, in the International Islamic University Malaysia, where he held a number of positions including the Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC). He worked for the University of Khartoum, where he held a number of positions including Dean of the Faculty of Arts for two terms (1983–1989). In 1990, he was chosen to be the Founding Dean of the Sudan University College for Women. His research interest include the history of the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Islamic revivalism. He published extensively in Arabic and English, and supervised many postgraduate students, of whom some occupy senior positions in Universities and Research Institutes.
Prof. Ibrahim is a member of al-Zaytouna’s Board of Consultants. He is frequent advisor, who played a major role in translating and revising The Palestinian Strategic Report series into English, 2005–2013 (8 volumes).

Dr. Raid M. H. Nairat

He holds a Ph.D. degree in political and developmental affairs from the Institute of International Relations, Kiev, Ukraine. A lecturer of political science at An-Najah National University, and head of the Contemporary Center for Studies and Policy Analysis. He participated in many training courses concerning political analysis, policies’ analysis, and strategic thinking. Writer and political analyst. He also published several academic researches that focus on the internal Palestinian situation and the peace process.
Dr. Nairat is a frequent contributor to al-Zaytouna’s publications. He wrote chapter “The Palestinian Issue and the International Setting” of The Palestinian Strategic Report 2005. He also wrote chapter “Hamas and the Peace Process” of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas): Studies of Thought and Experience book; chapter “International Positions on the Aggression” of the Studies on the Israeli Aggression on Gaza Strip: Cast Lead Operation/ Al-Furqan Battle book; and “Governmental Performance of Hamas Movement: Implementing the Reform and Change Program” of the Critical Assessments of the Experience of Hamas & Its Government 2006–2007 book.

Prof. Moein Muhammad ‘Atta Ragab

Ph. D., is a professor of Economics at several universities in Gaza Strip (GS). 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 GS 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) and he became its dean for several years. Prof. Ragab is a member in several local and Arab Economic Scientific Societies, such as the Arab Society for Economic Research in Cairo, and a member of the Scientific Research Council at the Ministry of Higher Education in GS. He published several refereed articles, researches and working papers in local and regional periodicals. Ragab participated in many local, Arab and international conferences, and is the author of several textbooks in economics. He supervised and examined many thesis dissertations. A former consultant at the Palestine Monetary Authority, and a coordinator at The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS).
Prof. Ragab is a frequent contributor to al-Zaytouna’s publications. He wrote the chapter covering the economic indicators in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in The Palestinian Strategic Report series in the 2009–2010, and 2012–2013 (3 volumes). He also contributed in preparing the Arabic book of Gaza Strip: Development and Construction in the Face of Siege and Destruction.