This is a selection of WWW pages on Palestine and Israel, with main
focus on sites of political interest. We will try in time to annotate them
all, but for now, we wanted to provide all the links anyway for people
who want to check them out. If someone wants to help us with the annotating
and send comments, you're welcome
to. Some of the links only loosely deal with Palestine and Israel; we'll
sort them later. We acknowledge getting hints for many of these links from
Palestine-Net as well as from other organizations' link pages (some annotations
are gleaned from pages such as the BCOME links
page). Unfortunately, we haven't found much time lately to update this
page. We will attempt a complete overhaul shortly.
Note that there the University of Birzeit maintains The
Complete Guide to Palestine's Websites, where you may want to check
for further links.
Contents of This Page
Introduction and Motivation
A collection of links, especially if commented, is not neutral. Therefore,
it may be of interest for us to state our position on the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict. We clearly take a stand against the oppressive policies of the
State of Israel against the Palestinian population, as well as against
the so-called "Peace Process" in which the government of Israel plays out
all its military and diplomatic power (partly due to common interests between
the State of Israel and the government of the United States of America)
to push it in the direction of the creation of an Apartheid situation,
where small Palestinian homelands stand no chance of becoming politically
or economically independent from Israel.
We want to emphasize that we do not mean in any way that the Jewish
population of Israel should leave the country. Two wrongs don't make a
right, and the ethnic cleansing policies of the State of Israel which sent
hundreds of thousands of Palestinians as refugees into the diaspora or
to live in dumps within the West Bank, Gaza or Israel cannot be answered
by yet another ethnic cleansing.
Our stand is not against the wish of Zionist Jews to have a homeland
where they can feel safe. Our stand is against the racist basis of Israeli
policies which imposed and impose by force and massacres and repression
the State of Israel upon the Palestinian population. Our stand is against
the massive human rights violations perpetrated by institutions of the
State of Israel as well as by individual settlers whose presence in the
Occupied Territories in the West Bank, Gaza or the Golan is prohibited
by International Law, but protected by the Israeli government and the USA.
Our stand is against the idea of building a homeland by taking away their
means of living from another group of people.
We are well aware that antisemitic stereotypes were and are often used
in criticism of the State of Israel and its policies, and we feel it is
important to pay close attention to such tendencies and discuss them openly
with the aim of eliminating antisemitic references, which are present at
all levels of life in Western civilization, mainly due to its Christian
heritage with its antisemitic history and tradition, and which are often
not reflected consciously by the indivuals using them.
We feel that the solution to this is not to be quiet about Israel's
oppressive policies for fear of using antisemitic stereotypes. As long
as Israeli policies are blatantly racist, they should be called just that.
The solution, in our opinion, may be sought rather in paying close attention
to possible antisemitic connotations and asking oneself the question in
what ways personal antisemitic feelings play a role in one's motivation
to have a closer look at this precise conflict. Anti-antisemitism, like
anti-racism or anti-sexism, is not something static that you have or reach
at some point: We see it rather as a continuous learning process.
Friede in Palästina (intervention in Swiss Parliament in favor of
furthering peace in Palestine, in German).
The Israeli Government presents
the full texts of a number of agreements relative to what some call the
Alternative source for the full text of the Declaration
of Principles (DoP) between the Israeli Government and the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO), also known as the Oslo Agreement
(Oslo I) or as Gaza and Jericho First (signed in Washington,
D.C., USA, on 13 September 1993).
Draft Basic Law for the Palestinian
National Authority in the Transitional Period.
Refugee Researchnet is "devoted to the dissemination of ideas ... on
the Palestinian refugee issue in the broader context of the Middle East
JIPF - Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
in Sweden. They also publish JIPF-bladet
(articles in Swedish and English).
News and Press Releases
History and Background Information
Art and Culture
Jadid - A Record of Arab Culture & Arts.
carries a number of interesting books on a wide variety of subjects, not
all linked to the Middle East. "Our books lean toward a strong criticism
of the 'world' for the purpose of representing an isolated and unheard
view. We have over fifty difficult-to-find titles from both well-known
publishers and independent publishers nation wide, in the hope that we
may contribute to the long awaited awakening of those who are slumbering."
Links to Academic Institutions
Links to Human Rights and Peace Organizations
Center for Research and Information).
B'Tselem, the Israeli Information
Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, was founded in 1989
to monitor and document human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
B'Tselem has published over 50 reports on a wide variety of human rights
issues, and has conducted advocacy campaigns to improve human rights in
The Alternative Information Centre
(AIC) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian NGO based in Jerusalem that works
on human rights, zionism, refugees, democracy, oppression, labor unions,
and progressive politics in Israel / Palestine.
European Peacemaking and Conflict
On Peace and Conflict Resolution.
The American Arab Anti Discrimination
Committee is "a civil rights organization committed to defending the
rights of the people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural
heritage." In case the URL should not work, try this alternative
URL (same location, just different host name).
The New Israel Fund.
Eye-on-Palestine, the settlement
watch page of ARIJ (Applied Research
Institute of Jerusalem).
The Palestine Information Center was
formed by a diverse group of individuals committed to the pursuit of democracy
and a just and lasting peace in the Middle East by sharing information
relevant to the Middle East in general and Palestine in particular.
Palestine Human Rights Update,
Christian Peacemaker Teams
(CPT) is a unique initiative among cooperating Mennonite and Brethren churches
and Friends meetings. The ministry emphasizes negotiation, protection of
human rights, public witness, and nonviolent direct action. The teams provide
regular eyewitness reports on Hebron.
Land and Water Establishment - The Palestinian Society for the Protection
of Human Rights and the Environment. And here's another LAWE
page by John E. Bonine.
Water in the Middle East
Middle Eastern and
Arab Resources on the Internet by country and by subject.
Jack Ayoub Rabah maintains a list of Palestinian
The Friends of Palestine
at WSU (Washington State University) also maintain a list of Palestine
A Search Engine for Arabic sites.
Al-Mashriq, a repository of
information from the Levant in general and Lebanon in particular.
Justice in the Middle East. An on-line project
of the Boston Committee on the Middle East. "A comprehensive World Wide
Web page with a progressive analysis of events in the Middle East, with
an emphasis on the role of the United States government in the region and
what YOU can do about it."
Complete Guide to WWW in Israel". "Over 1200 different links!"
Israel "The Ultimate
Jewish/Israel Link Launcher", by Steve Ruttenberg of the Jewish Student
Union, University of Colorado. "4,601 Links!". Much of the material is
completely uncritically supportive of Israel, and several links referenced
there are outright racist. They have, however, a collection of useful links
on the subject of antisemitism.
The links about the Middle
East Peace Process at McGill University are nicely tabulated.
Der Nahe und Mittlere
Osten im Internet, a list of resources on the Middle East (partly in
Michaela Schüssler's Middle
and Near East Reference Desk.
Tobias Geyer's Homepage contains
links to Middle East sites.
Leb.Net provides links to various Lebanese
resources, including the Gay and Lesbian
Arab Society. You'll also find a Report
on Lebanese Environmental Issues.
Guardian: Middle East links on the Web, "The Internet helps foster
a Middle East peace". Although the site has a somewhat naive touch, it
seems worth a look, since many sites are commented.
Unsorted links (now at least sorted alphabetically)
Access - For Strategic Studies. The
Activists Web-Starters Kit.
Al Ayyam Newspaper from Ramallah.
Al Quds Newspaper from Jerusalem.
Al-Watan, Kuwait. News in
American Committee on Jerusalem.
Anton El hihi / palestine
page offers a history of Palestine and a map.
Assabeel, Jordanian weekly newspaper
The Association for Civil Rights in
The Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine,
an educational program of The Jerusalem Fund, a Washington-based
Law in the Middle East, presented by the Environmental
Law Alliance Worldwide's U.S. Office.
Islamic Gateway Webmaster.
Israeli Peace Site.
Room Dialogue Group.
Justice In the Middle East Page by the
Boston Committee on the Middle East.
The Politics of Protest
by Reuvan Kaminer.
Muslim Students Association News
Palestine Chamber of Commerce.
PalNet Communications, Ltd., Ramallah.
Hosts information on the Palestinian economy, business laws and such.
Through Literature and Culture.
Resources for Peace.
Teaching the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Rev. 2nd ed., Nov. 93.
Changing Roles of Palestinian Women.
Transition Economics Division - Policy Research Department.
Xroads ME - Jordanian Companies on the
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