Summary: Economic and Political Change in Palestine

IPCRI hosted an "Afternoons with IPCRI" public forum discussion at Haifa University on June 17, 2013 to discuss the state of Palestine’s economy, its prospects of transitioning away from an aid-based economy, and the challenges and implications of such a transition. Present on the panel were Orhan Niksic, Senior Economist from the World Bank for the West Bank and Gaza; Dr. Hisham Awartani, Professor of Economics at An-Najah University; and IPCRI Co-Director Dan Goldenblatt. This is a summary of the discussion.


Analysis and Evaluation of the New Palestinian Curriculum Report I (2003)

Between 2000-2003, the Palestinian Ministry of Education introduced a number of new textbooks and a few teachers. This investigation report was an attempt to present a professional analysis/evaluation of the new Palestinian curriculum, especially as it related to the principles of civil society, peace, tolerance and diversity.


Analysis and Evaluation of the New Palestinian Curriculum Report II (2004)

The Palestinian education system has made strides in making students think more critically and collaborate with others in harmony, with the new curriculum as an example. However, in the haste to promote harmony and avoid controversy and conflict, they gloss over controversial and sensitive political and social problems and the realities of racial, ethnic, national, civil and religious identities. Palestinian education should encourage pluralism and should prepare their pupils to know themselves as well as their neighbors.


A Strategy for Cooperative Regional Export Marketing of Agricultural Products

In May 15-17, 2000, IPCRI convened the third regional seminar on agricultural cooperation between Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture of the four countries participated in three days of intensive and productive meetings, and there was was an agreement to recommend to policymakers that the four countries must develop a common agricultural policy with regard to export. In this regard, the participants unanimously agreed that planning should begin for the creation of a common market label for determined products and that a joint cooperative marketing strategy be established and tested as soon as possible. This strategy is detailed here, as well as in the document below.

We believe that eventually the region will return to the course of peace and the need for regional cooperation will reemerge. At that point, the policy makers will be able to refer to this publication to help steer them back towards practical and important means for bringing more economic welfare and prosperity to all the people of the region.