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Palestine Center

The Palestine Center (previously called the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine until 2002) is an independent educational program based in Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.. Their focus is on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and other Middle East issues.



It was set up in 1991 as an educational component of The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit grant-making organization operating in the United States.[1] Its founders include the late professors Hisham Sharabi of Georgetown University[2] and Samih Farsoun of American University.[3] Sharabi was a founder of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.[4] The current Executive Director is Zeina Azzam.


The Center analyzes relations between the United States and the Middle East with a focus on the Palestinian issue. The Center studies specific U.S. policies, publishes reports, briefing, and analysis, and serves as a venue for Palestinian and Arab scholars.

The Center also houses the Hisham Sharabi Memorial Library, one of the largest Palestine-centered collections in the United States.[5] The Center employs fellows to conduct policy research. It published extensive online audio archives of its events going back to the early 1990s,[6] a blog[7] and a YouTube page to document its on-site events.


The Center has been referenced by diverse news media from the Turkish Weekly[8] to the Washington Times[9] and Christian Science Monitor.[10]

The Palestine Center publishes press releases as mentioned above, as well as articles written by fellows.


The Palestine center holds weekly events and often invites distinguished speakers. Speakers at the Palestine Center have included former Israeli Knesset member Azmi Bishara,[11] Palestinian diplomat Afif Safieh,[12] Clovis Maksoud,[13] Amb. Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian Ambassador to the United States,[14] Hanan Ashrawi,[15] Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad,[16] and John Mearsheimer,[17] among others.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-01-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Arab Intellectual Hisham Sharabi, 77, Dies". The Washington Post. 2005-01-16. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  3. ^ Aruri, Naseer (2005) "In Memoriam: Samih K. Farsoun (1937–2005)" Holy Land Studies Vol.4, Page 1–5
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-12-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Internet Archive Search: creator:"Palestine Center"". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  7. ^ "at". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
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  9. ^ Abuminah, Ali (2008-11-13). "ABUNIMAH: Obama's ambiguity". Washington Times. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  10. ^ "Will Hamas change course?". The Christian Science Monitor. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  11. ^ "Arab-American Activism: Asmi Bishara Keynotes Palestine Center's Annual Conference". Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs. 2005-11-18. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
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  13. ^ "Transcripts". Archived from the original on 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
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  16. ^ "Building a Thriving Economy and a Strong Democracy : Salam Fayyad : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  17. ^ Mearsheimer, John (29 April 2010). "The Future of Palestine: Righteous Jews vs. the New Afrikaners". Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture. The Jerusalem Fund.

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