Links

Documentation

UNISPAL Documents Collection An extensive collection of historic and current documents and maps.

Charities

Medical Aid for Palestine UK-based Charity.

www.palestinercs.org The Palestine Red Cross Society provides statistics on casualties of the Occupation.

Education

Birzeit University Main site.

Friends of Birzeit University (FoBZU - registered charity no. 279026) was founded in 1978 and is based in London. It was established in response to the Israeli closures of Birzeit University and the travel restrictions imposed as part of the Israeli military occupation. FoBZU seeks to support education at Birzeit University and to uphold its right to academic freedom.

Political

Miftah.org Miftah means 'key'. Here, it's shorthand for The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy. To quote from their homepage: 'MIFTAH's aim is to serve as a Palestinian platform for global dialogue and cooperation guided by the principles of democracy, human rights, gender equity, and participatory governance. To this end, MIFTAH undertakes the pro-active generation and presentation of policy proposals and the focused dissemination of reliable information.' Despite this wordiness, the website gives great access to up-to-the-minute news reports from a variety of sources, plus plenty of archived information. Its links are vast. Mustafa Barghouthi, the Ramallah-based head of the Health, Development, Information and Policy centre (where we in ORFA first went for contacts in Ramallah), is a leading force in Miftah, as is the veteran woman leader, Hanan Ashwari.

www.alhaq.org Al Haq was another starting-point for us, for contacts in Ramallah. "Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah ... Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), the organisation has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council."

www.j-c-w.org "The Jerusalem Center for Women (JCW) is a Palestinian non-governmental women's center located in East Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Center for Women was founded [in 1994] simultaneously with the Israeli women's center Bat Shalom located in West Jerusalem. JCW and Bat Shalom carry out joint Palestinian-Israeli programs through a coordinating body known as the Jerusalem Link."

www.pwwsd.org We visited the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD) in Ramallah during the ORFA 'Women's Visit' in 2003. They took us to visit a group of village women in Sudra, and we donated the £3300 from NOW (Network of Oxford Women for Justice and Peace) to a project there. The website states "PWSSD is a Palestinian women developmental, secular and educational organization that seek to strengthen and empower women to participate in all political, social and economic fields..."

Jews for Justice for Palestinians

Twinning with PalestineThe British-Palestine Friendship Forum.

Birmingham Ramallah Twinning Initiative

Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association (CADFA) Abu Dis is in East Jerusalem.

Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign Oxford PSC is the local branch of the national Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from many communities across Britain - and increasingly throughout the world. Its aim is to build an effective mass campaign, organising protests, political lobbying and raising public awareness.

Independent Jewish Voices UK human rights organisation launched in 2007.

Culture

Palestine History Tapestry Project A UK, not-for-profit organization established to support Palestinian embroiderers, to produce a Palestinian History Tapestry.

El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe

Reem Kelani Palestinian singer based in London.

Media

This Week in Palestine

www.palestinemonitor.org The information branch of Mustafa Barghouti's HDIP. At the start of the second intifada, the Palestinian Nongovernmental Organization Network (PNGO) "delegated to the Health Development Information and Policy Institute the responsibility of disseminating information and unified messages from Palestinian civil society to the foreign press about local developments. We did so by creating The Palestine Monitor."

www.alternativenews.org The Alternative Information Centre, based in both Israel and the West Bank (Jerusalem and Beit Sahour).

Jonathan Cook British journalist based in Nazareth.

Maps

UNISPAL Documents Collection An extensive collection of historic and current documents and maps.

West Bank and Gaza from the Perry-Castaneda Map Collection.