The meeting discussed the regional and international response to the Palestinian cause and presented an overview of the work undertaken by IPS globally.
Established in Beirut in 1963, IPS is one of the principal research and study institutes focusing on the Palestinian issue. The Board of Trustees of IPS comprises Arab scholars, entrepreneurs, and public figures, and the activities are undertaken by a volunteer Executive Committee elected by the Board.
H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MSFNCA) and member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Palestine Studies, said: “The UAE supports the Palestinian cause, which is the major unresolved issue faced by the Arab world. We are pleased to host this annual meeting in the UAE – a home for all Arabs.”
The meeting expressed gratitude to His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Maktoum, President of the UAE, and to the UAE government for hosting the meeting. “We thank the leadership and the people of the UAE for the support they have shown all these years to the Palestinian cause, and we wish the country more development and progress,” said Dr. Hisham Nishaba, Head of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of Executive Council of the Arab Organization for Culture and Science, and Head of the Makased Islamic Charity University in Beirut.
Professor Waleed Al Khalidi, IPS Secretary, former Professor at Oxford University, American University of Beirut and Harvard University and a renowned Palestinian Historian, presented the executive committee statement on the IPS research and managerial efforts during 2006 and its publishing programmes in 2007 and 2008.
Professor Mazen Dajani, Economic Specialist in Jordan, presented the budget for 2006 and 2007 and the financial strategy that IPS undertakes in utilizing the funds. The managers of IPS offices in Beirut, Washington, Paris, and East Jerusalem presented statements on the development of work in their offices.
Editors of the IPS magazines gave an overview on the Arabic publications in Beirut, the English publications released in Washington, the French publications released in Paris, and the magazines specialized in Occupied Jerusalem-affairs published temporarily in Ramallah.
The Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) is the only institute in the world exclusively devoted to documentation, research, analysis, and publication on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. A private, independent, non-profit Arab institute unaffiliated with any political organization or government, IPS is looked upon as the major source of accurate information and analysis on Palestinian affairs by the Arab world. IPS serves as a model of institutional organization and independence. In the English and French speaking worlds, its publications are widely respected and extensively used in academic work on these issues. Many of the leading Arab scholars working in this field have served for various periods of time on the staff of one of the IPS offices, contributed to IPS publications, or received research fellowships from the Institute.
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