Resources

The Center for Palestine Studies is working to develop online resources for the study of Palestine and Palestinians at Columbia and beyond. Please contact the Center about further resources to add to the below list.

At Columbia

About Edward Said and the Said Archive
Information about the work and legacy of Edward Said, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia.

CPS Faculty Publications
Selected academic publications by Columbia faculty on topics related to Palestine and Palestinian studies.

Columbia University Libraries Palestine Resource Page
Contact Peter Magierski, Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, for more information.

Dreams of a Nation
Dreams of a Nation, created by Columbia University professor Hamid Dabashi, provides resources on Palestinian cinema, including information on the history of Palestinian filmmaking, biographies of filmmakers, synopses of films, and critical writings on Palestinian films.

A Chronology of Palestinian Cinema
A chronology in two parts, (1927-1999) and (2000-2012). Comprising nearly one thousand entries, this work represents an ongoing research project. For suggested additions or corrections, contact CPS Visiting Researcher, Noemi Artal.

Beyond Columbia

Research Institutions

Institute for Palestine Studies
The Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) is an independent institute devoted to research, analysis, and publication on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. IPS was established in Beirut in 1963 and also has offices in Washington D.C., Ramallah, and Paris.

Mada al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Social Research
Mada al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Social Research generates and provides information, critical analysis, and diverse perspectives on the social and political life and history of Palestinians, with particular attention to Palestinians within Israel's 1948 boundaries. Mada also advances critical research on Israeli society and politics in order to further understanding of its undercurrents, particularly in relation to the policies toward Palestinians and Palestine. Mada offers a home for Palestinian and other scholars to develop critical approaches, exchange ideas, and develop their own research.

Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem
ARIJ's mission is promoting sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources. In its capacity as a national research institute, it frequently provides current data and research necessary to the formulation of position papers and policy strategies on such issues as land and water resources.

Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA)
PASSIA is an independent non-profit research institution located in Jerusalem. PASSIA seeks to present the Palestinian Question in its national, Arab and international contexts through academic research, dialogue and publication.

Palestinian American Research Center
The primary mission of the Palestinian American Research Center is to improve scholarship about Palestinian affairs, expand the pool of experts knowledgeable about the Palestinians, and strengthen linkages among Palestinian, American, and foreign research institutions and scholars. PARC holds annual competitions for research fellowships and sponsors a travel seminar to Palestine for US professors who are unfamiliar with the region.Visit PARC's website for more information about these annual fellowships.

The European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter
The European Centre for Palestine Studies works to support the coordination and facilitation of British and European scholarly knowledge and discussion on Palestine, and offers programs for postgraduate studies on Palestine.

Research Projects and Archival Resources

The 1967 Census of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Digitized Version
In the summer of 1967, just after the Six-Day War brought the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Israeli control, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS) supervised a census in these territories. The census included an impressive array of questions about individuals, households, and the quality of residences--about age, sex, religion, place of residence, educational attainment, occupation, industrial sector, income, household structure, health, female fertility, and housing conditions. Moreover, it asked two crucial questions about refugee status: Had the individual lived prior to the 1948 War in the area that became the State of Israel? And, Was the individual living in or outside of a refugee camp at the time the census was taken? For this reason, the Levy Economics Institute is offering, for the first time and free of charge, the content of six of these volumes (the seventh to be added shortly) in machine-readable form, in the hope that the data can be exploited by researchers interested in a fuller understanding of the social history of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories.

Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet
Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet is a non-partisan project devoted to the dissemination of ideas and scholarly information, in an effort to foster scholarly collaboration, policy research, and innovative thinking on the Palestinian refugee issue.

Statistical Atlas of Palestine
From the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) of the Palestine National Authority.

The Palestine Poster Project Archives
A web-based archives and curriculum project displaying more than 4,500 Palestine-related posters from 1898 to the present. Posters are categorized into 500 Special Collections (artist, publisher, theme, iconographic element, etc.) and contextualized with links, translations, curator's notes, and other teacher-friendly features. Posters are drawn from the collections of Liberation Graphics, the Library of Congress, the Central Zionist Archives, the International Institute of Social History, the Museum of Design Zurich, and a host of other sources. Posters are added continuously.

The G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection
The G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection is a rich source of historical images of the Middle East. The majority of the images depict Palestine (present day Israel and the West Bank) from 1898 to 1946. Most of the collection consists of over 22,000 glass and film photographic negatives and transparencies created by the American Colony Photo Department and its successor firm, the Matson Photo Service. Over 1,000 photographic prints and eleven albums are also part of this collection.

Nakba Archive
An archive of oral histories of the Nakba, the creation of the Palestinian refugee diaspora displaced during the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948.

The Palestine Festival of Literature
The Palestine Festival of Literature is an annual, traveling, cultural roadshow. Because of the difficulties Palestinians face under military occupation in travelling around their own country - the Festival tours to its audiences.

West Bank and Gaza Maps
Maps from the Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas, Austin

Mahmoud Darwish Collection
A collection of Mahmoud Darwish's work.

The Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record
Major legal and political documents from Yale Law School's Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

Al-Aqsa Mosque Periodicals Project
The British Library's project to preserve historical periodical collections (1900-1950) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem.

The Palestine Police Oral History Project (pdf)
An oral history project on the Palestine Police Force during the British Mandate Period, from the The Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Palestine Exploration Fund Maps
Digitized maps from the British Palestine Exploration Fund's archaeological and historical surveys of nineteenth-century Palestine, from the Digitial Archaeological Atlas of the Holy Land.

PASSIA Palestine Maps Collection
Collection of historical, political, and population maps from the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs.

UNRWA Audiovisual Archive for Palestinian Refugees
A newly digitized archive from UNRWA consisting of over half a million negatives, prints, slides, films and videocassettes covering all aspects of the life and history of Palestine refugees from 1948 to the present day.

Open Access Palestine
Palestine related open resources from the Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR) Project includes links to the Jerusalem Virtual Library.

Palestine National Archives: Memory and State
State of Palestine, Council of Ministries, Palestine National Archives on Memory of the Nation.

Organizations

UN Division for Palestinian Rights
The Division for Palestinian Rights was established by the General Assembly pursuant to resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977. The core functions of the Division are as follows:

Providing substantive support and secretariat services for the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People;

Assisting the Committee in the exercise of its mandate and the promotion and implementation of its commendations; Planning, organizing and servicing the Committee's programme of international meetings and conferences; Maintaining liaison with civil society organizations which are active on the issue; Organizing the annual commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; Preparing studies and publications relating to the question of Palestine and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and promoting their widest possible dissemination, including in cooperation with the Department of Public Information; Maintaining and developing the Web-based United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL).

The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)
The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) was established and is being developed by the Division for Palestinian Rights in response to successive General Assembly mandates. The main collection contains the texts of current and historical United Nations material concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East situation and the search for peace.