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Board of Trustees
Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi - Chairman
Ms. Diana Safieh
Dr. Addnan Musallam
Dr. Sari Nusseibeh
Dr. Bernard Sabella
Dr. Said Zeedani
Dr. Kamal Abdul Fattah


 Dr. Mahdi F. Abdul Hadi
  Head of PASSIA , Board of Trustees



Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi can trace his family back to the seventh century. The Abdul Hadis are well known as landlords. They have a lot of property in the Nablus and Jenin areas. Their history goes back to when they governed in the Nablus and Acre areas. They have long been a key part of Palestinian society and the Palestinian national movement. If one looks at the Ottoman period one will come across Abdul Hadis everywhere, in government or in opposition to the government.

Mahdi Abdul Hadi was born in Nablus in 1944 but has spent most of his life in Jerusalem. He studied law at Damascus University in Syria and started his career as a lawyer, like his father and grandfather. However, he felt that law was not the best way to confront the many challenges that the Palestinians were facing. So he moved to mass media and established, along with Yousef Nasser, Al-Fajr newspaper in the 1970s. After the kidnapping of Nasser, Abdul Hadi felt the need to start writing about the Palestinian question, and soon published his first book, The Question of Palestine and Peaceful Solutions.

In 1977, he founded the Arab Thought Forum, a Palestinian think-tank that developed (the idea of) and produced the National Guidance Committee. The latter was successful in governing Palestinian society, in terms of building consensus and harmony, breaking the ice between factions, and maintaining the balance between the leadership inside and outside the Occupied Territories.

Abdul Hadi worked with Bir Zeit University to set up the first Palestinian public relations office in 1977. The office was established to build a deeper and wider understanding of the political situation through the exchange of ideas and information. This was done via bulletins, leaflets, publications, articles and meetings between active individuals and institutions. From 1977 he served as the elected Secretary General of the Council for Higher Education in the West Bank. At the same time he decided to continue his higher education. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1984 from the School of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the United Kingdom, doing his dissertation on Palestinian-Jordanian relations. Feeling that a Ph.D. was not enough to gain a wider perspective on global issues, he went to the Harvard School of International Affairs where he was a fellow for one year at the centre, which opened his eyes to more interesting ideas on global issues.

After becoming a member of the (Jordanian-Palestinian) Joint Committee as a special advisor in Amman, he accepted the post of special advisor to the Ministry of Occupied Land Affairs. He used his post to publish a booklet on the affairs of the Occupied Territories for the Jordanian community, so as not to leave it to the Jordanian authorities. With the Jordanian deportation of leading PLO figure Abu Jihad, and the problems between the Jordanians and the PLO, Abdul Hadi resigned and came back to Jerusalem.

Upon his return, Abdul Hadi founded the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) in March 1987 to provide a forum for the free expression and analysis of a plurality of local and foreign perspectives. PASSIA is involved in four main areas. As part of its Research and Publication Programme, PASSIA has published over 120 different studies on a huge diversity of subjects relevant to the Palestine Question and the Palestinians, in addition to its highly popular diary every year. Another major component is the Dialogue Programme, providing a venue for the presentation and discussion of a wide range of issues and viewpoints on matters of concern to Palestinians, with a focus on topical political events, interfaith issues, and, most importantly, the question of Jerusalem, which is a primary focus of Abdul Hadis interests and a core topic in PASSIAs work. Speakers and participants at these meetings include local and foreign scholars, professionals, activists as well as representatives of political factions and the diplomatic corps. It can be said that PASSIA has proved most successful in serving as a catalyst for civic dialogue and fostering a better understanding of Palestinian affairs, be they in the domestic or international context. A third pillar of the work undertaken by PASSIA is its Training and Education Programme, which provides a much-needed venue for Palestinian practitioners and professionals to deepen their knowledge and expertise in specific areas of international affairs and institutional/personal capacity building (with courses on strategic planning, leadership, management, and communication skills, to name a few).

Abdul Hadi has devoted his life to academic research, dialogue, and publication, with the aim of imparting an understanding of Palestinian issues, past and present the land, the people, their rights and their leadership to interested audiences here and abroad. He has published numerous articles, monographs, and essays and edited several publications, including, most recently, 100 Years of Palestinian History, A 20th Century Chronology (2001).

CV Summary

Ph.D. from the School of Peace Studies at Bradford University, UK (1984);

Head and founder (1987) of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA), Jerusalem. PASSIA is an independent, non-profit Palestinian institution and is not affiliated with any government, political party or organization. It undertakes research on the Question of Palestine and its relationship to international affairs. Ongoing and current projects include educational seminar programs in international affairs, which have included seminars on Strategy and Security, Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy, The European Union, Foreign Policies of Arab States, The US and Canada and Japan, Palestine and the Middle East; a Research Studies Program on Palestinian issues of concern and with a focus on the question of Jerusalem; a Roundtable Meeting Program to foster dialogue among Palestinians as well as with Israeli, regional and international counterparts; and a Civil Society Empowerment Project consisting of training programs on policy analysis, strategic planning and media and communications skills.

Co-founder and editor of Al-Fajr daily newspaper (1972-74); co-founder and General Secretary of the Council for Higher Education in the West Bank (1977-80); founder and elected president of the Arab Thought Forum in Jerusalem (1977-81); special advisor to the Ministry of Occupied Land Affairs, Amman, Jordan (1985-86); member of the Arab Thought Forum headed by HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal in Amman, Jordan (2002).

Selected Publications
by Dr. Mahdi F. Abdul Hadi

Publications include numerous articles, monographs and essays
(see selected list below).

>> To prevent deterioration of the Palestinian issue into a road map of “liquidation” Dec 2016
>> Dec 2016
Reviewing the Palestinian Political Scene 2015

Click to read:
Arabic, English


Dec 2015

Reflections on the Current Palestinian-Israeli Impasse

November 2014
>> Whats behind Abbas decision to resume negotiations?
July 2013
>> Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: What is possible? By Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi 11 July 2013
July 2013
>> Chuck Hagel: Revising U.S. strategic postures?
January 2013
>> Iran, Israel and the Birth of New Alliances
( Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, 28th August 2012, Jerusalem
August 2012
>> Laylat al-Qadr brings hope of an open city of Jerusalem
August 2012
>> Endless Tracks in Palestine
August 2012
>> A PALESTINIAN VIEW: Israel's 'bunker government' 2012
May 2012
>> September needs Israel's "awakening" and not politician's bluffs
(Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of Passia, Jerusalem.)
July 2011
>> Palestinians have no leaders; only representatives
( By Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
Oct 2010
>> No Saints in Jerusalem
Oct 2010
>> Direct Talks
( By Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
Sep 2010
>> The Charade Announced: Latest Israeli No-Peace/Peace Talks for September
August 2010
>> On Proximity Talks (Related link)
( By Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
June 2010
>> A timely wake-up call
( an interview with Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
December 2009
>> A Memo on Fateh Convention
( by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
August 2009
>> An earthquake deferred
( by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
June 2009



Miles apart over the same city
( by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)

Click here to download Korean version

September 2008

The Challenges of Normalization
( by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)

Israelisch-syrische Normalisierung(German version)
( by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)

May 2008

Israel's military occupation of Palestinian reality / korean language
( by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)

October 2007
>> The Gaza-West Bank Split
( by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
September 2007
>> The rationale of the Jordanian initiative
( Article by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
May 2007
>> .....
( Article by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
March 2007
>> Abstract Points 
( Article from the Global Strategy Group middle East Confernce, Kuwait )
December 2006
>> ............... 
( Article by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi)
27 December 2006
>> Palestine: Social Impact of the Islamist-Secularist Struggle 
( Article published at the Carnegie Endowment Web Site )
September 2006
>> Hostage to 9/11 
( Article published at bitterlemons.org )
11 September 2006
>> -  
( Alquds Newspaper interview with Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi )
21 July 2006
>> Crushing Hamas 
( Article published at bitterlemons.org )
03 July 2006
>> Formulas for Partition, Fragmented Maps, Yet No Solution
( New England Journal of Public Policy, Volume 19, Issue 2 Special Issue: WAR, Volume 2, Article 18)
21 December 2005
>> Stealing Jerusalem
( by OMAR KARMI), source:SIU's publications
June 2006
>> Mission not vision 
( an interview published at bitterlemons.org )
19 December 2005
>> Formulas for Partition, Fragmented Maps, Yet No Solution
(Published at www.mccormack.umb.edu )
Winter 2005
>> Fallen city 
( published at bitterlemons.org )
3 October 2005
>> Palestinians consumed by 'culture of the prison'   
( Rami Khouri (The Daily Star  Newspaper) interviews Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi )
06 June 2005
>> Fateh and Hamas: A coalition in the making?   
( published at bitterlemons.org )
04 April 2005
>> The four Gs    (interview)
( Palestine Report Online interviews Dr.Mahdi Abdul Hadi )
30 March 2005
>> Shifting Sands in Palestine and Iraq   
( published in the "The Daily Star"  Newspaper )
17 April 2004
>> In Search of a Palestinian Strategy   
( published in the "The Daily Star"  Newspaper )
24 January 2004
>> The Unexpected Episode at Al-Aqsa Mosque     
( published in the "The Daily Star"  Newspaper )
28 December 2003
>> Ahmad Qreia: a Master communicator, not warrior    
( published in the "The Daily Star"  Newspaper )
06 December 2003
>> Abu Mazen and the Many Challenges Ahead     [English & Arabic]
( published in the "The Daily Star"  Newspaper )
April 2003
>> 'Talking Points", On Cairo meeting,
( published in the Palestinian Daily Newspaper "Al-Ayyam" )
January 2003
>> "Reforms in Palestine,
July 2002
>> "The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Current and Future Scenarios." Jahrbuch für Internationale Sicherheitspolitik 2001, Vienna (forthcoming)
August 2001
>> "Thoughts on the Current Chapter of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict." Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (International Politics and Society), Nr. 2/2001 (Published by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn).
>> The Peace Process and the Many Interpretations. Unpublished conference paper presented in Portugal
January 2001
>> Awakening Sleeping Horses And What Lies Ahead….. Jerusalem: PASSIA
October 2000
>> Palestine- from Imposed Partition to Incomplete Separation
June 2000
>> A Palestinian Perspective on the Peace Process
January 2000.
>> Prospects for Peace - A Palestinian Perspective.
September 1999
>> Jerusalem Issues and the Final Status Negotiations
September 1999
>> Sub-Regional Cooperation: The Case of the Middle East - A View from Palestine. Unpublished conference paper presented at a EuroMeSCO Working Group, Cairo
April 1999
>> Religious Dialogue - PASSIA Meetings 1996-1998, edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Jerusalem: PASSIA
March 1999
>> Dialogue on Palestinian State-Building and Identity - PASSIA Meetings 1995-1998, edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Jerusalem: PASSIA
January 1999
>> Dialogue on Jerusalem - PASSIA Meetings 1990-1998, edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Jerusalem: PASSIA
November 1998
>> Does the Peace Process Matter and If So, Why? Unpublished conference paper by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi
July 1998
>> Recent Political Developments in the Peace Process. Unpublished conference paper presented at the UN International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine, "The International Responsibility 50 Years Later," 25-26 ,Cairo
April 1998
>> Documents on Palestine - Vol. I: From the Ottoman Period to the Prelude of the Madrid Middle East Conference 1991, edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Jerusalem: PASSIA
December 1997
>> Documents on Palestine - Vol. II: From the Negotiations in Madrid to the Post-Hebron Agreement Period 1991-1997, edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Jerusalem: PASSIA
December 1997
>> Sharing Experiences, Developing New Strategies - Regional Assessment. Unpublished paper presented at the UN conference on NGO Action and the Question of Palestine - Challenges and Prospects: Ending 30 years of Occupation - The Role of NGOs
August 1997
>> Decentralized Cooperation - Complement or Substitute to State-State Cooperation. Paper presented to the Bertelsmann working group on 'Transformation of Societies and Political Systems in the Middle East and North Africa - The Political Economy of Aid', Paris.
2-4 February 1997
>> Documents on Jerusalem, edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Jerusalem: PASSIA
December 1996
>> Oslo - The Conflict, the Mediators and the Breakthrough. Conference paper presented at the Jeffrey Z. Rubin Memorial Conference of the Program on Negotiations, Harvard University, Massachusetts
October 1996
>> The Evolution of Palestine. Lecture presented at the PASSIA Seminar on The Foreign Policies of Arab States
>> The Arab League. Lecture presented at the PASSIA Seminar on The Foreign Policies of Arab States
>> "Palestinian Security Concerns," in Common Security in the Middle East, Research Group on European Affairs, 1996 (conference paper)
February 1996
>> "The Future of Jerusalem - A Palestinian Perspective," in: Shu'un Tanmawiyyeh, Vol. 5, Nos. 2 & 3
Winter 1995/1996
>> "The Peace Process from a Palestinian Point of View", in: Internationale Politik, No. 7
July 1995
>> From Occupation to Palestinian Authority: A Chapter in Palestinian Nation-Building. Unpublished conference paper
>> "Introduction to a Palestinian National Dialogue", in: Al-Fajr English Weekly
June 1993
>> Series of locally published articles on the negotiation process, (including: "Washington Negotiations: The Fourth Round"; "Between the Bilateral in Washington and the Multilateral in Moscow"; "Municipality Elections in the Occupied Territories"; "Moscow and Beyond").
>> Post Gulf War Assessment: A Palestinian Perspective. Jerusalem: PASSIA
>> Jordanian Disengagement: Causes and Effects. Jerusalem: PASSIA

   (New Added) Full Text available in English and Arabic
1988 / 1995
>> Notes on Palestinian-Israeli Meetings in the Occupied Territories. Jerusalem: PASSIA
>> Occupied Land Affairs. Amman
>> Thoughts on Israel's Policies and Practices in Jerusalem. Amman
>> The Evolution of the Arab Flag. Amman
>> Israeli Settlements in Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank 1967-1977. Jerusalem: Arab Thought Forum
>> The Palestine Question and Peaceful Solutions 1934-1974. Saidun: Al-Assriya Publishing House

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