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8 January 2003, Ambassador Hotel.
Panel Discussion on "Humanitarian and Political Aspects of the Palestinian Condition".

  1. Analysis of the Current Intifada.
  2. Humanitarian Aid in broad perspectives.

Organized by: Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center (Shaml) and the Alternative Information Center (AIC).

Attended by: Elise Aghazarian

8 March 2003, Amman, Jordan.
Workshop of the Arab group for Muslim - Christian dialogue team

Organized by: The Middle East Council of Churches, Lebanon

Attended by: Judge Abbas S. el -Halabi, member of national committee for Muslim - Christian dialogue, Representative of the Druze committee, moderate of the Arab group for Muslim - Christian dialogue; writer Mohammed Sammak, general secretary of the group;
Rev. Riad Jarjour, director of the Middle East Council of Churches; Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA.

24 May 2003. PASSIA Ramallah

Topic(s): EuroMeSCo Working Group on Governance – Workshop on Civil Society and Private Sector

Participant(s): Volker Perthes, Head of the Middle East and Africa Division, SWP, Berlin; Muriel Asseburg, Researcher, Middle East and Africa Department, SWP Berlin; Bettina Huber, Researcher and EuroMeSCo Coordinator, Middle East and Africa Department, SWP, Berlin; Deniz Altayli, Program Director, PASSIA; Ulrich Wurzel, FHTW, Berlin; Iyad Masrouji, Managing Director, Masrouji Trade Company, Ramallah; Anders Hellner, SIIA Program Director, Sweden; Elise Aghazarian, Researcher and Governance Projects Coordinator, PASSIA; Hisham Awartani, Center for Private Sector Development, Palestine; Sam Bahour, Businessman and Writer, APSC, Ramallah.

Organized by: SWP, Berlin & PASSIA, Jerusalem.


30 May 2003. Uppsala University, Sweden
“ Peace Research: Conceptual and Theoretical Approaches”

The Middle East: A Peace Process in Trouble?

  • Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi
  • Dr. Moshe Amirav

Organized by: The Advanced International Training Program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

26 June 2003. Al-Haq, Ramallah

Topic(s): Al-Haq notes on the draft Palestinian penal and criminal law issued in the first reading of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Organized by: Al-Haq

Participated by: Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi

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6 August 2003. PASSIA, Jerusalem

Topic(s): Palestinian Prisoners     
(Arabic & Hebrew session)        

Organized by: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute



  First Session: The South Africa and Ireland Cases
  • Rabbi David Rosen, American-Jewish Committee
  • Yehuda Litani, journalist
  • Dr. Alon Liel, Former Israeli Ambassador to South Africa
  Second Session: In the framework of Oslo and the Road Map
  • Shlomo Gur, former General Director of the Ministry of Justice, Israel
  • Danny Yatom, Member of Knesset, former chief of the Mossad
  • Qadura Fares, PLC member, Ramallah
  Third Session: Suggestions for possible solutions
  • Danny Rubinstein, journalist, Ha’aretz
  • Hisham Abdul Razek, Minister of Prisoners’ affairs, P.A.
  • Dr. Uzi Landau, Israeli Minister, office of Prime Minister

Attended by: Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA

21-23 August 2003. Bethlehem

The 17th session on Muslim-Christian Heritage in the Holy Land. (Twenty years since the first conference).

Organized by: Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land, Bethlehem.

Attended by: Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA.

18 September 2003, Brussels, Belgium

Topic: EuroMeSCo Steering Committee Meeting.

Organized by: EuroMeSCo Secretariat, IEEI, Portugal.

Participant(s): Alvaro de Vasconcelos; Robert Aliboni; Dorothee Schmid; Mahdi Abdul Hadi; George Joffé; Emily Landau; Volker Perthes; Elvira Sanchez Mateos; Ahmed Driss.

19-20 September 2003, Dublin, Ireland

Topic: EuroMeSCo Working Group 5 “Governance and Civil Society”

Organized by: SWP, PASSIA & IEA

Participant(s): Volker Perthes, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin; Mahdi Abdul Hadi, PASSIA, Jerusalem, Palestine; Hijazi Natsheh, PASSIA, Jerusalem, Palestine; Niall Greene, Institute for European Affairs (IEA), Dublin; Muriel Asseburg, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP); Bettina Huber, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP); Salah Abdul Shafi, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, Gaza, Palestine; Salam Kawakibi, Institut Francais du Proche-Orient (IFPO) Aleppo, Syria; Hassan Barari, Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), University of Jordan, Amman.


  Friday 19/9/2003
  20:00 Welcome dinner
  Saturday 20/9/2003
  9:30-10:00 Opening
Niall Greene, Volker Perthes, Mahdi Abdul Hadi

Governance, Civil Society & EMP in the Mashrek
Salah Abdul Shafi: “The role of civil society in the emergence of a new political elite in Palestine“

Salam Kawakibi: “L'émergence d'une société civile en Syrie et le partenariat euroméditerranéen“ (“The emergence of civil society in Syria and the EuroMediterranean Partnership“)

Coffee (will be available during the session)

  12:00-14:00 Lunch
  14:00-15:30 Governance, civil society & EMP: A case from the Maghreb
Fouad Ammor: “Le mouvement associatif marocain :
Enjeux, enseignements et perspectives“ (“The associational movement in Morocco: issues, lessons learned and perspectives“)
  15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
  16:00-17:00 Summary of Working Group work & Outlook
Bettina Huber: “Governance and civil society in the EMP: an outline of the final report“
  17:00-17:30 Closing Remarks
Volker Perthes, Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Niall Greene
  20:00 Dinner
  Sunday 21/9/2003
  10:00-12:00 Directors Meeting (at the hotel)

7 October 2003, Venice, Italy

Topic(s): What Kind of Europe with Israel and Palestine? Listening for a Common Future.

Organizer(s): Venice Municipality, City Council and Peace Policies Department; Venice Province; National Coordinator of Local Authorities for Peace and Human Rights; Tovala Della Pace.


Topic I: Local Authorities and Civil Society.

Speaker(s): Jumana Odeh, Delegate of JUZOOR- Foundation of Social and Health Development; Isam Aqel, Executive Director, APLA, Association of Palestinian Local Authorities.


Topic II: University, Media and Information.

Speaker(s): Paolo Balboni, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Venice; Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA, Jerusalem; Yousef Nasser, Professor of Economics, University of Birzeit; Danny Rubinstein, Journalist, Editorialist of Ha’aretz.



20-21 October 2003, Geneva , Switzerland
Topic: Mechanisms for Monitoring Cease Fire and Peace Agreements.
Organized by: Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva

8-9 December 2003, Amman, Jordan.

Topic: On Development of The Arab Nation in The 21 Centaury.
“16th Annual Arab Thought Forum Meeting”.

Organized by: Arab Thought Forum, Amman.

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