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  :: All Conferences were attended by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA

10 January 2005, Knights Palace Hotel, Old City, Jerusalem
Topic: Meeting of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land with Bishops of Europe and North America to discuss the General Situation in Palestine and Israel

  • Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Chairman of PASSIA
  • Mr. Stuart Schoffman, Associate editor of the Jerusalem Report
Organized by: The Latin Patriarchate, Jerusalem

Participant(s): Archbishop Brendan O'Brien, Archbishop of St John, President, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Canada; Mgr William Fay, General Secretary, USCCB, USA; John Carr, Secretary, Dept of Social Development and World Peace, USCCB, USA; Fr Rob Waller, Holy Land Christian ecumenical Foundation, USA; Father Jose Antonio Martinez, Secretariat, Spanish Bishops' Conference; Andreas Weyringer, Secretary to Bishops Andreas Laun, Austrian Bishops' Conference, Austria; Mgr Piergiuseppe Vacchelli, Under-Secretary, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Italy, Italy; Hermann-Josef Grossimlinghaus, Executive Director of the Commission for International Church Affairs, German Bishops' Conference, Germany; Bishop William Kenney CP, Cathiloc Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden; Mgr Pierre Burcher, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva & Freibourg, Swiss Bishops' Conference, Switzerland; Dr. David Ryall, Assistant General Secretary, Department of international Affairs, CBCEW, UK; Mgr Mario Paqette PH, general Secretary, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Canada; Bishop William Skylstad, President, USCCB, USA; Rateb Rabie KHS, President , Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, USA; Bishop Joan Enric Vives I Sicilia, Bishop of Urgell, Co-Prince of Andorra, Spain; Bishop Dr. Andreas Laun OSFS, Auxiliary Bishop of Salzburg, Austrian Bishops' Conference, Austria; Mgr Andre Lacrampe, Metropolitan Archbishop for Eastern France, Bishops' Conference of France, President, National Council for Solidarity, France; Dr. Ulrich Poner, Director, department for International Church Affairs and Migration, German Bishops' Conference, Germany; Dr. Rudolf Solzbacher, Director, Dept for International Church Affairs of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany; Mgr Peter Fleetwood, Council of European Bishops' Conferences, CCEE, Switzerland; Archbishop Patrich Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, Vice-President, CBCEW,UK; Dr Michael Whelan, Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, UK; Tracey McClure, Journalist, Vatican Radio, USA; Brother Vincent Malham FSC, President, Vice Councellor, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem; Fr Emilie Salaitah, Latin Patriarchate; Fr Robert Fortin AA, Latin Patriarchate; H.B. Msgr Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem; Father Pierre Grech, Secretary General, Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land; H.E. Msgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo,Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel; H.E. Mgr. Jean-Babtiste Gourion, Auxiliary Latin Patriarch; H.E. Archbishop Paul Nabil Sayah, Maronite Patriarchal Exarch; Fr William Shomali, Latin Patriarchate; Claudette Habash, Caritas Jerusalem; Maher Turjman, Regional Director, Pontifical Mission for Palestine; H.E. Msgr Kevork Khazoumian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch; Rev. Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM, Custos of the Holy Land; Rev.Fr. Paul Collin, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicariate; Donald J Rogers; Fr Majdi Siryani, Latin Patriarchate Director, Legal Department; Fr Shawki Baterian, Latin Patriarchate; H.E. Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to Israel; Fr Markus Stephan Bugnyar, Rector, Austrian Hospice; H.E, Mgr Georges Haddad, Apostolic Administrator, Haifa; Brother Cyril Litecky FSC, Assistant to Vincent Malham, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem; Fr Michael O'Sullivan, Director, Maison d'Abraham, Secours Catholic- Caritas France; Arvid Weinlich, German Association of the Holy Land ; Rev Archimandrita Mtanios Haddad, Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarch(Melkite); H.E. Msgr Gregor Peter Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch; ; Fr Romano Stephen Almagno, USA Holy Land Commissary, Custos of the Holy land.

10 January 2005, Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, Jerusalem
Topic: Meeting with Ecumenical Accompaniers in Palestine and Israel

Organized by: World Council of Churches, Geneva

Attended By: former US President Jimmy Carter


13 January 2005, Grand Park Hotel, Ramallah
Topic: A follow up to the International Court of Justice decision on the Separation Wall and the UN in the next phase

Speaker: Dr. Nasser Al-Qudwa, Head of the Palestine Mission to the UN, New York

Organized by: Ibrahim Abu Lughod Institute of International Affairs, Birzeit University


16 January 2005, Grand Park Hotel, Ramallah
Topic: Palestinian Media and Public Relations: Evaluation and Self-Criticism
  • Dr. Nabil Kassis, President of Birzeit University;
  • Michael Tarazi, Negotiations Support Unit (NSU), Media Dept;
  • Dr. Nabil Amr, PLC Member;
  • Hasan Abdul Rahman, Palestinian Ambassador, Washington, USA
Organized By: JMCC, Jerusalem

Workshop Concept: The second workshop will focus on the Palestinians performance in media: limitations and obstacles. The Palestinian officials and experts leading this workshop will discuss the present Palestinian strategies used in addressing international public.

   27-28 January 2005, Paris, France
Topic: EuroMeSCo Steering Committee Meeting

Attended by : Elise Aghazarian, Researcher, PASSIA

Organized by: EuroMeSCo Secretariat, Lisbon, Portugal

   1-2 February 2005, Beirut, Lebanon

Topic: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

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

Organized by: The European Centre for Conflict Prevention in cooperation with the Permanent Peace Movement and the Quaker Service

See Program & Conference resolution


   21 February 2005, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem

Topic: The Disengagement Plant

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

Organized by: The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem

See Program

   26 February-01 March 2005, Bahrain Kingdom  
Topic: Moderation in Islam between Theory and Practice

Organized by: The Arab Thought Forum, Amman, Jordan

   6-7 March 2005, Amman, Jordan  

   14-17 March, 2005, Cultural Palace, Ramallah  
Topic: Ten Years of the Palestinian Authority, Evaluation, and Assessment with Prospects for Future Vision

Attended by: Deniz Altayli, Sana Shannak, Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, PASSIA

Organized by
: PANORAMA - The Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development

   17 March, 2005, Inter-Continental Hotel, Jericho  
Topic: Palestinian Elections

Attended by: Elise Aghazarian, Researcher, PASSIA

Organized by
: TAMKEEN - Civil Society and Democracy Strengthening Project

   22 March, 2005, YWCA, Jerusalem  

تداعيات خبر بيع - تأجير دير الروم الارثودكس لعقارات في
 البلدة القديمة في القدس لصالح جهات اسرائيلية

Attended by: Hayat Al-Alami, PASSIA

Organized by
: PNGO Net

   20-23 March 2005, Cairo, Egypt  

Topic: Christian-Muslim Relations & Future
العلاقات الاسلامية المسيحية و توجيهات الفريق في المستقبل         

Organized by: Arab Group for Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Beirut, Lebanon
الفريق العربي للحوار الأسلامي- المسيحي، لبنان                   

   05 April 2005, Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem  
  Topic: Assessing and Evaluating P2P Activities

Organized by: Canadian Representative Office; Norwegian Representative Office; European Commission.

Attended by: Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi

   29-30 April 2005, Rabat, Morocco  
Topic: EuroMeSCo Annual Conference

Organized by: EuroMeSCo Secretariat, Lisbon, Portugal

See Program

   12 May 2005, Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem  

Topic: The Higher Islamic Council and the Question of Jerusalem... "One step forward"
يوم دراسي بعنوان : الهيئة الإسلامية والقدس ... نحو خطوة إلى الأمام

Organized by: The Higher Islamic Council, Jerusalem

   23 May 2005, BEST EASTERN HOTEL, Ramallah  

Topic: Turkey, the Middle East & the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Organized by: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA); Center for Strategic Research (SAM)

See Program
See Photos


Related Material: Turkey Between the West of the Elites and East of the Masses.

   6-10 June 2005, Geneva, Switzerland  


   9 June 2005, Lisbon, Portugal  
Topic: Global Europe, Citizen Europe: The Networks' Agenda

Organized by: Institute for Strategic and International Studies(IEEI); and the European Commission


   10 June 2005, Lisbon, Portugal  
Topic: EuroMeSCO Steering Committee Meeting

Organized by: EuroMeSCO


   18 July 2005, PMC, Ramallah  

Topic: Palestinian Civil Society Wants Date Set for Legislative Election

Organized by: Palestine Media Center (PMC), Ramallah

Press Coverage (English)
التغطية الإعلامية


   30 July 2005, Grand Park Hotel, Ramallah  

Summary Report 
More Photos 


Topic: Security Sector Reform in the Palestinian Territories - Challenges and Prospects

تحديات وتوقعات في  قضايا
الإصلاح الأمني في فلسطين

Organized by: (PASSIA) Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs; (DCAF) Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces

Participant(s): Abdullah, Ghassan, PMC; Abed Rabbo, Mohammad, Palestine Radio; Abu Baker, Nasser, Journalist; Abu Fawha, Saeed, Al-Ayyam; Abu Kamesh, Ibrahim, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida; Abu Raoub, Hassan, Saudi Channel News; Ad-Dukkah, MajGen A'sem; Al-Ashqar, Mohammad, Comprehensive Systems; Al-Ghul, Osama, Al-Rai; Allis, Yaser; Businessman; Alqasim, Ahmad, Director; Ministry of Agriculture; Al-Qilani, Mohammad, Pal. Comp. for Communication; Amr, Ehab, Legal Researcher, PICCR; Amral, Suleiman; Amro, Dr. Mahmoud; Arafat, Mousa; Arouri, Jamal; As-Saadi, Mohammad, Journalist; Assali, Khalil, Radio Sawa; As-Saoud, Amin; Director, Ministry of Agriculture; Ata, Awad; Attili, Mamoun, Field Researcher, PICCR; Awad, Taleb, Researcher; Awartani, Faisal, CEO, Alpha International; Bani Odeh, Bashar; Bani Odeh, Mansour; Bani Odeh, Mohammad; Batrawi, Walid, Journalist, BBC; Bunka, Kathy, Head Political Section, Canadian Representative Office; Dajani, Manal, Advocate; Darali, Jawal, Director International Relations, Central Information Dept., Fateh; Dararneh, Mohammad, Journalist; Duqmaq, Batheina; Eisawi, Amina, Consultant; Filfil, Rania, Interpreter; Gannam, Ziad, Palestinian TV; Ghaith, Mohammed, Journalist; Ghneim, Manal; Hajal, Nadia, Freelancer/Development; Harb, Jehad, PSR; Hourani, Faisal, Writer; Hourani, Lina, Dentist; Ismael, Nidal; Ismail, Brig Mohammad; Jabir, Basel, Head, RCSU; Jarrar, Khalida, Head, Addameer; Jayousi, Col Jihad; Khatar, Adnan, Journalist; Khreisheh, Dr. Hassan, First Deputy Speaker; PLC; Kirresh, Mokhader, PEA; Ladweh, Waleed, PSR; Lahlouh, Alaa, PSR; Mahmoud, Alaa, Lawyer; Maltsson, Annina, Student; McIvor, Jonathan, Lead Police Adviser, EU COPPS; Melhem, Dr. Feras, Lecturer in Law, Birzeit University; Najib, Mohammed, Journalist, Jane's; Naseef, Khalid; Nofal, Mamdouh, Political Analyst; Qaddoumi, Mashour; Qaddoumi, Wahid; Qarout, M.M., Ministry of Local Government; Refae, Khalil, Legal Adviser; Saba, Rima, Consultant; Ministry of Planning; Said, Majid, Journalist; Salahat, Isam, Researcher; Salameh, Dalal, Member; PLC; Salem, Walid, Head Jerusalem Office; PANORAMA; Schäfer, Peter, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Sholi, Husein; Lawyer; Ministerial Committee for Reform; Shu’aibi, Azmi, Member; PLC; Shunnar, Hazem; Soboh, Ahmed, Deputy Minister; Ministry of Information; Stiernblad, Henrik, Programme Director, EC COPPS; Tayem, Samer, Press; Thabet, Mohammad, Lawyer; Thabit, Ekrima; Zaid, Saeed, Clerk Interior Committee, PLC; Zein, Saed, PSR; Journalist, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida; Omran, Suleiman, Journalist.

Summary Report 
Program in English
البرنامج باللغة العربية



   24-25 September 2005, Best Eastern Hotel, Ramallah  

Towards an Information Strategy

Organized by:  Ministry of Information




   27 September 2005, Berlin, Germany  

Topic: The Road to Peace in the Broader Middle East- Next Stop Democracy

Organized by:  The American Jewish Committee, Berlin Office; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Berlin



Related Article (in German)


   1 October 2005, Royal Cultural Center, Amman  

Jerusalem Today

-Under the Auspices of the Steadfast
  in Jerusalem-



Related Article 

    صرخة  "المهدي"  من المدينة المقدسة 


   12-14 November 2005, Ramallah  

Topic: Jerusalem: Key to peace and freedom

ندوة القدس مفتاح السلام والحرية

برعاية اللجنة الوطنية لإحياء الذكرى السنوية الأولى لاستشهاد القائد الرمز ياسر عرفات


 23-24 November 2005, Dubai. United Arab Emirates  

The Role of Centers for Research, Political and Strategic Studies in the Arab World: Challenges and Prospects

دور مراكز البحوث والدراسات السياسية والاستراتيجية في الوطن العربي:
التحديات والآفاق

Organized by:  The Gulf Research Center and the Arab Association for Political Science

Event Details 

Program Schedule 


   17-18 December 2005, Grand Park Hotel, Ramallah  

The NGO’s Role between the Civil & the Political

Organized by:  Muwatin

Attended by:  Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi





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