PASSIA Diary 2006

Every year since 1988, PASSIA has published its “Diary”, which continues to follow original aims and goals, i.e., to provide a comprehensive directory of contact information for relevant organizations operating in the West Bank and Gaza – listing names, addresses, main activities – combined with a full day-to-day planner (calendar) of the respective year and a comprehensive compilation of events and statistics related to Palestine and the Palestinians. The PASSIA Desk Diary is annually updated – entries are added, changed or removed and new addresses and information are included. PASSIA is very proud to say that its diary has become an invaluable source of information for many people, both locally and abroad, and as yet there is no equivalent publication in Palestine.

Jan. 1, 2006


The 2006 edition of the PASSIA Desk Diary contains over 370 pages of updated and new addresses, a comprehhensive calendar, and information and statistics on relevant events and issues, as they became available throughout the year of 2005.

The first section is the Directory, which contains details of Palestinian and international institutions operating in the Palestinian Territories. The fact that it is annually updated as well as the comprehensiveness of the directory is unique and makes it an invaluable res source for all those interested in or working on the Palestine Question. Among the information provided one finds names of contact persons, phone and fax numbers, e-mail and mailing addresses, internet websites (where available), and a brief background for most organizations on their main fields of work. The directory also includes an index that facilitates the search for a certain entry.

Directory entries in the 2006 edition included the following:
¢ Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO): Executive Committee, PLO Departments, Delegations Abroad, Representation in International Bodies
¢ Palestinian Authority (PA): President’s Office, Ministries, PLC (members and committees), Attorney General, Agencies, Institutions, Commissions and Councils, Police and Security, and Local Government Administration (Governorates, Municipalities & Village Councils)
¢ Political Parties and Factions
¢ Academic and Research Centers
¢ Agriculture
¢ Associations & Unions
¢ Chambers of Commerce
¢ Charitable Organizations
¢ Cultural Centers
¢ Democracy, Peace & Community Development Centers
¢ Diplomatic Missions: Embassies, Consulates, Representative Offices to the PA
¢ Education: Universities, Colleges, Schools, Training and Vocational Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Institutes, and Libraries
¢ Environment & Water
¢ Financial & Development Institutions: Banks, Credit, Investment & Consulting Companies, Money Changers
¢ Governmental Aid Missions
¢ Health: Hospitals, Clinics & Centers, Physicians, Pharmacies
¢ Human Rights & Law: Human Rights Centers, Law Offices, Lawyers
¢ International & UN Organizations
¢ Media & Press (local, regional and international)
¢ NGOs Operating in Palestine: Coordinating Groups, Foreign NGOs
¢ Palestinian Organizations in Israel
¢ Religious Forums & Centers (Islamic and Christian)
¢ Restaurants (Islamic and Christian)
¢ Services: Accountants, Advertisement, Print & Design, Bookshops & Stationary, Car Rentals, Computers/Software & IT, Couriers & Express Services, E-mail & Internet, Insurances, Management Consulting & Development, Planning & Engineering, Real Estate, Telecommunication & Office Equipment, Translation & Editing, and Others
¢ Sport Clubs and Fitness Centers
¢ Trade - Import/Expo
Travel and Tourism: Airlines, Hotels & Resorts, Hospices & Guesthouses, Touristic and Recreational Sites, Travel Agencies & Tour Operators, Taxis & Transportation)
¢ Women's Organizations
¢ Youth Organizations

The second section of the Diary 2006 includes standard features, such as a day-by day planner, calendars for the previous and following years, address and note space, and anniversaries and national holidays of foreign countries. Each calendar page also includes a box providing details of international treaties, conventions, resolutions and so forth that relate to the Palestine Question.

The third section of the Diary is the Agenda, a source of information and facts about Palestine and the Palestinians. The agenda begins with 14 chapters in which the following aspects of Palestinian society and the Palestine Question are described, supported by tables, statistics and suggestions for further research (reading material and website references):
Dictionary of Palestinian Political Terms
¢ Geography
¢ Population
¢ Refugees
¢ Land & Settlements
¢ Water & Environment
¢ Economy: Agriculture, Industry & Private Sector, Labor & Employment, Tourism, Trade, Taxation, Finances
¢ Education
¢ Health
¢ Infrastructure: Housing & Construction, Transport & Roads, Telecommunication, Electricity & Energy
¢ Society & Living Conditions
¢ Government & Negotiations
¢ Jerusalem: facts & figures on the history, population, Israeli policies and practices, settlement, and housing, as well as a chronology of events in Jerusalem throughout 2005.

The fourth and final part of the agenda comprises a Palestine Chronology 2005, a full list of available PASSIA publications, as well as a set of colored maps, illustrating historical and contemporary aspects of the Palestine-Israel conflict, including maps on Israel’s settlement policy and its separation wall, the distribution of refugees and the situation in Jerusalem.