The Palestinian Strategic Report 2010/11: al-Taqrir al-’Istratiji al-Filastini 2010/11 (التقرير الاستراتيجي الفلسطيني 2010/11)

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Dr. Mohsen M. Saleh
مركز الزيتونة للدراسات والاستشارات, May 23, 2011 - History - 444 pages
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 This annual referential report, has become an essential classic in the academic realm of Palestinian Studies. It includes the latest and most recent statistical and analytic data on the various developments related to the Palestinian issue.

Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations issued its Palestinian Strategic Report 2010/11 (PSR 2010/11) which addresses the developments of the Palestinian issue in 2010/11.

The PSR is considered one of the most important scientific studies published annually by Al-Zaytouna Centre.

The Report is rich with information, analyses, tables and charts besides strategic visions and future outlooks.

It is published for the sixth year in a row and it has become one of the major sources for experts and those interested in the Palestinian issue.

It provides a comprehensive coverage of the developments of the Palestinian issue that happened over a year while abiding by strict scientific and professional standards.

The Report is 444 medium-sized pages. It is co-authored by 15 researchers specialized in the Palestinian issue, reviewed by four consultants and edited by Dr. Mohsen M. Saleh.

The PSR 2010/11 stresses that the uprisings witnessed in the Arab world since early 2011, especially in Egypt, will have a direct impact on the Palestinian issue. The impact will most likely be positive if the uprisings achieved their goals and yielded political regimes which express the real will of the Arab peoples. However, the Report notes that the internal affairs would most probably be the primary concern during the coming period.

Regarding the inter-Palestinian reconciliation, PSR 2010/11 asserts that the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo last May still needs more serious steps to end the division and achieve real reconciliation on the ground. It needs to resolve many obstacles through cooperation between the different parties, away from external interventions and pressures.

On the Israeli level, the Report mentions that 2010 has continuously witnessed the inclination of the Israeli society towards the extreme right. It further notes the absence of  any breakthroughs in 2011 especially in the light of Israel’s rejection for the negotiations with President Mahmud ‘Abbas. The agreement signed with Hamas and the PA’s attempts to obtain international recognition of the Palestinian State in September 2011 hindered such negotiations.

On the international level, the PSR says that the international diplomatic efforts towards the Palestinian issue have failed again in 2010. They could not achieve any significant progress regarding the peace settlement track or the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Moreover, PSR 2010/11 includes a large number of figures and statistics on Israeli violations on different levels. During 2010, 98 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (including Jerusalem) by Israeli forces and settlers while 967 Palestinians and international solidarity activists were wounded. On the other hand, Israel’s internal security service mentioned that during 2010, 9 Israelis were killed and 28 were wounded in operations carried out by the Palestinians.

Concerning settlement building, the Report shows that despite the 10-month Israeli moratorium on settlement building, Israel established 1819 buildings/apartments in 133 settlements all over the West Bank, including Jerusalem; in addition to 1433 mobile homes (caravans).

PSR 2010/11 also discusses the increased Israeli attacks on the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and historic Palestine, during 2010. It further shows that the developments during that year revealed that the Judaization of Jerusalem has become the primary battle for Israel due to the obsession with the “Jewishness of the state” dominating the Israeli mind.  

Concerning demographic indicators, PSR 2010/11 mentions that at the end of 2010 the number of Palestinians around the world was around 11.14 million people. More than half of them, i.e., 5.75 million (51.6%) live in Diaspora, while the rest, i.e., 5.39 million (48.4%) live in historic Palestine. The latter are distributed by 1.28 million people in the territories occupied in 1948 and 4.11 million in the ’67 territories.

The Report mentions that if the current growth rates of the Palestinians and the Jews persist, the number of Palestinians and Jews will become on par by 2017 where each will reach around 6.53 million. Thus, in 2020, around 49.2% of the population will be Jews as their number will reach 6.87 million compared to 7.09 million Palestinians.

Regarding the economic indicators in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Report shows that events during 2010 has not affected the direct dependence of the Palestinian economy on the Israeli economy. In addition, the isolation of the Palestinian economy from the outside world continued due to the Israeli control of all international exits and Palestinian border crossings besides the Palestinian foreign trade.

PSR 2010/11 also refers to the enormous difference between the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on one hand and the Israeli economy on the other. Thus, it shows, for example, that in 2010 the Palestinian GDP per capita was $1500 (around $1925 in the West Bank and $877 in the Strip) compared to $28,500 in Israel. In addition, the GDP amounted to $5.73 billion for the Palestinians compared to $217.13 billion for the Israelis.


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The Palestinian Issue and the Muslim World
The Economic Situation in the WB and
Table of Contents 5 List of Tables 11 List of Abbreviations 15 List of Contributors 17 Introduction
The Caretaker Government in Ramallah 29 1 Postponement of Municipal Elections 30 2 Steps Towards Independence 31 3 The Palestinian State and ...
The Israeli Internal Political Scene 65 1 The Fragility of the Israeli Governing Coalition 66 2 Corruption Criminality and Sexual Harassment
The Most Prominent Demographic Economic and Military Indicators
Aggression and Resistance 101 1 The Killed and Wounded 101 2 Prisoners and Detainees 102 Fourth The Israeli Position Towards the Domestic Pale...
The Stances of the League of Arab States and the Arab Summit 138 1 The Stance on the Peace Settlement 138 2 The Stance on the InterPalestinian R...
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation 187 Second Turkey 190 Third Iran 205 Fourth Malaysia 214 Fifth Indonesia 216 Sixth Pakistan 218 Seven...
The Quartet 232 Second The United States of America 235 Third The European Union 244 Fourth Russia 251 Fifth China 254 Sixth Japan 256 Seve...
Islamic and Christian Holy Sites 279 1 AlAqsa Mosque 280 2 Jerusalems Islamic Holy Sites 287 3 Jerusalems Christian Holy Sites 287 4 Islamic and ...
The Settlement and Judaization Process in Jerusalem 297 1 Taking over Palestinian Neighborhoods 298 2 Settlement Expansion in Jerusalem 301 Fo...
The Palestinian Population Worldwide 331 Second The Demographic Characteristics of Palestinians 334 1 The WB and GS 334 2 The Palestinian Te...
Indicators of Economic Development 367 1 GDP Growth 367 2 The GDP per Capita Growth 374 3 Consumption Saving and Investment Indicators ...
The PA and Government Management of the Economic Situation 413 1 The Palestinian Schism 413 2 Annual General Budget 413 3 Quality and Pri...

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About the author (2011)

Mohsen Saleh is an Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Arab History, the general manager of al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations since 2004, former head of Department of History and Civilization at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and former executive manager of Middle East Studies Centre in Amman. He was granted the Bait al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) award for Young Muslims Scholars in 1997 and the Excellent Teaching Award (College level), given by IIUM in 2002. He has edited or co-edited more than 30 books.

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