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Bitterlemons is a website that presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on prominent issues of concern. It focuses on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and peace process. It is produced, edited and partially written by Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian, and Yossi Alpher, an Israeli. Its goal is to contribute to mutual understanding through the open exchange of ideas. aspires to impact the way Palestinians, Israelis and others worldwide think about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. maintains complete organizational and institutional symmetry between its Palestinian and Israeli components. Each edition addresses a specific issue of controversy. Articles by Alpher and Khatib are accompanied by additional articles by, or interviews with, a prominent Israeli and a prominent Palestinian. No intelligent and articulate views are considered taboo. Each weekly edition of is posted on the website and readers can also obtain a free subscription by entering their email address in the space provided on the home page.

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Palestine National Institute for NGOs (PNIN)

The Palestine National Institute for NGOs (PNIN) is a national non-governmental network of NGOs in the state of Palestine. It has been established in Jerusalem in 1997, working toward building and developing the NGOs to achieve social justice and respect for the dignity of the Palestinians. It seeks to guarantee its participation in the administration of general affaires and to realize a civil society based-on democracy.

It is focused on reflecting the changes in the Palestinian society that is committed to the establishment of an independent, sovereign state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. PNIN represents a multi- dimensional popular movement engaged in the process of building a Palestinian infrastructure through its national institutions which is integral of establishing a civil society.

Address : Al-Bazzar Building - Floor 5 Office 12
P.O.Box 1601
Ramallah - Palestine
Phone : +972-2-2967339
Fax : +972-2-2967901
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Palestinian Non-Governemental Organizations’ Network (PNGO)

The Palestinian NGO Network is a civil and democratic body, which seeks to support, consolidate and strengthen the Palestinian civil society on the basis of the principles of democracy, social justice and sustainable development. It strives for the attainment of the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people. It is a Palestinian NGO umbrella organization comprising 92 member organizations working in different developmental fields. PNGO was established in September 1993, after the signing of the Oslo Accords, with the objective of enhancing coordination, consultation and cooperation among the different sectors of civil society. Since then PNGO has become an important component of Palestinian society and serves as an essential coordination mechanism for the NGO sector at the local, regional and international level.

PNGO envisages the establishment of an independent and democratic Palestinian state based on the rule of law, social justice and the respect for human rights. In order to support the above process, PNGO will :

  • contribute to the national resistance to end the occupation
  • advocate for the rights of the Palestinian people locally, regionally and globally
  • advocate for responsible and appropriate legislation and public policies
  • strengthen coordination within the NGO sector
  • strengthen democratic values within society
  • strengthen civil society’s organizational capacities

Address : PO Box 2322
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel : 972-2-2963847
Fax : 972-2-2963848
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PENGON (Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network)

The Palestinian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PENGON) is a coordinating body between the different Palestinian NGOs working in the field of environment. It aims to serve Palestinian environmental issues by coordinating endeavors between the member organizations, strengthening and building the efficiency within each organization, and enhancing relations within the Network as well as with other organizations domestically and abroad, such as local government agencies and international environmental organizations.

The idea of establishing a network of Palestinian environmental organizations began in 1998, when a number of the NGOs felt the urgent need to coordinate their efforts. These organizations faced a Palestinian environment in grave danger due to violent Israeli occupation practices on the ground, including the confiscation of land, illegal settlement activities, the uprooting of trees, the destruction of Palestinian agricultural land, the use of Palestinian occupied lands by Israel as dumping ground for poisonous industrial waste, and the exhausting of water resources and the polluting of the water ground reservoirs by settlements. These concerns have intensified dramatically since the recent Intifada.

To cope with this desperate situation, and to coordinate the scattered efforts of the different Palestinian NGOs in the field of the environment, a number of active Palestinian NGOs held several meetings in April and May of 2001. The meetings culminated in the announcement of the Network and the election of a Coordinating Committee to combine these efforts those organizations.

Address : PO Box 25220
Beit Hanina, Jerusalem
Phone : +972-2-2971505
Fax : +972-2-2975123
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The Alternative Information Center (AIC)

AIC is a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization which prioritizes political advocacy, critical analysis and information sharing on the Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In doing so, the AIC promotes responsible co-operation between Palestinians and Israelis based on the values of social and political justice, equality, solidarity, community involvement and respect for the full inalienable national rights of all Palestinian people.

Address : PO Box 31417. Jérusalem 91313 - ISRAEL
Phone: (972) 2-6241159 - (972) 2 6241424
Fax : (972) 2 6253151
Email : aic AT (Sergio YAHNI)
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Welfare Association - Ta’awoun

Welfare Association is a private, non-profit foundation established in Geneva in 1983 to support Palestinian society in sustainable development. It has become better known in Palestine and the Arab region by its Arabic name, Ta’awoun, meaning « cooperation ».

WA beneficiaries are more than 4 million Palestinians who are served by Palestinian non-governmental organizations, community institutions and charitable organizations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Galilee, Jaffa, Akka, Nazareth and Naqab, as well as in refugee camps in Lebanon. WA works by strengthening local organizations, and assisting them in improving their services to the community and in promoting Palestinian culture, heritage and identity.

Address : P. O. Box 25204
Phone : (9702) 234-3922/35
Fax : (9702) 234-3936
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Sister organization
Address : Welfare Association (UK)
5 Princes Gate, Kensington Road
London SW7 1QJ-U.K.
Phone : (44 20)7-589-8035
Fax : (44 20)7- 589-7392
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