This Month on Diwaniyya

This month, Diwaniyya brings you conversations with three experts on Israel-Palestine issues in the run-up to the UN vote on Palestinian statehood, which will take place on September 20.  

Dr. Khalil Shikak is a professor of Political Science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, based in Ramallah. He has been a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University since 2005, and has taught at several universities. Between 1996-99, he served as Dean of Scientific Research at al Najah University,and spent summer 2002 as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Since 1993, Dr. Shikaki has conducted more than 150 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and since 2000, he has conducted more than 30 joint surveys of Palestinian and Israeli attitudes with Yaacov Shamir from the Hebrew University. 
Professor Asher Susser is the Stanley and Ilene Gold Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. He was the Director of the Center for twelve years and has taught for some thirty years in the University's Department of Middle Eastern History. He has been a Fulbright Fellow; a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Brandeis University, and the University of Arizona; and a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi heads the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA), which he founded in 1987. In 1972, he co-founded the Al-Fajr daily newspaper, where he served as editor until 1974. He was co-founder the Council for Higher Education in the West Bank in 1977, and was its General Secretary until 1980, as well as founding and serving as elected president of the Arab Thought Forum in Jerusalem from 1977 until 1981. He is a political analyst and historian who specializes in Palestine and Jerusalem, the evolution of the Palestinian National Movement and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.

Alona Ferber

Diwaniyya Contributor