Palestinian Refugees 1948-1998 (An Oral History)

Adel Yahya. al-Bireh, 1999.
211 pages, pictures and maps.
English and Arabic versions.
Paperback: 8 US$.

About the book

The book traces and assesses the Palestinian refugee question from the prospective of Palestinian refugees. The book is based on more than 200 in-depth oral interviews with Palestinian refugees from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as Palestinian and Israeli public figures. In 1948 three-quarters of a million Palestinians became refugees in the West Bank and Gaza as well as in neighboring Arab countries, especially Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. Fifty years later, the number has increased to over 4 million according to the most conservative estimates. More than 1.25 million of these refugees reside in the West Bank and Gaza, representing more than 50% of the total population of about 2.5 million. It is this category of Palestinian refugees, and in particular their role in the current peace process, that this research addresses. This research project was devised with the aim of influencing the current issues and ideas presently being considered with regard to the refugee issue within the context of final status negotiations.

New and useful data has been collected and analyzed which has endowed us with a better understanding of the present situation and mentality amongst Palestinians and Israelis concerning the Palestinian refugee issue. The center piece of our research has been the collection of 163 in-depth interviews, in which refugees were asked questions concerning their experiences and their feelings regarding potential solutions to this problem. Our research has focused on several aspects of Palestinian refugee history including their present living conditions and current opinions on potential solutions. The clarification of these issues as a whole will enable us to come to a better understanding of the varying opinions regarding potential solutions to this dilemma.

Between Two Intifadas, Palestinian Oral History

Adel Yahya. al-Bireh, 2002.
225 pages.
Arabic version.
Paperback: 7 US$.

 

About the book:

 

The book is a practical guide for field researchers, teachers and students in the field of oral history and field research. It details the different steps in conducting field work and establishing oral and written archives; interviewing, recording, transcribing, editing texts and archiving them, and a chapter on using oral data for academic purposes. The book also includes a few interviews that have been collected over several years by members of the PACE team and other annexes.

The Story of Two Refugee Camps (Al-Ain & al-Aroub) 

Adel Yahya. al-Bireh, 2008.
178 pages.
Arabic version.
Paperback: 7 US$.

 

About the Book

 

The book traces the history of the two refugee camps and their people from the Nakba of 1948 until the present. It is based on in depth oral interviews with residents of the two camps and the neighboring villages and towns of Nablus, Hebron, al-Shoyoukh, Beit Ummar, as well as the UNRWA archives and publications.

PACE Tour Guide of the West Bank and Gaza Strip “Palestine”

Adel Yahya, Muin Sadeq, Hana Abdel Nour. al-Bireh, 1999.
281 pages, color pictures, maps.
English, Arabic and Italian versions.
Hardcover: 15 US$, Paperback: 10 US$.

About the book

PACE's Tour Guide of the West Bank & Gaza Strip is a historical and archaeological guide to the Palestinian Territories with practical information for visitors and tourists about them. The book describes the different regions and historical sites of the two regions with concentration on their historical background, archaeological remains, and information about access to those sites and their current state.

The book explains that tourists sustain from visiting the Palestinian areas either because they think that the areas are unsafe, or because they are unaware of their many attractions. The goal of this book is thus to reveal the richness of the heritage and culture of Palestine and to help international tourists feel more comfortable while visiting it.  

The idea of the guide book was born in 1996 as PACE started organizing excursions for international visitors in the West Bank and Gaza. Since then, PACE realized that the main reason behind tourists' unwillingness to visit the West Bank and Gaza was the limited available information on the Palestinian areas. The guide was thus not meant to be a history book, but rather a practical guide to the country and its people, both of which have long been neglected by other guide books of the region.