IPCRI Publications


Economics, Law and Development
Water and Environment
Jerusalem and the Peace Process
Recent Publications

Economics, Law and Development

The Economic Impact of the Israeli-PLO Decleration of Principles on the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Middle East Region
By Samir Hazboun, Tariq Mitwasi and Wajih el-Shekh.
together with
Economic Consequences of the Israeli-PLO Declaration of Principles By Simcha Bahiri
The Israel-PLO declaration of Principles (DOP) signed in Washington on Sept. 13, 1993 marked a new stage in the transformation of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute in the direction of a peaceful settlement. Although substantial peace has not yet been achieved, there is a sense that things are on the move. Drs. Bahiri and Hazboun have contributed separate papers on the economic consequences of the DOP, each presenting his own national point of view. The general outline for both papers is to some extent identical, but the content differs. January 1994, 53 pages

Labour Migration in the Middle East Following the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait
By Gil Feiler
The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait greatly aggravated the problem of Palestinian unemployment. This paper examines the effects of the August 1990 crisis on labor migration in the Middle East. December 1993, 48 pages
Out of Print

Peace Pays, Palestinians, Israelis, and the Regional Economy
By Simcha Bahiri and Samir Huleileh with Daniel Gavron.
Peace Pays is a macro-economic analysis of the potential economic benefits of peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. Using scientific forecasting methodology, the authors provide detailed economic scenarios based on the success or failure of the peace process. They discuss a ten- year period during which time Palestinian autonomy should emerge and later develop into a Palestinian state. Their thesis is that peace will be beneficial economically to both parties and failure to achieve peace will result in significant negative economic consequences for both sides. September 1993, 127 pages
Out of Print

The Conversion of Dreams - Regional Tourism in the Middle East
Edited by Robin Twite and Gershon Baskin
During 1994 IPCRI conducted two regional seminars bringing together representatives of the tourist industry from Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan. This publication is the proceedings of those meetings. The book contains presentations by experts in the tourist industry. The subjects covered include: regional cooperation in marketing, development, investment and training; the social, cultural and physical environmental impact of tourism; religious tourism; and building a new regional tourism cooperative mechanism. October 1994, 130 pages


Elections in Palestine - Legal and Political Aspects
By attorney Ra'ed Abdul Hamid, L.LB.
Research on elections including analysis of legal aspects, systems and theories of elections, the history of elections in Palestine, elections for a Palestinian council and elections for municipalities. This is a publication of IPCRI's Civil Society Project. English and Arabic. October 1994, 249 pages

The Legal Structure for Foreign Investment in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
By Keith Molkner, J.D. and Ra'ed Abdul Hamid, L.LB.
The Current Legal Infrastructure for Foreign Investment; Translations of Statutory Law, Military Orders and Civil Administration Directives. The book contains a legal analysis of the current legal arrangements in the Palestinian territories for Foreign Investment and makes recommendations for the modernization of that system. October 1994, 98 pages

The First Trilateral Conference for Facilitating Trade and Investment Flows Between Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories -- Record of Discussions and Summary Recommendations
Edited Transcript of Proceedings of a Conference on Regional Trade held in February 1995 including representatives from Israel, Palestine and Jordan with observers from the UK, the US, Turkey and Egypt. Two Volume Series, September 1995

The Comprehensive How to Conduct Business in the Palestinian Territories
Edited by Gershon Baskin and Tim Smith.
This guidebook includes chapters on: The Palestinian Economy and Political Situation, How to Register a Company; Business Entities - types, advantages and disadvantages; Labor Laws; Financial Institutions; Taxation; Import and Export Procedures; Leasing and Purchasing Property; and Commercial Disputes and Enforcement of Contracts. The Guidebook covers all of the Palestinian areas and includes sample contracts, registration forms, and important names and addresses. October 1995

The Evolution and Development of Democracy in Israel and Palestine: Religious Laws of Personal Status, Freedom of the Press, Confronting Extremism, Women's Rights in Religious and Democratic Societies.
This publication gives and overview and in-depth experts from four IPCRI Civil Society conferences held during 1997. May 1998, 153 pages

Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Trade Relations Position papers by Simcha Bahiri, Samir Hazboun, Muhsen Makhamreh and Nadav Halevi.
This collection was prepared for a tri-lateral conference on trade relations held in September 1997 in Eilat. This is part of the IPCRI Final Status Series publications. It also includes an annotated bibliography on regional trade issues. September 1997, 126 pages.

Commercial Contract Enforcement in the Palestinian Territories by Daniel Kalman, Adv., Ra'ed Abdul Hamid, Adv., Mohammed Dahleh, Adv., Ayesha Qayyum, and Tobias Nybo Rasmussen
This paper examines the existing contract law of the Palestinian Territories, and will attempt to analyze and locate its weaknesses and places for improvement. Chapter One is an overview of the existing substantive contract law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including also an explanation of court and execution procedures. Chapter Two moves from the theoretical to the practical, in that it examines the actual practice of contractual business relations among Palestinians. This chapter also examines methods of enforcement, with an emphasis on out-of-court procedures such as arbitration. Chapter Three deals with recommendations for a better and more efficient contract law, with an emphasis on improving and streamlining procedural aspects of the law both in and out of the courts. February 1997, 105 pages

Intellectual Property Reform in the Palestinian Territories by Deborah Perla, Adv., Ra'ed Abdul Hamid, Adv., Mordechai Haller, Adv., Daniel Kalman, Adv.,
Intellectual property protection can be conveniently analyzed and organized on two levels: domestic legislation and international protection (treaties, etc.). The domestic legislation now in force in the Palestinian Authority and in Israel will be dealt with in Chapter II. Chapter III will analyze the relevant provisions of the Interim Agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority relating to intellectual property protections. In Chapter IV we will consider international treaties relating to intellectual property law in Israel, Jordan and under the Palestinian Authority and their applicability. Finally, in Chapter V we offer recommendations. For the benefit of our readers, we have included in Chapter VI copies of the laws applicable in the Palestinian autonomous regions. February 1997, 138 pages

The Palestinian Law on Freedom of the Press: A Comparative Survey with Western Democracies by Natasha Dudinski, M.A.Dr. Yasser Abu Khater, Adv. This report looks first at the international law regarding human rights, and examines how freedom of expression is codified in the documents that constitute international law. Then it examines how freedom of expression and freedom of the press are guaranteed by the Palestinian Constitution. The description of the Palestinian Press Law and its violations will be followed by a brief look at the development of European standards regarding freedom of the press. The main focus of this study is a comparative analysis of Western press laws with the Palestinian Press Law, and the conclusions and recommendations which follow. February 1997

Tax Law Reform in the Palestinian Territories By Ra'ed Abdul Hamid, adv., Mordechai Haller, L.LB., and Keith Molkner, J.D.
This report seeks to assist the Palestinian Council in exercising its legislative authority to replace existing legal structures with a modern unified tax code. Included in the report are: a brief synopsis of the historical development of current income tax law in the West Bank and Gaza during this century; a discussion of issues in income tax reform; a Model Income Tax Law for the Palestinian Territories (Arabic and English editions); consolidated translations of the current income tax laws of the West Bank and Gaza as amended by military order; and an English translation of the recent PNA amendments to the tax law regarding deductions and tax rates. January 1996, 304 pages

Banking Law Reform in the Palestinian Territories Rana Bahu, Adv., Eric Melloul, MBA, and William Walsh, Esq.
Includes detailed background information about the Palestinian banking sector, a review of general principles of banking law, in-depth analysis of banking law issues such as: licensing, supervision, prudential requirements, systems of payments and lending. The book concludes with a model of statutory articles and an appendix of existing laws. December 1995, 261 pages

A Critical Analysis of the Palestinian Law On the Encouragement of Investmen By Keith Molkner, J.D. Covers
A full analysis of the Law including a review of the investment incentives and an in-depth critique of the Law. The book also includes the original Arab text of the Law as well as an English language version. December 1995, 67 pages

Water and Environment

A Proposal for the Development of a Regional Water Master Plan
Prepared by a Joint Israeli-Palestinian Team: Karen Assaf, Nader el Khatib, Elisha Kally, Hillel Shuval.
"This very valuable study carried out by the joint Israeli-Palestinian team under the auspices of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information is part of a capacity building and institution development initiative of inestimable importance...An introductory section provides a background to the water resources of the area under review and the international and legal contexts in which water can be allocated, regulated and utilized. The material has been assembled on the basis of research and publications of both Palestinian and Israeli scientists and in addition to setting the hydrological scene provides a particularly useful review of basic principles for peaceful cooperation between the partners to shared waters...This book is an essential read for anyone needing to keep abreast of the underlying science and economics of water in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel and for future historians it will provide an invaluable marker for those researching how the political economy of Israel and a future Palestine evolved in this particularly dynamic period." October 1993, 192 pages

Water: Conflict or Cooperation
Edited by Gershon Baskin.
This publication contains five essays:
The West Bank and Israel's Water Crisis by Gershon Baskin; Palestinian Water Rights by Nader el Khatib; The Water Situation in the Gaza Strip By Isam R. Shawwa; Approaches to Finding an Equitable Solution to the Water Resources Problems shared by Israelis and Palestinians in the Use of the Mountain Aquifer by Hillel Shuval, and Culture, conflict and Cooperation: The Jordan River Basin by Jay Rothman and Miriam Lowi.
March 1993, 114 pages

Our Shared Environment
Edited by Robin Twite and Jad Isaac. Twenty Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists environmentalists have produced this volume of articles on: sustainable development, water quality, solid wastes, open spaces and urban planning, environmental law, education and the environment, sustainable agriculture and pesticide use, air pollution and the special problems of Gaza's environment. November 1994, 373 pages
Our Shared Environment - - The Conference 1994 edited by Robin Twite and Robin Menczel. Proceedings of the Our Shared Environment Conference held in Jerusalem in December 1994. The conference was the first time that Israelis and Palestinians environmentalists met in an informal context to discuss their mutual concerns. The book contains accounts of the sessions and major contributions made during the conference. October 1995, 310 pages
Our Shared Environment - - The Conference 1995 edited by Robin Twite and Robin Menczel. Proceedings of the Our Shared Environment Conference held in Jerusalem in December 1995. The book contains accounts of almost all the sessions and major contributions made during the two and a half days of the conference. December 1996

Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Trade: Present Issues, Future Possibilities Gershon Baskin and Zakaria al Qaq, Editors.
This book is a report of the Tri-lateral trade conference held in Eilat in September 1997 attended by officials, academics and private sector people from Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The book deals with future trade agreements, economic cooperation, tariff and non-tariff barriers to regional trade, standards, security issues and more. April 1998, 145 pages

Jerusalem and the Peace Process

The Future of Jerusalem
Edited by Gershon Baskin and Robin Twite.
This book contains the proceedings of the First Israeli-Palestinian International Academic Seminar on the Future of Jerusalem held in Jerusalem in March 1993. The book also contains an analysis of the various possible solutions to the issue of Jerusalem, a look at Brussels as a possible model, and an analysis of the international legal status of Jerusalem. The book includes discussion of ecumenical relations, urban planning in the city and models of municipal government. The final section of the book is the IPCRI plan for the future of Jerusalem which was developed by Israelis and Palestinians in two-years of roundtable meetings. The Future of Jerusalem is an indispensable tool for policy makers, journalists and the enlightened public. September 1993, 303 pages

Strategic Choices Facing Palestinians in Negotiations
By Jerome Segal.
This essay focuses on some difficult questions of strategy that the Palestinian leadership has faced, and continues to face, with regard to the interim status negotiations with Israel. March 1993, 26 pages

Internal Security Issues in an Interim Agreement
By Gershon Baskin.
The central issue in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians is the question of mutual security. This is also probably the most sensitive issue in negotiations. IPCRI's security project assessed the question of internal security for both Israel and the Palestinians in the framework of the interim period. This publication presents the major issues involved and suggests ways for resolving them. February 1993, 21 pages

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Documentation Series
This IPCRI publication includes the official English texts of the following peace documents: Letter of Invitation to the Madrid Peace Conference, The Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, The Cairo Agreement (on security), Agreement of the Gaza Strip and Jericho Area, the Pairs Economic Agreement. June, 1994.

New Thinking on the Future of Jerusalem, A Model for the Future of Jerusalem: Scattered Sovereignty edited by Gershon Baskin.
The latest version of the model for the future of Jerusalem which has been developed through two years of IPCRI's roundtable forum of the Jerusalem's future as well as four international conferences. The model gives a detailed plan for sharing Jerusalem between Israel and a future Palestinian state. June 1994, 27 pages

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel: Implication for the Mideast Conflict By Peter Demant.
A fascinating essay in which Dr. Demant analyzes how Jewish fundamentalism in Israel has influenced the Mideast conflict. Special emphasis is placed on the role of Gush Emunim and the settlement movement. August 1994, 24 pages

Jerusalem of Peace By Gershon Baskin.
This publication provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between territory and sovereignty in Jerusalem's future. The book also provides background material on Jerusalem's history, its legal standing and how international law can be used in the resolution of the Jerusalem question. October 1994, 167 pages

Is Jerusalem Negotiable? By Prof. Jerome Segal.
Part of the IPCRI Final Status Series publications. This paper is based on in-depth public opinion surveys and interviews conducted amongst thousands of Israelis and Palestinians. July 1997, 57 pages

The Future of the Israeli Settlements in Final Status Negotiation
edited by Gershon Baskin and Zakaria al Qaq.
This publication summarized two years of IPCRI work on the question of the future of the Israeli settlements. The publication details Palestinian and Israeli positions as well as trying to identify some possible areas for compromise and agreement between them. The book also provides a number of position papers including one written by a settler. This is part of the IPCRI Final Status Series publications. December 1997, 153 pages

Religion and State in Israeli and Palestinian Society edited by Natasha Dudinski, M.A.
Proceedings of the conference on Religion and State in Israeli and Palestinian Society which took place in November of 1995. The purpose of the conference was to give Israeli and Palestinian religious authorities, scholars and legal experts an opportunity to exchange their perspectives on the relationship between religion and state as well as on related issues. August 1996, 69 pages

Brussels-Jerusalem: Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution in Divided Cities.
This book is a major research work undertaken by IPCRI and the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Brussels involving more than 30 Israeli, Palestinian and Belgium researchers. The book details issues of sovereignty, the legal status of Jerusalem and Brussels,. Conflict and conflict management, political culture of divided cities, etc. November 1997, 496 pages

The Future of the Palestinian Refugee Issue in Final Status Negotiations
Dr. Adel Yahya, Project Director.
This book summarizes a year long research project assessing the expectations of Palestinian refugees, Palestinian leaders and Israeli public figures with regard to the future of the refugee issue. In the course of the research some 150 Palestinian refugees were interviewed as well as 50 Israeli and Palestinian public figures. Public opinion polls were also conducted in Israel and in Palestine. This is part of the IPCRI Final Status Series publications. March 1998, 217 pages

Recent Publiations

Guidelines for Final Status Economic Negotiations Between Israel and Palestine By Samir Hulileh and Dr. Gil Feiler
with Dr. Gershon Baskin and Dr. Zakaria al Qaq
This text is available on line at www.ipcri.org/trade3.htm or available in hard copy.

A Revaluation of the Border Industrial Estates Concept
by Gershon Baskin and Zakaria al Qaq.
A Commercial Law Report Series Publication. This paper is aimed to serve as an evaluation of the concept of border industrial zones between Israel and Palestine. The paper examines the way they developed and what some of the prospects and problems the first zone, the Gaza Industrial Estate (GIE), is confronting with regard to attracting investors. The Gaza Industrial Estate is meant to serve as a model of economic development in the Palestinian Authority areas and a model for economic cooperation between the PA and Israel. The paper includes PA Law Number 10 Free Industrial Cities and Zones. December 1998 55 pages English with additional sections in Hebrew and Arab.

Creating a Culture of Peace
edited by Gershon Baskin and Zakaria al Qaq.
This book contains essays and edited texts of discussions of a broad range of Palestinian and Israeli intellectuals. Included in the book are: Israelis and Palestinians: Trauma, Identity and National by Kalman Yaron; Multiplication, Fragmentation and Unification of the Palestinian Identity by Prof. Bernard Sabella; Obstacles for Peace in the Ideology and Political Culture of Israel by Dr. Mordechai Bar-On; Obstacles for Peace in the Experiences and Expectations of Israeli and Palestinians Societies by Prof. Said Zeidani; An Islamic Position Pertaining to the Palestinian-Israeli Accord by Sheikh Jamil Abdel Rahim Abdel Karim Hammami; The Influence of the Peace Process on Religious-Secular Relations in Israel by Rabbi Dr. Naftali Rothenberg. January 1999, 223 pages


Trilateral Confederation: A New Political Vision for Peace The Just Way to Peaceful Co-existence on both Sides of the Jordan River
A Final Status Series Publication. This imaginative and creative work aims at creating discussion and debate about the possibilities for creating an Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Confederation of three independent states as a solution for long lasting peace. Mr. Hess has developed and presented a detailed plan for the Confederation that should be viewed as a mechanism for creatively thinking about the possibilities rather than as a blue print for political development. Much of the work is based on economic models and assumptions that significant economic growth in the region, particularly for Palestine and Jordan is not only a prerequisites for peace, it is mostly possible if the borders between the three states are removed to allow for the free flow of goods, people and capital. January 1999, 115 pages, Also available in Hebrew. (An Arabic version will be forthcoming).

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