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Palestine (Palestinian National Authority)

Use the tabs below to find online resources about Palestine from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.

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BBC News Profile - Israel and Palestinian Territories
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

Human Development Report on the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

ITC - Palestine, Occupied Territory
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Medea - Occupied Palestinian Territories
Documents, treaties/agreements, imports/exports, elections, international relations, and UN Resolutions from the European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation (Medea).

OHCHR - Occupied Palestinian Territories
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Occupied Palestinian Territories
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Occupied Palestinian Territories
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Commercial Service - West Bank and Gaza Strip

Country profile about doing business in the Palestinian Territory by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Energy - Palestine
Country report from the Energy Information Administration for Palestine.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Palestinian Territories
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Palestine " as the search term.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
Crisis Group International Databases and Resources
Crisis Group provides analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation.
  • CrisisWatch Database
    Monthly bulletin of significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world. (Under Israel/Occupied Territories)
  • Conflict Histories Database
    Detailed histories of the conflicts covered by Crisis Group analysts. (Under Israel/Occupied Territories)
Congressional Research Service Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually 10-40 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Palestine" as the search term.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Palestine.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Palestine" as the search term

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons. Term used in "Palestinian Territory."

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)

"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - Israel and the Occupied Territories
News and reports related to human rights.

SESRCIC Statistics & Database

Searchable statistical database for member countries from the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRTCIC), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Term used is "Palestine."


UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)

WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents. TTerms used are "Gaza Strip" and "West Bank."
Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD)
Projects, operations, resources, and technical assistance from the AFESD. Members of the AFESD are the 21 Arab countries that are members of the League of Arab states (including Palestine).

EU's Relations with Occupied Palestinian Territory
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with the occupied Palestinian Territory.

European Commission Technical Assistance Office to the West Bank and Gaza Strip
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including Palestine), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.

IRIN Humanitarian Profile - Occupied Palestinian Territories
IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news and analysis about sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for the humanitarian community.

Islamic Development Bank
"The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is a Multilateral Development Bank (MDB), established to foster the economic development and social progress of its member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in accordance with the principles of Shari'ah (Islamic Law). There are 56 member countries (including Palestine).

League of Arab States
Established in 1945, the Arab League has 22 members (including Palestine). The Arab League promotes the political, economic, cultural, and social interests of member states. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
PCHR is an independent Palestinian human rights organization based in Gaza City.

Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations

Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb -Occupied Palestinian Territories
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
  • OCHA - occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
    "OCHA-occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is responsible for monitoring relief needs and providing humanitarian support services to the UN Country Team (UNCT) reporting directly to the Humanitarian Coordinator and through the Resident Coordinator to the Heads of UN-Agencies."
SESRCIC - State of Palestine
Socioeconomic statistics and information for member countries from the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRCIC), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Occupied Palestinian Territory from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Assistance to the Palestinian People
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)

This site contains documents from 1915 on this question, including British, UN and League of Nations documents.

United Nations Question of Palestine
Links to UN news, resolutions, and UN agencies dealing with Palestine.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA was "established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees."

USAID - West Bank and Gaza Strip
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic and humanitarian assistance programs.

U.S. Department of State - Middle East Peace
U.S.-Middle East relations, Israel/Palestinian conflict, relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.

Virtual Presence Post - Gaza
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in the Gaza Strip.

World Bank - West Bank and Gaza
World Bank data, projects, and research in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

World Food Programme - Occupied Palestinian Territory
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.
Official site of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region Office (WHO-EMRO).
American Task Force on Palestine
ATFP is a non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing about lasting peace and stability in the Middle East by establishing the state of Palestine alongside Israel.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies." Palestine Military Guide
Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
1948-Present: "Set up in 1948, UNTSO was the first peacekeeping operation established by the United Nations. UNTSO military observers remain in the Middle East to monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements, prevent isolated incidents from escalating and assist other UN peacekeeping operations in the region."
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Palestine.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
palestine and econom* palestine and econom*
palestine and histor* palestine and histor*
palestine and politic* palestine and politic*
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