Country briefing: Palestine

News reports and articles 

Latest news about Palestine 
A compilation from multiple sources

Brian Whitaker's blog posts and other articles about Palestine

Online news sources for Palestine


Basic information

CIA World Factbook
The geography, people, government and economy of the West Bank, plus Gaza

BBC country profile 
Essential background

Palestine facts and figures 
(passia.org)

Local time

Local weather (Jerusalem)

Maps of Palestine 
West Bank and Gaza (University of Texas)

Currency converter 
Israeli shekel (ILS)

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music 

More about the Palestinian flag, plus symbolism of the flag explained


History and politics

Historical chronology of Palestine since 1400 (passia.org)

Historical chronology of Jerusalem (passia.org)

International Crisis Group
Recent reports about Israel/Palestine

Palestinian National Charter

Original version, 1964

Revised version, 1968

Letter from Yasser Arafat to Shimon Peres, May 1996
Regarding amendments to the charter

Letter From Yasser Arafat to President Clinton, January 1998
Regarding amendments to the charter

Hamas Covenant - 1988

Cairo Declaration - 7 November 1985
Statement on terrorism by Yasser Arafat

Palestinian Authority 
Ministry of Information website

Documents 
Historical and political texts relating to Palestine


Economy

World Bank: West Bank and Gaza 
Comprehensive economic data

USAID
Summary of the programme in the West Bank and Gaza


Palestine: further reading

No End of Conflict: Rethinking Israel-Palestine 
by Yossi Alpher, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza 
by Max Blumenthal, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine 
by Ben Ehrenreich, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

On Palestine 
by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, 2015. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk 

The Battle for Justice in Palestine 
by Ali Abunimah, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation 
by Cate Malek and Mateo Hoke, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction
by Gregory Harms and Todd Ferry, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation 
by Saree Makdisi, 2010. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid 
by Jimmy Carter, 2007. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine 
by Ilan Pappe, 2007. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World 
by Avi Shlaim, 2001. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Palestine or the Holy Land From the Earliest Period to the Present Time 
by Michael Russell, 2006. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Question of Palestine 
by Edward W. Said, 1992. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother's Kitchen 
by Joudie Kalla, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk