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 

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 (

Historical chronology of Jerusalem (

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

Historical and political texts relating to Palestine


World Bank: West Bank and Gaza 
Comprehensive economic data

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 or

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

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

On Palestine 
by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, 2015. Available from or 

The Battle for Justice in Palestine 
by Ali Abunimah, 2014. Available from or

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

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

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

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid 
by Jimmy Carter, 2007. Available from or

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine 
by Ilan Pappe, 2007. Available from or

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

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

The Question of Palestine 
by Edward W. Said, 1992. Available from or

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