Jerusalem-based NGO that claims to "present the Palestinian Question ... through academic research"
Participates in the global campaign to boycott Israeli goods
Member of Palestinian NGO Network
Established in 1987 in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) is an Arab non-profit institution headed by its founder, Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. PASSIA describes itself as a "financially and legally independent” entity “not affiliated with any government, political party or organization.” Its mission is “to present the Palestinian Question … through academic research" and to ensure "that research … be specialized, scientific and objective [as well as] … open, self-critical and conducted in a spirit of harmony and cooperation."
PASSIA commonly hosts seminars on Diplomacy and Protocol, Strategic Studies, the European Community, and Education on Democracy. The organization also sponsors workshops that address various issues vis a vis Jerusalem, such as the city's holy sites and its viability "as [a] capital for the two [Israeli and Palestinian] States."
Funding for PASSIA's projects is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the British and U.S. Consulates in Jerusalem.
PASSIA is a member organization of the Palestinian NGO Network, which was instrumental in producing many of the preparatory documents for the 2001 Durban Conference, including the document calling for embargoes against Israel. PASSIA is an active participant, along with many other anti-Israel groups, in the global campaign to boycott Israeli goods. It also trains professionals to lobby legislators on Capitol Hill for the PLO cause.