MADAR was created to meet the urgent Palestinian and Arab need for a research centre that is dedicated to studying Israeli affairs. Its main goal is to produce solid and critical research and analysis about the Israeli scene. It aspires to make an avant garde contribution and to provide Palestinian and Arab decision-makers and citizens with access to a comprehensive scientifically sound body of knowledge on the different aspects of Israeli society.

MADAR continues to work persistently on the following projects to achieve its main goal:

  • Conduct and publish research studies on Israel’s political, social, economic, and cultural fields.
  • Translate books published in Hebrew and other languages, about Israeli affairs, into Arabic.
  • Publish special reports, and position papers on interesting phenomena and current affairs.
  • Publish MADAR’s annual strategic report.
  • Publish the Israeli Scene newspaper supplement, which monitors Israel’s latest developments in issues of particular interest to an Arab audience.

Organise seminars, lectures, and conferences on various Israeli related affairs and topics of interest to an Arab audience.

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Research Unit

The research unit’s policy is guided by MADAR’s Academic Committee. The unit is responsible for supervising and following up on the preparation of a variety of research studies and reports. It selects research topics that serve MADAR’s goal of presenting a broad picture of Israel to the Palestinian and Arab readership. Over the years, MADAR published 53 original research studies on politics, sociology, economy, culture, language, military, gender, and education, among other topics. In addition to original research, the research unit produces MADAR’s annual Strategic Report, whichprovides an annual presentation of developments and changes in the Israeli scene. The report takes into consideration the background of these developments and explores trends. It also highlights the influence of these changes on the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process. The report is prepared by a group of specialists in different disciplines, and edited by MADAR’s General Director, Dr. Honaida Ghanim. Starting in 2005 and up to the end of 2014 MADAR published ten Strategic Reports.

The Israeli Scene (al-Mash-had al-Israeli) Supplement Unit

MADAR publishes the Israeli Scene - abi-weekly newspaper supplement that is locally distributed with Al-Ayyam daily newspaper. The supplement features a variety of articles, analyses, follow-up reports on Israeli issues, and interviews. MADAR also posts a full version of the supplement issues on the arabic website. The number and country of origin for MADAR’s website visitors indicates that the center’s reach on both the Arab and global level is broad. The supplement’s Editor in Chief is Mr. Antwan Shulhut.

The unit supervises the publication of MADAR’s Special Reports that cover and detail particular topics relevant to current Israeli affairs on a weekly basis. These reports are published only in digital format, distributed to MADAR’s mailing list subscribers, and made available on MADAR’s Arabic website.

The Israeli Affairs (Qadayya Israelieh) Quarterly Journal Unit

MADAR started publishing the Israeli Affairs Quarterly Journal in 2001. The journal is the first and only Arabic language research journal devoted exclusively to Israeli affairs. A significant number of scholars and academics contribute to the journal with original articles. An exclusive interview with a leading Israeli personality is conducted and included in every issue. The journal also features seminars on specific issues, and reviews of recent Hebrew publications. In 2014 MADAR published the quarterly’s 56thissue. The Editor in Chief for this publication is Dr. Raif Zreik.

Translation Unit

The unit translates Hebrew and English books addressing Israeli issues into Arabic. By the end of 2014 MADAR published 35 translations.

The Israeli Papers (Awraq Israelieh) Series is also published by the translation unit. The series features brief translated reports, (50-80 pages), covering distinctive and significant topics on the Israeli scene. The series is now on its 65th issue. All issues of the series are available on the Arabic website.

Publishing Unit

The unit is responsible for the production and printing follow up of MADAR’s various publications. The unit is supervised by Akram Musallam, a Palestinian writer.

Public Relations Unit

The unit promotes MADAR’s publications, and organizes a series of lectures, seminars, and study sessions on developments in the Israeli scene. Since its creation, MADAR held scores of conferences, seminars, lectures and open discussions throughout the Palestinian territory.


In pursuit of its goals, MADAR operates through a group of units supervised by a board of directors, comprised of Mr. Akram Hanieh (Chairman), Dr. Ahmad Harb, Dr. Lily Feidi, Dr. Hanan Al-Wazir, Eng. Walid Al-Ahmad, Dr. Issam Al-Taweel, and Mr. Abd Al-Qader Al-Husseini.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.