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Posted by Jeff from d53-172-230.try.wideopenwest.com ( on Monday, November 18, 2002 at 2:38PM :

About bitterlemons.org

Bitterlemons.org is a website that presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on prominent issues of concern. It focuses on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and peace process, but other, related regional issues are also discussed. It is produced, edited and partially written by Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian, and Yossi Alpher, an Israeli. Its goal is to contribute to mutual understanding through the open exchange of ideas. It aspires to impact the way Palestinians, Israelis and others worldwide think about regional issues.

Bitterlemons.org is directed toward the interested public and policymakers in the region and elsewhere. Each weekly edition of bitterlemons.org is posted on our website. Readers can obtain a free subscription by entering their email address in the space provided on the home page or by writing to subscribe@bitterlemons.org.

Other questions may be referred to bitterlemons@bitterlemons.org.

Each edition addresses a specific issue of controversy. Articles by Alpher and Khatib are accompanied by additional articles by, or interviews with, a prominent Israeli and a prominent Palestinian. Other writers with interest in the region may also be included. No intelligent and articulate views are considered taboo.

Bitterlemons.org maintains complete organizational and institutional symmetry between its Palestinian and Israeli components. It draws financial support from the European Union and additional philanthropic sources based outside the region.

Ghassan Khatib ghassan@bitterlemons.org
has been recently appointed to the position of minister of labor in the Palestinian Authority. He previously taught cultural studies at Birzeit University, and served as Director of the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center, which specializes in research, opinion polling and media affairs. He was a member of the Palestinian delegation for the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference in 1991 and the subsequent bilateral negotiations in Washington from 1991-93. He has an MA in Development Studies from Manchester University in the UK, and is completing his PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Durham, UK. He serves on the boards of the Democracy and Workers Rights Center, Ramallah; the Friends School, Ramallah; the Israel-Palestine Journal, Jerusalem; and Palestinian Politics, Nablus.

Yossi Alpher yossi@bitterlemons.org
is a writer and consultant on Israel-Arab issues, and Director of the Political Security Domain (PSD), an independent NGO. He has served as Director and Acting Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University; as Director of the American Jewish Committee's Israel/Middle East Office in Jerusalem; and as a senior official in the Mossad. While at the Jaffee Center, he coordinated and coedited the JCSS research project on options for a Palestinian settlement, and produced "The Alpher Plan" for an Israeli-Palestinian final settlement. Since 1992, he has coordinated several Track II dialogues between Israelis and Arabs. In July 2000, he served as Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel, concentrating on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In late 2001, he published (in Hebrew), And the Wolf Shall Dwell with the Wolf: the Settlers and the Palestinians.

-- Jeff
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