FES in Palestine

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung works in pursuit of pluralism and democracy and supporting stable and continuous economic and social development in the Middle East. Equal rights for women and the promotion of broad human rights are of special significance.

The FES offices in the Palestinian Territories and Israel aim to contribute to the attainment of immediate peace between Israel and Palestinians as well as a more comprehensive security arrangement between Israel, the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. More concretely, this means that the FES supports democratic forces and actors in their work to create peace. This takes place, for example, through the organization of political forums in which creative approaches to solving the conflict and political intervention strategies are discussed. The FES thereby supports the discourse between Europe, Germany and the regions in conflict on central questions of political transformation.

In the Palestinian Territories, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung got involved at a very early stage. Since 1987, cooperation was carefully built up through our office in Amman, Jordan, which was then new. When the Oslo peace negotiations were sealed by the historic handshake of Yizhak Rabin and Yassir Arafat in front of the White House in September 1993, it was a matter of course for the FES to open an office in East Jerusalem as the first German political foundation (Stiftung), with the expressed approval from both parties to the conflict.

Among the priorities in the Palestinian Territories is the development of political institutions and parties that can support a future democratic Palestinian state. The preconditions for this include an active civil society, economic development and social security as well as the development of peace strategies.

The struggle for statehood also takes place on the international stage. In this manner, the FES lends its support to political and civic decision makers in developing of a Palestinian bargaining position. Operations take place in the context of a political conflict with violent dimensions. The resulting challenges shape the daily life of the FES and its cooperation with partner organizations.

Among the priorities in the Palestinian Territories is the development of political institutions and parties that can support a future democratic Palestinian state. The preconditions include an active civil society, economic development and social security as well as the development of peace strategies.

As a German political foundation committed to the values of social democracy, FES is working to strengthen democracy and political participation of all segments of Palestinian society, to shape sustainable and just social and economic policies, as well as to further international dialogue between decision makers in Germany, Europe and the Palestinian Territories.

Areas of focus

Political Transformation
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Political Transformation

The FES fosters dialogue between democratic forces with the aim of balancing interests, resolving conflicts and designing policy options. more

Economic and Social Policy
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Economic and Social Policy

The Sustainable economic development in the Palestinian Territories is essential to state building and stability in the region. more

Support for Women and Civil Society
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Support for Women and Civil Society

Enhancing women’s participation and representation in the Palestinian political life represents an important task for achieving sustainable social justice. more

International Dialogue
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International Dialogue

FES offers its Palestinian partners working in the fields of politics and research the ability to express their perspectives on current issues in national and international forums. more

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 
Palestine

P.O. Box 25126
Mount of Olives St. 27
91251 Jerusalem

+972-2-5328398
+972-2-5819665
info(at)fespal.org

Team & Contact


Activities

  • FES Summer Academy: In Search for Regional Security Cooperation

    FES invites graduate students as well as young professionals from the MENA region to apply for a summer academy in Tutzing, Germany, in order to work...

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  • Tuesday, 12.02.19 - Jerusalem

    The Upcoming Israeli Elections: Change on the Horizon?

    Palestinians cannot determine the doings of Netanyahu or Trump while they can determine their own doings, change must come from within

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  • Thursday, 11.10.18 - Al-Mathaf hall, Gaza

    Job Opportunities for Youth

    The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Cooperation with the Palestinian Institute for Communication and Development (PICD), conducted a closed Workshop...

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Publications

Friday's Fact

  • 28.10.2019

    The Blocking of 59 News Websites Brings the PA under Fire from Within and Without

    A Ramallah court’s decision to block 59 news websites in the West Bank has drawn sharp criticism from inside and outside the Palestinian government....

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  • 24.05.2019

    Bundestag’s Resolution on BDS Sparks Widespread Outrage

    The Bundestag’s adopted a resolution equating the BDS movement with anti-Semitism. This step infused extreme and immediate reactions across the...

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  • 10.05.2019

    During the Latest Escalation between Gaza and Israel, the Palestinian Authority Remains Silent Again

    In another cycle of violence in Gaza, the PA has remained unable to exert influence to halt the suffering of Palestinians in the blockaded Strip. This...

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