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.

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

  • Palestine-Israel Journal | New Generation: The Hope for Change

    Analyzing the situation of the younger generation in Palestine and Israel, and providing a platform for the younger generation, to express themselves...

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  • فصليّة سياسات | العدد 51 | المشهد الديمقراطي في فلسطين

    ما هي التحديات التي يواجهها الفلسطينيون بعد تأجيل الانتخابات وتداعياتها على القضية الفلسطينية في المستقبل؟ وهل ما زالت القدس جوهر الصراع؟

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  • Podcast on the current development in Jerusalem

Publications

Friday's Fact

  • 24.04.2020

    Work in the time of Corona

    In a time of global pandemic, the Palestinian economy has been put on lockdown. Without a financial safety net workers seem to be in for a fight for...

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  • 17.02.2020

    Will the International Criminal Court (ICC) rule over alleged war crimes in Palestine?

    After four years of preliminary examinations, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December 2019 decided to open an...

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  • 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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