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Dr Jad Isaac

Palestinian researcher presents studies on the geopolitical situation in Israel and Palestine

On Tuesday, 5 September 2000 Dr Jad Isaac, director general of the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), presented an overview of land, water, and territorial issues at the heart of the final status negotiations, based on ARIJ studies. The presentation - at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva - was sponsored by the Commission of the Churches in International Affairs of the World Council of Churches.

ARIJ is a leading Palestinian institute that conducts research on agriculture, environment, and water. Dr Isaac is the former Dean of Science at Bethlehem University and a recipient of the Shuman prize for Arab scientists and Prof. Abdul Salamís prize for Arab biologists. During the Intifada, he was active in the non-violent resistance movement in his hometown Beit-Sahour. He has published several articles and books including: The Environmental Profile for the West Bank and the Atlas of Palestine (The West Bank and Gaza strip). He headed the Palestinian team for the multilateral working group on environment and is a member of the Palestinian team for final status negotiations.

The briefing was open to the public and press, and was followd by a reception.

Web site of the Applied Research Institute: http://www.arij.org/

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