Explore an insider’s view on the Palestinian leadership and prospects for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Eid Bassem is a Jerusalem-based political analyst, human rights pioneer and an expert commentator in Arab and Palestinian affairs. He was born in the Jordanian-occupied Old City in East Jerusalem, whose place of residence became the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camp of Shuafat.
In 1996, he founded the Jerusalem based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. In 2016, Mr. Bassem assumed the role of chairman of the Center for Near East Policy Research.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has awarded Mr. Bassam its Emil Gruenzweig Memorial Award. He is also the recipient of the Robert S. Litvak Human Rights Memorial Award granted by the McGill University Faculty of Law and the International Human Rights Advocacy Center, Inter Amicus; the International Activist Award given by the Gleitsman Foundation, USA; and the award of Italy’s Informazione Senza Frontiere (Information without Boundaries). In 2009, a book, Next Founders, profiled him as the leading Palestinian human rights activist.
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