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Palestinian Interactive Encyclopedia: a bilingual platform for all to enjoy

"The Encyclopedia presents the Palestinians as they are—purposeful actors and not just victims.”

Jerusalem24 – On the occasion of the seventy-fourth commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba and the fifty-fifth commemoration of the 1967 war, the Institute for Palestine Studies and the Palestinian Museum have launched the Interactive Encyclopedia of the Palestine Question. The launch took place at the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit in the West Bank as well as the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut simultaneously on 2 June.

Director-general of the Palestinian Museum, Dr. Adila Laidi-Hanieh, tells Jerusalem24, “The Institute for Palestine Studies has been working for 60 years and has put all the research they’ve done in this online encyclopedia. So you have a general and thematic timeline, you have specialized articles, on various [parts of] Palestinian history.”

Dr. Laidi-Hanieh explains that the importance of the encyclopedia comes in light of living in the age of fast news and fake news on social media, as this is a presentation of the verified history of Palestine.

“Consisting in the description of various aspects of the Palestine Question that is simultaneously objective and committed, the Encyclopedia presents the Palestinians as they are—purposeful actors and not just victims.”

People can visit the encyclopedia and bookmark their favorite pages. Moreover, the encyclopedia provides GIS maps of all the villages destroyed in 1948, taking from the famous book “All That Remains” by Walid Khalidi.

The Encyclopedia is now a fully-bilingual platform geared towards academics, students, journalists, and the general public.

“The language is easy to understand, by all age groups,” says Dr. Laidi-Hanieh. “It’s not jargon, it’s not a theoretical language.”

Listen to the full Vibes interview below.

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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