The Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs
(PASSIA) was founded in March 1987 by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi
and by a group of Palestinian
academics and intellectuals in Jerusalem
. PASSIA is an Arab
non-profit institution located in Jerusalem with a financially and legally independent status. PASSIA seeks to present the question of Palestinian national determination in its Palestinian-national, Arab and international contexts through academic research, dialogue, and publication.
PASSIA believes that:
- Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities in the region have enormous potential to either encourage peaceful coexistence or support sectarian hatred
- Religious dialogue can help in building bridges and dispelling existing stereotypes
- The three monotheistic faiths have bases of unity among them and others may be discovered in the course of such a dialogue.
See also: Palestinian homeland