I first met Issa Nakhleh more than fifteen years ago while he was still busily researching for his two volume "Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem". I learnt first hand of his personal history, a palestinian, a refugee, a man who had lost everything he had had. His house, his law office, his apartment house in Jerusalem and a banana plantation were, as he describes "usurped by the Zionists and Israeli war criminals ". A man's roots had been cut.
Issa fought all his life for a peaceful resolution to the many problems facing the Palestinian people, who are scattered all over the globe today. In fact, after he told me his personal history, I was surprised how peaceful yet at the same time determined he went after his business of documenting the history of his people, insisting that the political process, including especially the United Nations, should ultimately give the Palestinians back their homeland. Writes Mr. Nakhleh: The greatest Zionist and Israeli crime against me and six million other Palestinians is that they have deprived us of living in our ancestral homeland, Palestine, as citizens of our independent undivided Palestinian State.
Unfortunately it is not reason that determines the development of the world. Current Israeli politics is ignorant of its own past, while many of its leaders are all too ready to blame the rest of the world for anti-semitism when it pleases them. Geopolitical strategic thinking determines what the current world powers are willing to undertake in the matter — and that is not a lot for the Palestinians.
To keep the torch of freedom lit and the hope of a beaten Palestinian people alive I have created this website with the kind permission of Mr. Nakhleh's wife. A year after Issa passed away, his decades of work are again seeing the light of publication. I will over the course of the next few months make available the full text of Issa Nakhleh's over 1,000 pages work "Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem", so that politicians, diplomats, government agencies, scholars, journalists and anyone who is interested can find a source of detailed - and in great parts horrifying - information about Palestine. Information which vested interests would like to make forgotten. Information, which to their discomfort however, is thoroughly documented. Information which could serve as the basis for international courts to become active ... if the law would be permitted to stand above vested political interests.
As of today you can read Volume One in full right here on the net in its HTML-version. Alternatively you can download the fully searchable PDF version of Volume I. Volume II step by step upload started in July 2006. From the "Table of Contents" you can access each chapter. From the "Subject Index" you can dive into specific areas of interest.
Addendum December 2008: I am finally finishing all the index links. Should be done in a few days. After we had been deluged with spam mail (and lots of hatemail by people who when asked about specific disagreements and documentation never came forward) we stopped all mail traffic. So I am sorry for anyone who tried to get in touch but was not able to. This will change in a few days as well, as we install a slightly more secure email channel.