GLOSSARY

AE:

Arab Executive. It evolved from MCA in 1920 to lead the Palestinian resistance against the Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1920s.

AHC:

Arab Higher Committee. It was set up in 1936 to steer the Great Revolt (1936-1939).

ANU:

Arab National Union. It formed the formal grassroots institution in support for Nasser regime during 1950s, and early 1960s.

ARC:

Agriculture Relief Committees.

B’Tselem:

Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

CEC:

Central Elections Commission.

CPRS:

Centre of Palestine for Research & Studies.

DCO:

District Coordination & Cooperation Office.

DFLP:

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine; a PLO faction, and opposes Oslo process.

DOP:

Declaration of Principles.

EU:

European Union.

Fatah:

The reversed Arab acronym of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement.

FIDA:

The Palestinian Democratic Party, a DFLP’s splinter group led by Yassir Abed Rabu and supports Oslo process.

GMC:

General Monitoring Commission.

Hamas:

the Arab acronym of the Islamic Resistance Movement, a radical non-PLO organization, and opposes Oslo process.

HCPF:

Higher Council for Policy Formulation, ministry of Social Affairs.

HRDD:

Human Resources Development Directorate, ministry of Health.

HSC:

Health Services Council.

IDF:

Israeli Defense Forces.

JDEC:

Jerusalem District Electricity Company. It was founded in 1959 to supply the main cities of the West Bank with electricity.

JEC:

Palestinian-Israeli Joint Economic Committee.

JMCC:

Jerusalem Media Centre & Communication.

LAW:

Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and Environment.

MCA:

Muslim-Christian Association. It was founded by Palestinians in 1918, to express opposition for Belfour Declaration, and was headed by Musa Kazim El Husayni.

MoH:

Ministry of Health.

MOPIC:

Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

OPT:

Occupied Palestinian Territories. It denotes the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip.

PA:

Palestinian Authority.

PCHR:

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.

PECDAR:

Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction.

PFLP:

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a PLO faction, and opposes Oslo process.

PHC:

Palestinian Health Council.

PHIC:

Palestinian Health Information Centre, MoH.

PIF:

Palestinian Investment Fund, ministry of Finance.

PLC:

Palestinian Legislative Council.

PLO:

Palestinian Liberation Organization.

PMA:

Palestinian Monetary Authority.

PNC:

Palestinian National Council, the PLO’s legislative body.

PNF:

Palestinian National Front. It emerged in OPT in 1970s as a PLO affiliated political institution.

PNSC:

Palestinian National Security Council.

PRCS:

Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

SMC:

Supreme-Muslim-Council. It was founded by British manadte in December 1921. The goal was to enable Palestinians to manage their religious affairs. Amin El Husayni, the Mufti, was appointed as head of it.

UHCC:

Union of Health Care Committees.

UHWC:

Union of Health Work Committees.

UN:

United Nations.

UNHRC:

United Nations Human Rights Commission

UNLU:

Unified National Leadership for the Uprising (it steered the first Intifada 1987-1993)

UNRWA:

United Nations for Refugees and Working Agency. It was founded in December 1948 in response to Palestinian refugees crisis.

UPMRC:

Union of the Palestinian Medical Relife Committees.

VAT:

Value Added Tax.

VIP:

Very Important Person.

WBGS:

West Bank & Gaza Strip.


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