Established in 1987 in Jerusalem with an office in Ramallah, headed by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, PASSIA describes itself as "an Arab non-profit institution with a financially and legally independent status. It is not affiliated with any government, political party or organization."
It "seeks to present the Palestinian Questionthrough academic research" and "endeavors that research...be specialized, scientific and objective and...open, self-critical and conducted in a spirit of harmony and cooperation."
Active participant in the global campaign to boycott Israeli goods, and listed as a supporter alongside a variety of politicized anti-Israel groups.
PASSIA has previously been the subject of investigations published by FrontPage magazine, which drew specific attention to PASSIA's USAID funded seminars, which include advocacy and lobbying, in order to spread anti-Israel propaganda to the media and beyond.
For NGO Monitor's latest report including PASSIA, clickhere