Privacy & Terms of Use


As is the case with other websites, The Middle East Policy Network, Inc., which also operates as Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network, uses cookies. Cookies are small text files placed on a computer’s hard drive to anonymously track the type of content and sites to which users link, the length of time they spend on any particular site, and the Al-Shabaka services they use. Cookies also help us diagnose problems with our server. We never (and cannot) track any personally identifiable information of visitors to our site.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies via your browser settings. Like most websites, if you turn your cookies off, some of our services may not function properly. 

For more on cookies, please see here.  

Your Data  

You provide data to Al-Shabaka when you sign up for our newsletter, make a donation, register for an event, follow us on social media, or through other online and in-person interactions. In these cases, we often ask for your name, address, email, phone number, and payment details (if you are making a donation).  

We use this information to:

  • Process your donations
  • Contact you with announcements and information about and related to our publications and events
  • Fundraising activities
  • Administer supporter and subscriber records
  • Other reasonable purposes, directly connected to your relationship with Al-Shabaka

If we need to provide details to trusted service providers to undertake services on behalf of Al-Shabaka (for example, with the bank that processes your donations), this is done under contract, in compliance with strict Data Protection requirements.

We will never sell your information to anyone. We do not share, trade, or sell email addresses with other companies or partners or use or disclose your information without your consent, except as required by law.

How we keep your information secure:

We work with our IT company, website manager, and database system manager to ensure that we have up-to-date security features in place to protect your data.

International Privacy:

Al-Shabaka’s servers are based in the United States. If you are visiting our website from outside the US, please be aware that you are sending information to the US. The United States may not have the the same data protection laws as where you are located; however, our collection, storage and use of your personal data will at all times be governed by this Privacy Policy.

Changing your stored information and contact preferences:

You can contact us at any time via email to change or update your details.

You can unsubscribe from receiving emails from us at any time, using the unsubscribe function on the email, or by emailing [email protected].

How long we keep your information:

We keep your personal information when we have an ongoing legitimate or lawful need to do so. When we no longer have a legitimate or lawful need to keep your personal information, we will delete it. For further information please contact [email protected].

Access requests

At your request we will give you all details of personal information held about you by Al-Shabaka, once you have verified your identity.

Linking to Other Sites

The materials Al-Shabaka publishes contain links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites, and of course they have no access to our data.

Creative Commons

All Al-Shabaka materials may be circulated with due attribution to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. The opinion of individual members of Al-Shabaka's policy network do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization as a whole.

Contacting Al-Shabaka

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact us at [email protected]

Al-Shabaka reserves the right to amend this Privacy Statement at any time without notice, and only the Privacy Statement that is currently in effect may be deemed effective.