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New Israeli Ministry of Justice report describes Israeli law enforcement efforts as effective and adequate for deterring and punishing ideologically motivated offenses committed by Israeli civilians against Palestinians in the West Bank; yet according to Yesh Din’s data collected since 2005, a police complaint filed by a Palestinian in the West Bank has a mere 1.9% chance of being effectively investigated, and a suspect identified, prosecuted and convicted.

On 3 March 2016, the residents and allies of the Arab Bedouin village of Atir–Umm al-Hiran in the Naqab will demonstrate in Be’er Sheva to protest the state’s plans to uproot them from their village in order to establish a forest, grazing area, and new Jewish town over its ruins. The Israeli Supreme Court rejected Adalah’s request to reconsider its decision permitting the destruction of Atir–Umm al-Hiran, home to 1,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, on 17 January 2016. Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor wrote in her decision that the case “is not one that can be considered to be exceptionally-exceptional, the rarest of rare, to warrant another hearing.” However, just a few months earlier, the Court ruled in a different case that there was no reason for the state to remove a Jewish family, the Zeltzers, from their illegally-built home in the Jerusalem area. Unlike the village of Atir–Umm al-Hiran, the Court claimed that the Zeltzer family home had presented a “unique and special case.” In Adalah’s view, in approving the demolition of Atir–Umm al-Hiran, the Court has written yet another chapter in the history of expulsion and displacement of the Bedouin families since 1948. The decision legitimizes Israel's longstanding policy against Palestinian citizens of the state, a policy that is rooted in an ideology of racial discrimination, segregation, and dispossession. Read the paper about the case's dangerous implications.

In violation of international law, Israel announced a massive expansion of settlements and expropriation of land around the occupied city of Jerusalem. The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem calls upon the international community to act decisively to hold Israel accountable to international law.
In this short paper, Adalah draws attention to 10 new pieces of legislation – 5 newly-enacted laws and 5 currently-proposed bills – before the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. This new legislation contains discriminatory and/or anti-democratic provisions that are liable to severely harm the human rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in the 1967 Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), as well as those who defend their rights. The legislation is divided into two categories: (A) Legislation related to the latest, ongoing round of violence in Israel and the OPT that began in late September 2015; and (B) Legislation targeting human rights organizations and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Sunday, 28 February 2016 13:36

ARRESTED CHILDHOOD

The Youth Law (Adjudication, Punishment, and Means of Treatment), 5731-1971 (hereinafter: the Youth Law) is the law that regulates the handling of minors involved in criminal acts. In 2008, Amendment No. 14 to the Youth Law was enacted with the intention of adjusting its provisions to the international Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty. The Youth Law reflects a progressive approach to the rights of minors in the criminal process, seeking “to enshrine the minor’s rights as a suspect and defendant in criminal offenses, taking into account his developing capacities, and under the overall principle of the good of the minor, as well as the aspiration that underlies the Law to rehabilitate a young offender through the means of treatment and punishment detailed therein". These norms delineate the require manner of treatment by the police, the State Prosecutor’s Office, and the judicial authority.
Sunday, 28 February 2016 13:11

Backed by the system

This report contains standard features of interrogation at the interrogation facility run by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) at Shikma Prison in Ashkelon. This report details the conditions in which inmates are held and interrogated, based on affidavits and witness accounts provided by 116 Palestinians held for security reasons and interrogated at the Shikma facility from August 2013 to March 2014. People interrogated there by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) are subject to sleep deprivation; prolonged binding; verbal and sometimes physical abuse; exposure to heat and cold; poor, meager food; small, foul-smelling cells; solitary confinement; unhygienic conditions. The first part of this report describes the process of arrest, including detainees’ transportation to a transit facility, the conditions there, and the subsequent transfer to the Shikma facility. The second part of the report centers on the period of detention at Shikma, providing a detailed description of the conditions in which detainees are held (cells, sleep, food, and hygiene), the way overt interrogation is carried out, and the use of informants. The third part tells of 6 detainees interrogated by the PA, sometimes under extreme torture, prior to their arrest by Israel, and the link between the PA and ISA interrogations. The fourth and final part shows how detention and interrogation conditions at the Shikma facility are a product of an inherently abusive system that involves many authorities, and analyzes the findings in conjunction with the requirements of international law, Israeli law, and the High Court of Justice ruling.
Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:19

Palestinian Women in the Cycle of Violence

An analytical study of cases of Palestinian women who suffered from violence and discriminatory policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The project of combating violence against women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is jointly implemented by Women’s Affairs Center in Gaza Strip and Women’s Studies Centre in Jerusalem. It aims to break the wall of silence regarding violence exercised against women in all its forms. Violence against women is still a low priority issue, often disregarded for different reasons and under different pretexts. Sometimes the reasons for limiting the fight against violence against women are due to customs and traditions, however, other times it is due to harmful and erroneous religious interpretations, yet still, other reasons for its low priority are due to ignorance, indifference or conspiracy theory linked to foreign influence that aims at undermining the Palestinian social values, culture and priorities. However, even while holding women’s priorities low on the political agenda, there are still women suffering from violence, homeless children, separated families and a society that loses its values and cohesion. The society continues to fall even further away from achieving the objectives of freedom, dignity, and equality. Freedom is a door with one key, dignity. This key is the same for all people regardless of their gender, religion or age. This project, that we aspire to turn into a permanent program, aims at spreading awareness in the Palestinian society on the risks of the continuation of exercising violence against women, by working and networking with different public, youth and women’s organizations. In the process, we stress the integrity of the two parts of the Palestinian homeland (West Bank and Gaza Strip), coordinating work for a unified project comprising young men and women from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These young men and women will try to fulfill the same objectives and unified strategies with the aim of eliminating violence against women in the Palestinian society.
In Deceember 2010, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) declared Bedouins to be an “endangered” ethnic group. This study examines Israel’s policies in “Area C” of the West Bank that distinctly affect Bedouin communities on a social and economic level, severely thwarting their ability to maintain their livelihood, culture, customs, and traditional way of life. First, we examine how Israeli policies towards the Bedouin communities in “Area C” violate longstanding principles of international humanitarian and human rights law, particularly those provisions asserting the rights of indigenous peoples in maintaining their traditional way of life and the standards other parties must adhere to in respect of indigenous populations. Next, we offer a case-in-point of the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community, which is an area particularly targeted by aggressive Israeli policies due to its location in the coveted Jordan Valley. Finally, we discuss JLAC’s legal interventions on behalf of Bedouin communities and propose a number of recommendations to address the urgent needs of these communities.
This report comes within a publication in "promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in the Palestinian territories" project, which is implemented by the Palestinian consultative stuff for developing NGOs funded by Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law SECRETARIAT, which high light on the most important violations against persons with disabilities in their rights mentioned in the most important treaties and international conventions and agreements. 
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:07

MAPPING EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 2015

This Mapping study comes within a publication, within the efforts of Palestinian consultative stuff for developing NGOs, which aimed to Identify specific recommendations to promote mainstreaming and accessibility of persons with disabilities to services provided by public employment service offices.

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