This project adopts a holistic approach in working towards a Palestinian constitution based on the HRs/IHL and societal consensus. Hence, the basis are a wide societal dialogue, 7 of the 15 signed UN conventions (from now on 'the conventions') which are in the realms of MUSAWA's focus area1 and sections of the suggested draft constitution which are in MUSAWA's field of expertise2. For the conventions to have a real impact on the ground, legislation has to be developed which is aligned with them to guarantee citizens their basic rights. A comparative study at the beginning of the project highlights the weaknesses and discrepancies of Palestinian law3 in light of and with the conventions. Workshops and round table discussions are held before in Gaza and the West Bank before and after the first draft of sections of the suggested draft constitution. A wide public dialogue is held through traditional and social media to garner as much societal support for the final document as possible. Lobbying will occur at the end of the project and thereafter, not only by Musawa but in conjunction with other stakeholders.

The project “Combatting De-Palestinization of Education in Occupied East Jerusalem” addresses: i) the need for effective protection of the right of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem to preserve and develop their educational system in accordance with their own culture, values and national identity, and, ii) the right of East Jerusalem children to freely learn, express and be educated in respect to their Palestinian identity, culture, language and values. Palestinians, including children, hold these rights as protected persons under IHL, and as individuals and a people entitled to self-determination under IHRL.

This issue is addressed because of: the broad concern about the systematic manner in which Israel has undermined these rights; the failure to obtain redress in the past through repeated but uncoordinated efforts; the reluctance of foreign aid agencies and governments to engage in what is perceived to be a “political matter”, rather than one IHL and human rights; and, the serious consequences for Palestinian society in East Jerusalem, in particular its youth.

Below are some of the publications that reflect the objectives of the project.  

Monday, 25 January 2016 10:35

Miftah: Annual Report 2014

An independent, democratic and sovereign Palestinian state, which
grants Palestinians their basic rights, preserves their dignity, and
enjoys international recognition and respect.
Established in Jerusalem in December 1998, MIFTAH seeks to
promote the principles of democracy and good governance within
various components of Palestinian society; it further seeks to
engage local and international public opinion and official circles on
the Palestinian cause. To that end, MIFTAH adopts the mechanisms
of an active and in-depth dialogue, the free flow of information and
ideas, as well as local and international networking

يعد هذا الدليل إنجازاً وطنياً تم إعداده بالشراكة بين وزارة التربية والتعليم العالي ومؤسسة "الحق"، ويركز على توضيح مجموعة كبيرة من المفاهيم الحقوقية والقانونية التي وردت في المناهج الدراسية، خاصة مباحث العلوم الإنسانية، وقام بحصرها المشرفون التربويون والمعلمون في مديريات التربية والتعليم في المحافظات الشمالية. وقام الفريق المشترك من وزارة التربية والتعليم ومؤسسة "الحق" بالبحث والتحري حول هذه المفاهيم والمصطلحات من المراجع العربية والأجنبية المتخصصة، والمواقع الإليكترونية ذات العلاقة، بغرض تفسيرها وتقديمها إلى القارىء وذوي الشأن من المتخصصين وطلبة الجامعات وغيرهم بسهولة ويُسر، وتعطي الفرصة للمعلمين للإفادة منها في الحصص الدراسية والرجوع إليها وقت الحاجة . وتم تصنيف المفاهيم والمصطلحات التي اشتمل عليها الدليل وعددها (186) مفهوماً ومصطلحاً الى خمسة ابواب على النحو الآتي: باب القضية الفلسطينية، باب القانون الدولي والذي تم تقسيمه الى ثلاثة أقسام:أ. القانون الدولي لحقوق الانسان، ب. القانون الدولي العام، ج. القانون الانساني الدولي، باب القانون الداخلي، باب منظمات دولية واقليمية وباب متفرقات.
Palestinian detainees and prisoners have resorted to hunger strikes as early as 1968 in legitimate peaceful protest to Israeli detention policies and cruel detention conditions including the use of solitary confinement, denial of family visits, inadequate medical treatment and torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Through hunger strikes, Palestinians were able to guarantee basic and fundamental rights and to improve their detention conditions. A significant portion of current rights that Palestinian prisoners have in Israeli occupation’s prisons were obtained through hunger strikes. Since the 1990s, Palestinian prisoners have resorted to hunger strikes as means to protest Israeli arbitrary use of administrative detention. In response to the use of hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners and detainees, Israeli authorities practiced force-feeding during the 1980s. It was subsequently ceased by order from the Israeli High Court following several deaths of Palestinian prisoners resulting from force-feeding. Nevertheless, the legal applicability of force-feeding was reinstated several years later, following a proposal for a legislation in 2012 by the Israeli minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan. The proposal was initiated in response to the mass hunger strike of 2012 with the purpose of putting an end to future hungerstrikes and depriving Palestinian detainees and prisoners from their fundamental right to peaceful protest, and was approved by the Israeli Knesset on the 30th of July 2015. The policy of force-feeding has been practiced in various contexts in geographic scope and history, where hunger strikes became the prominent method to protest ill treatment, injustice and human rights violations in cases where individuals are deprived of liberty.

Despite the immense challenges of human rights advocacy in the Israel-Palestine context, this research demonstrates that the local human rights community has had a clear impact. The human rights community is the primary source of information for a range of influential audiences, and a major force in shaping the public conversation. On the individual level, organizations have provided concrete aid and assistance to hundreds of thousands of people. The work of human rights organizations influences diplomatic and political processes, and has contributed to concrete policy changes that improve human rights.

The majority of Palestinian political prisoners are males, only 41 are females today. For a female prisoner or detainee, the situation within the prison might differ compared to the males, as well as how they are being treated throughout the arrest. Though, being a minority group, the situation for these women is less reported on and therefore not as well known. Just like in the rest of the society women’s situation is marginalized and PWWSD therefore has a certain interest to examine the specific situation of Palestinian female political prisoners and detainees. The organization hopes to shed light upon these women’s stories and on the fact that how they are being treated is in many ways breaking international laws. A specific consideration must be taken upon gender even in a situation of political imprisonment. This report therefore examines female Palestinian detainees and political prisoners’ specific situation.

As of late, the Al-Aqsa Mosque has once again become a focus of popular Palestinian protest, broad public attention and concern. This report provides background information clarifying the “status quo” in relation to access, worship and jurisdiction over Al-Aqsa and explains why Palestinians and the Muslim community at large fear Israeli plans to take over control. The report also features excerpts from an interview with a Palestinian who lives in the Al-Aqsa compound. He shares insights into daily life inside Islam’s third most holy site and explains why Al-Aqsa is not only a site of religious worship but also a center of Palestinian social, cultural and political life.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 19:06

Holes in the robe of justice

This book highlights the Israeli violations against women and girls in the Gaza strip during the last Israeli war in summer 2014. These violations are presented through 300 stories collected in this publication from women and girls who lived through the war in 2014. These stories narrate aspects of women's daily sufferings and vast humanitarian effects that burden the life of Palestinian women in Gaza.

Ras Al-Tahouneh ST, near Al-Muqata'a
Al-Bireh, Palestine
Phone: 02 297 4563/4
Fax: 02 297 4565
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Tomouh Building (Jawwal), Al-Jala'
Gaza City, Palestine
Phone: 08 288 3115
Fax: 08 288 3114
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are those of the author(s) and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the
Secretariat, Niras NATURA AB, Birzeit University,
or the donor governments.