Academic Freedom First
During the 1990’s, Israel has increasingly blocked university students from studying at universities in the West Bank by means of restricting freedom of movement and rights of residence. According to AFF, the permit system imposed by Israel on the students is arbitrary and discriminatory, and fails to consider the calendar of the academic setting. The system outlaws students collectively and without recourse. The AFF website acts as an awareness campaign, sharing information, news, alerts, and links to similar organizations.
Birzeit University PO Box 14
Acre Arab Women’s Association
The main goals of the Acre Arab Women�s Association, since its founding, are to: support Arab women in obtaining higher education and entering various fields of employment; and investigate the living condition and educational backgrounds of Arab children, in order to raise the level of early childhood education and development.
PO Box 2318
Adalah (Justice) is the first non-profit, non-sectarian Arab-run legal center in Israel. Established in 1996, Adalah serves the Arab community nationwide, close to 20% of Israel’s population. The main goal of Adalah is to achieve equal rights and national minority rights protections for Palestinian citizens of Israel. Our fields of interest include Land and Housing Rights, Education Rights, Employment Rights, Socio-Economic Rights, Language Rights, Political Rights, Palestinian Women’s Rights, Prisoners’ Rights, Culture Rights, and Religious Rights.
ADDAMEER Prisoners’ Support Association
Addameer (conscience): is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution which focuses on human rights issues. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center�s activities focus on offering support for Palestinian prisoners, advocating the rights of political prisoners, and working to end torture through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.
The Adva Center conducts policy analysis, advocacy work, and public outreach to inform policy makers and the general public in Israel and abroad about equity and social justice issues in Israeli society. Adva analyzes equality and inequality in Israel in a way that integrates gender, ethnicity and nationality.
The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (Al-Awda is Arabic for “THE RETURN”) is a broad-based non-partisan global democratic association of thousands of grassroots activists and organizational representatives concerned for the Palestinian Refugees Right of Return. The purposes for which PRRC is formed are educational and charitable and relate to human rights of Palestinian Refugees.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights is a Palestinian non-governmental organization, with its main office located in Jabalia, the biggest refugee camp in the Middle East and home to over 100 000 Palestinians. The Center aims to encourage the protection, promotion and respect of human rights in the Occupied Territories, especially economic, cultural and social rights, through a wide range of activities. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights aims to: Support all efforts to enforce the rules of International Law relative to the Occupied Territories and to empower the Palestinian people to practice their legitimate rights, especially the right to self-determination and an independent Palestinian State. To protect, respect and promote the internationally accepted standards of human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights and to encourage the adoption of Palestinian laws in harmony with these international standards. To promote the democracy building process, seperation between the authorities, the rule of law, transperancy, accountability and the role of NGO’s in the Palestinian society.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
P.O Box 2714
Phone: 07 245 3555
Fax: 07 245 3554
Email: info [at] mezan [dot] org
Al-Beit: Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Israel
Al-Beit: Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Israel is a small, innovative voluntary association which promotes the right of equal housing and freedom of residence for Palestinians citizens of Israel. Al Beit was founded as a non-profit organization in March 1995 by a group of veteran human rights activists who sought to address the largely neglected, though persistent violation by Israel of Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
PO Box 650
Phone: +972 6 635 4370
Fax: +972 6 635 4367
Al-Haq, West Bank affiliate of The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), � Geneva, is a Palestinian human rights organization located in Ramallah, West Bank, in special consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Al-Haq was established in 1979 with the goal of protecting and promoting human rights and respect for the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The organization is committed to the uniform application of universal principles of human rights regardless of the identity of the perpetrator or victim of abuse. Al-Haq conducts and disseminates legal and human rights research based on international and humanitarian law, as well as on human rights principles and standards. In addition, the organization, through an extensive database, documents and exposes human rights violations. Al-Haq also houses the only library specialized in human rights in the West Bank, and maintains a tradition of providing free legal services to the Palestinian community. By reinforcing the rule of law and promoting international human rights standards in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Al-Haq contributes to the development of a transparent and democratic civil society in Palestine. At the same time, al-Haq expects to bring specific abuses to and end by targeting the human rights violations committed by the Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
Main St., Ramallah,
P.O. Box 1413,
Phone: + 972.2.295.6421 / 972.2.295.4646
Email (General Director): haq [at] alhaq [dot] com
Goals: To empower women through professional training; to implement an integrative holistic approach which enables us to deal with a complex situation; and to create a wider Arab and international network and partnership. Major Projects: Training courses such as early childhood education; management; business initiatives; leadership; institutional development; �Child to Child�� and �Children�s Rights�; Documentation and Resource Center; Educational and Children�s Literature; Networking on women�s issues such as Palestinian Women�s Status; Personal Status Laws; and Albadeel. Local, Palestinian & Arab World networking on early childhood education issues; Volunteer training and activities and Health Education.
PO Box 2404
Phone: +972 6 656 6386
Fax: +972 6 645 3943
The Arab Association for Human Rights
HRA, founded in 1988 by lawyers and community activists, is an independent, grassroots, non-governmental organization (NGO), registered in Israel. HRA works to promote and protect the political, civil, economic, and cultural rights of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel from an human rights perspective. HRA holds a unique position locally and worldwide as an indigenous organization that works on the community, national and international levels for equality and non-discrimination, and for the domestic implementation of international minority rights protections. Over the years, HRA has conducted local community and international campaigns to raise awareness, understanding, and respect for human rights and democratic principles; monitored violations of human rights and published and distributed reports documenting abuses; initiated and participated in local NGO coalitions concerned with the rights of prisoners and administrative detainees, land and housing rights, women’s rights, and networking; facilitated community human rights education programs and events; provided legal assistance; advocated before United Nations bodies; and organized and participated in local and international training workshops and conferences.
Association for Civil Rights in Israel
Phone: 011 972 2 652-1218
Fax: 011 972 2 652-1219
Email: acri [at] actcom [dot] co [dot] il
Association of Women’s Committees for Social Work (AWCSW)
AWCSW is a mass-based grass-roots organization, founded in 1981.
B�tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
The Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel. As an Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and ensure that its government, which rules the Occupied Territories, protects the human rights of residents there and complies with its obligations under international law.
Badil: Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is a Palestinian community-based organization that aims to provide a resource pool of alternative, critical and progressive information and analysis on the question of Palestinian refugees in the quest to achieve a just and lasting solution for exiled Palestinians based on the right of return. BADIL was established in January 1998 and is registered with the Palestinian Authority and legally owned by the refugee community represented by a General Assembly composed of activists in Palestinian national institutions and refugee community organizations.
B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
B’TSELEM – The Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.
Email: mail [at] btselem [dot] org
Birzeit University Human Rights Action Project (HRAP)
Since its founding in 1977, the Birzeit University Human Rights Action Project (HRAP) has followed the case of every student and staff member detained by the Israeli military authorities, as well as cases of restriction orders, house raids, deportation, and denial of freedom of movement and travel as it relates to university and academic activities. It also documents violations against the university itself, including army raids, closures, restrictions, and discrimination.In recent years, HRAP has expanded its work to include the encouragement of the rule of law and respect for basic standards of human rights by the Palestinian National Authority. This includes following the case of every student and staff member detained by the PNA. HRAP relies on the support and work of friends of the university all over the world.
8 HaTa’asiya St. (4th Floor),
Jerusalem 93420, Israel
Email: hrap [at] admin [dot] birzeit [dot] edu
Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation (CPRR)
The Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation (CPRR) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization created to provide legal assistance to Palestinian refugees and their heirs and to educate the public about the legitimate rights of Palestinians.
P. O. Box 3697
Washington D.C. 20007
USA Phone: (775) 418-5980
Email: info [at] rightofreturn [dot] org
Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center
The Center’s focus is to spread democratic education and awareness of human rights especially economic, social and cultural rights, and the mechanisms necessary for the protection of these rights from violations.
P.O. Box 876
Ramallah West Bank via Israel
Phone: 970 2 295 2608/295 2718/296 4997/8
Fax: 970 2 295 2985
Focus of Palestine
Focus on Palestine is an online news source for human rights issues in Palestine.
Gaza Community Mental Health Programme
Offers comprehensive community-based mental health services. GCMHP’s three centers in Gaza, Khan Younis, and Jabalaya extend their services to all sectors of society with emphasis on victims of domestic and political violence particularly women, children, and victims of human rights violations. One major project of the GCMHP is the Women’s Empowerment Project (WEP). The first Women’s Empowerment Project was established in 1995 in Gaza City. The goal of this project is to help women affected by violence, and to offer rehabilitation, education, training, and health services. In May 1997 a second center was established in Rafah to serve women in the southern area of the Strip. A third center was established in Beach Camp in November 1997. Another center in the middle camps area was established by the 1st of September 2000.
GCMHP P.O. Box 1049
Phone: + 972 7 865949
Fax: + 972 7 824072
Hanthala Palestine is a global Palestinian network dedicated to international law and the respect for human rights. The network was established in 1998 by a group of Palestinians who felt the need to reorganize the grassroots in Palestine and in the diaspora. Its main criterium is drawn from a human rights perspective. What is happening in Palestine is one huge human rights violation after another. This aspect of the conflict, the fact that there are no human dignity left and that the defense of Palestinians basic rights is being lost in so-called “security-debates”, is one of the main starting points of this network. Through advocacy and grassroots activism Hanthala established itself as an active network involved in various coalitions and networks, using communication-technology as a tool to mobilize the grassroots dedicated to human rights and international law. Hanthala tries to focus on the human rights aspect, international laws, and aims at educating the world about Palestine. One part of a solution to the conflict is to have international human rights standards adhered to.
Email: hanthala [at] usa [dot] net
I’LAM – Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel
I’lam is the only non-for-profit Palestinian Media Center in Israel. With its commitment to media democracy in Israel, I’LAM plays a key role in invigorating civil society and promoting democracy and human rights in Israel, and make it more inclusive and balanced towards its Palestinian citizens.
Israeli Committee Agains House Demolitions
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. As our activists gained direct knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation, we expanded our resistance activities to other areas – land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of “closure” and “separation,” the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more. The fierce repression of Palestinian efforts to “shake off” the Occupation following the latest Intifada has only added urgency to our efforts. As a direct-action group, ICAHD is comprised of members of many Israeli peace and human rights organizations. All of our work in the Occupied Territories is closely co-ordinated with local Palestinian organizations.
Ittijah: Union of Arab Community Based Associations
Ittijah (Direction), the Union of Arab Community Based Associations in Israel, is the umbrella organization for Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working inside Israel. Founded in 1995, Ittijah was created in response to a clear and widely expressed desire and need for increased cooperation and collaboration among the Arab NGOs in Israel. Ittijah works to fulfill the sectorial needs of these various organizations and to define the role of NGOs in relation to political parties, local councils and other Arab public bodies and civil society institutions.
The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights
The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) is a Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization based in Jerusalem. It was established in 1997 by lawyers and members of the Palestinian community of Jerusalem. JCSER provides legal assistance and representation to Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem subjected to discriminatory policies by the Israeli authorities. JCSER makes use of the Israeli legal system to assist Palestinian Jerusalemites to survive on a day-to-day basis in the city. It seeks to find ways to take the initiative to proactively fight discrimination and improve conditions of daily life in the short term without conferring political legitimacy on Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem. Presently, JCSER is one of the only institutions specifically devoted to providing representation and other legal services on social and economic rights to the Palestinian community in Jerusalem.
Al-Akhtal Street No 2
P.O. Box 67807
Tel: +(972) 2 6275 335 / 2 6275 336 / 2 6271 776 / 2 6273 516
Fax: +(972) 2 6273 516
The Jerusalem Center for Women (JCW)
JCW is a Palestinian Women NGO established in 1994. It works to advance the cause of women’s rights and human rights in Palestinian society.
Jerusalem Watch is the result of a joint effort between the Palestinian Non Governmental Organisation Network (PNGO) and the Norwegian Association of NGOs for Palestine (Fellesutvalget for Palestina). Hosted and executed by LAW, the aim of this project is to develop awareness of the continuing human rights violations perpetrated by the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian residents of the city of Jerusalem.
Email: admin [at] jerusalemwatch [dot] org
Jews for Justice for Palestinians
JFJFP is a network of Jews in Britain, formed in February 2002, opposed to Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.
LAW, The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
LAW is a Palestinian Human Rights organisation based in Jerusalem. LAW was founded in 1990 by a group of Palestinian lawyers to promote human rights and further the principles of the rule of law, and to defend Palestinian rights in accordance with international human rights law and United Nations declarations. LAW seeks to protect human rights through an intensive program of documenting and following up abuses and through providing legal and financial help to people in need. LAW issues various kinds of reports, studies and other publications. LAW works to ensure the right of defence for victims of human rights abuses, through lawyers working in the Society or accredited lawyers from outside the Society, working in both Israeli and Palestinian courts.
Phone: (972)(2) 583 3430 / 583 3530 / 583 3537
Fax: (972)(2) 583 3317
Email: law [at] lawsociety [dot] org
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) aims to deliver basic healthcare to those Palestinian refugees displaced from their homes. At the heart of MAP’s ethos rests the principle of investment in people. We invest in people through training and education. The majority of MAP’s development projects are designed to improve the capacities of both Palestinian health personnel and the institutions in which they work. In the last twelve months, we have also run a six-month health promotion and screening programme for women in the camps of southern Lebanon.
33a Islington Park Street
London N1 1QB
Phone: +44 (0) 171 – 226 4114
Fax: +44 (0) 171 – 226 0880
Email: admin [at] map [dot] uk [dot] org
A Palestinian, Jerusalem-based, independent institution committed to fostering the principles of democracy and effective dialogue based on the free and candid exchange of information and ideas. Established in January 1999, Miftah’s underlying premise is the integration of several processes: Palestinian nation-building and empowerment on the basis of the principles of democracy, human rights, rule of law, and participatory governance; international reconciliation and cooperation; the gathering and dissemination of information and the active participation in the global dialogue as an equal partner.
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Based in the Faculty of Law at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Minerva Center for Human Rights is an interdisciplinary center which provides access to a wide array of human rights information and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas on both general and regional human rights issues. The Center’s website includes a database of documents pertaining to international human rights law and links to other human rights-related sites, as well as information regarding research grants and internship opportunities.
Mount Scopus 91905
Email: mshumrts [at] mscc [dot] huji [dot] ac [dot] il
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is an independent legal body based in Gaza City dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law, and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and is an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, the F�d�ration Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. PCHR is a recipient of the 1996 French Republic Award for Human Rights.
29 Omar al-Mukhtar St
PO Box 1328
Fax: 972 8 282 4776, 972 8 282 5893, 972 8 282 3725
Email: pchr [at] pchrgaza [dot] org
The Palestinian Federation of Women’s Action Committees (PFWAC)
PFWAC, established in 1978, is a Palestinian women grass-roots organization.
Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen’s rights
PICCR is the first National Human Rights Institution in the Arab World. Its mandate is concentrated on ensuring respect for citizens’ rights in Palestine through constantly striving to uphold respect for the rule of law by all official bodies.
Mukmas Trading Center Sixth Floor
Palestine Phone: 972 (2) 298-6958 972 (2) 298-7536 972 (2) 296-0241 972 (2) 296-0242
Fax: 972 (2) 298-7211
Email: piccr [at] palnet [dot] com
The Palestinian Working Women Center
PWWC is a community based NGO established in 1981, to empower women through their active role in the development of their society.
Email: PWWS [at] planet [dot] edu
Shaml, The Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Centre
The Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Centre – Shaml, is an independent non-governmental organization, dedicated to Palestinian refugees and the Diaspora. It was established in 1994 by a group of concerned academics and human rights activists who felt the need to examine issues pertaining to Palestinian refugees in a broad perspective which takes into consideration relevant experiences in other parts of the world.
Women Against Violence (WAV)
Established in 1992 by a group of Arab women who were alarmed by the problem of gender-based violence in Palestinian society and by the lack of services and support systems for women survivors of violence.
PO Box 313
Phone: +972 6 646 2138
Fax: +972 6 655 3781
Women�s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)
Since 1990, various women’s committees have been working together on several issues of common interest. In 1992, as the technical committees were formed during the preparations for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, closer cooperation developed between three of these political women’s committees and independent female professionals. Because there was little representation of women within the various technical committees and no body to address the specific issues and needs of women, there was a demand for the establishment of a technical committee for women, and thus, in August 1992, the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC) was established. Today, the WATC, a respected Palestinian non-governmental organization, is a coalition of women affiliated with six main political parties as well as independent professional women and representatives of various women’s study centers and human rights organizations. WATC organizations work together for the realization of the abolition of all forms of discrimination against women, thereby assisting in the creation of a civic democratic society characterized by equality and social justice. The WATC headquarters are in Ramallah, while it also has a branch in Gaza and regional coordinators working in all parts of Palestine. The WATC aims at bringing women’s issues to the forefront in all spheres of life in Palestine and works to achieve equality between men and women in Palestine through a wide range of programs.
Email: watcorg [at] palnet [dot] com
Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
The Center’s mission is to contribute to the rectification of the long-standing neglect of women�s human rights in Palestinian society. It aims to provide support and guidance to Palestinian women whose human rights and rights under the law have been violated. The Center defends women�s rights as human rights and seek to promote the development of a social, political and legal order in which human rights are well respected and women�s rights are well protected.
Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling
Al Dahya Intersection
Al Hirbawi Building
Third Floor P.O. Box 54262
Phone: (972) (2) 2347438
Fax: (972) (2) 2342172
Women’s Action Society for Care and Rehabilitation (WASCR)
WASCR was established in 1978 as a women’s society that works on the promotion of a progressive social agenda.