Airbnb’s Reversal on Property Listings of Israeli Settlements Highlights Politicisation of Human Rights

On 9 April 2019, Airbnb announced that it would reverse its decision to remove listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The decision was stated to be part of “settlement terms” in a case brought by Israeli settlers against Airbnb in the United States...

Al-Haq Condemns US Decision to Unlawfully Recognise Israeli Sovereignty over the Occupied Syrian Golan

Updated on 28 March 2019 On 25 March 2019, United States (US) President Donald Trump signed a “Proclamation on Recognizing the Golan as Part of the State of Israel.” Prior to that, on 21 March 2019, US President stated that “it is time for the United States to fully ...

Al-Haq Sends Urgent Letter to ICRC Regarding Health Conditions of Injured Palestinian Prisoners in Al-Naqab Prison

On Monday, 25 March, Al-Haq sent an urgent letter to the Head of Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr. David Quesne, regarding the attacks against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, particularly those taking place in Al-Naqab Prison ...

Update from the 51st Great Return March Protests: Israel Kills Two Palestinians as UN Calls for Accountability

On Friday, 22 March 2019, the Great Return March continued for the 51st week, as the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry, calling on Israel, as occupying power, to “[r]efrain from using lethal force agains...

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:17

Statement: Israeli Court Orders the Deportation of Human Rights Watch Director Omar Shakir, Image From HRW WebsiteOn Tuesday 16 April 2019, the Jerusalem District Court upheld the work permit revocation of Human Rights Watch (HRW) Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir and gave him until 1 May 2019 to leave the country. This alarming decision is part of an ongoing attempt to hinder Mr. Shakir in his work as leading human rights defender as well as a flagrant violation of his basic rights to movement and freedom of expression. The case represents the first application of Amendment No. 28 of the Entry into Israel Law against a person lawfully present in Israel.

Monday, 15 April 2019 20:14 Date: 15 April 2019

Five Palestinians Killed by Israeli Occupying Forces and by a Settler in the Occupied West BankBetween 11 March - 24 March 2019, Al-Haq documented five cases of killings of Palestinian civilians across the West Bank. In total, eight Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) over the past three weeks.[1] The number and the frequency of the killings reflect an Israeli policy of systematic resort to excessive, unnecessary and disproportionate use of lethal force. Cases documented in the reporting period of this weekly focus include killings as a result of excessive use of lethal force, extrajudicidial killings, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, as well as the targeting of protected persons and civilian objects,  constituting multiple violations of Israel’s obligations as Occupying Power as set forth under international law.

Monday, 08 April 2019 22:04 Date: 8 April 2019

Al-Haq Refutes Israeli Army and Media Claims on the Killing of Volunteer First Responder Sajed Mizher in Dheisheh Refugee CampOn 27 March 2019, the Israeli occupying forces killed 17-year-old Palestinian citizen, Sajed Abd Al-Hakim Hilmi Mizher, a volunteer first responder with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), who was fatally shot by the Israeli occupying forces while he was on duty tending to the injured during confrontations between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. Since Wednesday, 27 March 2019, Al-Haq has carried out comprehensive field investigations into the killing of Sajed Mizher, having collected sworn affidavits from eyewitnesses, prepared a field report of the incident, and collected images and other relevant documents on the case. This report outlines the facts of the killing, as documented by Al-Haq, and provides contextual information collected in relation to the victim, while it further details the distortion of the truth by the Israeli occupying authorities in relation to alleged footage of the killing distributed by the Israeli army and media, and sheds light on Al-Haq’s conclusions as a result of its detailed documentation and follow-up.

Monday, 08 April 2019 12:40 Date: 8 April 2019

An Israeli bulldozer transporting the confiscated Palestinian car after the accidentDuring the reporting period from 4 to 17 March, Al-Haq documented escalations in clashes and killings throughout the West Bank. On 4 March 2019, following the breakdown of a military jeep, and subsequent car crash, Israeli soldiers fired gunshots at injured passengers in the car resulting in the killing of Amir Mahmoud Daraj and Yousef Raed Anqawi. As of 8 April, the bodies of the deceased have not been released by Israel to the families for burial. To date, Al-Haq has documented the withholding of 34 bodies of Palestinians by Israeli authorities, including some who were killed in 2016 . The practice of withholding bodies is a continuing unlawful practice undertaken by Israel as a measure of collective punishment, directed against the victims’ families.


UN Advocacy

Palestinian, Regional, and International Civil Society Call for Action Ahead of One-Year Commemoration of Great Return March
“Should our calls for the protection of Palestinian protesters remain unanswered, the international community will have sided with impunity over accountability. It is time to implement the recommend »
Warning on Annexation
On 4 April 2019, Al-Haq participated in the United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine on the theme of “The threat of de facto annexation- What next for Palestine?” The objective of the For »
Al-Haq Welcomes Adoption of UN Commission of Inquiry Recommendations on the Great Return March
At the close of its 40th regular session, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted on Friday, 22 March 2019, four resolutions on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Terr »
Al-Haq’s Comments and Proposals on the Zero Draft Treaty
On 28 February 2019, Al-Haq submitted comments and proposals to the Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights,[1] regard »

EU Advocacy

Three reasons why the European Union should support the United Nations Database on businesses activities related to Israeli settlements
JOINT NGO POSITION PAPER The undersigned human rights organisations stress the utmost importance of European Union (EU) and Member States supporting the United Nations (UN) Database on businesses ope »
Joint letter from civil society organisations urging for the immediate lifting of Gaza blockade
EuroMed Rights, together with 22 International, European, Israeli and Palestinian human rights and development organisations, sent a joint letter yesterday to call on the European Union to urge Israe »
Brief in Support of Unilateral Action by a European Union Member State to Prohibit the Importation of Israeli Settlement Goods
In light of 70 years of the ongoing Nakba, 51 years of occupation, and rapid acceleration of Israel's unlawful settler colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory, Al-Haq calls on Membe »
Al-Haq Sends A Letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Regarding the EU Response to the Mass Killings in the Occupied Gaza Strip
On 15 May 2018, Al-Haq sent a letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, to provide information on the »

ICC Advocacy

Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submit File to ICC Prosecutor: Investigate and Prosecute Pillage, Appropriation and Destruction of Palestinian Natural Resources
Today, on 26 October 2018, Al-Haq, Al Mezan and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted a 500-page file on alleged crimes committed by Israelis, in particular high-level Israeli offic »
Al-Haq Reaffirms its Support of the ICC and Condemns Attempts to Infringe on its Independence and Punish the PLO
On 10 September 2018, the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton, in an address to the Federalist Society on “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International »
Dear Madam Prosecutor, Today, on 17 September 2018,  25 civil society organisations including coalitions urge you to urgently open an investigation into the Situation in Palestine. The Interna »
ICC Chamber Orders Outreach To Palestinian Victims and Affected Communities
On 13 July 2018, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued a public decision ordering the Registry “to establish, as soon as practicable, a system of public information and o »
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