Israeli Human Rights NGOs “Co-Resisting” Israel’s Colonization, Occupation and Apartheid

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1) Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel — Adalah (“Justice” in Arabic) is an independent human rights organization and legal center. Established in November 1996, it works to promote and defend the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, numbering 1.2 million people or close to 20% of the population, and Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Adalah seeks to achieve equal individual and collective rights for the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel in the following major fields: land and planning rights; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; and prisoners’ rights. It also defends the human rights of Palestinians living under occupation based on international law — From Al-Araqib to Susiya. (www.adalah.org/eng)

2) Zochrot [Remembering]: Telling the Story of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba in Hebrew — Zochrot [Remembering] is a group of Israeli citizens working to raise awareness of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophy of 1948. The Zionist collective memory exists in both our culture and physical landscape, yet the heavy price paid by Palestinians — in lives, in the destruction of hundreds of villages, and in the continuing plight of the Palestinian refugees — receives little public recognition. Zochrot works to make the history of the Nakba accessable to the Israeli public so as to engage Jews and Palestinians in an open recounting of our painful common history. We hope that by bringing the Nakba into Hebrew, the language spoken by the Jewish majority in Israel, we can make a qualitative change in the political discourse of this region. Acknowledging the past is the first step in taking responsibility for it’s consequences. This must include equal rights for all peoples of this land, including the right of Palestinians to return to their homes. (www.zochrot.org/en)

3) The Refuser Solidarity Network — The Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN) was formed in April of 2002 to provide support for the growing Refuser Movement in Israel. The initial impetus for the establishment of the RSN was the publication in January 2002 of the Combatants Letter by a group of 52 reserve officers, which later became Ometz Le’sarev or Courage to Refuse. RSN also supports New Profile (www.newprofile.org), Yesh Gvul – There Is A Limit – Israeli Left, The Courage To Refuse (www.seruv.org.il), The Shministim (www.whywerefuse.org) and other Israeli organizations advocating peaceful conflict resolution in Israel/Palestine and working to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories seized in 1967. A 501(c)3 charitable organization, RSN makes grants to refuser groups to support their work financially. RSN is funded entirely by contributions from individuals in the U.S. and around the world. (http://www.refuser.org)

4) Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions  — ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action organization established in 1997 to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories — 24,000 as of this writing and counting. As we gained knowledge of the brutaities 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, the Separation Barrier/Wall, the siege of Gaza and more. Today, while we continue our active opposition to the Occupation “on the ground,” and in particular Israel’s demolishing of Palestinian homes, we engage in a vigorous campaign of international advocacy to end the Occupation altogether and to achieve a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. ICAHD does not advocate for any particular solution to the conflict, believing that is solely the Palestinians prerogative, but we do support any solution — two-state, one-state or regional — which offers a just and inclusive peace. ICAHD supports the Palestinian civil society call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel until the Occupation ends. (www.icahd.org)

5) Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center — Sabeel affirms its commitment to make the gospel relevant ecumenically and spiritually in the lives of the local indigenous Church (www.sabeel.org) . Our faith teaches that following in the footsteps of Christ means standing for the oppressed, working for justice, and seeking peace-building opportunities, and it challenges us to empower local Christians. Since a strong civil society and a healthy community are the best supports for a vulnerable population, Sabeel strives to empower the Palestinian community as a whole and to develop the internal strengths needed for participation in building a better world for all. (www.fosna.org)

6) Anarchists Against the Wall — Anarchists Against the Wall is a direct action group of Israeli activists who attend weekly protests in the West Bank. We brought together a varied political coalition which has united in support of the Palestinian popular struggle against the occupation.  When invited by a Palestinian village, activists attend weekly demonstrations and direct actions standing together with Palestinians in rejection of land theft, violence, separation and occupation. We also recognize that our presence in these demonstrations can reduce violence and illegal activity by the Israeli military – who sometimes react differently to Israelis than to Palestinians. Over the years we have earned acknowledgment by Palestinian grassroots activists as a strong and committed ally. (www.awalls.org)

7) Ta’ayush: Arab-Jewish Partnership — We — Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians — live  surrounded by walls and barbed wire: the walls of segregation, racism, and  discrimination between Jews and Arabs within Israel; the walls of Apartheid, closure  and siege encircling the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza  Strip; and the wall of war surrounding all inhabitants of Israel, so long  as Israel remains an armed fortress in the heart of the Middle East. In the fall of 2000 we joined together to form “Ta’ayush” (Arabic for “living together”), a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to  break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true  Arab-Jewish partnership. Together we strive for a future of equality,  justice and peace through concrete, daily, non-violent actions of solidarity to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories  and to achieve full civil equality for all. (www.taayush.org)

8) Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity — The Solidarity Movement, which has grown from weekly protests in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, is a grassroots organization working toward civil equality within Israel and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. With hundreds of activists, and a record of consistent, principled resistance to violations of democratic values, Solidarity is the Israeli left’s new voice. (www.en.justjlm.org)

9) Breaking the Silence — Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifadah. Soldiers who serve in the Territories are witness to, and participate in military actions which change them immensely. Cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property have been the norm for years, but are still excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases. Our testimonies portray a different and grim picture of questionable orders in many areas regarding Palestinian civilians. These demonstrate the depth of corruption which is spreading in the Israeli military. While this reality which is known to Israeli soldiers and commanders exists in Israel’s back yard, Israeli society continues to turn a blind eye, and to deny that which happens in its name. Discharged soldiers who return to civilian life discover the gap between the reality which they encountered in the Territories , and the silence which they encounter at home. In order to become a civilian again, soldiers are forced to ignore their past experiences. Breaking the Silence voices the experiences of those soldiers, in order to force Israeli society to address the reality which it created. (www.breakingthesilence.org.il)

10) Maschomwatch: Women against occupation and for human rights — Machsomwatch is a movement of Israeli women, peace activists from all sectors of Israeli society, who oppose the Israeli occupation and the denial of Palestinians’ rights to move freely in their land. Since 2001, we have conducted daily observations of IDF checkpoints in the West Bank, along the separation fence and in the seamline zone, on the main roads and on out-of-the-way dirt roads, as well as in the offices of the Civil Administration (DCOs) and in military courts. We regularly document what we see and hear. The reports of these observations are published on the Machsomwatch site, and sent to public  officials and elected representatives. Through the documentation which discloses the nature of everyday reality, we are attempting to influence public opinion in the country and in the world, and thus to bring to an end the destructive occupation, which causes damage to Israeli society as well as to Palestinian society. (http://www.machsomwatch.org/en)

11) B’ Tselem — The Israeli Information 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. B’Tselem in Hebrew literally means “in the image of,” and is also used as a synonym for human dignity. The word is taken from Genesis 1:27 “And God created humans in his image. In the image of God did He create him.” It is in this spirit that the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born equal in dignity and rights.” (www.btselem.org)

12) Gush Shalom — Gush Shalom (Translated from Hebrew, the name means “The Peace Bloc”) is the hard core of the Israeli peace movement….. For years now, Gush Shalom has played a leading role in determining the moral and political agenda of the peace forces in Israel, as well as in breaking the so-called “national consensus” based on misinformation. Gush Shalom is an extra-parliamentary organization, independent of any party or other political grouping. Some of its activists do belong to political parties, but the Gush is not aligned to any particular party. (www.gush-shalom.org)

13) Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement — Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. Gisha promotes rights guaranteed by international and Israeli law. Since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel’s military has developed a complex system of rules and sanctions to control the movement of the 4.1 million Palestinians who live there. The restrictions violate the fundamental right of Palestinians to freedom of movement. As a result, additional basic rights are violated, including the right to life, the right to access medical care, the right to education, the right to livelihood, the right to family unity and the right to freedom of religion. Gisha, whose name means both “access” and “approach,” uses legal assistance and public advocacy to protect the rights of Palestinian residents. Because freedom of movement is a precondition for exercising other basic rights, Gisha’s work has a multiplier effect in helping residents of the occupied territories access education, jobs, family members and medical care. (www.gisha.org)

14) Other Voice, For a civil solution in the Sderot-Gaza region — “Other Voice is a grassroots group that has no political aspirations. We are citizens of the Sderot region and the Gaza region. We are interested in finding creative ways of hearing a new voice from the region and for promoting hope and non-violent actions for the benefit of the locals who live here in Sderot and in the Gaza Strip. Today we say: ENOUGH! It is our turn to take our destiny into our hands and to ACT to stop the cycle of bloodshed.” (www.othervoice.org)

15) Hagar Association: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality/Bilingual Preschool, Kindergarten & First Grade — Hagar’s mission is to create a community of coexistence in Beer Seva through a bilingual educational institution attended by Jewish and Arab students who learn together in the same classrooms as well as through community outreach programming. (www.hajar.org.il)

16) Association for Civil Rights in Israel — Established in 1972, ACRI is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. An independent and non-partisan organization, ACRI’s mandate is to ensure Israel’s accountability and respect for human rights, by addressing violations committed by the Israeli authorities in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere. ACRI is committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background. (www.acri.org.il/en)

17) Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel — Sikkuy (a “chance” or “opportunity” in Hebrew) is a non-partisan, non-profit, NGO in Israel that develops and implements projects to advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel in government budgets, resource allocation, hiring policy, land usage, access to government services, etc. Founded in 1991 as a Jewish-Arab advocacy organization, Sikkuy’s actions are motivated by the right of every citizen to influence government decisions and policies. Sikkuy is an active member of the international civil society community and is dedicated to advancing civil society in Israel through the values of:  EQUALITY – Advancing complete equality between Arab and Jewish citizens; SHARED CITIZENSHIP – Promoting the core value of shared citizenship as the basis for equality; and HUMAN DIGNITY – Mainstreaming human dignity as the supreme value in relations between the state and its citizens. Sikkuy is jointly governed by Arab and Jewish co-chairs, managed by Arab and Jewish co-executive directors and staffed by Arabs and Jews. (www.sikkuy.org.il)

18) Rabbis for Human Rights — RHR is the only organization in Israel today that speaks about human rights in the voice of the Jewish tradition…. RHR has been active, since its foundation 1n 1988, in advocating for the rights of marginalized members of society, in defending the rights of minorities in Israel and of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, and in the prevention of flagrant violations of the basic human rights of foreign workers. The organization puts pressure on policy-makers in Israel to protect the human rights of weak groups, including the right to medical care, shelter, education and minimal living standards…. RHR expresses the view of its members that as Jews, we are obligated to protest against every injustice enacted against any other person, a view based on the belief that man was created in God’s image. We believe that it is our obligation to inform the Israeli public about human rights violations, and that it is our role to pressure the State institutions to fix these injustices. RHR works in coordination with http://comet-me.org (www.youtube.com/CometMiddleEast) and www.ewash.org to support Palestinian sustainable development and water rights in the OPT… We at RHR derive our authority from two main sources — from the humanistic Jewish tradition and from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In parallel to our efforts to prevent violations of human rights, RHR brings a humanistic understanding of Jewish sources to the Israeli public discourse. In a time in which a nationalist and isolationist understanding of Jewish tradition is heard frequently and loudly, RHR gives expression to the traditional Jewish responsibility for the safety and welfare of the stranger, the different and the weak, the convert, the widow and the orphan. (www.rhr.org.il/eng)

19) Peace Now — Peace Now is a movement of Israeli citizens that view peace, compromise, and appeasement with the Palestinians and with our Arab neighbors as crucial to the future of our country and to maintaining our security and the nature of the State of Israel.Peace Now has determined that continuing the military and civilian control of the West Bank and of over three million Palestinians endangers the security and the democratic nature of Israel as the state of the Jewish people. (www.peacenow.org.il/eng)

20) Physicians for Human Rights-Israel — Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that strives to promote a more fair and inclusive society in which the right to health is applied equally for all. It is PHR-Israel’s view that Israel’s prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations. For this reason we oppose the occupation and endeavor to put an end to it. PHR-Israel stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights – the right to health particularly – in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. (http://www.phr.org.il/en/)

21) One Democratic State Group/Israel, Palestine & International — For decades, efforts to bring about a two-state solution in historic Palestine have failed to provide justice and peace for the Palestinian and Israeli Jewish peoples, or to offer a genuine process leading towards them. The two-state solution ignores the physical and political realities on the ground, and presumes a false parity in power and moral claims between a colonized and occupied people on the one hand and a colonizing state and military occupier on the other. It is predicated on the unjust premise that peace can be achieved by granting limited national rights to Palestinians living in areas occupied in 1967, while denying the rights of Palestinians inside the 1948 borders and in the Diaspora. Thus, the two-state solution condemns Palestinian citizens of Israel to permanent second-class status within their homeland, in a racist state that denies their rights by enacting laws that privilege Jews constitutionally, legally, politically, socially and culturally. Moreover, the two-state solution denies Palestinain refugees their internationally recognized right of return. The two-state solution entrenches and formalizes a policy of unequal separation on a land that has become evermore integrated territorially and economically. All the international efforts to implement a two-state solution cannot conceal the fact that a Palestinian state is not viable, and that Palestinian and Israeli Jewish independence in separate states cannot resolve fundamental injustices, the acknowledgment and redress of which are at the core of any just solution. In light of these stark realities, we affirm our commitment to a democratic solution that will offer a just, and thus enduring, solution in a single state based on… the principal of equality in civil, political, social and cultural rights for all citizens. Hebrew/English website (www.zochrot.org) International website (www.odsg.org/co) (www.onedemocraticstate.com)


"Rabbis for Human Rights is the only organization in Israel today that speaks about human rights in the voice of the Jewish tradition. RHR sounds the shofar of alarm on issues of human rights in Israel and in territories for which Israel has taken responsibility."