Palestinian Human Rights NGOs in the West Bank and Gaza

50% of Option Two donations; select one

1) Islamic Relief USA/Palestine Aid — Islamic Relief Worldwide has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994, and Islamic Relief Palestine opened its office there in 1998 so that long-term development projects could be implemented and overseen by people in the field. Islamic Relief projects in the region have included food distribution, medical relief and orphan sponsorship. Islamic Relief has also established educational enhancement centers, care programs for traumatized children and a school for the deaf.(www.irusa.org/countries/palestine)

2) The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee — The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee was formed by prominent activists in the popular committees from all over the Occupied Territories and across the Palestinian political spectrum. Popular committees present a unique form of community based organizing and resistance in the tradition of the first Palestinian Intifada. These diverse, non-partisan committees lead community resistance to Israeli occupation in various forms, such as marches, strikes, demonstrations, direct actions and legal campaigns, as well as supporting boycott, divestment and sanctions. (Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Home | Facebook)

3) Stop The Wall — Since its inception in 2002 the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (or Stop the Wall) has been the main national grassroots body mobilizing and organizing the collective efforts against the Apartheid Wall. It is based on the efforts of popular committees in the villages affected by the Wall where people can meet, organize, strategize and mobilize. A coordination mechanism in each West Bank district allows regional coordination as well as West Bank wide coordination. The Stop the Wall coordination office works to ensure national networking, research and international outreach. The immediate goals of the Stop the Wall campaign have been sanctioned by the decision of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of the Wall (July 9 2004) and are: 1) the immediate cessation of the building of the Wall, 2) the dismantling of all parts of the Wall and its related zones already built, 3) the return of lands confiscated for the path of the Wall, 4) the compensation of damages and lost income due to the destruction of land and property in addition to the restitution of land. (www.stopthe wall.org)

4) Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights — BADIL is an independent, community-based non-profit organization mandated to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs. Our vision, missions, programs and relationships are defined by our Palestinian identity and the principles of international law, in particular international human rights law. We seek to advance the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people on this basis…. BADIL Resource Center was established in January 1998 based on recommendations issued by a series of popular refugee conferences in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. BADIL 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. (www.badil.org)

5) Gaza Mental Health Foundation, Inc. — Gaza Mental Health Foundation, Inc. is a U.S. non-profit supporting The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (www.gcmhp.org) in Gaza City, led by Palestinian psychiatrist Dr. Eyad El Sarraj. GCMHP provides mental health counseling and treatment for children and adults suffering from trauma, loss, displacement, anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc. (www.gazamentalhealth.org)

6) American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem — As a non-political, independent nonprofit, AFEDJ acts as a partner with the Diocese of Jerusalem (www.j-diocese.org) by helping to increase its capacity to teach and heal…. AFEDJ is devoted to equity, respect and human dignity. We support the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in two major hospitals, a number of outpatient clinics, 13 schools, 29 parishes and 4 institutes for the disabled throughout the 5 countries that make up the Diocese.  The Diocese provides education and care to those in need regardless of ethnic or religious background and is a beacon of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. The Diocese supports The Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, St. Luke’s Anglican Hospital in Nablus, West Bank, The Home for the Elderly in Beir Zeit, West Bank and a number of Palestinian schools and charities. (www.afedj.org)

7) Middle East Children’s Alliance/The Maia Project — With the Maia Project/Water for Gaza, “MECA is working in partnership with community organizations to build water purification and desalination units in schools throughout the Gaza Strip. We have provided clean water to eight large UN schools in six Palestinian refugee camps and to five kindergartens in refugee camps, towns, and villages.” The Maia Project also provides clean drinking water to the children of Beit Hanoun Preparatory School in Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza. “MECA is seeking support to expand the Maia Project to schools throughout Gaza.” (www.mecaforpeace.org/maiaproject)

8) International Solidarity Movement — The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded by a small group of primarily Palestinian and Israeli activists in August, 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by providing the Palestinian people with two resources, inter-national solidarity and an international voice with which to nonviolently resist an overwhelming military occupation force. (www.palsolidarity.org)

9) The Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People (PCR) — PCR works to bridge the gap between Palestinians and peoples from all around the world, informing the public about the reality in Palestine and empowering the community through nonviolent direct action. Our goals: 1) promote arriving at a just and peaceful Palestine, 2) promote harmony and rapprochement within society and between societies, 3) raise awareness by providing accurate firsthand information about Palestine, 4) enhance civic duty and civic responsibility, especially by empowering youth, women and the marginalized segments of our society. (www.pcr.ps)
To promote these goals, in 2003 PCR founded International Middle East Media Center (www.imemc.org) , and in 2005 PCR founded Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies (www.sirajcenter.org).

10) Christian Peacemaker Teams/Palestine — “Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy. CPT seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and in the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations. CPT projects connect intimately with the spiritual lives of constituent congregations. Gifts of prayer, money and time from these churches undergird CPT’s peacemaking ministries…. We believe that the mandate to proclaim the Gospel of repentance, salvation and reconciliation includes a strengthened Biblical peace witness…. We believe that faithfulness to what Jesus taught and modeled calls us to more active peacemaking…. We believe that a renewed commitment to the Gospel of Peace calls us to new forms of public witness which may include nonviolent direct action.” (www.cpt.org/work/palestine)

11) The Freedom Theatre — Using the arts as a model for social change, The Freedom Theatre (located in Jenin Refugee camp, West Bank) is developing the only professional venue for theatre and arts in the north of the occupied Palestinian Territories. (www.freedomtheatre.org)

12) Tent of Nations: People Building Bridges — We seek to build bridges between different people, and between people and the land. As part of this mission, Tent of Nations runs an educational project at Daher’s Vineyard – our organic farm located in the hills south west of Bethlehem in the Palestinian West Bank. The Tent of Nations project seeks to bring people of various cultures together to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation, and peace. We invite youth from around the world, especially from areas of conflict, together for face-to-face interaction. We also offer programs and facilities for solidarity movements, churches, youth organizations, and tourist groups, and host a large number of visitors each year. The Tent of Nations also runs a number of projects in the local area. (www.tentofnations.org)

13) The Rebuilding Alliance — Help Combatants for Peace (www.cfpeace.org) build the next Abir’s Garden Playground: A Safe Place to Growat the Si’ir School for Girls near Hebron, West Bank. “I’m not going to lose my common sense, my direction, only because I’ve lost my heart, my child. I will do all I can to protect her friends, both Palestinian and Israeli. They are all our children.” — Bassam Aramin, Abir’s father and co-founder of Combatants for Peace after losing his 10-year-old daughter to an Israeli soldier’s rubber-coated bullet. The Combatants for Peace motto is: ‘Only by joining forces will we be able to end the cycle of violence.’ (www.RebuildingAlliance.org)

14) In His Steps: Holy Land — “In His Steps is making the living witness of Jesus more evident in the Holy Land by developing meaningful relations between American churches, Middle East indigenous churches, and Interfaith partners in peacemaking pilgrimages to the Holy Land. A primary goal is to connect the American Christian community through tours of awareness in the Middle East….  A great need has been recognized for medical resources in the Holy Land where many are struggleing under oppression, acute trauma and poverty…. Working through local medical facilities and community organizations to identify most urgent needs, we host American medical teams (e.g. IHS has partnered w/ AJJP’s Health and Human Rights Project (HaHRP) to provide health care services and training in refugee camps and rural villages where adequate health care is not provided or accessible.” (www.ihsholyland.org)

15) Al Haq — Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization based in Ramallah, West Bank. Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the organization has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Al-Haq documents violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians in the OPT, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator, and seeks to end such breaches by way of advocacy before national and international mechanisms and by holding the violators accountable. The organization conducts research; prepares reports, studies and interventions on breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law in the OPT; and undertakes advocacy before local, regional and international bodies. (www.alhaq.org)

16) Palestinian Centre for Human Rights — The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Gaza City. The Centre is a non-profit company dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). PCHR holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. It is an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists–Geneva, the International Federation for Human Rights–Paris, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network–Cogenhagen, the International Legal Assistance Consortium–Stockholm, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the Arab Organization for Human Rights–Cairo. (www.pchrgaza.org)

17) Health Work Committees — “Health care cannot be effective unless it’s part of a bigger social change.” Founded in 1987, HWC-Palestine recognizes Palestinian citizens’ enjoyment of good health to be a human right guaranteed by all international laws; every citizen has the right to access high quality health care and improve their overall quality of life, enhance their ability to confront and resist occupation policies, and enable their right to create a healthy lifestyle. In addition, preventative assistance provided to Palestinian communities creates resistance to disease before it’s onset. We at HWC believe that health is not just the absence of disease but the right of enjoying physical, mental, psychological, social and environmental health…. Health Work Committees (HWC) provides primary and high quality health services in 14 health centers in different locations in the West Bank. (www.hwc-pal.org)

18) The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development: Humanitarian Link — The Humanitarian Link provides short-term grants on a quarterly basis to humanitarian organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and surrounding refugee camps. Since 1979, the program has extended grants to hospitals, orphanages, clinics, schools, universities and civil society organizations in an effort to sustain the basic conditions of life in Palestine to overcome the burdens of occupation. In addition to regular grant making throughout the year, the Humanitarian Link program supports its special project, the Palestine Diabetes Institute . This newly opened medical facility in Al-Bireh, Palestine, works to combat the epidemic of diabetes confronting the Palestinian people. (www.thejerusalemfund.org/)

19) 1 for 3 — Our mission is to inspire and empower people throughout Aida camp and beyond by creating sustainable projects that include academic and cultural education, media, water and food security, the right to play and to health care. We believe that these are basic human rights for every individual regardless of where they live. The current project and partnership between Lajee Center and 1for3 includes several phases to be built in Aida Refugee Camp: a Rain Collection Water Garden, Athletic Facility/Playground, Rooftop/Household Gardens, Community Gardens, a Health Clinic and a Pre-school. (www.1for3.org)

20) Palestinian Medical Relief Society — Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) is a grassroots community-based Palestinian health organization. PMRS was founded in 1979 by a group of Palestinian doctors and health professionals seeking to supplement the decayed and inadequate health infrastructure caused by years of Israeli military occupation. It is non-profit, voluntary, and one of the largest health NGOs in Palestine. PMRS national health programs emphasize prevention, education, community participation, and the empowerment of people. (www.pmrs.ps/)

21) One Democratic State Group/Palestine, Israel & 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. Arabic/English website (www.ajras.org) International website www.odsg.org/co) (www.onedemocraticstate.com)

"We appreciate aid from interfaith sources because it represents the cooperation and mutual respect that we believe in." ~ Akram Abu Sabaa, Jenin refugee camp, 2002: Read about interfaith aid building people-to-people communication and mutual respect... (photo by Rains Rouner)

"Enhancing the capacity of the community in dealing with mental health problems based on the principles of justice, humanity, and respect for human rights."