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Update: 59th Great Return March

On 24 May 2019 Palestinians in Gaza once again protested in the Great Return March demanding an end to Israel’s unlawful prolonged occupation, 11-year closure of the Gaza Strip and denial of Palestinian refugees’ right of return. Due to the heat, with temperatures reach...

Update: The 58th Great Return March and Nakba Day Protests Israel Kills One Palestinian and Injures 182 Palestinians, Including 56 Children

Nakba Day Protests, 15 May 2019 On 15 May 2019, thousands of Palestinian protesters, including women, youth, children, elderly and families, protested in the five return camps near the fence across the Gaza Strip, in commemoration of Nakba Day, reaffirming the right of...

Al-Haq’s Reasons in Support of an International Treaty on the Right to Development

On April 30, 2019, Al-Haq submitted to the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee[1] reasons in support of an international treaty on the right to development, which seeks to highlight why this treaty is crucial for the occupied Palestinian...

Israeli Occupying Forces Kill 21 Palestinians in March 2019 - Al-Haq Field Report March 2019

21 Palestinian, including five children, killed. Of these, one was killed by an unidentified explosive object. 23 structures, homes and public and private properties demolished. 54 people, including 23 children and two persons with disabilities, displaced. ...

Saturday, 15 June 2019 11:19

Al-Haq participates in a public session on Continuing Escalations: Property Destruction across the West BankRamallah – June 13, 2019. Al Haq participated in a public session organized by the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Resource Centre on Israel’s increased destruction of property across Area C and East Jerusalem. Adv. Dalia Qumsieh, Al-Haq's senior legal advisor, addressed Israel’s recent legislative developments in area C. In its presentation, Al- Haq shed light on two main alarming legislative measures: the amendment of the Administrative Affairs Court law, and the adoption of Military Order 1797 that expands the authority of Israel's Civil Administration to carry out demolitions in Area C, effectively providing for the fast-tracking of forcible transfer of Palestinians and setting of the areas, for annexation.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:41 Date: 12 June 2019

The United States’ (US) Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David Friedman, stated in a New York Times interview on 8 June 2019 that Israel is entitled to "retain” or annex parts of the West Bank, in direct contradiction to international law.[1] Mr. Friedman directly stated, “under certain circumstances … Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank”.

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Saturday, 25 May 2019 09:35

Evacuation of wounded by paramedics, east of Khuza'a, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, 27 April 2018 (c) Al-Haq.

1. WHAT IS THE GREAT RETURN MARCH?

The Great Return March is a mass grass root movement which commenced on Land Day, on 30 March 2018, coinciding with the relocation of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinians participating in the Great Return March have been protesting against Israel’s 12-year imposed closure of the Gaza Strip which has brought Gaza to the brink of total collapse. The protesters have also called for the realisation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return, who were expelled and displaced following the Nakba in 1948, and who constitute approximately 73 percent of the population in Gaza.[1] In its essence, the Great Return March also calls for an end to Israel’s prolonged occupation, exemplified in its policies and measures to colonise and annex the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). In response, Israel and its forces have relentlessly, deliberately and indiscriminately used excessive and lethal force against Palestinian civilians and protesters, including children, health workers, journalists and people with disabilities.

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 15:19 Date: 23 May 2019

The Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany - Bundestag, https://www.bundestag.de/en/It is with great alarm and distress that we, the undersigned Palestinian civil society organisations, human rights groups, networks, and coalitions address this urgent statement to the German Bundestag and Government in light of its recent resolution against the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement,[1] dangerously conflating the movement and anti-Semitism, while more broadly targeting all civil society actors working towards the promotion and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of the Palestinian people and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We call on the German Government to refrain from adopting this resolution into law considering its serious ramifications for Palestinian civil society and its violation of Germany’s obligations as a third State party to ensure respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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UN Advocacy

Al-Haq’s Reasons in Support of an International Treaty on the Right to Development
On April 30, 2019, Al-Haq submitted to the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee[1] reasons in support of an international treaty on the right to development, which seek »
Six Human Rights Organisations Submit an Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures on Israel’s Imminent Deportation of Palestinian Jerusalemite
On Friday, 26 April 2019, Al-Haq, along with Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), Community Action Center (Al-Quds University), C »
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 »

EU Advocacy

Al-Haq Calls on the European Union to Withdraw its Recent Statement on Gaza and Apologize to Palestinian Victims
Al-Haq has received with alarm the statement, dated 5 May 2019, by European Union (EU) High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on the continuing Gaza escalation,[1] in which the E »
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 »

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 »
END IMPUNITY AND OPEN INVESTIGATION ON PALESTINE
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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