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Hidden In Plain Sight: The Village Of Nabi Samwil

Nabi Samwil is a small Palestinian village located in the West Bank, which has been targeted since 1967 by Israeli officials. Although not included in the expanded municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, it was seen as an area of strategic importance given its proximity to the city. In 1971, near the start of the occupation, Israel demolished the homes of residents, constituting a direct forcible transfer, and in the decades following, continued to implement a variety of policies and practices to create an environment ripe for the indirect forcible transfer of residents.The village’s designation as Area C and as a national park have subjected it to an unlawful planning regime, where building, including simple structures, is largely prohibited. Nabi Samwil became further isolated following the construction of the Annexation Wall, leaving residents to face severe movement and access restrictions due to their status as West Bank ID-holders, and the villages location to the east of the Green Line and to the west of the Wall.

Human Rights Assessment of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements

This report assesses the implications of the Declaration of Principles (DOP) regarding human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The report takes into consideration the possible responses to, and implementation of, the DOP according to various interpretations of the document. By elucidating the linguistic ambiguities of the DOP, this Al-Haq report reveals some of the document's shortcomings, namely in regards to Palestinian human rights issues. Moreover, the report offers a coherent commentary on the measures which should be taken in order to ensure the Palestinians with the provision and preservation of basic human rights under international law.

Human rights violations in the West Bank : in their own words

In.their.own.wordsThis collection of affidavits compiled by Al-Haq address a range of violations to which Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are subjected, including demolition and sealing of houses; abuses by Israeli settlers; harassment of students; town arrests; and issues pertaining to villages leagues. The affidavits testify to grave violations by different groups: some Israeli and some Arab, some civilian and some military. While the media has reported such instances, this collection is the first time that vctims' own accounts are made available.

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