Civil Society and the Question of Palestine

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15 February 2019

Middle East

  • On 13 February, Al-Haq issued a report “ Engineering Community: Family Unification, Entry Restrictions and other Israeli Policies of Fragmenting Palestinians” examining how Israel has sought to diminish Palestinian presence through an array of targeted, systematic policies and practices. The report also addresses the difficulty of the family unification and barriers that Palestinians are facing while attempting to enter the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
  • On 13 February, HaMoked informed that it had filed a series of petitions to the Israeli High Court demanding that the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law should no longer apply to women and men from the OPT, ages 50 and 55 years or older, who have been lawfully living in Israel. Alternatively, HaMoked demanded an amendment to the Law to include maximal age caps to allow those in these age groups to complete their family unification procedures and receive permanent status in Israel. HaMoked asserted that the ban on granting permanent status in Israel to those in older age groups disproportionately infringes upon their rights, including the rights to family life and health.
  • On 11 February, Al-Haq announced that it had sent submissions to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance to be included in the upcoming report on natural resource extraction and racial discrimination. Al-Haq outlined unlawful extraction of Palestinian natural resources, carried out by Israeli and multinational corporations and individuals, facilitated by the State for the benefit of Israeli nationals and settler economy. The submission highlighted Israel’s expanding settlement enterprise in the West Bank, and its detrimental impact on Palestinian lives, livelihoods, and fundamental rights, including the right to self-determination and permanent sovereignty over natural resources.
  • On 2 February, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent a letter to the Israeli Central Elections Committee Chairman and the Interior Minister demanding that polling stations be placed in unrecognized Bedouin villages in Israel’s Naqab (Negev) region. According to Adalah 11 unrecognized Bedouin villages have no polling stations or access to public transportation and thousands of residents will have to travel up to
    50 kilometres to vote in the upcoming national elections on 9 April.
  • On 1 February, Al-Haq sent a submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in response to a call for input on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officials on persons with psychosocial, intellectual or developmental disabilities. The submission focused on the excessive use of force and killing of Palestinian persons with psychosocial, intellectual or developmental disabilities by Israeli forces in 2018.

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