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Israel Centers

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Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel


Date Established: 1996


Short Historical Background


Adalah is an independent human rights organization registered in Israel. It is a non-profit, non-governmental, and non-partisan legal center. Established in November 1996, it serves Arab citizens of Israel, numbering over one million people or close to 20% of the total population. Adalah ("Justice" in Arabic) works to protect human rights in general, and the rights of the Arab minority in particular.




Adalah aims

1. To achieve equal individual and collective rights for the Arab minority in Israel in different fields including land rights; civil and political rights; cultural, social, and economic rights; religious rights; women's rights; and prisoners' rights

2. To raise public awareness of the Arab Minority Rights in particular, and Human Rights in general

3. To train stagiaires (legal apprentices), law students, and new Arab lawyers in the field of human rights


Programs and Activities


Legal Advocacy - advocating for legislation that will ensure equal individual and collective rights for the Arab minority. These rights include: land rights; civil and political rights; cultural, social, and economic rights; religious rights; women's rights; and prisoners' rights. Adalah's legal advocacy is done through: filing petitions to the Supreme Court of Israel; filing appeals and lawsuits to the District, Magistrate and Labor Courts; submitting pre-petitions to the Attorney General's Office; filing complaints with Mahash (the Ministry of Justice Police Investigation Unit) of police brutality; and sending letters to government ministries and agencies, detailing legal claims and demanding compliance with the law. Adalah's legislative work primarily involves providing legal commentary on proposed and pending Knesset bills to NGO advocacy coalitions and staff of Arab Knesset Members.


International Advocacy - appealing to international institutions and forums in order to promote the rights of the Arab minority in particular, and human rights in general. This is carried out through Press Releases, publishing and contributing to Reports and Notes, participating in International Conferences, and other activities which reach out to the International Community.


Legal Consultation - providing legal consultation to individuals, student committees, non-governmental organizations, and Arab institutions.


Special Reports - producing reports and petitions which deal with specific issues facing the Arab Minority in Israel such as issues concerning home demolitions, the Jewish National Fund Law, family unifications, Gaza fuel and electricity, and much more. A significant publication of Adalah is the “Democratic Constitution”. Published in 2007, the tenth anniversary of Adalah’s founding, the Democratic Constitution is a constitutional proposal for the state of Israel, based on the concept of a democratic, bilingual, multicultural state in order to respect the freedoms of the individual and the rights of all groups in equal measure, gives proper weight to the historical injustices committed against Arab citizens of Israel, and deals seriously with the social and economic rights of all. This proposed constitution draws on universal principles and international conventions on human rights, the experiences of nations and the constitutions of various democratic states.


Public Awareness - organizing study days, seminars, and workshops, and publishing reports and newsletters on legal issues concerning the rights of the Arab minority in particular, and human rights in general.


Legal Training - Training stagiaires (legal apprentices), law students, and new Arab lawyers in the field of human rights. Internship programs are also offered.




Apart from regular Press Releases and contributions towards International Reports which advocates for Arab Human Rights in Israel, Adalah publishes newsletters, reviews, and reports, in English, Arabic, and Hebrew. Some of which are listed below:

• The Democratic Constitution (2007)

• Adalah's Review Volume 4 - In the Name of Security (Spring 2004)

• Adalah's Review Volume III - Law and Violence (Summer 2002)

• Adalah’s Report “The Accused” regarding criminal and public responsibility for the killing of Arab citizens in October 2000 (2006)

• Institutionalized Discrimination; Adalah's Report to the World Conference Against Racism (August/September 2001)

• Human Rights Guide for Palestinian Citizens of Israel (in Arabic)





Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

Main Office

PO Box 510

Shafa'amr, 20200


ph (972)-4-950-1610

fax (972)-4-950-3140

e-mail: adalah@adalah.org



Naqab Office

28 Reger Ave # 35

Beer el Sebe


Tel: (972)-8-665-0740

Fax: (972)-8-665-0853


Yafa Office

1 Yefet St.

Yafa TelAviv


Tel: (972)-3-682-2935

Fax: (972)-3-682-2937



B'TSELEM - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights


Date Established: 1989


Short Historical Background


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. B'Tselem combines research, advocacy and public education strategies in order to promote human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.


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."




B'Tselem’s primary goals are to protect human rights in the Occupied Territories and to generate commitment among the Israeli public to human rights principles. The strategies to achieve these goals are the following:


• Providing information to the Israeli public and the international community about violations of human rights in the Occupied Territories.

• Recommending and advocating for policy changes to ensure greater protection of human rights.

• Fostering debate and discussion within the Israeli public in order to generate commitment to human rights principles and their application in the Occupied Territories.


Programs and Activities


Research and Publications


B'Tselem has published over 100 reports, some comprehensive in scope, covering the full spectrum of human rights issues. The reports have dealt, for example, with torture, fatal shootings and accountability for military violence, restriction on movement, expropriation of land, house demolitions, discriminatory planning policies, administrative detention, and settler violence.


Resource and Information Center


B'Tselem compiles statistics on casualties and other human rights issues, issues a monthly electronic update and serves as a primary source of information for policymakers, researchers and various organizations. B'Tselem works extensively with the Israeli and international media. The organization maintains an extensive website (in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Russian) that provides access to all of the organization's publications, maps, statistics and video, as well as providing updates on current events.


Advocacy and Public Education


B'Tselem conducts a range of activities to educate the Israeli public about human rights, and to advocate for specific policy change. Public education and advocacy tools include advertising campaigns, "reality tours" of the West Bank, briefings for target audience, distribution of video clips and multimedia presentations, and organizing public events.


Video Advocacy


B'Tselem is now pioneering the use of video as a tool for human rights advocacy. Visual material gives a tangible, human face to human rights issues and has the potential to reach larger audiences with the human rights message. B'Tselem produces short video clips, maintains an extensive video archive and conducts a camera distribution project (entitled "Shooting Back") where Palestinians in high-conflict areas are given cameras to document their reality.





8 HaTa'asiya St. (4th Floor), Jerusalem Israel.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 53132, Jerusalem 91531, Israel

ph (972-2) 6735599

fax (972-2) 6749111

e-mail: mail@btselem.org





The Minerva Center for Human Rights


Date Established: 1993


Short Historical Background


The Center for Human Rights was established in 1993 by the Hebrew University Law Faculty and the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, with the generous support of the Ford Foundation, as the first academic center of its type in Israel.


In January 1997, the Center became a Minerva Center, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research through the Minerva Foundation. The primary goal of the Minerva Center is to promote awareness and to enhance research and academic interest in human rights. The Center's activities are geared to encourage research in this field among scholars and students, and to serve as a resource center for the human rights community and other groups in the Israeli society. The Center is currently housed at the Hebrew University Law Faculty and has a sister Center at Tel Aviv University.




Programs and Activities


Promotion of Human Rights Research: The Minerva Center promotes inter-disciplinary research in human rights by awarding research grants and fellowships to scholars and students, in the field. The recipients of grants and fellowships come from diverse disciplines at universities across Israel and from different sectors within the Israeli society. The Center also initiates research projects on cutting-edge academic issues. The research projects are often conducted as collaborative efforts between Israeli researchers and scholars from abroad. Some of these projects seek to advance laws and assist decision makers and public bodies in the realm of human rights. Other studies result in publications or international conferences.


Conferences and discussions: International and local conferences constitute a large part of the work of the Minerva Center for Human Rights. The Center organizes at least one international conference annually, along with several local conferences, colloquiums, panel discussions and lectures.


Public Education: The Minerva Center runs a wide range of public education programs, with an emphasis on courses. These activities are an effective tool for reaching out to diverse groups and sectors within Israeli society, offering professional enrichment and training in the area of human rights. Among these groups are students and lecturers, Israeli and Palestinian teachers, Jewish and Arab NGOs' staff and activists, as well as the legal community - judges, Civil Service attorneys and legal advisers.


Exchange of Scholars: As part of the efforts to place human rights on the public agenda and raise awareness on current issues in this field, the Minerva Center invites scholars from abroad to attend conferences, participate in seminars and workshops and lecture in diverse forums




Special Concerns




The Minerva Center publishes research studies, conference proceedings, Human Rights Readers and other publications in human rights related issues.


Other Information


Resource Center: In its website, the Minerva Center has established an on-line human rights library which serves as a resource for students, scholars, teachers, the legal community, NGOs activists and others. The library includes: historical documents, human rights instruments, select legislation, International and regional Courts as well as UN bodies, select jurisprudence, reports, human rights organizations and a "rights index" offering links to local and international resources on specific human rights issues.




The Minerva Center for Human Rights

The Faculty of Law

The Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus

Jerusalem 91905 Israel

ph (9722) 25881156

fax (972) 25819371

e-mail: mchr@savion.huji.ac.il


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