Resources: briefings and reports

The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and the Birzeit University Institute of Law are pleased to announce release of the “Guidelines for Advocating for Palestinian Rights in conformity with International Law”. Tthis new advocacy tool is an outcome document of the conference “Options and Strategies of International Law for the Palestinian People” held at the Birzeit University Institute of Law in May 2013.

The 10 page report summarizes the basics of human rights obligations and standards for business as relevant to the context of Palestine. We have collected key references from the decision of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of the Wall, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as well as independent analysts.

The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem has released a legal briefing on the application of the law in occupied East Jerusalem and prospects of judicial and political struggle. The Absentees’ Property Law (1950) is one of Israel’s major legal instruments for seizing Palestinian property.

Stop the Wall Campaign and the Palestinian Federation in Brazil - FEPAL have today released a report on the Bilateral Cooperation in Research and Industrial Development between Brazil and Israel. (See below.)

We argue that beyond legitimizing and sustaining Israeli policies, the cooperation program risks to recognize and/or directly aid and assist the construction of the Wall and the settlement enterprise and the maintenance of the situation created by them as well as other Israeli violations of peremptory norms.

 

Various events were held throughout the Occupied Territories in the West Bank to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the glorious Land Day. Stop the Wall has implemented a number of group activities in these territories; such as the lands which are threatened by confiscation and which are subject to continuous attacks by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).

"The popular movement to strengthen the resilience of the population in areas targeted by the Israeli Occupation Forces, and to build grassroots actions and international solidarity in order to confront the Israeli occupation, the settlement project and their implications."

 

All major Palestinian farmers organizations have issued a call to end international trade with Israeli agribusiness and have also published this briefing entitled Farming Injustice. Farming Injustice details the systematic destruction of Palestinian agriculture by Israel and the role played by international trade with Israeli agribusinesses. To download the briefing, click here.

Elisabeth Koek

Al-Haq’s Exploring the Illegality of ‘Land Swap’ Agreements under Occupation examines the legal implications of the conclusion of ‘land swap’ agreements between Israel and the Palestinian representatives whilst the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip is ongoing.

Since the beginning of this Intifada in 2000, Israel has transformed the already harsh conditions under occupation into a nightmare of destruction and imprisonment. Economic life has severely suffered and unemployment has skyrocketed. Since September 2000, over 432 factories and 9,735 small shops and street seller stalls have been destroyed while Gaza’s industry has suffered complete breakdown due the destruction wrecked upon the Strip in the 2008/9 attack by Israel and the ongoing siege.

The call to divest from Elbit Systems Ltd. has become a key element of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at ending Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
 

At not more than 15 days from the UN General Assembly session on Palestine, during which the Palestinian official leadership will present an initiative on the Palestinian state to the world community, many pros and cons are being hotly debated. Yet, even without entering these debates, one of the most serious concerns is the fundamentally flawed process underlying the UN bid. It appears to be a distressing dejá-vu of past mistakes.

Motorola through its fully owned subsidiary Motorola Israel provides the Israeli state and its military with equipment employed in war crimes and contributes to the construction and maintenance of the Wall, the settlements and the checkpoints. The practices of Motorola clearly violate international law, including the IV Geneva Convention and the UN Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

Stop the Wall has submitted a contribution to the EU consultation on its research policy in which it has denounced the funding of Israeli companies – and in particular Israeli companies involved in the construction of the Apartheid Wall – through European Union research programs.

This 31 pages report details the active support of the Brazilian state for the Israeli arms industry as well as the Israeli interests in and profits from Brazil’s military and defense industry.  It finally confronts these realities with the framework of economic, legal and political interests and obligations of Brazil.

 

The report is available below in English and Portuguese.

The olive harvest ended this year, and as in other seasons, both farmers and the land they own faced continuous attacks from Occupation forces and settlers. This season’s assaults were distinguished by their ferocity, occurring in the shadow of the failing negotiations between the Occupation state and the Palestinian Authority. The Occupation plans of continuing settlement translates into an intensification of attacks, whether through new expansion and land confiscation or physical assaults on Palestinian farmers aimed at forcing them off their lands.

In 2009, Stop the Wall and Addameer released a report entitled Repression
Allowed, Resistance Denied
, which detailed the repression of Palestinian human rights defenders active against the Wall since 2002. Following up this report, Stop the Wall published a shorter update in the summer of 2010, covering March – June 2010 and detailing how Occupation forces continued to target the anti-Wall movement.

Download People versus Oppression

Download the Olive Harvest Report 2009.

This year’s harvest was weaker than years’ prior, and alongside the low level of rainfall and hot weather, Occupation policy was a key factor. The olive trees bear less fruit after farmers have been expelled from the land and are prohibited from plowing and maintaining it. Settlers, who light fires, bulldoze groves, and allow pollution from hilltop settlements to run down onto agricultural areas, also contribute to the debilitation.

Download Repression allowed, resistance denied: Israel’s suppression of the popular movement against the Apartheid Annexation Wall here.

On the occasion of 5th anniversary of the ICJ decision, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign issued a joint report entitled Rights without Remedy. The report examines the impact the Wall has had on the rights of the Palestinian population and the inadequacy of measures taken by Israel and the international community to ensure that the ICJ’s Advisory Opinion is implemented or redress provided to victims of damages or human rights violations caused by the Wall.

This report discusses South African economic relations with Israel as well as the related political and institutional framework. Analyzing dozens of cases of commercial ties and political initiatives, it proves once again that trade relations with Israel necessarily require involvement in or complicity with Israeli violations of human rights and international law, including assistance to Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid.

This briefing was created for the Norwegian Pension Fund to demand divestment from Elbit Systems. Elbit Systems is one of the largest Israel “security” and “defence” companies. It is key in manufacturing a variety of weapons used against both the Palestinian and Lebanese people as well as providing technology used to secure the Wall and settlements.

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This briefing was created for the Norwegian Pension Fund to demand divestment from three Israeli companies. Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC), Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd, and Emblaze Ltd. all are engaged in activities that run contrary to the Fund’s ethical guidelines.

Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC)
The IEC has been in constant violation of the ethical guidelines in a number of ways. The most relevant is its historic and long-running support for Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory:

The olive harvest in Palestine is an age‐old tradition that reaffirms Palestinian ties to the land and serves as a vital element of Palestinian economic, social and cultural life. Each year, however, the harvest becomes a bigger challenge for the farmers who face a tightening siege from the Wall, expanding settlements, settler attacks, and permit restrictions, all of which serve to force Palestinians from their land.

An in depth study on the history of the Jahalin Bedouin, from there expulsion from Tal ‘Arad until the present. Based on a number of oral histories, the Jahalin narrate their own struggle from the days of the Nakba in 1948, when they were driven from their homeland to the construction of the Apartheid Wall, which is to isolate and swallow the last lands they have been living on for settlement expansion.

To download the PDF of the report in English, click here.

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