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Date posted: October 06, 2020
By MIFTAH

MIFTAH recently held a meeting to present its analytical report on documentations of Palestinian youth human rights defenders. The session was attended by member of MIFTAHs Board of Directors Nour Odeh and EU deputy representative in Palestine, Maria Velasco in addition to Palestinian youth groups and representatives from international and local human rights institutions.

The session was opened by MIFTAH Executive Director Dr. Tahreer Araj, who pointed to the importance of this EU-funded project, especially at this critical political stage in Palestine, saying it served as a tool for documenting Israeli violations in order to expose Israel and hold it accountable in international arenas. In addition, she said, MIFTAH was recently granted special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which constitutes yet another platform for documenting the Palestinian narrative.

Meanwhile, Odeh said the project is completely in line with MIFTAHs mission of building a democratic society and creating space for permanent dialogue between Palestinians and the world. Odeh added that our hope at MIFTAH at this critical hour is that we, as Palestinians, do not lose an opportunity to hold Israel accountable for its violations.

Furthermore, Valesco maintained that Palestine joining a number of European and international protocols and treaties could be considered a significant shift on the human rights landscape and places a renewed focus on the responsibility of the Palestinian government alongside Israel as the occupying power, which continues to have human rights obligations in the occupied Palestinian territory. She also reaffirmed the EUs support in ending the occupation and supporting the two-state solution.

Project coordinator Waad Qannam presented the groups of human rights defenders and commended their work and dedication in producing the report. He also thanked the partner institutions in the three areas for their cooperation: The Community Action Center and the Jerusalem Legal Aid Human Rights Center in occupied Jerusalem; the Hebron Reconstruction Committee in Hebron and the Dia Al Ghad Association and the Mustaqbal Commission for Development in the Gaza Strip.

The defenders then presented the campaigns they plan to launch in each area based on the reports findings. The Jerusalem group spoke about the violations against children, especially Israels house arrest policy, explaining the groups focus in its upcoming We are the origins campaign. The Hebron group then presented its campaign concept entitled 100 checkpoints, which revolves around the fact that there are 100 Israeli military checkpoints in the old city of Hebron and around the Ibrahimi Mosque and focuses on the difficulties residents face because of Israeli settlers and army. Finally, the Gaza group presented its Our protection is our right campaign, aimed at disseminating the Palestinian narrative and calling on international institutions to provide protection for fishermen and farmers in border areas and the maritime region in the Gaza Strip.

Legal researcher Abdallah Sharshara then presented the results of the analytical report, indicating that the report included the documentation of case studies through peoples testimonies in each area. He added that the results were based on a process of monitoring, analysis and documentation of the violations and that the real numbers are much higher. Sharshara called on the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention to immediately intervene and pressure occupying authorities to halt their ongoing violations.

The participants also held a discussion about the report after which MIFTAHs Director of the Policy Dialogue and Good Governance Program, Lamis Shuaibi summed up the session, confirming the need for complementarity in the work of local and international rights institutions in order to support the efforts of youth in documenting and monitoring Israeli violations. She also said this was imperative for supporting Palestine in responding to the challenges in areas that require interventions. Shuaibi maintained that this was the first phase in reports produced by MIFTAH in cooperation with Palestinian institutions where youth are the primary actors. She said more reports would be released next year that were more focused and analytical in accordance with tools of international law and which address the efforts of youth to complete their documentation of violations, especially in the old city of Hebron, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

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