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Al-Haq

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Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttp://www.alhaq.org/
Founded1979
In their own wordsClaims to document “violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians in the OPT” and “end such breaches by way of advocacy before national and international mechanisms and by holding the violators accountable.”

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Activities

Located in Ramallah, is “the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists – Geneva.”

Lawfare

  • Was an active participant in the 2001 Durban World Conference against Racism, which adopted the strategy of promoting the complete international isolation and demonization of Israel through legal and other forms of political warfare.
  • Regularly files lawsuits and submits politically motivated reports to the UN Human Rights Council and other international bodies.
  • Uses its membership in the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) as a platform to lobby international forums and disseminate statements demonizing Israel.
  • Proposed sabotaging the Israeli court system by “flooding the [Israeli Supreme] Court with petitions in the hope of obstructing its functioning and resources.”In October 2013, Al-Haq and PCHR held a meeting with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to present a legal opinion, accusing Israel of “widespread and systematic commission of international crimes and violations of international law.”
  • On May 14, 2016, Shawan Jabareen spoke at the “Malaga Legal Experts Conference,” organized by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), aimed at “reviewing all efforts relevant to employing the principle of Universal Jurisdiction to prosecute Israeli war criminals and how these efforts relate to action before the ICC.”
  • In October 2013, Al-Haq and PCHR held a meeting with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to present a legal opinion, accusing Israel of “widespread and systematic commission of international crimes and violations of international law.”
  • Supported the December 2009 arrest warrant secured in the UK by Hamas against Israeli opposition leader and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, claiming she bore “special responsibility for the war crimes and possible crimes against humanity that characterized Israel’s actions during the assault on Gaza.”
  • Worked with Al Mezan to secure an arrest warrant in the UK against Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in September 2009.
  • In 2008, Al-Haq, alongside the Bil’in Village Council, filed a lawsuit, Bil’in (Village Council) v. Green Park International Ltd. (Quebec, Canada 2008), accusing a Canadian company of “aiding, abetting, assisting and conspiring with the State of Israel” to commit “war crimes.” Canadian courts dismissed this case and imposed costs on the plaintiffs.
  • In 2006, filed a case against the British government to end export licenses to Israel; it was dismissed by the UK Court of Appeal in 2008.  A similar case filed in 2009 was also dismissed in the preliminary stages.

Other Anti-Israel Activities

  • In 2015 published “Divide and Conquer: A Legal Analysis of Israel’s 2014 Military Offensive Against the Gaza Strip,” presenting an entirely biased and distorted view of events leading to the 2014 Gaza War. The report claims that “On 12 June 2014, three Israeli teenage settlers disappeared near the West Bank city of Hebron. The three individuals were later found dead” (emphasis added). Al Haq also refers to Hamas terrorists as “Palestinians linked to the resistance.”
  • On, November 23, 2015, Al-Haq and three other Palestinian NGOs submitted a document to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), claiming evidence and testimonies of alleged Israeli “war crimes” perpetrated during the 2014 Gaza war.
  • In November 2015, in the midst of a wave of terrorism against Israeli civilians that included stabbings, shootings, and car rammings, Al-Haq wrote a joint letter with the International Federation of Human Rights-Paris (FIDH) to the European Union Foreign Affairs Ministers, condemning Israel’s security responses, alleging Israel’s “
  • As a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), Al Haq referred to the resignation of William Schabas as the head of the UN inquiry into the 2014 Gaza war as a “charade put up by Israel” and “condemn[ed] in the strongest terms Israel’s latest and unfortunately far too common attempt to obstruct the work of the international human rights and justice mechanisms in investigating Israeli violations of international law against the Palestinian population.” In fact, the resignation followed revelations that Schabas had previously done legal work for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) – a clear conflict of interest that would have disqualified him from the beginning if it had been disclosed. Furthermore, Schabas’ record of anti-Israel biases includes repeated calls for prosecuting Israeli officials for alleged “war crimes” at the International Criminal Court.

BDS Activities

  • On May 6, 2015, Al-Haq, along with FIDH and other French NGOs and unions publishedOrange’s Dangerous Liaisons in the Occupies Palestinian Territory,” calling for a boycott of the Israeli mobile phone network Partner Communications (which operates under the Orange brand). The NGOs targeted the French corporation Orange Group and “the French State as Orange’s principal majority shareholder.”
    • Efforts to pressure Orange included attending the Orange annual shareholders meeting, and lobbying of the French government and the Palestinian Authority.
  • Issued a 2013 position paper, “Feasting on the Occupation,” calling on the European Union and “relevant United Nations (UN) bodies” to boycott Israeli produce. The paper accuses Israel of “violations of international humanitarian law” “illegal conduct,” and “extensive destruction and appropriation of Palestinian resources.”
    • Al-Haq’s Director Shawan Jabarin repeated this demand at a September meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held in Brussels.
  • In 2013, Al Haq was part of a libelous campaign falsely suggesting that Israel steals water from Palestinians in order to  interfere with cooperation between Dutch companies and the Israeli company Mekorot.
  • In 2010, filed a criminal complaint against the Dutch company, Riwal, for alleged complicity “in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.” The complaint was dismissed in May 2013.

Al-Haq Funders (2013-2016)

FunderTotalYear(s)
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat $710,0002014-2016
Ireland€80,0002015
€80,0002014
€80,0002013
NorwayNOK 1,600,0002015
NOK 1,600,0002016

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