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Kerem Navot

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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitehttp://www.keremnavot.org/english
Founded2012
In their own words"Israeli civil society organization, established during 2012 and employing comprehensive land-use research to challenge the systems and policies that enable ongoing dispossession of Palestinians from their land in the West Bank."

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  • The organization was founded by Dror Etkes, formerly of Peace Now and Yesh Din. At Peace Now and Yesh Din, Etkes headed settlement tracking projects. Shay Davidovich, formerly of Breaking the Silence, is Kerem Navot’s media coordinator.
  • According to an article about the NGO in the Times of Israel, the name of the organization, “Kerem Navot, or Navot’s Vineyard….a barbed biblical citation, might go over the head of the average Israeli — but not over that of members of the religious settler movement, at whom it is aimed.”
  • In response to claims that a school in the West Bank was constructed illegally on private land (December 2016), Etkes said, “It’s no wonder that while Israel’s racist education minister in busy trying to find ways to make vermin like the Amona outpost kosher and to initiate laws meant to silence organizations such as Breaking the Silence…” (emphasis added).
  • In 2016, BDS activists targeted Israeli membership in FIFA. Kerem Navot document on the issue accused Israel of a “takeover of land,” including the use of “pirate tactics.” It was also cited extensively in Human Rights Watch’s document, FIFA Sponsoring Games on Seized Land.
  • Kerem Navot’s 2015 report, “A Locked Garden: Declaration of Closed Areas in the West Bank,” was written in coordination with highly politicized NGOs including Ta’ayush, Breaking the Silence, and Bimkom.
  • Its initial publication, “Israeli Settler Agriculture as a Means of Land Takeover in the West Bank” (August 2013), was posted on the website of the Israeli NGO, Rabbis for Human Rights. Quamar Mishiraqi-Assad, head of the Legal Department of Rabbis for Human Rights, contributed to the report.
    • The report accuses Israel repeatedly of “aggressive takeovers,” employing “land-grab methods,” and an almost “complete lack of law enforcement against settlers who infiltrate and expropriate private Palestinian land and harass Palestinian farmers in blatant violation even of Israeli law.”

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