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Hurryyat

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttp://www.hurryyat.net/en/
Founded1992, Registered in 2003 at the Palestinian Ministry of Interior
In their own wordsHurryyat supports and thrives to enhance the rule of law through raising awareness and lobbying on human, civic and political rights within the Palestinian society, monitoring human rights violations and providing legal, financial and psychological assistance especially to Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails and their families.

Funding

  • In 2015, total income was $481,945; total expenses were $363,983 (latest available; accessed February 7, 2018).
  • 2015 donors include: Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from DenmarkSwedenSwitzerland, and the Netherlands), Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture-TRC.
  • Hurryyat received $110,000 (2014-2016) from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat for “Strengthening the culture of respect to HR and IHL and the Palestinian basic law which guarantees human basic rights.”
  • Between 2014-2016, Hurryyat, Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Toture (TRC), and the Human Rights and Democracy Media Center SHAMS received €450,000 from the European Union via EIDHR for “Restoring the Rights to Remedy and Reparations for Victims of Torture and other Ill-Treatments.”

Activities

  • Hurryyat, the Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights, claims to work to “support the various tiers of the Palestinian society to exercise their civic and political rights and liberties.”
  • Rhetoric includes accusation of “apartheid,” “genocide,” “collective punishment,” and “war crimes,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
  • In 2015, Hurryyat launched a campaign for Palestinian freedom of movement stating that “This silent crime practiced systematically since the early days of occupation as an arbitrary measurement of collective punishment demands a national and international movement to make the world understand the negative effects of this crime, and to put into action the international effective legal tools to put an end to this policy.”
    • In 2018, Hurryyat sent an appeal to the Secretary-General of the United Nations calling to “mobilize your efforts and to take the necessary measures to compel Israel, the occupying Power, to cease the travel ban policy of tens of thousands of Palestinians, transforming the occupied Palestinian State into a large prison in addition to dozens of prisons and prisons with thousands of freedom fighters.”
  • Lobbies international forums, including the United Nations, calling for “immediate intervention” in Israeli policies, and accuses Israel of violating international law.
  • In July 2017, Hurryyat asserted that terrorists have a “right” to receive salaries and Director General Helmi al-Aaraj stated, “To lay a finger on the prisoners’ rights is to attack the Palestinian struggle.”
  • On April 17, 2017, Hurryyat, as a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), released a statement on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day stating that “This year marks 50 years of torture of Palestinian political prisoners through a military system which has historically been endemic and various forms of physical and psychological torture and ill-treatment,” and calling on the International Criminal Court to “open an investigation into the case of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, and bring those who have tortured, extrajudicially executed, forcibly transferred, and arbitrary (sic) detained Palestinians to be held to accountable.”
  • In a March 22, 2017 press release, Hurryyat lauded the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) report on the “Question of Apartheid” that accused Israel of being “guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid,” and “called upon the ICC Public Prosecutor to open an investigation into Israel’s commission of the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people and to bring those responsible into justice.”
  • In November 2016, Hurryyat co-authored a submission to Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Palestinian Territories, on “Human Rights Defenders in the OPT…highlight[ing] the repressive environment within which human rights defenders (HRDs) work in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The submission referred to Manal Tamimi, a fieldworker for the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC) as a “human rights defender.”
    • Tamimi frequently utilizes antisemitic and violent rhetoric and imagery on social media. In August 2015, Tamimi tweeted, “I do hate Israel, i (sic) wish a thrid Intefada (sic) coming soon and people rais (sic) up and kills all these zionist settlers everywhere.”
  • During a wave of Palestinian violence that began in October 2015, Hurryyat repeatedly called upon the international community to “hold Israel responsible for the current escalation of violence and recall the root-causes of the ongoing situation, including Israel’s occupation.”
  • In Kairos Palestine’s “Christmas Alert 2014” pamphlet, Hurryyat wrote, “The Israeli occupation is the main reason, the major sin, the enormous injustice and the greatest evil. Land confiscations, house demolitions, displacements, withdrawal of Id’s, prisoners, and martyrs are all practiced by the Israeli occupation… The prisoners are part of the Palestinian struggle, an indispensable part of our freedom and independence. We as Christians, Palestinians, and citizens must stand by those prisoners who paid a high price for fighting the occupation.”
  • As a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), Hurryyat 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.
  • During the 2014 Gaza war, Hurryyat together with the other members of PHROC, submitted a letter to the EU accusing Israel of “blatant violations of international law,” “indiscriminately and disproportionally killing Palestinian civilians,” and “war crimes and crimes against humanity.” The letter urges the EU “to resort to all operational measures at its disposal with a view of bringing Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law to an end.”
  • On July 14, 2014, sent an open letter calling on the EU and member states to “Immediately and unequivocally deplore Israel’s indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against Palestinian civilians and civilian objects”; “Refrain from condoning Israel’s misuse of the notion of self-defence”; “Take the position that the root cause of the ongoing hostilities is Israel’s belligerent occupation and accompanied violations of international law”; and “Unequivocally support Palestinian accession of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

BDS Activities

  • In February 2017, as a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), released a statement calling upon “the international community to abide by their international obligations” and “act immediately by imposing sanctions against Israel,” as a result of the passing of the “Regularization Law,” which is “another brazen tool for Israel to confiscate privately held and registered Palestinian property for its illegal settlement enterprise.”
  • In August 2016, submitted a joint complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur concerning review of the residency status of Omar Barghouti, a prominent proponent of BDS. The statement falsely describes BDS as “peacefully pursu[ing] a human rights agenda based on an international law framework”; in fact, BDS is political warfare, based on the exploitation of human rights double standards, comparisons to apartheid South Africa, and false accusations of “war crimes.”
  • In February 2016, issued a joint statement that “For decades, Israel has failed to uphold its duties as Occupying Power and has instead deepened its occupation and regime of colonialism and apartheid” and “affirm[ed] the right of all individuals to participate in and advocate for boycott, divestment, and sanction actions, and calls on states and businesses to uphold their related legal responsibilities” and stated that the EU November 2015 labeling move against Israeli settlement products is “insufficient,” calling for a complete ban (emphasis added).
  • Signatory to a 2012 “call for action” targeting the UK security company G4S for its business in Israel.

Partners

  • Member of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), which was instrumental in producing many of the preparatory documents for the Durban 2001 conference including the document calling for embargoes on Israel.
    • In April 2017, PNGO called on the international community not to “use aid to undermine legitimate Palestinian resistance.” According to PNGO, “We reject all de-legitimization or criminalization of lawful Palestinian resistance, whether in form of allegations of terrorism, anti-semitism or otherwise… We call on all governments and aid providers to respect our right to lawful resistance, support Palestinian human rights defenders, and ensure equal, impartial and transparent access to funding for all.”
    • In March 2016, as a member of Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), PNGO stated that “Israel’s current government, its most racist ever, has dropped all pretences of ‘enlightenment’ and ‘democracy’. This has helped to expose Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid to world public opinion like never before.”
  • Member of Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC).

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