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Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
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.



  • 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.”
  • Regularly accuses Israel of “apartheid”; promotes a Palestinian “right of return.”
  • Hurryyat called for individuals to “resist the Israeli travel ban policy,” claiming that “banning any citizen from travelling is a great crime and a major violation of the International Humanitarian Law.” The statement makes no mention of the reasons why Israel imposes travel bans, to prevent terrorists from entering Israel to carry out attacks.
  • Lobbies international forums, including the United Nations, calling for “immediate intervention” in Israeli policies, and accuses Israel of violating International Humanitarian Law.
  • Signed on numerous calls for BDS, specifically promoting the campaign against G4S.
  • Participated in a 2014 conference organized by Kairos Palestine, Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum, and the Alternative Travel Group. Other participants represented groups including Defense for Children International- Palestine, Addameer, Sabeel, Christ at the Checkpoint, and the Alternative Information Center.
  • 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.”
  • Hurryyat uses its membership in the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) as a platform to lobby international forums and disseminate statements demonizing Israel. PHROC is comprised of other politicized NGOs including Addameer, Al-Dameer, Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, BADIL, DCI-P, and PCHR.
    • During a wave of Palestinian violence that began in October 2015, PHROC 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.
    • 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.
    • As a member of PHROC, 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 are tactics of political warfare, based on the exploitation of human rights double standards, comparisons to apartheid South Africa, and false accusations of “war crimes.”
    • 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.”


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