U.S. and International Advocacy Organizations

  • Adalah Justice Project: Adalah Justice Project aims to transform American perception, policy and practice in Palestine/Israel into a human rights approach that guarantees historical justice and equality for all. Through public education, legal partnerships, and intersectional community-based advocacy, AJP seeks to secure the rights of Palestinians and contribute to a growing global justice movement. 
  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
  • Black Solidarity With Palestine: Black4Palestine is a national network of Black activists in the US committed to supporting the Palestinian people's struggle for freedom, justice, peace and self-determination. Black4Palestine seeks to integrate its work around Palestine into the global and domestic struggles for Black liberation and human emancipation.
  • Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. It does that by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil and human rights issues.
  • Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA): FOSNA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions.
  • Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU): The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) is an independent non-profit organization that provides journalists with quick access to information about Palestine and the Palestinians, as well as expert sources, both in the United States and in the Middle East. Both through its website and its staff, the IMEU works with journalists to increase the public's understanding about the socio-economic, political, and cultural aspects of Palestine, Palestinians, and Palestinian Americans.
  • Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP): Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. It supports the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. 
  • Palestine Legal: Palestine Legal is an independent organization dedicated to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of people in the US who speak out for Palestinian freedom. Its mission is to bolster the Palestine solidarity movement by challenging efforts to threaten, harass and legally bully activists into silence and inaction. 
  • U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR): The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy. Founded in 2001 as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, USCPR has been a leading player in the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States. The coalition is bound by commonly shared principles on Palestine solidarity as well as our anti-racism principles. 

Human Rights organizations based in israel & Palestine

  • Adalah: The Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel: Adalah (“Justice” in Arabic) is an independent human rights organization and legal center. Its mission is to promote human rights in Israel in general and the rights of the Palestinian minority, citizens of Israel, in particular (around 1.5 million people, or 20% of the population). This work also includes promoting and defending the human rights of all individuals subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Israel (e.g. Palestinian residents of the OPT). Adalah is the first Palestinian Arab-run legal center in Israel, and the sole Palestinian organization that works before Israeli courts to protect the human rights of Palestinians in Israel and in the OPT.
  • Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association: Addameer (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners' rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.
  • al-Haq: Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah, West Bank. Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the organisation has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • Al Mezan Center for Human Rights: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental human rights organization based in the Gaza Strip. Since its establishment in 1999, Al Mezan has been dedicated to protecting and advancing the respect of human rights — especially economic, social and cultural rights — supporting victims of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and enhancing democracy, community and citizen participation, and respect for the rule of law in Gaza as part of the occupied Palestinian territory.
  • Association for Civil Rights in Israel: Established in 1972, ACRI is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. An independent and non-partisan organization, ACRI’s mandate is to ensure Israel’s accountability and respect for human rights, by addressing violations committed by the Israeli authorities in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere.
  • BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights: BADIL is an independent, human rights non-profit organization committed to protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons. 
  • Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity. 
  • Breaking the Silence: Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. 
  • B'Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: B'Tselem was established in February 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.
  • Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement: Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. Gisha promotes rights guaranteed by international and Israeli law.
  • Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions: ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group dedicated to ending the Israeli Occupation and achieving a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Over the past two decades it has focused its activism on Israel's policy of demolishing Palestinian homes, both as a key issue in the Occupation but also as a vehicle for showing how the Occupation works, highlighting its pro-active character and thus the need to hold Israel accountable, and exposing the human cost of occupation.
  • Physicians for Human Rights - Israel: Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights–the right to health in particular–in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Founded in 1988 by a group of Israeli physicians led by Dr. Ruchama Marton, PHRI works to promote a just society where the right to health is granted equally to all people under Israel’s responsibility.
  • Rabbis for Human Rights: Founded in 1988, Rabbis for Human Rights works to to inform the Israeli public about human rights violations, and to pressure the State institutions to redress these injustices. It is the only rabbinic voice in Israel that is explicitly dedicated to human rights. 
  • Yesh Din: Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights is an Israeli organization registered as a non-profit in Israel. Since it was established in 2005, Yesh Din’s volunteers and staff have worked for structural, long-term improvement to human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Yesh Din views the occupation as a main source of the violation of the human rights of the Palestinian population and therefore seeks to end it. Its name – there is a law – reflects the belief that equitable application of local and international law is an important component in upholding human rights.
  • Youth Against Settlements: Based in Hebron, Palestine, Youth Against Settlements is a nonviolent direct action group, which seeks to end the building and expanding of illegal Israeli settlements through non-violent popular struggle and civil resistance. Through empowering and educating Palestinians, especially young people, YAS encourages the population of Hebron, especially in the H2 area under Israeli military control, to remain in the area, stand firm, and mount nonviolent resistance and resilience campaigns.
  • Zochrot: Zochrot ("remembering" in Hebrew) is an NGO working since 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948 and the reconceptualization of the Return as the imperative redress of the Nakba and a chance for a better life for all the country's inhabitants.

News & Media

  • +972 Magazine: +972 Magazine is a blog-based web magazine that is jointly owned by a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine. 
  • Broken Hopes: Oslo's Legacy: An interactive documentary that immerses the user in a road trip across the West Bank, with sequences of footage from travel tours and GoPro devices being juxtaposed with testimonies of both Palestinian and Israeli families. 
  • Democracy Now! Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Its War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.
  • Electronic Intifada: The Electronic Intifada is an independent online news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world.
  • Mondoweiss: Mondoweiss is an independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy. It provides news and analysis unavailable through the mainstream media regarding the struggle for Palestinian human rights.

 


Scholars studying Israel, palestine, and/or human rights issues 

  • Susan M. Akram - Clinical Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
  • George Bisharat - Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Noura Erakat - Assistant Professor, George Mason University 
  • Rashid Khalidi - Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Columbia University
  • Katherine Franke - Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Darryl Li - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago
  • Sara Roy - Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
  • Gwynne L. Skinner - Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law