Direct Action for Palestinian Human Rights
This page is co-sponsored by Grassroots International and The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The US Campaign is a coalition of organizations and individuals focused on changing US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so as to support freedom from occupation and equal rights for all. Grassroots International is a Boston-based human rights and development organization which supports social change organizations in Eritrea, Haiti, Mexico, Brazil and Palestine. We have produced this page as a resource for people interested in direct action with Palestinian and Israeli groups working for human rights, peace and justice in the region, as well as US-based groups that support them.
The organizations featured on this page share a demonstrated commitment to social justice and peace-building; their credibility among peer organizations; and their capacity to manage resources. Their work spans a broad variety of issues ranging from international protection for Palestinians, to rebuilding demolished homes to empowering Palestinian refugee children.
|THE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT (ISM)|
Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement of Palestinian and International
activists from all over the world working to raise awareness
of the struggle for Palestinian freedom and an end to Israeli
occupation. ISM activists use nonviolent, direct-action methods
of resistance to confront and challenge illegal Israeli occupation
forces and policies. The ISM seeks to create an international
presence in support of Palestinian nonviolent resistance and
to be a resource for Palestinians, both in terms of their presence
and as witnesses to the daily humiliation and injustice of the
If you would like to support or volunteer with International Solidarity Movement go to http://www.palsolidarity.org and click on ‘Contact us’ for a listing of international coordinators or on ‘How you can help’ to send a donation. You can also go to http://www.rapprochement.org to support the Center for Rapprochement—one of the founding organizations of the ISM that functions as a community service center with youth, advocacy and peace and reconciliation units.
|THE PALESTINIAN ENVIRONMENTAL NGOs NETWORK (PENGON)|
In October of 2002, PENGON organized the Apartheid Wall Campaign to stop the Israeli construction of a 8-meter high wall high concrete wall (also known in Israel as the “security fence”) with trenches, electric fences, sensors, cameras, and armed watchtowers inside the 1967 border of Occupied Palestine.Through International Advocacy and Media, Research and Information Collection, and Social Mobilization the Campaign aims to work to stop the construction of this Wall and its consequences to environment and human rights; and to shed light on the expanding stranglehold of Israeli closure and siege policies on Palestinians. The campaign needs your help particularly in the area of information dissemination and international advocacy. If you would like to support the campaign, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.pengon.org.
|GRASSROOTS INTERNATIONAL (GRI)—PALESTINE EMERGENCY FUND|
Grassroots International has supported
Palestinian civil society organizations for nearly 20 years.
It recently established
a Palestine Emergency Fund so that US citizens can support
its long-standing Palestinian partner organizations in the
face of Israeli military occupation. Below is a brief description
of each of the eight civil society organizations supported
through this Fund. You can support these organizations’ work
by making a donation on http://www.grassrootsonline.org/give_main.html.
Democracy and Workers' Rights Center (DWRC)
DWRC equips and mobilizes the Palestinian labor force to actively participate in building a democratic society and to promote and defend the rights of Palestinian workers (online at http://www.dwrc.org).
Located in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Ibdaa ‘s activities and programs provide a safe space for refugee children and include a nursery school, a kindergarten, a library, a computer center, an oral history project and a dance troupe (online at http://www.dheisheh-ibdaa.net/).
Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP)
GCMHP is the principal provider of community-based, preventive, and therapeutic health care for Gazans, a population that has some of the highest incidence in the world of mental disorders resulting from trauma (online at http://www.gcmhp.net/).
Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)
PARC was founded to build greater food security at the household, community and territorial levels. Specific units within PARC target food security; protection against land confiscation; creating job opportunities; and improving the position of rural women (online at http://www.pal-arc.org/).
Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
PCHR works in the Gaza Strip as a monitor of violations by the Palestinian Authority and Israel, documenting and researching the human rights situation and advocating for the application of international law to the Palestinian situation. Its lawyers defend victims of human rights abuses, from cases of illegal detention to torture (online at http://www.pchrgaza.org/).
of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC)
The largest health care-related organization in Palestine, UPMRC organizes village health committees to provide most of the basic care for a community and carries out public education (online at http://www.upmrc.org/).
Women's Affairs Center (WAC)
In the conservative society of Gaza, WAC conducts research and training in order to promote women's rights and equality (online at http://www.wacgaza.org/english/index.html).
Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
WCLAC promotes Palestinian women's social and legal rights through psychological and legal counseling as well as educational workshops and public messages. It also works with lawmakers to promote fair civil laws and challenges discriminatory legislation (online at http://www.wclac.org/defaultold.htm).
|ISRAEL COMMITTEE AGAINST HOUSE DEMOLITIONS (ICAHD)|
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist the Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. ICAHD resists demolition and helps to rebuild demolished homes as a constructive way to oppose Israel's Occupation. The six-year old organization is comprised of members of several Israeli peace and human rights organizations and closely co-ordinates its work in the Occupied Territories with local Palestinian organizations. If you would like to support ICAHD’s work hosting a house party or volunteering to rebuild home contact Rebuilding Homes Inc. ICAHD’s sister organization based in Redwood City, California at http://www.rebuildinghomes.org/contact.htm.
|MIDDLE EAST CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE (MECA)|
MECA is a non-governmental organization based in San Francisco, California, which works for peace and justice in the Middle East; focusing on Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Iraq. Since 1988, MECA’s programs have emphasized the need to educate North Americans about the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, and to support projects that aid and empower communities in the region. MECA is currently focused on expanding their educational, medical and youth projects in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp's Ibdaa Center as well as in centers in Gaza. They are also concentrating on fundraising for medical aid for Palestinians and Iraqis and on developing a scholarship program for Palestinian youth. If you are interested in supporting MECA’s work go to http://www.mecaforpeace.org/support.
|FACULTY FOR ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE|
The Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, is a network of university faculty promoting peace in the Middle East. Through media advocacy, campus campaigns and direct support for Palestinian universities struggling with a lack of resources, FFIPP aims to influence policy and opinion makers and others to implement policies aimed at bringing about a just peace in the region. If you would like to volunteer or endorse FFIPP campaigns and activities or support their work go to http://www.ffipp.org/support_ffipp.htm.