Activism

Children/Family

INAD Theatre

The INAD Threatre is an establishment that produces several plays that wander around Palestinian cities. They teach drama and reach out to marginalized children. The INAD Theatre is a non-profit licensed by the Palestinian Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Ministry of Culture. They emphasize working with children to create a generation of Palestinian youth to appreciate the arts. The INAD thinks that children being exposed to theatre will not only teach them but provide them with alternate means to express themselves. They put on activities for children that are desperately needed in these neglected in these areas. They continue to hold performances for the youth in the southern West Bank.

International Palestinian Youth League

The IPYL is a nongovernmental, nonpartisan, nonreligious organization founded in May 1997 by youth activists. Their goal is to inspire 15-35 year olds against changes in Palestinian society aggravated by Israeli occupation. IPYL is creating a core community of you leaders who take responsibility towards community development. They establish community events, meeting and seminars, radio programs and publish reports. Their main objective is to educate youth and encourage you communities to come together and advertise their beliefs. They promote cross-cultural dialogue to address issues in a peaceful, productive way.

Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation

“PYALARA envisions being the place where tomorrow is shaped and young leaders are born.” They empower Palestinian young people to lead change in communities, mainstream youth issues, and build the capacity of itself to better fulfill its’ vision. They were established in 1999 as an organization seeking empowerment for young Palestinians by providing them with the skills they need to address the current issues and contribute towards ending occupation. PYALARA has engaged and mobilized youth in multiple national campaigns and raised awareness through training and mentoring. They stress the important of media in their campaign and successfully make a difference by spreading their ideas so virally.

Palestinian Youth Movement

The PYM is a movement of young Palestinian in exile as a result of the Zionist occupation in Palestine. Their motivation is for justice and liberation and they play a role as a young generation in the struggle. They come from different political, cultural and social backgrounds and have the hopes of ensuring a better future. They are determined to fulfill their aspirations for liberation and their motivations is guided by the principles of justice that they believe they deserve. They initiate grassroots, organize Palestinian youth workshops, organize local and international forums, celebrate and honor their culture, participate in conferences, distribute regular publications, engage in anti-normalization initiatives, support boycotts, and research new mechanisms.

Peace Youth Organization – Palestine

The main purpose of PYOP is to open up a forum for people to discuss their beliefs, share news about the conflict, and create events to encourage to pro-Palestine community to come together. They research the youth in refugee camps, then make public lectures to raise awareness and identify problems. Their goals are to raise the level of cultural and social awareness, train youth to be leaders capable of going against imperialist offensive, devise programs to deal with social problems, preserve Palestinian heritage, monitor international stance on the Palestinian question, establish relationships with youth centers, and encourage talented young people.

Healthcare

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors without borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, is an international medical organization created by French doctors and journalists in 1971. This organization won the nobel peace prize in 1999. In present day, this organization provides assistance to more than 60 countries. This organization is an advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. They reach out to those people who need protection from violence, neglect or catastrophe mostly caused by armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition and exclusion from healthcare or natural disasters. There are teams in Gaza, Nablus and Hebron which work to provide psychological care as well as medical and social support. A main objective is to train the local Palestinian staff because they are unable to leave the territory and lack access to professional training. It’s also filling specific gaps in medical care and providing specialized surgery for trauma patients. In 2010, there were more than 180 surgical operations performed and mental health staff held almost 3,400 consultations. The rehab team carried out more than 33,000 physiotherapy sessions.

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross responds rapidly and efficiently to the needs of people affected by armed conflict or natural disaster occurring in a conflict area. Sometimes areas that are already devastated by war are hit with natural disasters. The ICRC is known for responding rapidly to help people in need. They try to reduce mortality, morbidity, suffering and disabilities that result from poor healthcare. In Palestine, this organization focuses on the protection of civilians and the welfare of detainees held in Israel. They also support medical facilities in Gaza by providing medical supplies and fuel.

Medical Aid for Palestinian (MAP)

Medical Aid for Palestinians was established after the massacre at Sabra and Shatila. It was made to deliver health and medical care to those who were worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement. MAP works alongside local health providers as well as hospitals of Palestine in order to help give healthcare to the people who are living under war and occupation. This organization has been working in the occupied Palestinian territory for 20 years. It has offices in both the West Bank and the Gaza strip, which allows for easier access to the entire territory. The organization’s focus is on health development and emergency preparedness/response. The key areas are child healthcare, disability/rehabilitation and psychosocial health. However, since the organization works with local partner organizations, it does not directly support individual medical cases in the area

Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund

This organization was established in 1991 when Americans became aware of the crisis that the youth of Palestine was facing. The main purpose of this organization is to locate free medical care for children of the Middle East, including Palestine, who are unable to get the necessary and specialized treatment in their homeland. If a procedure isn’t available to a child locally, P.C.R.F will make sure to get access to it; even if this requires going abroad to the US and Europe. Since 1991, over 800 children have been, or are currently treated outside the Middle East. They locate, sponsor and run volunteer medical missions to the Middle East. Although the organization focuses on helping children, it also helps adults. Some of the procedures that they have done are cardiac surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial surgery, occupational therapy and more. The P.C.R.F. also helps to improve the quality of medical care in the Middle East by sending medical equipment and supplies to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They trained Palestinian surgeons so they can treat patients locally.

Project Hope

This organization began in 1958. Since then, Project HOPE has worked to obtain health care for people around the world. Their goal is to provide “long-term, sustainable health care.” They educate health professionals as well as community health workers to strengthen and make health facilities more independent. They donate medicine, medical supplies and volunteer medical help to fight diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. In the Middle East, women’s healthcare is poor. This organization works to help women get medicine and proper medical care in Palestine.

Media/Documentation

B’Tselem

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories is a group made up of academics, attorneys, journalists and Knesset members that was established it 1989 to document and educate primarily the Israeli policymakers and the public about Human Rights issues in the Occupied Territories and “help create a human rights culture in Israel.”  This Israeli human rights organization is independent and receives much of its funding from foundations in North America and Europe that support human rights for all.  They have been active in pushing for change in Israeli policies dealing with the Occupied Territories.

Electronic Intifada

Is an independent online news publication and educational resource founded in 2001.  Their stories focus on Palestinian people, politics, culture and activist and they build their reporting on documented evidence and fact checking. Their mission isn’t to take a position on issues, but to instead provide a platform for normally excluded or challenged viewpoints.  They try their best to publish a variety of opinions.  But hold true to its commitment to “universal principles of human rights, international law, anti-racism and equal justice.”

International Middle East Media Center

The International Middle East Media Center was created in 2003 by the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People to provide independent media coverage of Israel-Palestine.  It combines Palestinian journalists, who have a deep understanding of the history, language and political environment with skilled international journalists to provide non-partisan reporting.  IMEMC has daily newscasts in both English and Italian.

Ma’an Network

Ma’an network is a non-for profit media organization that was established in 2002 to reinforce independent media within Palestine, as well as build connections local and international media.  Ma’an’s network includes independent journalists around Palestine as well as local television and radio stations. It has helped to develop Palestinian media in hopes of creating “positive social change, accountability, and democracy in Palestine.” It promotes freedom of expression and thought and produces reports that attempt to uncover the truth.  They have also created a research unit to look into feelings within Palestine towards media and government in hopes of servicing the community better.

The Palestine Chronicle

The Palestine Chronicle is an independent online news organization founded in 1999 to provide news, photos, commentary, etc on many different subjects concerning Palestine, Israel and the Middle East Region.  The Chronicle is comprised of both volunteers and professionals from around the world who strive to cover issues involving “human rights, national struggle, freedom and democracy.” Their journalists and writers are professionals who attempts to report without political agenda and do not represent any political parties.

Prisoners

Addameer

Addameer (Arabic for ‘conscience”) is also known as the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. It, along with the other groups mentioned, helps the victims of administrative detention. Not only do they advocate for victims of administrative detention, they give legal aid to prisoners and document the violations committed against them. They also are trying to abolish the death penalty.

Al-Haq

Al-Haq is a Palestinian human rights group based in Ramallah. It works to make sure that Israeli laws do not violate international law. Another main objective of the group is to be sure that Palestinian prisoners are treated fairly. Al-Haq has been working with Addameer to ensure that Israel keeps its bargain to release all 35 women held in Israeli prisons are released in the Gilad Shalit prison exchange.

Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights

AUPHR (Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights) is, as you can see from the name, an American group who is advocating on behalf of those in administrative detention. In the ‘Take Action’ section of their website, it tells Americans how they can help. One way listed is to boycott Israeli products, something ICSJP is working on.

Amnesty International

The objective for this well-known group is to support human rights worldwide. Their focus in Palestine is to help release people who are suffering from administrative detention.  AI is not only concerned with the violation of human rights committed by the Israeli prisons, but by the means several prisoners are using to protest: hunger strikes. Refusing food is the only effective way these men and women are able to protest the violations against them. AI took to Twitter to show their support to Khader Adnan,  Hana Shalabi and the thousands of other hunger strikers in administrative detention. By making these issues known, they are helping to stop the human rights violations in prison.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Based in Gaza City, this group advocates for democracy and fairness in the Israeli court system and in the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories) as a whole.  In January of 2010, they issued a report of the torture going on in Israeli prisons to Palestinian victims of administrative detention. In this report, the reader is made very aware of the fact that this torture is not only violating the human rights of these men and women, but international law (UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 1984). These people are beaten mercilessly and often left to die in solitary confinement.

Water

House of Water and Environment

The House of Water and Environment was established in 2004 as a non-profit organization.  HWE works to promote further research into the state of water and resources in the Palestine area.  They work to incorporate social, technical and environmental sustainability in order to create outcomes that benefit nationally and to reduce poverty in the area. They are working to establish a broader analysis of water resource development.  The main goals of this organization are to provide technology knowledge and information on water and the environment, to develop simulation models to solve water and environmental problems both at the national and regional levels and to create a strong relationship with Palestinian authority by their long-term cooperation.  The strengths of HWE are in the fields of water resources development, water needs and demands studies, groundwater assessment, integrated water resource management, etc.

LifeSource

LifeSource came together when the Palestinian water access became apolitical problem.  The recognition of the Palestinians right to water and right to self-determination needed to be expressed.  In 2007 many Palestinians came together from different regions of the West Bank to help solve their horrible experiences with their right to water in the area.  This group was privately funded until 2001 when it was introduced as a non-profit under Palestine Authority.   LifeSource is known as one of the initial founding members of the EWASH advocacy task force.  They advocate to the UN and other international organizations working in the water sector to respect the Palestinians right to water above the Israeli policy in place.  The organization has also produced six documentaries on the matter including Jordan Valley Blues.  They are presently active in organizing Palestinian water rights within the global water rights movement.  The overall mission on LifeSource is “Educating Palestinians about our water rights to enable communities to take an active role in improving the situation, promoting and utilizing nonviolent popular resistance tactics for the human rights to water and sanitation, and “connecting popular movements locally and globally in support of Palestinian water rights.”

Middle East Children’s Alliance

Middle East Children’s Alliance is a non-profit organization working for the rights of children’s rights.   They send humanitarian aid, and educate people on the US Foreign Policy on children in the regions.  They offer aid in the form of food, medicine, clothes, toys and school supplies to the children in Ira, Palestine and Lebanon.  They offer financial support ad professional assistance to communities and organizations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to meet the children’s needs.  They offer educational practice to help educate people in the United States on how children are treated and how their lives are.  They provide scholarships for Palestinians in Gaza Strop and West Bank.  They also provide clean water to the children in Palestine by installing water purification systems in schools in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group

Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG) was founded in 2003 as a non-profit and no governmental organization.  The main work done by PWEG is the collection, disposal, treatment and reuse of wastewater and sewage water.  The organization aims to develop a water and sanitation sector with services to recycle water for Palestinians to reuse.  They want to protect the public health from these polluted waters and help enhance the level of water and sanitation among Palestinians.  PWEG also works on constructing facilities to help prevent pollution in the groundwater.  The main target groups of PWEG are local communities and village councils.  This organizations main tactics are to better the water in the area giving the Palestinians recycled water to use with the water shortage

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization providing services to children in need in the United States and all around the world.  Most work is done in the communities helping children and families help themselves.  They work with other organizations and governments to help these children live better lives.  They help provide food, medical assistance and education for children as well as helping communities recover through tough times.  The organization works to offer the children a bright future and take them away from conflict and disaster.  The vision of the company is to provide ever child with the right to survival, protection, development and participation.  This water conflict in Palestine falls under the civil conflict category they help children with.

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