There are many ways to win (or lose) an argument.
But nothing quite like the argument of high profile signatories to statements criticising the State of Israel, or large local, regional and global human rights groups, charities, NGOs, legal defence groups, activists, movements and independent civil society groups – producing independent reports and analysis, year-after-year, critical of Israel’ historical record of human rights violations.
If Palestinians are in the wrong, why are these reports – backed by empirical data, evidence, meticulous research and analysis critical of Israel?
25 ISRAELI/JEWISH NGOs
ACADEMIA4EQUALITY: A members’ organization working to promote democratization, equality and access to higher education for all communities living in Israel. The goal is to struggle against the complicity of Israeli academia with oppression and denial of education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, among other key goals.
ADALAH: An independent NGO based in Israel defending the rights of the Arab minority within Israel itself.
ASSOCIATION FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN ISRAEL: Leading human rights group, focused on the duplicity of the unofficial dual legal system in Israel.
BOYCOTT FROM WITHIN: (Israeli citizens for BDS): an association of Jewish and Arab Israelis who support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
BREAKING THE SILENCE: Ex-soldiers’ group providing testimonies highlighting IDF’s immoral practices.
B’TSELEM: An Israeli group monitoring human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
COALITION OF WOMEN FOR PEACE: An umbrella organization of women’s groups in Israel, established in November 2000 that describes itself as a feminist organization against the occupation of Palestine and for a just peace.
COMBATANTS FOR PEACE: The mission for CFP is to build the social infrastructure necessary for ending the conflict and the illegal occupation.
GISHA: An Israeli not-for-profit organization that aim to to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially in Gaza.
GUSH SHALOM: An Israeli-led movement to influence Israeli public opinion and lead it towards peace and reconciliation with the Palestinian people.
HAMOKED: An independent Israeli-organization funded exclusively by individuals and institutions in Israel and around the world that support human rights principles, with over half its funding provided by foreign governmental entities.
HAQEL:Human rights NGO focused on defending the rights of hundreds of Palestinian landowners and communities to retain their rights to their lands, homes and villages in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS FUND: Provides legal aid and defense to HRDs who face legal persecution (such as false arrests and indictments or other types of legal harassment), to help ensure HRDs can carrying out their activism.
IF NOT NOW: American Jewish progressive activist group opposing the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
INTERNATIONAL JEWISH ANTI-ZIONIST NETWORK: Left-wing organisation which is highly critical of Israel.
ISRAELI COMMITTEE AGAINST HOUSE DEMOLITIONS UK: Working to resist the Occupation, with a focus on Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes.
JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE: A large influential US-based organization with over 200,000 supporters on their email list, 10,000 individual donors, and over 60 chapters across U.S that supports Palestine.
NOW IS THE TIME COALITION: A global coalition of leaders – from civil society through to academia, politics and Nobel laureates.
OFEK (THE ISRAELI CENTER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS): An independent think tank dedicated to advancing a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, envisioning two democratic states living peacefully side by side
PARENTS AGAINST CHILD DETENTION: Grassroots Israeli organization, established in 2018 by a group of Israeli parents deeply concerned about the harm Palestinian children endure under Israeli occupation.
PEACE NOW: A prominent activist group in Israel that aims to promote a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ISRAEL: Founded in 1988 by a group of Israeli physicians, PHRI stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights – the right to health in particular – in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
THE CIVIC COALITION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS IN JERUSALEM (CCPRJ): Aims for effective mobilization and cooperation of civil society vis-à-vis Israeli policies that undermine Palestinian rights, identity and presence in occupied East Jerusalem, covering the rights of children, youth, women and Palestinian political prisoners and detainees.
YESH DIN: Israeli human rights organisation.
ZOCHROT: Israeli NGO that raises awareness of the Nakba and Supports the Right of Return.
36 PALESTINIAN NGOs
ADDAMEER: Prisoner Human Rights NGO supporting Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.
AID WATCH PALESTINE(AWP): AWP supports efforts to make international aid more accountable to Palestinians, by inviting the Palestinian community and aid actors — local and international, public and private — to join us in critical and constructive scrutiny of aid.
AL-DAMEER: An NGO in Ramallah fighting for human rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza and in Israel
AL-HAQ: An independent human rights NGO based in Ramallah, West Bank, putting the spotlight on human rights violations of Palestinians
AL-MEZAN: A human rights NGO in Gaza supporting victims of violations of international human rights law.
AL-SHABAKA: An independent Palestinian think tank, with a network of nearly 200 Palestinian analysts worldwide, whether in Palestine or in exile, focusing on human rights, policy and strategy.
AL-AWDA: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition is a non-partisan NGO & grassroots activist committed to the rights of all Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands of origin in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
ANARCHISTS AGAINST THE WALL: Activists fighting against the apartheid wall.
ATFALUNA SOCIETY FOR DEAF CHILDREN: Founded in 1992, the Society offers academic education for 250 deaf children and serves more than 5,000 hearing-impaired people and their families.
BADIL RESOURCE CENTER FOR PALESTINIAN RESIDENCY AND REFUGEE RIGHTS: An independent, human rights non-profit organization committed to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons
BDS MOVEMENT: Launched in 2005, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led global movement made up of unions, academic associations, churches and grassroots movements across the world; Palestine.
BUILDPALESTINE: Connects supporters around the world with grassroots and social impact projects here in Palestine.
COLONISATION AND WALL RESISTANCE COMMISSION: A Palestinian movement documenting and resisting the colonisation and illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER (AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY): Aims to empower local Palestinian residents to solve collective problems (social and economic inequality), and to mobilize societal volunteerism.
GRASSROOTS AL-QUDS: Promotes the Palestinian narrative in Jerusalem by strengthening the tourism infrastructure, and to improve the capacity and economic wellbeing of the people and communities carrying the sector.
HUMAN RIGHTS & DEMOCRACY MEDIA CENTER (SHAMS): SHAMS aims mainly at providing capacity building to organizations and individuals (especially women and youth) in the fields of human rights and democratic participation.
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT (ISM): A Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles.
INSAN CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RIGHTS: A Gaza-based NGO that calls for the end of cruel and inhuman treatment of Palestinians by the State of Israel.
JERUSALEM LEGAL AID AND HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE: Provides pro-bono legal services to Palestinian families and individuals suffering human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
MAKAN: Provides resources, content, glossary, argument cards about the cause, to amplify Palestinian voices.
MIFTAH – THE PALESTINIAN INITIATIVE FOR THE PROMOTION OF GLOBAL DIALOGUE AND DEMOCRACY: Supports a sovereign, independent, democratic, tolerant and inclusive Palestinian state, which grants Palestinians their basic rights, preserves their dignity, and enjoys international recognition and respect.
MOSSAWA: An Advocacy center for Arab citizens in Israel.
OCHA: UN OFFICE FOR COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS: Coordinating emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.
PALESTINIAN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: Leading Gaza-based human rights group, consulted by the UN and the International Federation for human rights and others.
PALESTINIAN PRISONER SOCIETY: Focuses on research and issuing reports and newsletters about the conditions of prisoners in Israeli jails.
SADA SOCIAL CENTER: Founded in September 2017 to monitor and document digital violations against Palestinian content, address fraudulent content on social media platforms, and communicate with the administration of social media platforms to protect Palestinian voices and accounts.
SAMIDOUN PALESTINIAN PRISONER SOLIDARITY NETWORK: An international network of organizers and activists working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom.
STOP THE WALL: Grassroots body against the apartheid wall and supporting those affected by it.
THE APPLIED RESEARCH INSTITUTE – JERUSALEM: ARIJ’s mission is to promote sustainable development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources.
THE ARAB CENTER FOR SOCIAL MEDIA ADVANCEMENT (7amleh): A non-profit organisation aimed at enabling Palestinian and Arab civil society to effectively utilise the tools of digital advocacy through professional capacity building, defending digital rights and building influential digital media campaigns
THE DANISH HOUSE IN PALESTINE: In partnership with artists, cultural practitioners and academics from Palestine and Denmark, The Danish House in Palestine create spaces and opportunities for transnational collaboration and exchanges, focusing on creativity, art and culture as powerful means to empowerment.
THE INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE EAST UNDERSTANDING: An independent 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.
THE PALESTINE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY: An independent NGO that aims to shift discourse and policy with movements and decision-makers around the world through people’s engagement and advocacy, led by a board of prominent Palestinians from the private sector, academia, and civil society.
VISUALIZING PALESTINE: Creates data-driven tools to advance a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue.
WE ARE NOT NUMBERS: Provides the world with direct access to the Palestinian narrative without any restrictions and without foreign intermediaries speaking on behalf of the Palestinians.
WOMEN’S CENTRE FOR LEGAL AID AND COUNSELLING: An independent Palestinian, not-for-profit, NGO that seeks to develop a democratic Palestinian society based on the principles of gender equality and social justice, and addressing gender-based violence in Palestinian society in both the public and private spheres.
28 U.S based NGOs
ADALAH JUSTICE PROJECT: US-based Palestinian-led advocacy promoting human rights for Palestinians.
AL-AWDA: US-based group that supports the fundamental, inalienable, historical, legal, individual and collective rights of all Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland from which they were expelled.
AL-SHABAKA (Middle East Policy Network): The first and only independent, transnational Palestinian think tank, that brings together over 200 analysts from across the globe to produce critical policy analysis and craft visions for a liberated, self-determined future.
AMERICAN MUSLIMS FOR PALESTINE: A grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the movement for justice in Palestine by educating the American public about Palestine
ANSWER COALITION: US-based group that advocates anti-war causes around the world including fighting for Palestinian struggle for self-determination, mobilizing across the country to stop the repeated assaults against and massacres of the people of Gaza.
COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE: The Committee for Justice advocates constitutionalist positions on legal and policy issues in Congress and the courts, while educating the public and policy makers about the rule of law and constitutionally limited government.
CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: New York based progressive non-profit legal advocacy protecting the speech and protest rights of activists speaking up for Palestinian human rights.
DEMOCRACY FOR THE ARAB WORLD NOW (DAWN): A nonprofit organization that supports democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
EYEWITNESS PALESTINE: A transformational education program that inspires and trains participants to be accountable lifelong social justice advocates in the Palestine solidarity movement and within their own communities.
FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE: Works to defend and support Palestinian rights, end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, and ensure a just and secure future for Palestinians and Israelis
GRASSROOTS INTERNATIONAL: US-based global movement that supports and defends Palestinian human rights.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: A leading global human rights group, with a long history of producing facts-based research on human rights violations around the world.
INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT (IAP): An international advocacy organization, seeks policy change by boosting local advocacy efforts & supports local activists and communities to access & exchange information on developments that affects them.
INTERNATIONAL JEWISH ANTI-ZIONIST NETWORK: An international network of Jews who are committed to the liberation of the Palestinian people and land as an indispensable part. IJAN is committed to the right of return for Palestinian refugees and to ending Israeli colonization of historic Palestine, which is reinforced by US economic and military power. IJAN also support full Palestinian self-determination and the right to resist occupation.
INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR ECONOMIC, SOCIAL & CULTURAL RIGHTS: ESCR-Net Members or over 280 social movements, NGOs and advocates across 75 countries seek to build a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all.
MERCY CORPS: A global humanitarian aid NGO operating in areas undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social and political instabilities.
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD: Uses law for the people as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and ecosystems over property interests.
NEW GENERATION FOR PALESTINE (NGP): A network of Palestinian Americans that aims to promote and celebrate Palestinian Arab culture, to preserve and disseminate Palestinian narratives, to educate the public about Palestinian history and heritage, and to articulate and advocate for a peaceful and just future in our homeland Palestine.
PALI ROOTS: The mission is to bring awareness to the world about the Palestinian culture by crafting specialty products inspired by its people and identity.
PEACE AND BUILDING FOUNDATION(GPBF): Aims to contribute to the building of global peace by supporting organizations and projects that restore, rebuild, and transform relationships that have been broken due to prejudices, stereotyping, hatreds, and fears that may have accumulated over generations.
PLAYGROUND FOR PALESTINE: This project is an expression of solidarity with the plight of Palestinian children. It is an affirmation of their right to childhood. It is a minimal recognition of their humanity.
PROJECT ON MIDDLE EAST DEMOCRACY (POMED): A nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in MENA and how America can best support that process, through dialogue, research, and advocacy.
THE ISRAELI COMMITTEE AGAINST HOUSE DEMOLITIONS-USA (ICAHD-USA): Formed in 2004 as part of the international ICAHD network, ICAHD-USA operates as a critical Israeli voice in the U.S, expanding our global advocacy on the Palestine-Israel issue.
THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE MISSION NETWORK OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH USA (IPMN): One of 38 mission networks of the PC (USA) with over 500 members and affiliates and represent over 80 presbyteries, the IPMN encourages congregations and presbytery mission committees, task groups and other entities, toward specific mission goals that will create currents of wider and deeper involvement with Israel-Palestine.
THE RACHEL CORRIE FOUNDATION FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE: A charity that continues the work that Rachel Corrie began and hoped to accomplish, and carries out that work with her vision, spirit, and creative energy in mind.
THE TAHRIR INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY (TIMEP): A non-profit that centers localized perspectives in the policy discourse to foster transparent, accountable, and just societies in the MENA.
US CAMPAIGN FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS: As part of a global movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we work to stop US support for Israel until it ends its denial of Palestinian rights.
UNIVERSITY NETWORK FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: The University Network for Human Rights facilitates supervised undergraduate engagement in the practice of human rights at colleges and universities in the United States and across the globe, and partners with advocacy organizations and communities affected or threatened by abusive state, corporate, or private conduct to advance human rights at home and abroad.
15 CANADA based NGOs
CANADIANS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Aims to enable Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development and peace.
COALITION AGAINST ISRAELI APARTHEID: The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid was formed in January 2006 as part of a growing, global movement against Israeli apartheid.
INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICES (CANADA): A grassroots organization grounded in Jewish tradition that opposes all forms of racism and advocates for justice and peace for all in Israel-Palestine.
INTERNATIONAL CIVIL LIBERTIES MONITORING GROUP (ICLMG): A national coalition of Canadian civil society organizations (including 45 NGOs, unions, professional associations, faith groups, environmental organizations, human rights and civil liberties advocates, as well as groups representing immigrant and refugee communities in Canada) that was established after the adoption of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 in order to protect and promote human rights and civil liberties in the context of the so-called “war on terror.”
JUSTICE FOR PALESTINIANS CALGARY: A community-based group formed in the fall of 2009 to support the BDS Campaign called for, by Palestinian civil society in 2005, calling for the end all Canadian complicity in Israeli apartheid.
JUST PEACE ADVOCATES/MOUVEMENT POUR UNE PAIX JUSTE: A Canadian based independent human rights organization promoting Just Peace/Paix Juste through the rule of law and respect for human rights in Canada and around the world for the Palestinian people and those that stand in solidarity for the human rights of the Palestinian people.
LAWYERS RIGHTS WATCH CANADA: A committee of Canadian lawyers who promote human rights and the rule of law by providing support internationally to human rights defenders in danger.
NIAGARA MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE ISRAEL(NMJPI): An informal movement to rally persons in Niagara and elsewhere to commit passionately to ACTIONS that will bring about permanent peace, including the global BDS movement targeting the Government and businesses of Israel and the illegal settlements encroaching on Palestinian land.
OAKVILLE PALESTINIAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION (OPRA): focuses on advocating for the rights of Palestinians & on the ongoing campaign of No Way To Treat a Child.
PALESTINIAN AND JEWISH UNITY (PAJU): Co-founded in Montreal by Bruce Katz, a Jewish Canadian and Rezeq Faraj, a Palestinian Canadian, the PAJU is a human rights organization that explicitly recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to national existence and to live in security.
PALESTINE SOLIDARITY NETWORK – EDMONTON: A non-profit, grassroots collective aimed at advocating for and upholding the human rights of Palestinians in the face of ongoing oppression, occupation, racism, and discrimination, both in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora.
RUN FOR PALESTINE (RFP): A not-for-profit organization, which aims to engage people from all walks of life through sport and healthy living; meanwhile, empowering Palestinians through humanitarian and social projects. RFP works tirelessly with various community organizations and volunteers to raise funds for Palestinians.
THE CANADIAN BDS COALITION: A movement in Canada that support the global Boycott Israel movement targeting Israel’s system of settler-colonialism, occupation, and apartheid towards the Palestinian people.
UNITED JEWISH PEOPLE’S ORDER: Support the rights of Palestinians to their rightful land and for Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace, prosperity, and equality.
UNITED NETWORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL (UNJPPI): A network working toward the goal of a just peace in Palestine and Israel by calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and equal rights for all who live in Palestine/Israel through education and advocacy.
20 U.K based NGOs
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Global human rights group.
ARTISTS FOR PALESTINE UK: More than 1,520 UK artists and cultural workers from all fields of the arts have added their name to the Artists’ Pledge for Palestine, for freedom, justice & equality.
BRITISH COMMITTEE FOR THE UNIVERSITIES OF PALESTINE: Campaigning for academic and cultural boycott of Israel
EUROPAL FORUM: An independent organisation based in London, working to build networks throughout Europe in support of the promotion and realisation of Palestinian rights.
FREE SPEECH ON ISRAEL: Promotes a non-Zionist Jewish perspective. It affirms that anti-Zionism is not antisemitism.
FRIENDS OF AL-AQSA:UK-based NGO highlighting human rights abuses suffered by the Palestinians.
INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICES UK: A network of Jews in Britain who share a commitment to certain principles, especially with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in mind: putting human rights first, rejecting all forms of racism, and giving equal priority to Palestinians and Israelis in their quest for a peaceful and secure future.
INTERNATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION’S HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE (IBAHRI): Works with the global legal community to promote and protect human rights and the independence of the legal profession worldwide.
LAW FOR PALESTINE: Youth-led, non-profit human rights organization that aims to provide enriched, two-sided and objective legal content on Palestine-Israel.
LAWYERS FOR PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS: Legal charity in the UK that works on projects focused on protecting and promoting Palestinian human rights.
MANCHESTER PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: A branch of the national Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which has over 50 branches across the country, the MPSC is a campaigning organisation committed to freedom and justice for the Palestinian people.
MANCHESTER PALESTINE ACTION: A network of people in Manchester taking creative action against Israeli apartheid through BDS and other effective, participatory Palestine solidarity work
PALESTINE ACTION GROUP: A pro-Palestinian protest network that uses civil disobedience tactics to shut down and disrupt multinational arms dealers. In particular, the group targets UK-based operations that provide weapons used in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
PAX CHRISTI: A UK-based Catholic movement that promotes a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in any form.
PALESTINE LAND SOCIETY: An independent non-profit scholarly society dedicated towards research and information-gathering on Palestine, the land and its people.
PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Global NGO spearheading a global grassroots campaign to challenge government policy and telling companies to stop profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation.
STOP ARMING ISRAEL: An active human rights activist group calling for the end of UK-based companies and banks providing funding and arms to Israel, enabling its illegal occupation.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION: A Christian Methodist-led movement promoting nonviolent resistance to the arms race and the killing of innocent civilians.
THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF JUSTICE FOR PALESTINIANS: An independent organisation of lawyers, politicians and academics that aims to protect Palestinian‘ rights through international law.
WAR ON WANT: Supports the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice.
11 BELGIUM based NGOs
ANOTHER JEWISH VOICE (Een Andere Joodse Stem): A diverse and democratic community of Jews living in Belgium, who hold a variety of critical positions on the State of Israel, the meaning and politics of Zionism, and do not seek to reduce these differences to one voice.
BELGIAN CAMPAIGN FOR ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL (BACBI): A movement lobbying academic and cultural institutions and inducing Belgian and European authorities and representatives to adopt resolutions.
EUROPEAN COORDINATION OF COMMITTEES AND ASSOCIATIONS FOR PALESTINE (ECCP): A network of 43 European organisations, NGOs, trade unions and solidarity groups from 18 European countries, dedicated to the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom, justice and equality; Belgium
EUROPEAN TRADE UNION NETWORK FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE: A network of 35 European trade unions representing 6 million workers, committed to challenging European governments’ and EU’s complicity with Israel, with over 100 trade union delegates, representing twenty nine unions and three million members from all over Europe gathered in a historic first meeting in Brussels.
PALESTINA SOLIDARITEIT VZW BELGIUM: An independent voluntary movement that fights for a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on international law, respect for human rights and democratic principles.
SOLIDAR: A European and worldwide network of over 50 member organisations based in 26 countries (20 of which are EU countries) of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working to advance social justice through a just transition in Europe and worldwide.
SOLSOC: Aims to promote a fair distribution of resources and power, balanced global governance, respect for human rights and socio-economic alternatives that sustainably generate social well-being for all.
STOP TRADE WITH THE SETTLEMENTS: An alliance of European NGOs, grassroots movements, trade unions and politicians promoting the protection of human rights, fair trade, and international peace and stability in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
VIVA SALUD: A Belgian NGO that is convinced that every individual and community has a right to health and supports social movements in their struggle for the right to health. In the Philippines, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba and elsewhere.
VREDE VZW: Leads a campaign to end the Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid regime against the Palestinians. It also believes the privileged economic and military ties with Israel must be broken, at the European level,. Vrede also stands in solidarity with the Kurds and supports emancipatory movements that stand up for their rights.
7 IRELAND based NGOs
CENTRE FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION: Aims to use education as a tool to empower individuals and communities to play an active role in addressing the causes of poverty and injustice around the world
COMHLAMH JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE: Dedicated to achieving justice for the Palestinian People.
FRONT LINE DEFENDERS – IRELAND (FLD): An international human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs)
GAZA ACTION IRELAND: A movement that grew out of the Irish Ship to Gaza initiative, Gaza Action Ireland is a solidarity group that organises civil-society contacts between Ireland and Palestinians in the Gaza strip.
IRELAND-PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN (IPSC): Established in late 2001 by Irish human rights and community activists, academics and journalists, the IPSC, an independent, non-party political organisation was formed in partnership with Palestinians now living in Ireland to provide a voice for Palestine in Ireland.
KAIROS IRELAND: Kairos Ireland is part of an international movement responding to a call for solidarity with Palestinians and action to end the occupation of Palestine by Israel. This call, made by Church leaders in Jerusalem, describes the occupation as ‘a sin against God and humanity because it deprives the Palestinians of their basic human rights, bestowed by God. We call on Christians and all people of good will in Ireland to join us in this quest.
SADAKA-THE IRELAND PALESTINE ALLIANCE: Aims to promote and maximise support for changes in Ireland’s domestic and foreign policies which advance the achievement of self-determination and other fundamental rights of the Palestinian people.
5 NORWAY based NGOs
FELLESUTVALGET FOR PALESTINA: A Norway-based movement highlighting injustices within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and calling for the equal rights of Palestinians.
NORWEGIAN PEOPLE’S AID (NPA): Labour Movement’s Humanitarian Solidarity Organisation
NORWEGIAN UNION OF MUNICIPAL AND GENERAL EMPLOYEES (Fagforbundet): The largest union in Norway, and a part of LO (The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions).
THE NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL (NRC): The NRC is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.
THE PALESTINE COMMITTEE OF NORWAY: An independent national solidarity organization that works to spread knowledge about the situation in Palestine and to influence Norwegian public opinion. By taking part in public debate, it aims to increase understanding and knowledge of the conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the State of Israel.
5 SPAIN based NGOs
ASSOCIATION DES UNIVERSITAIRES POUR LE RESPECT DU DROIT INTERNATIONAL EN PALESTINE (AURDIP).
INSTITUTE FOR NONVIOLENT ACTION (NOVACT): Aims to provide support, training and counselling to nonviolent or peaceful civil resistance movements which work for conflict transformation and human security.
PAZ CON DIGNIDAD: Madrid, Spain based NGO focused on human rights.
STEILAS: A left-wing trade union for education workers and a meeting place for teachers and non-teachers, from preschool to university – that encourages a militant trade union model and participatory dynamics in response to government and employer attacks, to encourage social transformation.
6 SWITZERLAND based NGOs
BDS SWITZERLAND: A Switzerland-led boycott movement targeting the Israeli occupation colonial policy and its supporters.
EURO-MED MONITOR IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Youth-led independent, non-profit that advocates for the human rights of all persons across Europe and the MENA region, particularly those who live under occupation.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: An independent, NGO dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights.
MENA RIGHTS GROUP: A Geneva-based legal advocacy NGO defending and promoting fundamental rights and freedoms in the MENA region, working at both the individual and structural level by representing victims of human rights violations before international law mechanisms.
OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: Works with and assists Governments in fulfilling their human rights obligations & speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide.
WORLD ORGANISATION AGAINST TORTURE (OMCT): Operating within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, OMCT works with 200 member organisations to end torture and ill-treatment, assist victims, and protect human rights defenders at risk, standing up to torture in over 90 countries.
6 FRANCE based NGOs
ASSOCIATION FRANCE PALESTINE SOLIDARITÉ (AFPS).
BDS FRANCE: A French-led boycott movement targeting the Israeli occupation colonial policy and its supporters.
FRENCH JEWISH UNION FOR PEACE (UJFP): A group representing Jews in France that focuses on equality and human rights for all.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (FIDH): Operates within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.
PLATFORM OF FRENCH NGOs FOR PALESTINE: Created in 1993 in the context of the Oslo Accords, the Platform consist of 41 associations , of which 28 are members and 13 are observer members. The aim is to mobilize for the recognition of Palestinian rights, in particular that of a sovereign Palestinian State, on the so-called 1967 lines.
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS: Global non-profit that reports on violence and persecution against journalists.
4 GERMAN based NGOs
ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS (BIP): Encourage German politicians to take on a dedicated role in ending Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, namely the West Bank, the sealed off Gaza Strip and the annexed East Jerusalem.
BDS BERLIN: A German-led boycott movement targeting the Israeli occupation colonial policy and its supporters.
GERMAN COORDINATION GROUP PALESTINE ISRAEL: 35 national and regional peace, human rights and solidarity groups are networked in the coordination group, calling for an end to the occupation and for a just peace
THE GERMAN-PALESTINIAN SOCIETY (DPG): A German organization consisting of individuals, groups and institutions that have come together in non-partisan and non-denominational cooperation in order to work in solidarity with Palestine and its population.
5 NETHERLANDS based NGOs
BDS NETHERLANDS: A Netherlands-led boycott movement targeting the Israeli occupation colonial policy and its supporters.
EUROPEAN LEGAL SUPPORT CENTER (ELSC): Defends and empowers advocates for Palestinian rights across mainland Europe and the UK through legal means.
GATE48: A platform for Israelis living in the Netherlands who oppose the occupation of the Palestinian territories and call for its end.
HUMAN SECURITY COLLECTIVE (HSC): A foundation based in The Hague working on issues of development, security and the involvement of citizens in their communities and societies.
NEDERLANDS PALESTINA KOMITEE: Opgericht in 1969, komt op voor de rechten van het Palestijnse volk. Het NPK verspreidt informatie over diverse dimensies van de Kwestie Palestina en biedt concrete hulp aan Palestijnen.
3 ITALY based NGOs
ASSOPACEPALESTINA ODV: An Italy based human rights movement calling for justice, equality ad human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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NEW WEAPONS RESEARCH GROUPS: Formed in the third quarter of 2006 after Israel-Lebanon conflict, a group of academics, researchers and media professionals are focused on promoting risk assessment surveys on the effects upon individuals and population of the most recent kinds of weapons used in the course of wars.
2 DENMARK based NGOs
EUROMED RIGHTS: Encompassing 70 organisations from 30 countries, its work is aimed at promoting and protecting human rights and democracy in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean regions and at influencing the policies of major European actors towards these areas.
INTERNATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNCIL FOR TORTURE VICTIMS (IRCT): A global network of civil society organisations and independent experts (156 member centres in 76 countries across every region of the world, staffed by around 4,000 professionals – doctors, psychologists, lawyers, social workers, physiotherapists, and others) who support survivors of torture to heal and rebuild their lives through rehabilitation, including medical, psychological, legal and social support.
6 SOUTH AFRICA based NGOs
AFRICA 4 PALESTINE: A human rights organisation lending solidarity and support to the Palestinian people (and their progressive Jewish Israeli allies) living under Israeli occupation. The organization is involved in awareness raising initiatives, legal campaigns, enhancing government and political relations between Palestine and countries on the African continent as well as strengthening people to people relations between Palestine and Africa.
PALESTINE SOLIDARITY ALLIANCE (PSA): A South African grassroots organization dedicated to promoting justice and equality for the Palestinian people Through education, advocacy, and activism by raising awareness about the ongoing struggles facing Palestinians and supporting their efforts to achieve self-determination and freedom.
SOUTH AFRICAN BDS COALITION: A network of Palestine solidarity organisations and an affiliate to the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) that issued the call for international BDS against Israel in 2015. The BNC represents the broadest coalition of Palestinian civil society, including all political parties, trade unions, human rights and grass roots organisations.
SOUTH AFRICAN JEWS FOR A FREE PALESTINE: We are an organisation of South African Jews working towards a just and peaceful end to the conflict.
SOUTH AFRICAN JEWISH VOICES FOR A JUST PEACE: Jewish voices representing a growing number of Jews all over the world who dare to speak out against the violence perpetrated against Palestinians
WORLD ALLIANCE FOR CITIZEN PARTICIPATION (CIVICUS): A global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.
4 EGYPT based NGOs
CAIRO INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES: Cairo-based NGO focused on human rights.
EGYPTIAN COMMISSION FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS: A membership-based human rights organization that works on strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights culture in Egypt.
EGYPTIAN HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM (EHRF): An independent NGO representing a group of Egyptian human rights defenders that established the Egyptian Human Rights Forum (EHRF) in March 2019.
EGYPTIAN INITIATIVE FOR PERSONAL RIGHTS: Working since 2002 to strengthen and protect basic rights and freedoms in Egypt, through research, advocacy and supporting litigation in the fields of civil liberties, economic and social rights, and criminal justice.
4 AFRICA based NGOs
KENYA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: Aims to root human dignity, freedoms, and social justice in Kenya and beyond by facilitating and supporting individuals, communities and groups to claim and defend their rights and holding state and non-state actors accountable for the protection and respect of all human rights for all peoples and groups.
PAN AFRICAN PALESTINE SOLIDARITY NETWORK (PAPSN): A pan-African network of civil society organizations, activists, groups and members from some 20 countries across the continent, working in solidarity for the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people.
THE AFRICAN CENTRE FOR DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES (ACDHRS): An independent, non-profit regional human rights NGO based in Banjul, The Gambia, an independent, autonomous and pan-African NGO.
WEST AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK: AfricanDefenders is a Ugandan network of five African sub-regional organisations, dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) across the African continent.
3 AUSTRALIA based NGOs
AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE: An independent not-for-profit legal centre dedicated to seeking justice and accountability for victims and survivors of serious human rights violations, with the goal of developing Australia’s role in investigating, prosecuting, and providing remedies for these violations.
AUSTRALIA PALESTINE ADVOCACY NETWORK (APAN): provide a national voice for the many thousands of Australians who are concerned about Israel’s continuing human rights abuses against Palestinians, and the continuing effects of dispossession and displacement; Australia
UNION AID ABROAD (APHEDA): A group of Australian unions working globally in partnership for the achievement of dignity at work, social justice, economic equality and the realisation of human rights by working together via strong unions and social movements, sustainable development programs, global solidarity and support in times of crisis.
3 MIDDLE EAST based NGOs
MWATANA FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: An independent Yemeni organization established in 2007 and advocates for human rights.
TAMKEEN FOR LEGAL AID AND HUMAN RIGHTS: A Jordanian, independent civil society organization and NGO, founded in 2007 specializing in labour, migration, and combating human trafficking.
THE PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (PHRO): An independent, non-partisan and non-profit Human Rights NGO based in Mar Elias Refugee Camp, in Beirut, devoted to the promotion, protection and defense of the human rights of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the wider MENA region.
2 SCOTLAND based NGOs
SCOTTISH FRIENDS OF PALESTINE: A non-profit campaign led by an organisation in Scotland, established in 1982 to promote the rights of the Palestinian people through peaceful means and advocacy
SCOTTISH JEWS AGAINST ZIONISM: A Scottish Jewish group advocating for Palestinian rights and against Zionism.
2 SWEDEN based NGOs
JUDAR FÖR ISRAELISK PALESTINSK FRED (JIPF): An Association of Jews in Sweden for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (JIPF), formed in 1982 after the Israeli army’s invasion of Lebanon.
THE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY ASSOCIATION OF SWEDEN (PGS): An independent solidarity organization with 1,300 members and 16 local groups around Sweden, focused on human rights, UN resolutions, international law and the global goals relating to Palestine.
6 EUROPE based NGOs
COMMITTEE FOR A JUST PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Luxembourg
EUROPEAN JEWS FOR A JUST PEACE: A federation of 12 European Jewish peace groups campaigning in 9 countries throughout Europe against the occupation of the Palestinian Territories by Israel, and against all forms of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia domestically
ISRAELI COMMITTEE AGAINST HOUSE DEMOLITIONS (ICAHD): A human rights organisation working to replace Israeli apartheid and occupation with a democratic system that respects international law and guarantees equal rights for all, and stands for Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
NEUTRAL AUSTRIA: The policy of neutral Austria, is to commit to international and human rights (Austria)
THE RIGHTS FORUM: The Rights Forum in Amsterdam is committed to a just outcome of the Palestine/Israel issue and champions the rights of the Palestinians.
WOMEN IN BLACK VIENNA: Women in Black is a Austrian-led world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence.
2 LATIN AMERICA based NGOs
CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS LEGALES Y SOCIALES: Argentina
CONECTAS HUMAN RIGHTS: Brazil
3 ASIA based NGOs
ASIAN FORUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT (FORUM-ASIA): A network of 85 member organisations across 23 countries, mainly in Asia, the aim is to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond.
BYTES FOR ALL (B4A): A human rights organization and a research think tank based in Pakistan, with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It focuses on promoting the use of technology for sustainable development, democracy and social justice, securing digital rights and freedom of expression for civil liberties, and ending technology-driven gender-based violence, among other key goals.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTION WATCH ASIA PACIFIC: A feminist organisation based in Malaysia, committed to the full realisation of women’s human rights through the pursuit of equality.
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