Security Prisoner
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1.1.2018

HaMoked's activity in 2017: overview and statistics

2017 marked 50 years of Israeli occupation, and the Israeli government continued to promote policies to entrench its control over the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It also worked to silence and intimidate watchdogs and critics of the occupation. Amid this difficult context, HaMoked continued its work to provide individual assistance and to promote systemic change. We can look with some satisfaction at our achievements.

HaMoked provided free legal aid to over 8,000 people this year. This includes tracing Palestinians in detention, ensuring families are able to visit them and responding to complaints of violence and ill-treatment; advocating for residency rights in Jerusalem; obtaining permits necessary to access farmlands beyond the Separation Barrier, travel between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, or travel abroad; and contesting punitive home demolitions. Even when a case seems hopeless, HaMoked is committed to raising a principled voice on behalf of basic rights. And in fact, through stubborn advocacy, over 80% of our cases were concluded successfully this year (see statistical data below).

In addition to the individual assistance, we advocated for systemic change, through research and public interest litigation. Here, too, we can point to some achievements:

  • In two separate rulings this year, the Supreme Court stated that Palestinian Jerusalemites are an “indigenous population” with a “unique status” in the city. HaMoked filed an amicus brief in both cases.
  • This year we saw the fruits of our successful public interest litigation in the High Court on the behalf of family unification. Over 1,500 Palestinian spouses were finally granted legal status after years of living in uncertainty and with very restricted social welfare rights.
  • HaMoked and B'Tselem published their joint report on the abuse and denial of due process that Israel employs in arresting, interrogating and detaining Palestinian teenagers in Jerusalem.
  • HaMoked blocked the deportation to Gaza of a young man who moved to the West Bank as an infant. Israel refuses to register any change-of-address from Gaza to the West Bank and threatens to deport those living in the West Bank "illegally."
  • In December, we succeeded in pushing back against a new form of collective punishment. As a result of HaMoked’s appeal, the state retracted its baseless allegations against the family members of a man who perpetrated a violent attack and the Appeals Tribunal cancelled the proceedings to terminate their family unification status.

 

Statistical Summary

 

Total 2017 Caseload

New Cases

7020

Ongoing Cases

1200

New Legal Activity

305

Ongoing Legal Activity

172

 

 

 

Breakdown by Issue Area

2017 cases

Resolved successfully

Detainee Tracing

New Tracing

4560

 

99%

Repeat Tracing

1930

Habeas Corpus

3

Detainee Rights/
Torture

New Cases

139

 

92%

Ongoing Cases

291

New Legal Activity

50

Ongoing Legal Activity

36

Freedom Of Movement

New Cases

316

 

86%

Ongoing Cases

562

New Legal Activity

158

Ongoing Legal Activity

58

Jerusalem Residency &
Social Rights

New Cases

58

 

60%

Ongoing Cases

297

New Legal Activity

82

Ongoing Legal Activity

57

Respect For The Dead

New Cases

0

 

All ongoing

Ongoing Cases

10

New Legal Activity

1

Ongoing Legal Activity

10

Punitive Home Demolitions

New Cases

11

 

0

Ongoing Cases

18

New Legal Activity

8

Ongoing Legal Activity

3

Tort Claims

New Cases

6

 

All ongoing

Ongoing Cases

22

New Legal Activity

3

Ongoing Legal Activity

8

 


 

 

Geographical areas of work

District

Total

Bethlehem

992

Gaza

61

Hebron

1378

Jenin

1147

Jericho

62

Jerusalem

699

Nablus

1202

Ramallah

1028

Salfit

40

Tulkarm

899

Qalqilya

276

Tubas

92

Other

344

Grand Total

8220

 

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