Law & Policy - 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.
Interchange - The All Nations Café is first and foremost a strong team of Israelis, Palestinians and internationals, who work together, visit each other's homes and see themselves as part of one family.... Secondly, All Nations Café stands for atmosphere; a space of sincere and intimate sharing of feelings, of openness to all, regardless of your opinion, religion, creed, race or nationality…. Thirdly, it is a physical place on the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Located in a buffer zone between the Israeli Army checkpoint and the Palestinian Authority…. Transforming check-points into meeting-points.
Advocacy - The Al-Watan Center was founded in August 1988 to serve all individuals or groups interested in nonviolent action for resolving conflicts and building a civic society. In addition, it is dedicated to providing and disseminating information to the public about particular cases of need in order to foster greater public unity awareness and support. This effort has been implemented to pre-empt the various attempts that have been practiced to deny the existence of a national identity of the Palestinian people. It is affiliated with the Nonviolence International organization.
Education - CARE was established in 1989, through the initiative of educationalists and intellectuals. It is a nonprofit, voluntary institution whose objective is to initiate and promote activities that lead to the development of democracy, civic society, culture, and a more human world. The foundation’s work mainly focuses on providing democratic knowledge and educating teachers, students, parents’ councils and elementary school children. Since 1989, CARE has initiated numerous programs and activities in cooperation with international institutions.
Advocacy - The Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation (CCRR) is a Palestinian NGO committed to an alternative approach to conflict transformation. It is our mission to contribute to a prospering, non-violent Palestine by empowering marginalized groups to participate in the decision-making process that affects their lives. We campaign for peace and justice both within the Palestinian community and among the people of our region.
Education - The Freedom Theatre is developing the only professional venue for theatre and arts in the north of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, using the arts as a model for social change. The aim of this project is to empower and give voice to the children of Jenin Refugee Camp through a unique programme of workshops and activities in theatre, supporting arts and multi-media, ranging in their emphasis from the largely therapeutic and healing, to the presentation of high-quality artistic products.
Education - The Hope Flowers School is a unique school teaching peace and democracy and aiding trauma-reduction and community development in Bethlehem, Palestine. Founded in 1984, the school was created to meet a need for a safe and supportive environment in which children could grow and develop into citizens of a new Palestine.
Journalism - The International Middle East Media Center, developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide independent media coverage of Israel-Palestine, was founded by the Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement between People in 2003. Being a joint Palestinian-International effort, IMEMC combines Palestinian journalists' deep understanding of the context, history, and the socio-political environment with International journalists' skills in non-partisan reporting.
Other - Ittijah is the umbrella organization for Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Israel. Ittijah strives to empower and strengthen the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel by promoting the development of Palestinian civil society and advocating for political, economic and social change. Its mission is to coordinate the activities and strategies of member organizations while fostering the development of members' institutional and organizational capabilities.
Advocacy – MIFTAH, established in Jerusalem in December 1998, with Hanan Ashrawi as its Secretary-General, seeks to promote the principles of democracy and good governance within various components of Palestinian society; it further seeks to engage local and international public opinion and official circles on the Palestinian cause. To that end, MIFTAH adopts the mechanisms of an active and in-depth dialogue, the free flow of information and ideas, as well as local and international networking.
Law & Policy - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is a NGO based in Gaza City, dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Its work is conducted through documentation and investigation of human rights violations, provision of legal aid and counselling for both individuals and groups, and preparation of research articles relevant to such issues as the human rights situation and the rule of law. It also provides comments on Palestinian Draft Laws and urges the adoption of legislation that incorporates international human rights standards and basic democratic principles.
Development - The Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy is a non-governmental, non-profit organization working on initiating debates and discussions; organizing training courses to reinforce the ideology, culture and values of democracy and genuine peace; empowering the target groups, particularly women; building the capacities of local organizations and community activists; reviving voluntary work and community participation to liberate the Palestinian society from occupation and all forms of backwardness. Respect for human rights, tolerance, participation, accountability and rule of law are the pillars of the center's work.
Advocacy - PalestineCalendar.org aims to keep significant dates of the Palestinian issue alive in the world's mind. Because Palestinian history is replete with human tragedies, many of the dates are commemorations of massacres and assassinations inflicted by the State of Israel. It is important to remind the world community about these atrocities whenever their anniversaries come up. Atrocities that are forgotten, or ignored, will be repeated, as we continue seeing in today's events.
Journalism – The Palestine Note, based in Washington, DC, provides a variety of portals into all things Palestine — offering daily updates of aggregated news and human interest stories as well as compelling blog commentary. But more than feeds of news and commentary, the Palestine Note seeks to become a watering hole in the blogosphere and a convener for those who want to share thoughts and concerns about the future of Palestine. Our goal is to present a pluralistic, diverse set of on-ramps into the tectonics of one of the world's most heavily reported conflict regions.
Advocacy - Palestinians for Peace and Democracy is a grassroots movement dedicated to educating the public about the plight of the Palestinian people and their struggle toward freedom and statehood. P4PD's objectives are to inform people about Palestinian issues, culture, and society; to encourage people to think critically about the conditions under which the Palestinian people live; to discuss Palestinian issues, involving students, educators, non-profit and for-profit organizations; and to advance efforts towards a just and lasting peace between Palestine and Israel.
Other - Masader, the Palestinian NGO Portal, established by the NGO Development Center (NDC), is the first and unprecedented NGO Portal in Palestine and in the Arab world. Masader specializes in serving and empowering the NGO sector in terms of assisting NGOs in overcoming geographic limitations and providing them with opportunities for communicating amongst each other and among other relevant parties. Moreover, Masader exists as a current and concise resource for governmental, private, academic, and media institutions; assisting them to operate with a higher level of accuracy and professionalism.
Development - Panorama, the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development, was established in 1991 in Jerusalem. Panorama has been focusing exclusively on main areas of work, namely democracy dissemination, community development, training and capacity building, networking and institutional development for community based organizations, research and promotion of youth leadership and activities, among many other areas of interest.
Advocacy - Peace & Democracy Forum (PDF) is a Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization based in East Jerusalem, and functions as a public institution subject to the rules and regulations governing civil society institutions. PDF adheres to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and upholds the basic principles of respect for human life and dignity. PDF cooperates, locally, regionally and internationally, with other civil society NGO’s that holds and promotes a plan of action comparable with its aims and activities.
Interchange - PeaceInsight is a new, exciting, peace education organisation for teenagers from Palestine and Israel. The young people come to a two-week residential summer camp in Britain for three consecutive summers. There they learn how to deal with conflict, fear, prejudice and hatred. PeaceInsight is non-political, and respects all religious, spiritual, and non-religious beliefs.
Advocacy - PRIME (Peace Research Institute in the Middle East) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established by Palestinian and Israeli researchers in 1998 with the help of the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. PRIME's purpose is to pursue mutual coexistence and peace-building through joint research and outreach activities.
Advocacy - Picture Balata puts the camera into the hands of the children born and raised inside the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Participants ranging from 11 to 18 photograph their situation as they live it in Balata Refugee Camp.
Development – Shiraa, Labourer's Association for Studies and Development. Dispute resolution and advocacy by lawyers and union professionals; health and career safety; combating poverty and unemployment; studies, research and media information; women's department which produces Palestinian foods and folkloric embroidery (detailed catalogue available); youth department that consists of various groups and activities; and the Shiraa Center for courses and training.
Advocacy - Tawasul is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which was founded in 2002 by a group of grass-root Palestinian peace and development activists. We aim to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform themselves and their local communities by adopting a positive outlook and interpreting the concept of “peace” so that the prosperity and well-being of individuals and families are promoted at both the social and political level. Tawasul focuses mainly on youth and women.
Other - Tours in English is a social enterprise tour agency providing tours that are informative and analytical, covering the history, culture, and political geography of Palestine (West Bank) and Israel. The tours provide benefit to the indigenous population through the hiring and training of tour guides, overnight stays with families & small guest houses, and encouraging visitors to purchase local crafts.
Last updated by Inbal Cohen May 3, 2010.