For the last 20 years, Adalah has been at the forefront of the legal and political struggle of Palestinian citizens of Israel for equal rights and historic justice. “20 years of Adalah” is a visual representation of the major human rights cases, landmark court decisions, publications, and international advocacy campaigns that have defined our work for over two decades. You will also find key moments in our legal defense of the human rights of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. ;xNLx;;xNLx;We believe that justice can only be secured when the fundamental rights of individuals and communities are protected. Our dedicated team of lawyers and human rights advocates is convinced that prioritizing human rights will make possible a transformative movement for social and political change. Join us as we continue to work with principle and creativity to reach new milestones toward equality and justice for Palestinians.
Adalah and Arab Center for Alternative Planning submit objection to plan for establishment of Harish, a new Jewish ultra-Orthodox city with a planned population of 150,000, to be built in the Wadi 'Ara area currently populated by a large majority of Palestinian Arab citizens. The city is planned to border six Arab towns with a population of over 41,000 residents. The construction of Harish will over-stretch local resources and be detrimental to the natural growth of the surrounding Arab towns. In fact, it will prevent any future expansion – of population and/or buildings – of the neighboring Arab towns.
Adalah submits two petitions on behalf of the Arab Al-Midan Theater in Haifa challenging the freezing of state funds to the theater since May 2015. The first petition was filed to the Israeli Supreme Court against the Ministry of Culture and its Minister, Miri Regev, who froze the transfer of government funds to the theater, and the second petition was submitted to the Haifa District Court against the Haifa Municipality, which also suspended the municipal support for the theater. In 2016, the Culture Ministry agrees to reinstate funding to Al-Midan Theater following Adalah's petition and intervention by the attorney general.
Supreme Court affirms applicability of Absentee Property Law to properties in occupied East Jerusalem belonging to Palestinians living in West Bank, approving all past expropriations and giving green light for future expropriations. Adalah's Hassan Jabareen: "The Court’s decision has validated one of Israel’s most racist and arbitrary laws, enacted in 1950 primarily to confiscate Palestinian refugee property after their displacement from their homes. There is no other place in the world, not in democratic systems nor in dictatorial regimes, where such a law applies."
In response to a petition submitted by Adalah and private attorney Jamil el-Khatib, the Israeli Supreme Court issues a decision suspending the administrative detention order against Mohammed Allan, following the rapid deterioration of his medical condition. Allan is currently being held at Barzilai Hospital. He has been on a 65-day hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge or trial since November 2014.
For the first time in Israel's legal history, the Kiryat Gat Magistrate's Court ordered the immediate cancellation of 51 demolition orders on the homes of 500 residents of the unrecognized Arab Bedouin village, Alsira, in the Naqab (Negev) in the south of Israel.
Adalah issues urgent letter to Military Advocate General seeking assurances there would be no attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla's civilian passengers and that telecommunications wouldn't be scrambled. Israeli navy use live ammunition against unarmed passengers, killing at least 15. According to eyewitnesses, the firing continued after the ship raised a white flag. The attack took place in international waters approximately 70 kilometers off the Gaza coast. Adalah urges independent, international investigation be opened.
Starting in 2006, Adalah has organized an annual three-day conference for Arab law students from across the country and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, designed to increase their awareness and familiarity with human rights issues and to provide students with the professional tools, legal strategies, and motivation to focus on this key field. This is the only such forum of its kind designed to bring Arab law students together. Each conference - held primarily in Arabic - kicks off with an educational field trip in an location facing critical human rights concerns. The 60-80 students then participate in sessions on topics they don't learn in Israeli law schools, including: discriminatory Israeli legislation, issues related to freedom of speech and protest, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, methods of employing international law on behalf of West Bank Palestinian residents, and Israeli Supreme Court decisions. Speakers include leading human rights lawyers and legal scholars from a wide range of NGOs and law schools.
Adalah petitions Israeli Supreme Court demanding addition of Arab village of Aramshe in the Upper Galilee to list of communities eligible for egg production and marketing quotas and subsidies. Adalah also demands that equal and clear eligibility criteria be formulated for this list. In 2002, a resident of Aramshe asked to receive quotas and subsidies for the production and marketing of eggs. The request was rejected because his village was not included on the list of communities eligible to receive them. Adalah Attorney Sawsan Zaher submitted the petition on behalf of residents of the village.
Israeli Supreme Court overturns decision of Central Elections Committee to disqualify Arab MK Haneen Zoabi from participating in Knesset elections. Justices ruled that disqualifying an individual candidate or political party is a drastic measure that should be reserved only for extraordinary cases. Adalah’s General Director, Attorney Hassan Jabareen, and Adalah Attorney Sawsan Zaher represented MK Zoabi before the CEC and the Supreme Court.
Adalah submits petition to Supreme Court demanding the cancellation of the “Wine Path Plan.” In the petition, Adalah explains how the plan seeks to establish expansive ranches or "individual settlements" in the Naqab (Negev) for Jewish citizens on tens of thousands of dunams of land, and to prevent the use and development of the land by Arab citizens of Israel in the region.