July 2016
Dear friends,
Welcome to our July Newsletter!
The Society of St. Yves was founded in 1991 and is working under the patronage of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem to help "the poor and the oppressed" according to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church. St. Yves provides gratis legal assistance, counsel and advocacy to all members of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender or religion. Through national and international lobby and advocacy we are able to bring the light of the poor and marginalized to the attention of communities around the world in an effort to bring pressure for change.

This month, read about the most important updates on St. Yves work, including the latest updates regarding St. Yves work, as well as a general update on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights

Updates from St. Yves
St. Yves Prevents the Demolition of a Jerusalemite family’s House
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights succeeded in preventing the demolition of a Jerusalemite family’s house, by submitting an urgent request to halt the demolition before the Israeli authorities on Monday the 15th of July, after the Israeli Municipality, which claims that the house was built without permit, had sent inspectors to the house and taken photographs of it, usually a sign of an imminent demolition.
St. Yves obtains family unification for a Jerusalemite family
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights obtains a family unification permit for the Palestinian citizen N.A after a long legal struggle; the couple has been married for more than 10 years and have 4 children. The family did not enjoy any kind of stability due to the constant denial of their family unification application by the Israeli Ministry of Interior.

St. Yves Annuls Travel Ban on a Prisoner’s Wife and the High Court gives the Civil Administration a 7 Day Deadline to Set Clear Travel Procedures for Palestinians
The Society of St. Yves –Catholic Center for Human Rights annulled the travel ban on S. H., a Jordanian citizen and carries a Palestinian ID. Her husband is a political prisoner under “administrative detention”, imprisoned without either indictment or trial. The Israeli court extended his administrative detention for the 5th consecutive time this Tuesday the 12th of July 2016 for 4 additional months.
St. Yves ongoing awareness raising program
St. Yves continues to hold awareness raising sessions regarding issues related to residency, house demolitions, security ban, the rights and entitlements of people with disabilities, widening its target groups and aiming to extend its outreach to communities directly affected and unaware of their social entitlements and legal procedures.
Updates from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Patriarch Fouad Twal hands over powers to Apostolic Administrator Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa
In presence of His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, Archbishop-designate Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Patriarchal Vicars, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem, and several clergy, the Latin Patriarchate Advisory Board met at the Patriarchate on Friday, July 15, 2016. 
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Israeli forces demolish 3 homes in East Jerusalem neighborhood
sraeli bulldozers demolished three houses under construction and a steel structure in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, after Israeli forces claimed the owners lacked proper licenses.
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Israeli forces demolish 4 structures in East Jerusalem's Issawiya
Israeli special forces, police, municipality crews, and bulldozers raided the village of Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem around 4 a.m. Tuesday, and demolished four structures, according to locals. Claiming that they lacked the proper Israeli-issued construction licenses, Israeli forces demolished a house under construction, a car repair garage and two walls in the village.
Israeli authorities raid Silwan detaining 4, assaulting others, deliver demolition order
 Israeli forces raided the Silwan area of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon, detaining at least four residents, assaulting others, and delivered a demolition order against a Palestinian home the previous day.
Jawad Siyam of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center told Ma’an that Israeli forces were deployed heavily across Silwan, erecting checkpoints, and stopping Palestinian youth to check their ID cards.

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