The Society of St. Yves

Catholic Center for Human Rights 
                     July 2017

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 marginalised 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 legal work and its latest advocacy activities, as well as a general update on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

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St. Yves Updates
Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem
Seven Palestinian organizations (CAC-Al-Quds University, JLAC, the Society of St. Yves, Al-Haq, BADIL, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and Al-Shabaka) collaborated with Visualizing Palestine to create a series of visuals on the situation in occupied East Jerusalem. The graphics aim at raising awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies in the city, its effects on the Palestinian population, and the gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that arise as a result of such policies. Read more
Submission to the Universal Periodic Review – Israel Human Right Council UPR Working Group 29th Session, January 2018 50 Years of Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from Occupied East Jerusalem

This is a joint submission by Community Action Center (Al-Quds University), Al-Haq, and the Society of St. Yves, four civil society organizations that work to promote and protect human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). This report focuses on the most pressing violations in occupied East Jerusalem, including forcible transfer, internal displacement, and collective punishment.
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St. Yves takes HCEF's delegation on a field visit to Cremisan and Beit Jala

The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights accompanied HCEF’s "Know Thy Heritage" delegation to Cremisan on the 11th of July 2017. St. Yves briefed the delegation on the legal battle and current situation in the area. Mr. Xavier Abu Eid, Adviser to the Negotiations Affairs Department at the PLO, also gave a briefing on the illegal settlement expansion activities in the area, which is the main reason behind constructing the annexation wall in it and confiscating the privately owned Palestinian lands and resources of these lands. The Parish priest of Beit Jala, Fr. Aktham Hijazin addressed the delegation, and highlighting the effects of the annexation wall on the communities living in Beit Jala and the negative consequences of its construction on the families socially, financially and psychologically. In addition some landowners gave testimonies on how their lives have changed dramatically since the building of the separation wall. 
St. Yves Holds 8 Awarness Raising Sessions in July
As part of St. Yves advocacy activities, St. Yves continues holding awareness raising session in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

8 awareness sessions were held by St. Yves this month concentrating on the topics of house demolitions in the west bank, freedom of movement rights, as well as Residency rights in Jerusalem. St. Yves reached for the first time areas and neighbourhoods such as Khorsa, Der Al Asal, Kharas, and Muneizel. 
News Highlights Related to St. Yves Scope of Work 

Power to the people: Why Palestinian victory in Jerusalem is a pivotal moment


PRCS: 1,090 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces over course of 10 days

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Israeli army seizes 70 dunams of Palestinian land in southern West Bank

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