December 2016
Dear friends,
Welcome to our December Newsletter!
The Society of St. Yves wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2017!

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. 


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

Updates from St. Yves

St. Yves Annuls a House Demolition Order in Jerusalem issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior

The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights cancelled on the 23rd of November 2016, A.K’s house demolition order issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior in Al-Sawahreh area in Jerusalem. A.K approached St. Yves only one day before the demolition was scheduled seeking immediate intervention. 
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St. Yves in coordination with Alhaq holds a workshop in Shufat Camp
The Society of St. Yves in coordination with Al-Haq organisation, organised a presentation in Shufat camp. Adv. Raffoul Rofa, director of St. Yves talked about family unification procedures and their legal framework, as well as the effect these Israeli policies have on Jerusalemites in their daily lives. Adv. Rofa also highlighted the discrimination by Israeli authorities against Palestinians in Jerusalem using residency and family unification status in order to encourage Palestinians to leave their city.

St. Yves holds its annual Christmas dinner with the participation of H.E Pierbattista Pizzaballa 
The Society of St. Yves held its annual Christmas dinner with the presence of H.E Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, St. Yves' board of directors and St. Yves' staff. Adv. Raffoul Rofa, director of St. Yves thanked St. Yves board and staff for their dedicated work during 2016 and his Excellency wished St. Yves improvement and development and to continue helping the community and fulllfiling St. Yves' mission.

More than 50 awareness raising sessions organised by St. Yves in 2016
The Society of St. Yves held a high number of awareness raising sessions in 2017 covering multiple topics such as house demolition procedures, residency and family unification procedures, national insurance, freedom of movement, land confiscation, collective punishment, and people with disability rights. St. Yves reached new target groups villages and cities in Jerusalem and the West Bank. 
Updates from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Israeli Supreme Court postpones evacuation of illegal Amona outpost
The Israeli Supreme Court Thursday accepted the Israeli government’s request to postpone the evacuation of the illegal Amona outpost -- built on privately owned Palestinian land in the central occupied West Bank -- until Feb. 8 in order to give additional time for the Israeli government to provide alternative housing for its residents.
Israeli forces deliver demolition orders to Palestinians in East Jerusalem
 Israeli officials from the Jerusalem municipality, escorted by Israeli soldiers, raided the neighborhood of Issawiya on Thursday in occupied East Jerusalem and hanged demolition notices on several building. Al-Hummus noted that some of the notices targeted buildings which were built after the owners had been issued Israeli building permits, making the structures “legal” under Jerusalem municipality regulations.
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UN Security Council votes in favor of anti-settlement resolution, US abstains from vote
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday voted in favor of adopting resolution 2334 that calls on Israel to cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.The vote, with 14 member states voting in favor and the United States abstaining from the vote, was the first such vote to be held on the Middle East Peace process in eight years, according to the UN.

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