November 2016
Dear friends,
Welcome to our November 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. 
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights

Updates from St. Yves
St. Yves Warns Against “Settlement Legalisation” Bill
The Israeli Knesset approved the initial reading of the “illegal settlement legalization” bill in the West Bank presented by the Israeli right-wing lawmakers on the 16th of November 2016. This bill aims at retroactively legalizing illegal settlements on privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank in area C, also enabling  Israeli authorities to confiscate Palestinian Land in order to build other settlements, this means Israeli law will be used in the West Bank which violates International law.

St. Yves Briefs a Group of International Organizations Representatives About Family Unification Procedures
The Society of St. Yves in coordination with Al-Haq organization organized a briefing session 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.
St. Yves Revokes a House Demolition Order in Jerusalem Issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights revoked 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 holds 4 Awareness Raising Sessions in November 

The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights holds 4 awareness raising sessions this month. St. Yves covered the issues of house demolition, family unification and rights of people with disabilities in Jerusalem and the west bank. St. Yves continues organising awareness raising activities locally and internationally. 
Updates from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home, seal off restaurant in Jerusalem area
Israeli authorities on Tuesday morning completed the demolition of a Palestinian house under construction in the al-Tur village of the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, according to the family.
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Ashrawi denounces Israel Moving Forward with Settlement Expansion After US Election
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi denounced on Monday a recent meeting by Israeli authorities regarding the expansion of the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo in occupied East Jerusalem, calling it an attempt to “destroy the rights and the very existence of the Palestinian state.”
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Israeli forces deliver demolition order to occupied East Jerusalem home
Israeli forces raided the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan on Saturday, where they delivered a demolition notice to the home of a local resident.
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