Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Peace and Justice Groups

Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Peace and Justice Groups

The agencies below include Israeli and Palestinian organizations, and groups inside Israel working on co-existence and peacemaking.  If you are traveling in the area, they are often able to furnish speakers for your group.  Ask what they charge before making a definite commitment.   A more comprehensive list is available through the Alternative Information Center (see below). These are also organizations from which to get good on-the-spot information by Email or Website.  The information on each group varies but the website will get you more.

A + before a number is a reminder to use your country’s international access code.

The Abraham Fund (coexistence focus in Israel)

Alternative Information Center (AIC) (Joint Israeli/Palestinian organization coordinating human rights projects. Provides information especially to Israeli public. Publishes “News From Within”)
    POB 31417
    Jerusalem 91313
    Bldg. 111, Main St. Near Beit Sahour municipality, Beit Sahour,
    West Bank
    Tel.: +972-2-277-5444; Fax: +972-2-277-5445
    Jerusalem office:
    4 Queen Shlomzion
    Tel.: +972-2-624-1159; Fax: +972-3-725-6006; 

Amnesty International (Worldwide organization to protect human rights, especially among prisoners of conscience and political prisoners)
    Palestinian Group
    Sourani Bldg.
    POB 543
    Tel.:+972-8-282-4311; Fax: +972-8-284-1605
    POB 3887, El Bireh
    Ramallah, West Bank
    Tel and Fax: +972-2-298-4366
    Israeli section
    98 Allenby St.,
    POB 14179
    Tel Aviv 61141
    Tel.: +972-3-560-3357/5021; Fax: +972-3-560-3391

Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ)
   POB 860, Caritas St.
   Tel: +972-2-274-1889; Fax: +972-2-277-6966
   Email: or; Website:

The Arik Institute of Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace
   The aim is to bring reconciliation between individuals in Israel.

The Association of Forty
   This association works on the recognition of Arab unrecognized villages in Israel.  These 40 villages are not on maps and lack basic infrastructure.

Bat Shalom (Israeli Women for Peace) (See The Link below)

BADIL– (Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights)
   POB 728, Bethlehem
   Tel: +972-2-274-7346 and 277-7086; Fax; +972-2-274-7346
   Email:; Website:

Beit Hagefen (Funded by the Haifa municipality, this is a metting place for social and cultural encounters between Arabs and Jews.)

Bitter Lemons (financed by the European Union) produces a weekly report on its website with a balance of Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints.

B’Tselem (Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories)
    8 HaTa’assiya St. (4th floor)
    Talpiot, Jerusalem 93420
    Tel.: +972-2-673-5599; Fax: +972-2-674-9111
    Email:; website:

The Coalition of Women for Peace (A group that brings together individual women and peace organizations advocating for a just and viable peace.

Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace  (A faculty network with an affiliated group called Students for Human Rights and Justice in Israel/Palestine. 

Family Forum (see Parents Circle)

Givat Haviva (Kibbutz Givat Haviva engages in peace education through its Jewish-Arab Center for Peace.)

Gush Shalom (Block for Peace)
    POB 3322
    Tel Aviv 61033
    Email: Website:

HaMifkad HaLeumi (Also known as The People’s Voice, it is promoting a mass signing of a Joint Statement of Intentions.)

Al Haq: Law in the Service of Man (human rights organization providing legal services)
    31 Main St.
    POB 1413
    Ramallah, West Bank, via Israel
    Tel.: +972-2-295-6421; Fax: +972-2-295-4903
    Email:; Website:

The Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)  (Founded in the belief that religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts, the group works on a grassroots interfaith movement through cross-cultural study and inter-religious dialogue.)

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
    Shlomzion Hamalka 4
    POB 2030
    Jerusalem 91020
    Tel.: +972-2-624-5560 and +972-5-065-1425;  Fax: +972-2-623-6210
     and  +972-3-725-6006
    Email:; Website:

Israeli Council for Israel-Palestinian Peace 
    POB 3322
    Tel Aviv 61033
    Tel: +972-056-709-603; Tel. and Fax: +972-3-556-5804;
    Email:; Website:

Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI) (Think tank concerned with development of public policy, advancing peace and cooperation.)
   Tantur Ecumenical Institute
   Corner of Hebron Road and Ha’Rosmarin
   POB 9321, Jerusalem 91092
   Tel: +972-2-676-9460; Fax: +972-2-676-8011;
   Email:; Website:

Jerusalem Link (Coordinating body of two independent women’s centers, which promote women’s political, social and cultural activities and leadership)   
    Jerusalem Center for Women (Palestinian)
    Al-Hirbawi Bldg, Dahlet Al-Barid
    POB 51630
    Tel.: +972-2-234-7068 aand 7653; Fax: +972-2-234-7069
    Email:; Website:

    Bat Shalom Jewish Women’s Action Center
    43 Emek Ref’aim St.
    POB 8083
    Jerusalem 91080
    Tel.: +972-2-563-1477; Fax: +972-2-561-7983
    Email:; Website: www.batshalom.orrg

LAW – Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights & the Environment (Focuses on land confiscation, property destruction and environmental issues)
    Al-Sha’rawi Bldg.
    Dahiet Al-Barid   
    POB 20873
    Tel.: +972-2-234-5572, 3, 4; Fax: +972-2-234-5575

Machsom Watch (Israeli women provide a quiet but assertive presence at checkpoints reporting the results of their observations publicaly and demanding accountability of the security forces towards civilians.)

Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND) (Through training and awareness building, MEND promotes the principles and practices of nonviolence.  It is related to the FOR.)

The Middle Way (Shvil Zahav) (They hold silent peace pilgrimages and dialogues on suffering to promote healing.)

Miftah (Also known as the Palestinian Iniative for the PRomotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy.  The organization is especially concerned with transparency.)

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (Community of Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel living together by choice and developing models of co-existence)
    D. N. Shimshon 99761, Israel
    Tel.: +972-2-991-5621; Fax: +972-2-991-2098

Open House (Open House Center is located in Ramle and serves Israeli Arabs and Jews.)

Palestine Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA)
   18 Hatem At-Ta’i St.
   Wadi Al-Joz, POB 19545
   Tel:  +972-2-626-4426 and 628-6566; Fax: +972-2-628-2819
   Email: Website:

Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) (Free legal advice and representation regarding human rights issues in Gaza)
    POB 1204/1328
    Gaza, via Israel
    Tel. and Fax: +972-8-282-4776 and 5893 and 3725

Palestinian Center for Rapproachment Between People (Community based projects working for peace and reconciliation. They have a commitment to youth and non-violence.)
    POB 24
    Beit Sahour, West Bank
    Tel. and Fax: +972-2-2772018; 
    Email:; Website:

Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) (An Arab non-profit institution specializgin in research and publication.)

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) (Based in Gaza, PCHR works through documentation and investigation of human rights violations, provision of legal aid and counseling.

The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) (This group documents human rights violations, regardless of who is responsible, including the Palestinian Authority.  The emphasis is on accountability.)

The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) (Documents human rights abuses including violations by the Palestinian Authority.)

The Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) (An umbrella organization striving to reinforce the role played by civil society.)

The Parents Circle (This group was born of the pain of losing a child to violence and is now known as the Family Forum.  It includes Israelis and Palestinians.)

Peace Child (Uses theater and the arts to educate for tolerance and mutual respect.  Plays are performed in Arabic and Hebrew.)

Peace Now/Shalom Achshav  (Peace movement in Israel since 1978. and known for its large demonstrations.)
    6 Lloyd George St.
    POB 8159
    Jerusalem 91081
    Fax: +972-2-5617254; Website:

Peace Research Institute in thte Middle East (PRIME) (Has developed a shared history project with an innovative school booklet that contains beth Israeli and Palestinian narratives.

Peres Center for Peace (People-to-people projects and cooperative activities to continue peace building.)

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR)
    POB 592
    Tel Aviv 61004
    Tel: 972-3-687-3718; Fax: 972-3-687-3029

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) (The group monitors compliance with the Israeli High Court decisions against torture.  Actively lobbies against legislation.)

Rabbis for Human Rights (Rabbinic voice of conscience expressing the Jewish tradition of human rights.)
    42 Aza St.
    Jerusalem 92384
    Tel.: +972-563-7731; Fax: +972-2-566-2815
    Email:; Website:

Refuser Solidarity Network (Network for organizations of soldiers and students who have refused to serve in the Israel Defense Forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.)

Sabeel Liberation Theology Center (ecumenical movement for peace and justice)
    POB 49084 (Sheikh Jarah)
    91491 Jerusalem
    Tel. +972-2-532-7136; Fax: +972-2-532-7137
    Email:; Website:

Seeds of Peace (Provides young leaders with leadership skills in reconciliation and coexistence to prepare them to become tomorrow’s leaders.)

Shemesh (Started by people of an Arab village and a Jewish community to teach skills for coexistence in the Galilee region.)

 Ta’ayush (Means life in common in Arabic.  Goal is to achieve full civil equality for all Israeli citizens.)

Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC) (Founded by doctors and health professionals, they emphasize prevention, education, community participation, and the empowerment of people.)

Windows (Publishes youth magazine called “Windows” to promote reconciliation between people.)

Wiam (Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center)
    Dr. Gmeiner St. (SOS Bldg. #213) 
    POB 1039   
    Bethlehem, West Bank, 
    Tel.: +972-2-647-0513; Fax: +972-2-277-7333
    Email:; Website:

Women in Black (A weekly peace vigil of women in Jerusalem)
    POB 6360   
    Jerusalem 910062

Women’s Coalition for a Just Peace (a new organization coordinating women’s groups for peace)
       POB 8083
       Jerusalem 91080

Yesh Gvul
(movement for IDF men and women refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories)

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