Volume 43, December 2007 www.adalah.org

Adalah to Supreme Court: Using water resources to exert pressure on Arab Bedouin to leave the unrecognized villages in the Naqab is illegal

The National Council for Planning and Building partially accepts objections filed by Adalah and the Arab Center for Alternative Planning to the master plan for the northern district of Israel  

International Human Rights Day

EMHRN Freedom of Association in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

Freedom of Association in Israel,
By Rina Rosenberg- International Advocacy Director of Adalah

Adalah’s General Director participates in UN expert consultation on citizenship and minorities 

Freedom of Expression

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Opening Remarks
The reaction of the Israeli establishment to the Arab future vision documents has been one of hysteria. Such reactions were characteristic of colonial regimes, which viewed any challenge to their constitutional structure, based on repression, as a strategic threat. Such was the reaction of the Apartheid regime in the 1950s when the African National Congress proposed the Freedom Charter, in which it demanded the transformation of South Africa into a state of all its citizens. During 1956 many of the authors of the charter were charged with high treason. However, in 1996, the charter became a part of the preamble of the South African constitution. At the international level reactions to the Arab future vision documents, which are based on international principles regarding the rights of the citizen and human rights, have been supportive and encouraging. The philosopher Judith Butler from the University of California-Berkley, for example, wrote that “[Adalah’s Democratic Constitution] proposes a systematic separation of nation and state, and so resonates with an Arendtian politics”. Following the publication of the draft Democratic Constitution, Adalah announced that it would hold meetings in order to arrive at a final version of the document. Adalah is working to establish a group made up of Palestinian activists and academics from the homeland and the diaspora, as well as Jewish Israeli and international experts, in order to finalize the text of the Democratic Constitution. One of the suggestions under discussion is the transformation of the draft into a democratic constitution for a supranational regime in all of historic Palestine. The European Convention on Human Rights will provide a useful model in this discussion. Bringing together this group will be one of the activities undertaken by Adalah in preparation for the sixtieth year of the Nakba in 2008.
Nakba 60th Anniversary
The launch of the international “Nakba-60” Campaign
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