Guides

New guide addresses legal issues commonly faced by Palestine solidarity activists

Download here: http://ccrjustice.org/files/3Final-Linked_CCR_Palestinian_Human_Rights_bk_small.pdf

As the academic year starts up at colleges across the country, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are pleased to announce the publication of a Know Your Rights booklet for Palestinian rights activists- Legal and Tactical Guide: Palestinian HumanRights Advocacy in the U.S. 

The Guide is intended to help activists, both on and off campus, identify potential legal issues and how they might be approached, and to provide basic information about individual rights in a given situation.  It includes sections on First Amendment rights and common ways that free speech rights are infringed, issues specific to campus activism, potential criminal charges arising from rights activism, and legal issues around boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns.

PSLS, in partnership with CCR and in collaboration with the National Lawyers Guild and other organizations, has been responding to the increasing legal attacks and intimidation campaigns against Palestine solidarity activists around the US with direct representation and advocacy on behalf of activists, advocacy work on key policy issues, and legal education efforts.  The Guide comes at the end of PSLS’s first year of work identifying and beginning to tackle the ways that Palestine solidarity activists are being repressed.   “We’re excited that this resource will be available for Palestinian rights activists who will find many of these issues familiar, but may not know what they can do about them,” said Dima Khalidi, CCR Cooperating Counsel and PSLS Director.  “Our hope is that it will encourage people to identify in advance how and when legal problems may arise in their advocacy work, and to seek our help in fighting back against attempts to stifle their speech on this critical issue.”

“This is a fantastic resource, one that every Palestinian and Palestine solidarity activist in the U.S. should read and store in her bookbag, briefcase, and glove compartment,” said Hatem Abudayyeh, National Coordinating Committee member of the United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN, www.uspcn.org) and one of the activists raided by the FBI and subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in September of 2010 for his Palestine support work (www.stopfbi.net).  “We have history and morality on our side; and now, with this document, we will also be equipped to fight back legally against the repression we face.”

“As student organizers, we face so much legal bullying that relies on a lack of knowledge about our rights. This guide is exactly what we need – with it and the support of PSLS, we will be better prepared against baseless threats and intimidation, and we can focus our efforts instead on our organizing for Palestinian human rights,” said Taliah Mirmalek, a student at UC Berkeley and a member of Students for Justice in Palestine.

While the Guide is meant to be used independently by activists, PSLS encourages individuals and groups to reach out to report incidents of repression, to get legal and advocacy help when facing backlash, and to request workshops or other more tailored discussions about how to protect and advance their rights.

Contact PSLS if you:

  • Face attempts to shut down, smear or hamper your activism
  • Think your First Amendment rights to organize and protest have been violated
  • Need legal advice about BDS or other campaigns
  • Experience verbal or physical intimidation or assault
  • Experience different treatment than other individuals or groups by university or government officials
  • Have questions about your rights to engage in activism
  • Need resources or trainings for your groups

eBook release – Greenwashing Apartheid: The Jewish National Fund’s Environmental Cover Up

  • Resource Type: Briefing Guides
  • Date Added: May 16, 2011
  • Posted by: IJAN
  • Description: The book documents evidence that the Jewish National Fund (JNF) is not an environmental organization but rather an instrument of ethnic cleansing and complicit in war crimes.

eBook release – Greenwashing Apartheid: The Jewish National Fund's Environmental Cover Up

  • Resource Type: Briefing Guides
  • Date Added:
  • Posted by: IJAN
  • Description: The book documents evidence that the Jewish National Fund (JNF) is not an environmental organization but rather an instrument of ethnic cleansing and complicit in war crimes.

BDS Manual – Australians for Palestine

  • Resource Type: Guides
  • Date Added: March 28, 2011
  • Posted by: Sonja Karkar for Australians for Palestine
  • Description: Published in October 2010, this 67 page manual provides resources, materials and guidance for BDS activists everywhere. Download here.

JNF eBook Volume 3 – Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing: Judaizing the Naqab

  • Resource Type: Guides
  • Date Added: February 15, 2011
  • Posted by: http://jnfebook.net
  • Description: The third volume of the JNF eBook Series focuses on the ongoing ethnic cleansing taking place in the Bedouin Territories of the Naqab.

Ahava campaign toolkit

  • Resource Type: Fact Sheets Guides
  • Date Added:
  • Posted by: BNC
  • Description: Ahava is hiding the ugly truth—its products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem.

JNF eBook Volume 2 – Preparing for Legal Action Focus: Canada Park

  • Resource Type: Guides
  • Date Added:
  • Posted by: http://jnfebook.net
  • Description: The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is a criminal organisation under international law that is complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the expropriation of Palestinian lands for the purposes of colonisation and apartheid.

JNF eBook Volume 1 – Introducing the JNF

  • Resource Type: Guides
  • Date Added:
  • Posted by: http://jnfebook.net
  • Description: The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is a criminal organisation under international law that is complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the expropriation of Palestinian lands for the purposes of colonisation and apartheid.

Badil publishes paper on coporate accountability as BDS resource

  • Resource Type: Briefing Guides
  • Date Added: February 8, 2010
  • Posted by: admin
  • Description:

    BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights has released new working paper under the title: “Principles and Mechanisms to Hold Business Accountable for Human Rights Abuses: Potential Avenues to Challenge Corporate Involvement in Israel’s Oppression of the Palestinian People.”

     

Divest Now! A handbook for student divestment campaigns

  • Resource Type: Guides
  • Date Added: December 1, 2009
  • Posted by: BNC
  • Description: This handbook, compiled by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in 2009, provides an overview of campus divestment strategies, focusing on student campaigns fordivesting school endowments of support for Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies

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