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Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel

Trócaire works with partners in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel to support those affected by conflict and human rights violations, as well as helping to raise international awareness around the injustice of human rights violations.

Ola Dweek is a child psychologist in Gaza: "I counsel the children affected by the trauma of war. They have constant nightmares. They are bed wetting. They have completely changed. They have lost their minds, in a way. It's heart-breaking."

Ola Dweek is a child psychologist in Gaza: "I counsel the children affected by the trauma of war. They have constant nightmares. They are bed wetting. They have completely changed. They have lost their minds, in a way. It's heart-breaking." (Photo: John McColgan for Trócaire)

Trócaire's Impact

Health & other benefits

2002

Trócaire has been working with partners in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 2002

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29,000

People benefitted from Trócaire's programmes In Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the last year

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Programmes

Trócaire's programmes focus on the areas of justice and human rights, and delivering humanitarian assistance

Trócaire's work in OPT and Israel

Trócaire has worked in Israel and the OPT since 2002. Trócaire seeks to build a lasting and just peace in the region based on respect for human rights, international law and the dignity of all.

We provide protection and support to people affected by conflict and human rights violations. We work together with both Israeli and Palestinian partner organisations to build peace, raise awareness, and challenge human rights abuses.

As well as providing emergency aid and supporting communities on the ground, we advocate and campaign in Ireland and the EU to take stronger action to protect the rights of Palestinian communities and for Israel to uphold international law. 

We provide support on two programme areas:

1. Justice and Human Rights

This programme aims to challenge the violation of human rights in OPT. We do this by monitoring and documenting human rights violations, and by providing legal and psychosocial support to communities. 

We support women in Gaza to assert their right to access legal and psychosocial support and to ensure women and men in Gaza have increased knowledge and awareness of gender inequality and women's human rights.

We also carry out international campaigns and advocacy to change the political environment which has allowed the breach of human rights to continue in OPT.

At an international level, we encourage businesses to make ethical choices relating to business links with illegal Israeli settlements. 

2. Humanitarian Response

We provide support to those affected by conflict at times of immediate crises. We have provided emergency aid, including medical supplies, food and blankets.

We are also working with our partners to provide psychological care to children who have experienced trauma during the violent conflict.

Furthermore, we support Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights organisations working for peace. 

Trócaire's current programmes in OPT & Israel are supported by Irish Aid.

Israel & OPT Resources

Updates from OPT & Israel

Videos

WATCH: 'This is Palestine' documentary follows John McColgan’s trip around the West Bank and Gaza with Trócaire. It features very powerful interviews with people who have lost homes, land and family members as a result of the occupation and ongoing conflict. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation, this film gives an insight into the daily lives of people in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as providing an understanding of the programmes Trócaire funds in the region. Produced by Tyrone productions in association with Trócaire.

WATCH: 'Stolen Land' a film about a Palestinian farming family whose land was forcibly taken from them 

WATCH: 'Signs from the West Bank' on growth of Israeli settlements on lands confiscated from Palestinians 

View other Trócaire videos related to our work in OPT and Israel (YouTube)

Partner videos:

Our Partners in Israel and OPT

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is an NGO based in Gaza City.  The Centre is dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). PCHR is a recipient of the many international human rights awards. 
www.pchrgaza.org

BADIL - Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
Badil is an independent, community-based non-profit organisation mandated to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees. Badil seeks to advance the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people on the principles of international law, in particular international human rights law. 
www.badil.org

Al-Haq
Al-Haq is a Palestinian Human Rights organisation that documents violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians in the OPT, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator, and seeks to end such breaches by way of advocacy before national and international mechanisms and by holding the violators accountable. 
www.alhaq.org 

B'Tselem (The Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories)
As an Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and ensure that its government, which rules the Occupied Territories, protects the human rights of residents there and complies with its obligations under international law.
www.btselem.org

Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence is an organisation of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifada. Breaking the Silence voices the experiences of those soldiers, in order to force Israeli society to address the reality which it has created.
www.breakingthesilence.org.il 

Gisha – Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement
Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. Because freedom of movement is a precondition for exercising other basic rights, Gisha’s work has a multiplier effect in helping residents of the occupied territories access education, jobs, family members and medical care. 
www.gisha.org 

Who Profits
Who Profits from the Occupation is an Israeli research project dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of Israeli and international companies in the continuing Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land.
www.whoprofits.org

Caritas Jerusalem
Caritas Jerusalem is a humanitarian and development organization that represents the socio-pastoral services of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. It was founded in 1967 in the aftermath of the Six Day War. Caritas Jerusalem beneficiaries number over 30,000 individuals from all religious backgrounds in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Caritas Jerusalem is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Caritas organizations operating in more than 200 countries.

Gaza Community Mental Health Programme
The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) is a Palestinian non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1990 to provide comprehensive community mental health services - therapy, training and research - to the population of the Gaza Strip. 

Women’s Affairs Centre (WAC)
WAC is an independent and non-profit Palestinian NGO with the purpose of empowering women and advocating women’s rights and gender equality through capacity development, information and innovative research and advocacy programmes. While implementing its strategy to fulfil its vision, WAC is guided by international human rights principles including empowerment and participation; equality and non-discrimination; and accountability to ensure justice and dignity for women. Through its programmes the organisation seeks to change the culture of violence against women in Palestinian communities.
www.site.wac.ps/en
 
Haqel - Jews and Arabs In Defense of Human Rights
The objectives of Haqel are to protect the rights of Palestinians and prevent human rights abuses, to employ the use of legal and educational tools to help achieve greater protection for human rights and to improve the status of Palestinian women through the use of international law. Haqel provides legal assistance for Palestinians that have been displaced from their homes or are threatened with the demolition of their homes. The organisation also conducts advocacy work in relation to the unrecognised Bedouin villages in Negev, by increasing awareness of difficulty that the people in the villages experience.  
www.haqel.org.il 

Society of St. Yves
The Society of St. Yves is the Catholic Center for Human Rights of the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land. The Society of St. Yves was created with the aim of providing legal support to the marginalised Palestinians in the occupied territories. St. Yves works to promote the rights of the Palestinians in the West Bank, to ensure fairness for all and to seek justice for Palestinians who have suffered due to the occupation of their lands. Advocating for the right to be treated with human dignity is at the heart of the organisation’s work.
www.saintyves.org

In-Country Context

For almost half a century, Israel has maintained a military occupation of the OPT (the West Bank and Gaza). Israel continues to displace Palestinian communities by force and confiscate their land, a practice which has been ongoing for over six decades. Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law, have been established on Palestinian land.

Palestinians remain without a state, and human rights violations such as house demolitions, land confiscation, forced displacement, restrictions of movement and violence against civilians occur on an almost daily basis.

In 2014, entire neighbourhoods in Gaza were destroyed in the third Israeli military operation in six years. Almost 1,500 Palestinian civilians and four Israeli civilians were killed. At time of writing,  over 100,000 Palestinians remain unable to return home, as their houses were destroyed or damaged. Water and electricity networks remain extensively damaged.

Combined with the blockade of Gaza, in place since 2007, there is a widespread humanitarian crisis. As a result, 80% of the population of Gaza are dependent on aid.

Violence targeting Israeli citizens is also an abuse of human rights. The security of both Israelis and Palestinians are dependent on each other.

Peace for Israelis and Palestinians cannot be achieved without justice and the realisation of human rights for all.