About

Yesh Din is a volunteer organization working to defend the human rights of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which is anchored in international human rights law and international humanitarian law, guides the organization in its work to uphold the rule of law in the occupied territories and monitor the Israeli law enforcement system in those territories.

Yesh Din views the occupation as a main source of the violation of the human rights of the Palestinian population and therefore seeks to end it.

Yesh Din is an Israeli organization registered as a non-profit in Israel. It is subject to Israeli law and is served by a volunteer corps and by a professional staff. The organization cooperates with Israeli and international organizations to protect human rights.

Yesh Din is an independent, non-partisan organization registered with the Israeli registrar of non-profit organizations. To maintain its independence, Yesh Din is careful not to receive direct or indirect donations from Israeli or Palestinian government bodies. Its financial sources are reported on to the relevant authorities, as required by law.

Our name reflects the belief that equitable application of local and international law is an important component in upholding human rights.

Our Activities
Yesh Din's activities focus on the extent of Israel's implementation of its duty to protect the Palestinian civilians under its armed forces' occupation. These include: criminal accountability of Israeli civilians and members of the Israeli security forces in the West Bank; human rights violations related to use of Palestinian lands; and respect for human rights within the Israeli Military Courts in the West Bank.

Yesh Din has a two-tiered approach to protecting human rights. We work on individual cases to achieve justice for those whose rights have been violated. On the systemic level, we use the accumulation of individual incidents to highlight structural violations of human rights and advocate for change, through a variety of means: we publish reports and disseminate information on human rights abuses; we take legal actions and engage in direct advocacy with the authorities in order to remedy the situation; and we work with the media to encourage debate on these issues.

Who We Are
Yesh Din operates according to a hybrid model, combining the work of a professional staff, including leading human rights experts; and volunteers who participate in the collection and checking of information, and serve on the organization's Steering Committee, composed entirely of active volunteers. This combination has been one of the organization's most important strengths since its foundation in 2005. Yesh Din is also advised and assisted by a Public Council that includes major Israeli public figures.

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