Right to Family

Thousands of Palestinian families are unable to be with one another as a result of obstacles placed upon them by the Israeli state. This deliberate fragmentation of the Palestinian population is supported by a set of Israeli laws that discriminate against the non-Jewish populations of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. This chapter looks at the ways in which Palestinian families are separated from one another depending on where they live, focusing particularly on the impact of Israel’s 2003 Citizenship and Entry law that has affected hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

Freedom of Movement

Freedom of Movement

Restrictions on movement have been a reality for Palestinians since the creation of Israel in 1948. Justified by Israel as a security measure, particularly over the last few decades, the system of movement controls has become increasingly restrictive. This chapter looks at the freedom of movement in international law, the history of Israeli policy toward Palestinians’ freedom of movement, and the various ways its erosion has developed.

Right to Physical Security

Palestinians face hazardous and unpredictable circumstances affecting the security of their own persons, as a result of both the random and institutionalised violence that has been at the core of Israeli policy for decades. At any given time, Palestinians have no effective legal guarantees that their physical security will be respected by Israeli authorities. This chapter shows how these conditions have been established and maintained, focusing on the practice of indefinite imprisonment (also known as administrative detention) and the use of torture.

Right to Water

One of the key features of Israeli rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories since 1967 has been total control over resources, including water. The right to water is an internationally recognised human right. The lack of access for Palestinians to sufficient and clean water should be seen as a deliberate result of long-standing Israeli policy that has distributed resources completely asymmetrically between Palestinians and Israelis.

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