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Single Issue Reports

Besides the annual reports issued by WCLAC's International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Project, the WCLAC IHL-project also produces so-called single issue reports. These reports focus on either a specific region of the Occupied Palestinian Territories affected by the Israeli occupation or on specific colonial practices or policies that impact the lives of women in similar ways. In addition, these reports provide for an overview of relevant legal principles including the International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Finally, the reports present for each issue and or region an unequivocal background desription that provide for a deeper look into the gender specific consequences of the Israeli colonialist practices.

Consequently, WCLAC aims to highlight the human rights abuses faced by Palestinian women and the gender specific impact of specific practices and policies that characterize the ongoing occupation by Israel. Each report is, moreover, set within the framework of international human rights and humanitarian law and highlights the gender specific consequences through the testimonies of Palestinian women as told to WCLAC staff and fieldworkers.
 
 
Life Behind The Wall; Women's Voices From The Seam Zone
 

This report focuses at the impact of Israeli policies and practices on Palestinian women living in the 'Seam Zone’, who face poverty, loneliness and hardship.  The Seam Zone is constituted of those areas of the West Bank situated between the 1949 Armistice Line (also known as the Green Line) and the Separation Wall. Here both Palestinians with Jerusalem ID's and Palestinians with West Bank ID's suffer from a tight closure regime that isolates them from their families and communities.
 
Through interviews conducted with women living in the Seam Zone, this report reveals the restrictions on their lives and the economic, social and psychological impact of living in this area. Furthermore the report contributes to a greater understanding of the nature of the policies and practices discussed and their particular impact on Palestinian women. Finally, the report strives to contribute to a process of accountability for those responsible for the violations of the rights of the affected families. Download PDF-file here.

 

Forced Evictions; Assessing The Impact On Palestinian Women in East Jerusalem
 
This report highlights the gender-specific impact that Israeli policies in East Jerusalem have on the lives of Palestinian women. Focusing on the experiences of Palestinian women in East Jerusalem, this WCLAC report presents testimonies from affected women, together with analysis of 13 selected case studies of living with the threat or event of forced eviction. The legal rights at stake in such cases include the right to adequate housing, the right to freedom from unlawful and arbitrary interference with the home, and to freedom from discrimination in the exercise of these rights.
 
Furthermore, the report addresses, in turn, living with the threat of eviction, the eviction or demolition process itself – including economic loss and physical injury – and the denial of rights after eviction. The report documents the ways in which women are particularly affected by forced eviction, charting the gender-based violence surrounding the event, the psychological effects, loss of social and economic status, loss of privacy and independence, and deterioration in family relationships. Download PDF-file here.