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The Balasan Initiative for Human Rights – Palestine, held a four-day training program titled “Enhancing the Capacity of Human Rights Defenders in Palestine” for 13 young Palestinians. Which took place from June 23 to 26 2024 in Bethlehem.
Israeli authorities have recently designated a jurisdictional order for the establishment of the Nahal Heletz settlement near Bethlehem , along with 4 other new settlements across the West Bank. This decision marks a critical and alarming development for the Palestinian territories, affecting all the suburbs of the Bethlehem area but particularly Al-Makhrour Valley and Battir, the last remaining green areas in Bethlehem as a result of Israel’s relentless settlement policy.
Mount Herodium is a classic example of how Israel has not only been seeking to exert full authority over archeological sites in the West Bank but also strategically exploiting such authority to claim ownership of the lands surrounding the sites. Mount Herodium is an archaeological site, located in the Bethlehem Governorate, built 2,000 years ago. It is associated with the Roman King Herod. It served as a military base and a winter residence for the king’s wife.
The Balasan Initiative for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation – Palestine and Jordan Office, is delighted to announce the opening of applications for its training program on Human Rights Advocacy. This training is part of the “Enhancing the Capacity of Human Rights Defenders in Addressing Human Rights Issues” project, aiming to enhance the capacities of the Palestinian young youth in different fields, focusing on human rights advocacy.

BIHR participates in the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference

The BIHR delivers an opening lecture in the ‘Christ at the Checkpoint Conference’ in Bethlehem on Wednesday 22 May 2024. The opening lecture “Setting the Political and Historical Context”, gave insights on the historical and political context of the long history of the Zionist Ideology and the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian lands from a Human Rights and International law lens.

BIHR Participates in Kairos Palestine's Delegation Visit to South Africa

From Kairos Palestine:
At the invitation of the South African Council of Churches, a delegation from Kairos Palestine participated in an advocacy trip to South Africa from  May 4th to May 9th which included several cathedrals, churches, universities, community and cultural institutions in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria …

Sorrowful Palestinian Easter over Israel’s War on Gaza and Amid Worsening Israeli Restrictions

This year marks the convergence of the Easter and Ramadan, as Palestinians observe their religious holidays with great anguish and sorrow for Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza, mounting up to an unfolding genocide. Palestinians mourn over 32,600 Palestinians killed in Gaza, 75,000 injured, 1.7 million displaced and the total destruction of the Strip, as well as the collapse of all of its vital sectors, and a looming famine …

Starvation and Sexual Assault as Tools of Warfare in Gaza

Recently, we are witnessing an alarming rise in the death tolls as a result of Israel’s  starvation policy, projecting 1.1 million Palestinians to face catastrophic levels of food insecurity. In addition, new testimonies of sexual assault against Palestinian women and girls in Gaza are emerging from a significant number of witnesses and/or victims … 

Further Fragmented Reality: The Impacts of the War on Gaza on the Bethlehem Governorate

When addressing the intricacies of the political situation in Palestine, it is critically reductive to consider the West Bank in isolation from the context of the Gaza Strip. Indeed, the aftermath of October 7th has ushered in an unprecedented surge in Israeli aggression against Palestinains in the West Bank…
 

New Report: Israeli Policies of Impoverishment & De-Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Case Study of Bethlehem

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