Since its establishment in 2017, Adalah Justice Project has pursued a strategy of community-based advocacy. Rather than relying on a top-down approach to social change, community-based advocacy recognizes the power of people united to alter their material, social and political realities. Together with organizers, advocates, artists and community members in cities across the U.S., Adalah Justice Project bolsters the capacity of Palestine advocates to build power across diverse social justice movements, and demand universal, coherent, rights-based policies from U.S. decision-makers. Adalah Justice Project is committed to the praxis of solidarity, and our team shows up to stand with our community partners at key moments of struggle and celebration.

Building Power with Our Community

  Story of Resonance: Housing Covenants and Admissions Committees   In November 2017, Director Nadia Ben-Youssef, and Fady Khoury, Adalah attorney, led a roundtable discussion with housing rights advocates in New Orleans, hosted at  HousingNOLA . Partners included  Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center , the  National Fair Housing Alliance , Jane's Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, and  Blights Out .   Read more.

Story of Resonance: Housing Covenants and Admissions Committees

In November 2017, Director Nadia Ben-Youssef, and Fady Khoury, Adalah attorney, led a roundtable discussion with housing rights advocates in New Orleans, hosted at HousingNOLA. Partners included Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, the National Fair Housing Alliance, Jane's Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, and Blights Out.

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  Presbyterian Church (USA) Calls on Israel to Become a State for All Its Citizens   On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a historic resolution advocating for the equal rights of all citizens of Israel.    Read more.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Calls on Israel to Become a State for All Its Citizens

On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a historic resolution advocating for the equal rights of all citizens of Israel.

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   Facing the Past in Montgomery: Beyond the Nakba to Historical Justice    In April 2018, Adalah Justice Project organized a delegation of Palestinian lawyers, human rights activists, and artists to Montgomery, to witness and celebrate the opening of the  Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice .    Read more.

Facing the Past in Montgomery: Beyond the Nakba to Historical Justice

In April 2018, Adalah Justice Project organized a delegation of Palestinian lawyers, human rights activists, and artists to Montgomery, to witness and celebrate the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

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Art as an Alternative Venue for Justice

  Freedom, Bound on the Road—Sharing Lessons from a Legacy of Solidarity    Freedom, Bound  is an artistic and historical account of the rich legacy of Black-Palestinian solidarity. The Adalah Justice Project brought an abbreviated exhibit of  Freedom, Bound  to the New Orleans Film Festival in November 2017.   Read more.

Freedom, Bound on the Road—Sharing Lessons from a Legacy of Solidarity

Freedom, Bound is an artistic and historical account of the rich legacy of Black-Palestinian solidarity. The Adalah Justice Project brought an abbreviated exhibit of Freedom, Bound to the New Orleans Film Festival in November 2017.

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  There Is A Field in St. Louis: A Palestinian story at the epicentre of the movement for Black lives   In March and April 2016, Adalah worked with a coalition of civil society partners to bring  There Is A Field , a play by Jen Marlowe, to nearly 2,000 people in cities and universities across the United States.   Read more.

There Is A Field in St. Louis: A Palestinian story at the epicentre of the movement for Black lives

In March and April 2016, Adalah worked with a coalition of civil society partners to bring There Is A Field, a play by Jen Marlowe, to nearly 2,000 people in cities and universities across the United States.

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Speaking to Decision-makers

  Holding the US Accountable   On Nakba Day, May 15, 2018, Adalah Justice Project joined a coalition of Palestinian and U.S.-based human rights organizations in submitting a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo demanding that the State Department investigate Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinians in Gaza, and halt any further assistance to Israeli military units involved in the shootings. The submission elevated the mass popular protests, known as the “Great March of Return” where Israel has met protestors with live fire that as of November 2018 has resulted in the unlawful killing of over 200 protestors and the injury of over 20,000 people. The letter noted that both the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) and the Arms Export Control Act prohibit the U.S. from providing aid to military units responsible for gross human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings.   Read the Submission Here

Holding the US Accountable

On Nakba Day, May 15, 2018, Adalah Justice Project joined a coalition of Palestinian and U.S.-based human rights organizations in submitting a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo demanding that the State Department investigate Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinians in Gaza, and halt any further assistance to Israeli military units involved in the shootings. The submission elevated the mass popular protests, known as the “Great March of Return” where Israel has met protestors with live fire that as of November 2018 has resulted in the unlawful killing of over 200 protestors and the injury of over 20,000 people. The letter noted that both the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) and the Arms Export Control Act prohibit the U.S. from providing aid to military units responsible for gross human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings.

Read the Submission Here

  Adalah brings vision of equality to Congress   Adalah Justice Project arranged a delegation to DC in September 2018 with Chairman of the Joint List group in the Israeli Knesset, MK Jamal Zahalka, and Hassan Jabareen, General Director of  Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel . They met with members of Congress, including Senator Bernie Sanders, to urge them to support a progressive vision for Israel/Palestine rooted in justice and equality for all – regardless of race or religion.  Their visit followed the  Knesset’s recent passage of the Jewish Nation-State Law , a law of constitutional status that formally enshrines the superior rights and privileges of Jewish people over Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up 20 percent of the population.  In June, MK Zahalka and colleagues proposed a progressive alternative vision: Basic Law: Israel A State for All Its Citizens, which was denied a reading in the Israeli Knesset because of its call for full equality for all people, including the collective rights of Palestinian citizens.  Zahalka and Jabareen also met with think tanks and progressive groups to raise awareness of the implications of the Nation-State law in the context of the global rise of authoritarianism, and to discuss ways of working together to promote an alternative vision that would secure freedom and equality for Palestinians while advancing the cause of global justice for all.

Adalah brings vision of equality to Congress

Adalah Justice Project arranged a delegation to DC in September 2018 with Chairman of the Joint List group in the Israeli Knesset, MK Jamal Zahalka, and Hassan Jabareen, General Director of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. They met with members of Congress, including Senator Bernie Sanders, to urge them to support a progressive vision for Israel/Palestine rooted in justice and equality for all – regardless of race or religion.

Their visit followed the Knesset’s recent passage of the Jewish Nation-State Law, a law of constitutional status that formally enshrines the superior rights and privileges of Jewish people over Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up 20 percent of the population.

In June, MK Zahalka and colleagues proposed a progressive alternative vision: Basic Law: Israel A State for All Its Citizens, which was denied a reading in the Israeli Knesset because of its call for full equality for all people, including the collective rights of Palestinian citizens.

Zahalka and Jabareen also met with think tanks and progressive groups to raise awareness of the implications of the Nation-State law in the context of the global rise of authoritarianism, and to discuss ways of working together to promote an alternative vision that would secure freedom and equality for Palestinians while advancing the cause of global justice for all.