FAQs

Where can I find you?

At Jaffa Gate, Latin Patriarchate Road No. 26, opposite of the Gloria Hotel. We have also an office in Bethlehem, in the Antonian Society Road.

When are your office hours?

Our office hours are from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Who can ask for your assistance?

Everybody who can’t afford a lawyer and has a legal problem connected to our working fields.

I prefer to talk to a female lawyer, is this possible?

Of course, the majority of our lawyers are women.

I am not a Christian, would you assist me?

The Society provides attentive services irrespective of religion, race, gender, or colour. So yes, of course we assist you!

How are you funded?

We are a non-profit non- governmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide.

How many cases do you handle per year?

The Society manages some 700 cases per year and asissts about 2,000 people. For more detailed figures please see our file reports, which you find under 'About us'/'Transparency'.

Why is a Christian human rights organization necessary?

His Beatitude, Michel Sabbah, the founder of St. Yves, was aware of the diversity of the people of the Holy Land and convinced that there could be no lasting peace without universal justice. He believed that this fundamental principle was embedded in the deepest aspirations of all three monotheistic religions and reflected best in the global humanistic framework of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. It is also a way for the church to provide legal aid, rather than charity for the beneficiaries.

In front of which courts do you present your cases ?

That depends on the case. In Israel the cases are presented in front of the Israeli civil courts:

  • Israeli Supreme Court: appeals from the District Court but also sits as the High Court of Justice, West Bank Home Demolitions,

  • Administrative affairs court - Family Reunification and child registration

  • Labour Court: National Insurance

  • Magistrates Courts: Miscellaneous cases Bailiff’s actions

  • Municipal Court: Jerusalem Home Demolitions

  • The Civil Administration in the West Bank: West Bank Home Demolitions, Land confiscation, Permit Appeals, Freedom of Movement aspects If it is necessary we go through all instances for our clients.

In Area C of the West Bank the cases are heard in front of the military tribunals.

Why are the cases brought before the Israeli jurisdiction?

Although East Jerusalem and the West Bank are under Israeli occupation, different law regimes apply to them. East Jerusalem was annexed to Israel, and the Israeli rule and law apply to it, therefore cases are tried before the civil courts of Israel. Area C of the west bank is under complete military Israeli rule and law and therefore cases are tried in front of Israeli military tribunals. Also, under international law, one must exhaust local remedies before addressing an international tribunal, generally speaking, and therefore must address Israeli courts in this case.

What does the distinction between Area A, B, C in the West Bank mean?

The 1993 Oslo Accords declared the final status of the West Bank to be subject to a forthcoming settlement between Israel and the Palestinian leadership. It called for the phased transfer of power from the Israeli military and its civil administration to a Palestinian authority. In 1993 the parties agreed principles and two years later as part of the second Oslo Accord, also known as the 1995 Interim Agreement, specified details, including of a temporary administrative division of the West Bank into three zones, referred to as Areas A, B and C.

Area

Control

Administration

% of WB land

% of WB Palestinians

A

Palestinian

Palestinian

17%

55%

B

Israeli

Palestinian

24%

41%

C

Israeli

Israeli

59%

4%

Why are you focused on Jerusalem and the Southern Westbank in your work?

Due to the restrictions of movement it is very hard for potential clients to reach our offices when they live in the North of the West Bank. Therefore the easy explanation is that the focus is a result of geography and restrictions of access and movement.

I have a question that is not answered on this page. What shall I do now?

If you have a question, just send it to us. We try to answer it as soon as possible.

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