Participated in anti-semitic U.N. World Conference Against Racism
Founded in 1979 by a group of Palestinian lawyers, Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian human-rights NGO and an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. It has held special consultative status with the United NationsEconomic and Social Council since 1999. Al-Haq's mission is to “advocat[e]nationally and internationally to promote the rule of law and respect for human rights in the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territories], through legal research, documentation, and building capacity to address violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians under international law, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator.” Toward that end, Al-Haq publishes highly politicized reports, papers, books, and legal analyses regarding alleged Israeli human-rights abuses committed against Palestinians; many of these reportsare submitted to the UN Human Rights Council and other international bodies. Al-Haq also advocates on behalf of Palestinians before local, regional and international organizations.
In its writings and advocacy, Al-Haq frequently accuses Israel of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” and has even suggestedthat “serious allegations that genocide may have been committed by individual [Israeli] soldiers in the Gaza Strip must … be investigated.” In May 2009, Al-Haq issued a paper referring to Israel as a “racist, apartheid colonial state” whose “regime of systematic oppression and domination” was guilty of subjecting Palestinians to virtual captivity in “reserves and ghettoes.” In a similar vein, Al-Haq co-founder Charles Shamas has likenedIsraeli policy to “apartheid” and “genocide.”
By contrast, Shamas portrays Palestinian terrorism as a justifiable form of “resistance” against “an Occupying Power’s unlawful and predatory abuses of its control over that population and their habitat.” Likewise, Al-Haq’s former General Director and current board member, Randa Siniora, has impugned Israel for characterizing the Palestinian people’s “legitimate” campaign of “resistance and struggle against occupation” – and their pursuit of “liberation and independence” – as “‘terrorism’” In 2015 Al-Haq published a politicized report that referred to Hamas terrorists who had been firing massive numbers of deadly rockets indiscriminately into Israel, as “Palestinians linked to the resistance.” Al-Haq was an active participant in the 2001 United Nations World Conference against Racism (held in Durban, South Africa), which: (a) focused a disproportionate share of its attention and condemnation on the policies and alleged transgressions of Israel and the United States, and (b) promoted the use of legal and political tactics to isolate and publicly demonize Israel on the world stage.
Al-Haq is a leader of the anti-Israel “lawfare” movement, a term connoting a war that is being waged against the Jewish state in the courtroom, by means of: (a) lawsuits filed against companies and governments that do business with Israel; (b) efforts to persuade courts and international legal bodies to impose boycotts and embargoes on Israel; and (c) demands for the issuance of arrest warrants against Israeli public officials accused of human-rights violations. Some examples:
In 2006 and 2009, Al-Haq filed lawsuits aimed at forcing the British government to stop granting export licenses to Israel.
In 2008,Al-Haq filed a suitaccusing three Canadian corporations involved in construction projects in the disputed West Bank “settlement” town of Kiryat Sefer (a.k.a. Modi'in Illit), of “aiding, abetting, assisting and conspiring with the State of Israel, the Occupying Power in the West Bank, in carrying out an illegal act.”
In September 2009, Al-Haqworked with Al-Mezan to secure an arrest warrant in the United Kingdom against Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
In December 2009, Al-Haq supported the arrest warrant that Hamas had secured in the UK against former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who, by Al-Haq's telling, bore “special responsibility for the war crimes and possible crimes against humanity that characterized Israel’s actions during the assault on Gaza” -- a reference to the military incursion known as Operation Cast Lead, which Israel had recently launched.
In March 2010, Al-Haq filed a criminal complaintin the Netherlands against the Dutch corporation Riwal, alleging that the company’s sale of construction equipment in Israel – equipment that was used in development projects in West Bank “settlements” – constituted “complicity in war crimes.”
Al-Haq and its fellow BDS supporters believe that the Arab-Israeli conflict can best be resolved by means of a one-state solution, where a Jewish minority and a Palestinian majority would live side-by-side – thereby spelling the permanent end of Israel's existence as a Jewish state. As Al-Haq board member Izzat Abdulhadi, who also serves as head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia and New Zealand, has written: “If there cannot be two states, there will be one, and it will have a Palestinian majority.” Another Al-Haq board member, Jonathan Kuttab, has likewise advocated a one-state solution.
Al Haq’s General Director, Shawan Jabarin, is a senior activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization. In the 1980s, Israeli courts found him guilty of arranging PFLP training outside Israel and sentenced him to 24 months in prison, of which he served 9. In 1994 Jabarin was again arrested for his continued involvement with PFLP. Because of his ties to the terror group, he has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan.