Vol. 6 No. 1 , 1999
Human Rights
An examination of the human-rights situation in the world reveals that organizations dedicated to the defense of human rights are able to function freely only in democratic societies. In countries subjected to dictatorial regimes, where the watchfulness of human-rights activists is most needed, they are often persecuted and imprisoned in order to silence them. However, even in democratic states, proud of the rule of law and of their independent judiciary system, the protection of minority rights and of the individual's freedom to oppose national consensus should not always be taken for granted.
Governments and public opinion are frequently more sensitive to human¬rights violations abroad than to those committed in their own country. Thus in the 1970s and 1980s, British public opinion was very much concerned with Israel's systematic violations of Palestinian rights and freedoms, while being much less upset by the brutal persecution of Irish nationalists in Ulster, meted out by Brit
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Table of Contents
  1. A Never- Ending Struggle ( )

    By Victor Cygielman Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  2. Letters to the Editors
  3. Letters to the Editors ( )

    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  4. Focus
  5. Bringing Human Rights into the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process ( )
    Winning "peace now" demands fighting for "human rights now."
    By Edy Kaufman and Ibrahim Bisharat Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  6. Palestinian Human-Rights Organizations: A New Agenda ( )
    The Palestinian human rights organizations continue to monitor the acts of the occupying power and now also examine the practices of the Palestinian National Authority.
    By Khaled Batrawi Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  7. Israel and Human Rights: Using the Law to Justify the Illegal ( )
    The 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights finds Israel trampling on the laws in order to deny basic Palestinian rights.
    By Eitan Felner Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  8. Towards a Palestinian Civic Society ( )
    The human-rights provisions of the various Palestinian-Israeli agreements are strikingly ineffective.
    By Ghaith AI-Omari Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  9. Rabbis for Human Rights: The Other Face of Judaism ( )
    Israeli rabbis who support human rights, interfaith understanding and peace.
    By Arik Ascherman Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  10. Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Continue in 1998: A Dismal Record ( )
    The preponderance of security concerns and political considerations over human rights in the Oslo process.
    By Khader Shqeirat Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  11. The Current State of Human Rights in Israel ( )
    Israeli human-rights activists point to a particularly rampant discrimination against the country‘s Arab citizens.
    By Omri Kaufman and Rebecca Bardach Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  12. Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture ( )
    Treating released Palestinian prisoners for wide-ranging trauma-related problems as victims of torture.
    By Mahmud Sehwail Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  13. Peace and Human Rights ( )
    It is time to stop hitching human rights to political causes.
    By Yossi Wolfson Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  14. Doctors and the Duty of Intervention ( )
    The Physicians for Human Rights challenge the psychological comfort of both the public and government officials.
    By Ruchama Marton Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  15. Roundtable
  16. Building a New Society: Issues of Human Rights and Human Dignity ( )
    A special Palestine-Israel Journal discussion with Minister Ziad Abu-Zayyad, Minister Hassan Asfour, Or. Edy Kaufman, Dr. Iyad Sarraj and Attorney Anat Scolnicov.
    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  17. The USA. and Human Rights ( )
    A U.S. - based human-rights monitoring group surveys the country‘s record for 1998.
    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  18. Viewpoint
  19. Four Decisions on the Road to Peace ( )
    Science, information and technology don‘t have sovereignty or borders. In order to advance, you have to be global.
    By Shimon Peres Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  20. The First Palestinian Curriculum for General Education ( )
    The curriculum is grounded in the uniqueness of Palestine in terms of civilization, religion, culture and geography.
    By Nadia Nasr Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  21. Defining Terrorism ( )
    Attempts to define terrorism tend to have political implications and the U.s. State Department‘s definition is not as neutral as it sounds.
    By Neve Gordon Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  22. Book Review
  23. Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities ( )
    by Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan. Reviewed by Tim Werner Studies of six Arab-Israeli negotiations since 1977.
    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  24. Media and Political Conflict: News from the Middle East ( )
    by Cadi Wolfsfeld. Reviewed by Taly Lind The role of the media in the conflict.
    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  25. Economics
  26. The World Bank Croup Palestinian NCO Project ( )
    In face of reduced financing of Palestinian NCOs, the World Bank has initiated a Palestinian NCO project for the poor and the marginalized.
    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  27. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  28. The Shadow of Foreignness: On the Paintings of Asim Abu-Shakra ( )
    An in-depth study of the Palestinian-Israeli artist Asim Abu Shakra from the village of Umm al-Fahm, whose fascinating artistic career was cut short by his death at the age of 29.
    By Tally Tamir Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  29. Documents
  30. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( )
    December 10, 1948
    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999
  31. Chronology of Events
  32. October 1, 1998, to January 1, 1999 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 6 No. 1 1999