Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Our team in Jerusalem provides legal expertise to support humanitarian and human rights action in the Israeli-Palestinian context.

Current research project

Resurging violence

A new wave of violence and hostilities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict led to many causalities and destruction in May 2021. We analyse aspects of international law and related concerns regarding the resurgence of violence.

Current research project

Covid-19 and IHL in the occupied territory

The COVID-19 pandemic has severe consequences on people affected by armed conflict. We analyse the aspects of international humanitarian law and the impact of the occupation in the Palestinian territory on the fight against the pandemic.

Independent and objective information on IHL

Since 1967, Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, has created a complex situation of repeated and increased violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and Israel. The Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre in Jerusalem provides independent and objective information, and has become a trusted source of legal expertise supporting humanitarian and human rights action in the Israeli-Palestinian context.

Adherence to IHL improves the humanitarian situation and advances peace

  • Adherence to IHL and international human rights law is a means to improve the humanitarian situation in the occupied territory.
  • Greater awareness among the Israeli and Palestinian societies and within the international community, and implementation of the law, addresses the root causes of the conflict and contributes to peace in the region.
  • IHL provides an objective tool for advocacy beyond moral, political, and religious argumentation.

Legal research and education for a better understanding of IHL in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Lack of knowledge and political will are the driving factors for IHL violations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We conduct research, share information, and educate decision-makers in government and the international community about the law. A better understanding of the obligations under IHL leads to better policies and practices, and to lasting behaviour change.