Hirak aimed to support positive change for youth living in Jerusalem by promoting community leadership and advocating for the political, social, and economic rights of the Palestinians living in Jerusalem under the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) provisions. It was implemented in partnership with the Danish Church Aid (DCA) and funded by the European Union (EU) for a period of 36 months.
Hirak targeted 240 female and male youth from Jerusalem, 20 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)/Other groups, International Duty-bearers, and 5000 Palestinians from Jerusalem. First, Hirak aspired to provide the targeted Palestinian youth from Jerusalem with knowledge, skills & tools to improve the status of their communities using research, community-based initiatives & campaigns. Second, it focused on enabling Jerusalem-based CBOs/other groups to respond to their communities’ needs using “Financial Support to Third Parties” by empowering the CBOs/other groups to identify/address at least one community issue and plan to contribute in resolving. Moreover, the project aimed to strengthen Jerusalem-based CBOs/other groups networking with CBOs based in the West Bank to better understand the daily life of Palestinians living in Jerusalem and enable them to take joint actions to address key issues to help both parties build a communicative channel between them. In addition, it worked on improving Jerusalem-based CBOs/other groups’ organizational/technical capacity to advocate for the rights of their communities. Finally, the project focused on raising the International awareness on IHL violations in Jerusalem and prompt specific actions to counter them.
All of this was achieved through a set of comprehensive activities including: capacity building training, community-based initiatives, financial support to third parties, awareness raising workshops, youth-led conferences, open days, establishing a think tank to develop policy and position papers, advocacy campaigns, produce audio-visual materials, exposures visits in Jerusalem for the international duty bearers, produce documentary film on Israeli violations of IHL in Jerusalem, as well as a study tour for the think tank group to the EU Parliament (Brussels) & Human Rights Council (Geneva).