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Hebron Rehabilitation Committee Legal Unit
909 88th street
New York, NY
Posted: March 04 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionTO APPLY, EMAIL YOUR RESUME & LETTER OF INTEREST TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten years ago, the Old City of Hebron, located in the West Bank of Palestine, was regarded as the poorest part of town. It suffered from social and economic problems, and environmental pollution. A third of its buildings were desolate, abandoned or crumbling. Infrastructure was lacking. Israeli soldiers and settlers harassed the occupants. Closures, curfews and shortages caused residents to leave, bringing commerce almost to a halt.
In the face of this discouragement a Presidential Decree was issued by the late President Yasser Arafat on 12 August 1996, ordering the creation of Hebron Rehabilitation Committee with members from the District’s institutions and establishments. This initiative acknowledged Hebron’s religious and cultural status. It recognized the determination of the people of Hebron, their institutions – municipal, communal and academic – and the Palestinian leadership, to cherish the cultural heritage of the City and to protect it.
In 2004 Hebron Rehabilitation Committee set up its Legal Unit to provide protection for Palestinian civilians in the Old City. It has been expanded and the legal functions undertaken by the Legal Unit use all available legal mechanisms at the local level and international level to ensure the human rights of the citizens and to protect their property.
The Legal Unit has the following objectives:
-Dealing with all Israeli military orders in all forms, especially orders for closures, confiscation of Palestinian property and to prevent the restoration of housing and historical or religious sites
-Raise awareness among the Palestinians of their human rights and ways to resist attacks by the Israeli army and settlers against them
-Documenting violations of the Israeli occupation authorities and settlers against Palestinian citizens and to expose their practices at the local, regional and international levels.
-Taking legal action against any injustices and human rights violations occurring in the Old City of Hebron by using the legal mechanisms available at the local and international level
For more information about the organization, please visit: www.HRC.ps
The Legal Unit of Hebron Rehabilitation Committee is looking for qualified interns for a legal research and writing internship.
Palestinians still struggle today with promoting their mission and vision, as well as affecting policy in a way that benefits their human rights situation. The position requires interns to understand of the aims of the legal unit and use this knowledge to conduct meaningful research. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the impact of the occupation on the human rights situation in Palestine, the political landscape and resulting legal issues. Interns doing this program will be part of lasting change in the Palestinian development landscape.
-Conducting legal research in connection with active and potential litigation
-Assisting attorneys with casework
-Working with members of our legal team on developing and carrying out the Legal Unit's approaches to strategic and theoretical legal issues
-Work with staff/writers to produce legal articles/proposals
-Coordinate with the HRC staff to address any issues
RequirementsThe intern should have completed a J.D., Master’s international law or be a current 2nd or 3rd year law school student. It is preferred that interns have prior experience in legal research and writing, knowledge of the conflict in Palestine and has studied human rights law.
The internship will last for an initial period of two or three months with a possibility of extension. Internships are not funded. If you are interested, please e-mail your resume/CV to LegalAdvisor@HRC.ps