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Introduction

The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) is a Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization based in Jerusalem. It was established in 1997 by lawyers and members of the Palestinian community to provide legal assistance and representation to Palestinian residents of occupied Jerusalem subjected to discriminatory policies by the Israeli authorities.

The Center was developed from a local committee established in 1992 to support Palestinian residents of occupied Jerusalem unable to pay the Israeli Municipal Business and Property (Arnona) Tax. JCSER is considered one of the leading institutions specifically devoted to provide legal representation and consultation on social and economic rights to the Palestinian community in Jerusalem.

JCESR's Mission, Vision, and Objectives:

Mission:

An independent, democratic and sovereign Palestinian state, in which all of its citizens enjoy their basic rights, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Vision:

To protect and promote the social and economic rights of Palestinians in Jerusalem, in addition of the systematical challenge to the discriminatory Israeli legislation, regulations and practices, which violate basic Palestinian rights in Jerusalem.

Objectives:

- To defend the existing individual and collective social and economic rights of Palestinians in Jerusalem against further erosion as a result of changes in Israeli policy and legislation, and ensure that these rights are not violated through arbitrary action by the Israeli authorities;

- To challenge and reduce institutional discrimination against the Palestinian community in Jerusalem and to expand the rights available to the Palestinian community in Jerusalem within Israels legislative environment;

- To collect and provide data about social and economic rights violations, discriminatory legislation, regulations and practices, and their consequences for the Palestinian community;

- To promote awareness among decision-makers and the general public, locally as well as internationally, about Israeli violations of Palestinian rights in East Jerusalem, and more broadly the fundamental incompatibility between Palestinian rights and Israeli military occupation;

- To empower the Palestinian community in Jerusalem to effectively challenge Israeli violations of their social and economic rights and to resist Israeli attempts to evict them or pressure them to leave their city.

- To monitor and document human rights violations against the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem.

- To provide legal assistance and representation, publishes scientific studies and research on social and economic issues, and raises public awareness. JCESR acts on the following issues:

- ID Card confiscation;

- Family unification;

- Child registration.

- Access to health services;

- Provision of allowances and social benefits.

- Provision of equal services.

- Consequences of illegal building, including house demolitions, fines and imprisonment

JCESR Main Programs:

1. Legal Program

2. Data Base

3. Research

4. Awareness Raising

5. Networking

6. Policy formulation

7. Media and information