Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) – East Jerusalem project
Israel’s oldest civil rights organisation, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), uses strategic litigation to petition Israeli courts and acts as a liaison with government bodies on behalf of marginalised communities to reduce poverty and inequality.
Since Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War, the city, while politically united, has suffered from entrenched inequality between West Jerusalem’s mostly Jewish population, and the mostly Palestinian population living in the city’s East.
- ACRI’s focus is improving health, education and access to basic services for East Jerusalem’s 320,000 Palestinians.
- After an ACRI petition, the High Court instructed Israel to provide classrooms for 50,000 Palestinian school children. Although more than 2,000 new classrooms are needed, just 44 were added last year. Monitoring of this case is ongoing.
- Almost half of residents aren’t properly connected to the water and sewage grid, leaving residents either unable to access water, or at risk of being cut off. An ACRI petition has so far ended a severe water crisis in four Palestinian neighbourhoods in the city.