Civil and Political Rights

Arab MKs | Family Unification | Freedom of Expression | Freedom of Movement | October 2000 | Police Violence | Political Participation | Right to Protest


Respect for civil and political rights is a fundamental requirement of a legitimate democratic state. However, despite Israel's ratification of international covenants on civil and political rights such as the ICCPR, Israel systemically obstructs or denies these rights to Arab citizens.

Adalah's litigation activities include ensuring citizens' right to peaceful protest, including boycotts; defending Arab MKs against political persecution; challenging laws which violate freedom of expression and outlaw commemoration of the Nakba; and demanding accountability and investigation when the state employs violence against its own citizens, as it did in October 2000 with the murder of 13 Arab protesters.

Adalah has also been leading the legal campaign against the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order) – 2003, which denies Palestinians living in the OPT who are married to Palestinian citizens of Israel the right to earn citizenship through family unification. This law is highly discriminatory, banning all Palestinians from family unification solely on the basis of national identity.

A complete list of cases is available here. To filter by specific topics, use the links above:


Access for Families of Deceased to Autopsy Reports
HCJ 1274/01, Ahmad Mohammad Jabareen, et. al. v. National Institute of Forensic Medicine, et. al.
Last Update: 03/04/2012
Human Rights Groups Call on Supreme Court to Revoke Anti-Boycott Law
HCJ 2072/12, The Coalition of Women for Peace, et al v. The Minister of Finance, et al.
Last Update: 11/03/2012
Adalah defends MK Haneen Zoabi against Supreme Court Petition Demanding a Criminal Indictment for her Participation in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
HCJ 9733/11. Ben Ari et al v. Attorney General et al.
Last Update: 14/02/2012
Adalah Representing MK Sa'id Naffaa Against Criminal Indictment for Visiting Syria
Nazareth District Court, Criminal Case: 47188-12-11, State of Israel v. Sa'id Naffaa
Last Update: 30/01/2012
The Right to Demonstrate for Uprooted Arab Residents of Umm El Faraj
HCJ 5913/98, Wakim Wakim, et al. v. Israel Police, et al.
Last Update: 24/01/2012
The Right for Arab Representation in Arab Local Government
HCJ 5734/99, Omar Imbaraki v. Yitzhak Edan, Mayor of Mazra'ah, et al.
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Appeal Against Six-Month Administrative Detention Order Issued Against a Palestinian Citizen Political Activist
A.D.A. 1232/01, Ghassan Athamleh v. The Minister of Defense
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Request to Annul Supreme Court's Ruling Concerning National Democratic Assembly Party
HCJ 2247/02, MK Azmi Bishara, et al. v. Avner Erlich, et al.
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Appeal to End Two-Month House Arrest of Political Protestor
Detention Appeal 4285/02, Basil Amara v. The State of Israel
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Right to Arab Representation on the Knesset's Special Economic Committee
HCJ 4514/02, The United Arab List, et al. v. The Knesset Committee, et al.
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Right to Demonstrate against the War on Iraq
HCJ 3479/03, Hisham Nafa', et al. v. Israel Police and Moshe Waldman, Commander of the Amakim Region
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Fair Representation for Arab Citizens on Municipal Merger Committees
HCJ 4110/03, Adalah and the National Committee of Arab Mayors v. the Minister of Interior
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Right to Commemorate al-Nakba
HCJ 4130/03, Association for the Defense of the Rights for the Internally Displaced Persons in Israel, et al. v. Haifa Police, et al.
Last Update: 24/01/2012
MK Bishara's Political Speeches Case: Parliamentary Immunity is a Per Se Matter of Law
HCJ 11225/03, MK Azmi Bishara, et al. v. The Attorney General, et al.
Last Update: 24/01/2012
Contesting Knesset's Decision to Punish MK Issam Makhoul for Political Statements
HCJ 12002/04, MK Issam Makhoul v. The Knesset
Last Update: 24/01/2012
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