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HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual founded by Dr. Lotte Salzberger, is a human rights organization which was established in order to assist Palestinians subjected to the Israeli occupation which causes severe and ongoing violation of their rights. HaMoked works for the enforcement of the standards and values of international human rights and humanitarian law.
HaMoked was established in 1988, against the backdrop of the first intifada. At the time, the organization was designed to help Palestinians injured by the "broken bones" policy, and was called "The Hotline for Victims of Violence". As Palestinians from the Israeli Occupied Territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem turned to HaMoked with additional issues, the organization expanded its activities to handle human rights violations in other spheres as well. These include Detainee Rights; Residency Rights and Family Unification; Freedom of Movement; Violence by security forces and settlers toward Palestinians; House Demolition and more.
Processing of complaints includes contacting the relevant authorities, and when necessary filing legal claims and submitting petitions to the High Court of Justice. Concurrently, HaMoked endeavors to introduce policy changes and implement legislative amendments that would improve the status of human rights in the Occupied Territories.
HaMoked's team comprises 39 Jewish and Palestinian workers.
Since its inception, HaMoked has handled about 70,000 complaints on various subjects.