Middle East and North Africa

New index on racism against Palestinians on social media
New index on racism against Palestinians on social media 11 March 2019

Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. These are some of the revelations in the Index of Racism 2018 launched by APC member 7amleh. 

New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40
New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40 25 February 2019 APC and 7amleh

APC and 7amleh-The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement submitted this statement ahead of the Human Rights Council 40th session to express their concern about the upsurge in the number of laws being put forth by Israeli legislators that violate the right to privacy and freedom of expression.

Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights
Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights 31 January 2019 Anan AbuShanab for 7amleh

Launched in English and Arabic, this new report from 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media details the Israeli control over the Palestinian ICT infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza and its impact on the digital rights of the Palestinian people.

Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality
Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality 21 December 2018 7amleh Centre

The report analyses the abstention of the online payment company PayPal and the impact of this stance on the Palestinian economy.

Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019
Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019 19 December 2018 7amleh Centre

The forum will be attended by organisations working on digital media and digital rights, including APC, Deutsche Welle, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with activists, journalists, students and jurists from the West Bank, Jerusalem, Haifa, Taybeh and Gaza Strip.

100 days for Alaa Abdel Fattah
100 days for Alaa Abdel Fattah 17 December 2018 APCNews

As we are nearing the end of 2018, we want to remember the human rights defenders from our community who are currently facing prison, disappeared or have been killed in retaliation for their work.

A violent network: Gender-based violence against Palestinian women in virtual space
A violent network: Gender-based violence against Palestinian women in virtual space 22 November 2018 Shahrazad Odeh for 7amleh

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Development of Social Media and the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation published a comprehensive research report on the phenomenon of gender-based violence in social networks and the internet, the first of its kind in Palestine and the region.

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 30 October 2018 Various

We the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave human rights violations.

Facebook and Palestinians: Biased or neutral content moderation policies?
Facebook and Palestinians: Biased or neutral content moderation policies? 30 October 2018 7amleh Centre

7amleh Centre releases new policy-paper on Facebook’s content moderation towards Palestinians.

APC members in 2017: 7amleh Center advances its work in freedom of expression and digital rights through research and Palestine Digital Activism Forum
APC members in 2017: 7amleh Center advances its work in freedom of expression and digital rights through research and Palestine Digital Activism Forum 24 September 2018 7amleh

7amleh Center has been laying the foundations for awareness and advocacy on digital rights in Palestine through the publication of groundbreaking research and bringing key policy makers to engage with Palestinian civil society in the first-ever Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF) in Ramallah.

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