The National Society for Democracy and Law (NSDL) organized 2 legal awareness workshops within the campaign of legal awareness rising under the umbrella of “Emergency Legal Assistance to the Affected People in Rafah Due to the 2014 War on Gaza Project”, supported by UNSP/PAPP, which provides legal aids to the vulnerable and the affected groups due to Gaza war 2014, which comes within the series of legal aid projects, which established Legal Aid Clinic No.9 within, to support the vulnerable groups legally.

This come in the sake of providing legal aid to these vulnerable groups, illustrate the followed legal procedures in order to extract replacements of the lost evidential and personal documents for the affected and the destroyed houses, in addition to rights to inheritance, alimony, guardianship of orphan underage children who lost their parents during the last Israeli war on Gaza, divorce cases occurred within the war and how to overcome this phenomenon, and aware the people to their rights.

Mr. Hossam Jarghon -project coordinator- opened both workshops welcoming the attendance and giving a brief introduction about the project and its main goals embodies in providing legal aid in its three forms (legal aid, legal consultation, legal and judicial representation) to the vulnerable and the affected people due to Gaza war in Rafah.

Saturday, Nov. 08th, 2014

NSDL organized a legal awareness workshop in the cooperation with Women’s Programmes Center, based in Tal-Al-Sultan neighborhood, Rafah, entitled “Women’s Rights within Penal Code”, 22 women of the vulnerable and affected groups due to Gaza war 2014 attended. At the beginning of the workshop, Ms. Saly Al-Zamly -a volunteer advocate at Legal Aid Clinic No.9- led the workshop defending the Palestinian Penal Code and the cases it organizes, being as the most code deals with the society and include crimes and stipulated penalties in order to decrease such crimes include crimes by and against women and their penalties because it is the most code deals with human rights and freedom in the society. Ms. Al-Zamly also defended whole aspects the code deals with extensively. Then she gave real examples in the Palestinian society and the followed procedures for, and the extent customs and traditions covers and the role both play in the escape of some criminals of penalties and how to overcome.

Then Mr. Musrtafa Hejazy -a volunteer advocate at Legal Aid Clinic No.9- talked about post-war effects, especially destroyed houses, leveled agricultural lands, injuries, martyrs social problems, familial problems, and economic problems aggravated after the war that led to the deterioration of the financial situation which resulted problems between couples because of inability of the husband to satisfy the basic familial needs.

After that, the participants raised several problems the seek to solve with the aid of the advocates at the Legal Aid Clinic No.9 include problems among families when they were at the evacuation centers because of the different customs and traditions, and the followed legal procedures in order to extract replacements of the lost evidential and personal documents for the affected and the destroyed houses due to the war, on the other hand, the team of the legal clinic answered whole the asked questions and consultations.

Wednesday Nov. 12th, 2014

NSDL organized another workshop in the coordination with Wefaq Society for Woman and Child (WSWC), based in Al-Balad neighborhood, Rafah, entitled “Women’s Rights within Personal Status Law”, 38 women of the vulnerable and affected groups due to Gaza war 2014 attended. Mr. Hejazy led this workshop defending Personal Status Law and cases it deals with, being as one of the most important laws that deal with family in general and women in specific. It deals with whole matters related to marriage, divorce and whole statuses between the person and his family.

Mr. Hejazy also focused on the subject of engagement and its obligations, and the subject of marriage and its terms, conditions, basis include dowry, alimony, house, etc. then he gave some real examples in the Palestinian society and the followed procedures for. After that he talked about some customs and traditions and their bad effects against marriage.

On the other hand, Ms. Al-Zamly talked about divorce and departure with judiciary, and what follow them include waiting period, joint custody, feeding and terms, and then she gave some real examples in the Palestinian society.

Then the participants asked several legal questions and inquiries on problems they faced during the war, and the team of the legal clinic answered these questions and inquiries to satisfy the attendance.

At the end of both workshops, the participants expressed their interest in the subjects of the workshops and the importance of them and what Legal Aid Clinic No.9 do to support the civilians legally and access them to the basic social services, and their