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is an Israel
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i human rights
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group providing legal assistance to citizens of the Palestinian territories
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. Its name comes from a Hebrew phrase meaning “there is law”. The group has been active since March 2005.
Board members include prominent former Israeli government officials and retired high-ranking generals of the Israel Defence Force (IDF):
- Shulamit Aloni
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- former Israeli minister of education and culture, minister of communications, minister of science and arts
- Shlomo Lahat
Maj. Gen. Shlomo "Chich" Lahat is a former Israeli general and politician.Lahat was born in Germany and made Aliyah in 1933. He served in the Haganah and the Israel Defense Forces...
, General (Ret.) - former mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
- Michael Ben Yair - lawyer, former attorney general of the State of Israel.
- Shlomo Gazit
Shlomo Gazit is a retired Major General in the Israel Defense Forces and was in the past head of the intelligence service of the Israeli army, 1974–1978....
, General (Ret.) - former head of Military Intelligence
- Paul Kedar, Colonel (Ret.) - former Israeli consul in New York
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; head of Ministry of Defense delegation to Europe; IDF attaché
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. Member of Beyt Hatfusot founders; director of Shlomi's Community Center.
Yesh Din monitors the IDF investigations into troops' and Israeli settlers suspected crimes against Palestinians.
Following the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict
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, the group denounced the distribution of booklets which according to the group "bordered on incitement to racism", encouraging Israeli soldiers to fight an enemy described as "murderers" and advising them to "show no mercy". The distribution of the booklets caused IDF to reprimand one its officers, describing the case as an "isolated incident".
On January 30, 2009, the Associated Press
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reported that Yesh Din plans to use a classified Israeli government database to prove that many West Bank
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Israeli settlements were built on land privately owned by Palestinian citizens without compensation.
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has been critical of Yesh Din's activities.