A four-page report concisely covers the history, progress and budget of the Quaker Service Information and Legal Aid Center in East Jerusalem, which opened on July 1, 1974 “in a renovated store in the center of the city’s Palestinian business district.”
According to the brief history, “The AFSC hoped that the provision of these services might help relate the residents of the municipality of Jerusalem, both Arab and Jewish, in ways that would reduce tensions and friction among them. The importance of such a center was confirmed by many individuals in both the Arab and the Jewish communities.”
Landmarks include: (1) the 1975 inclusion of legal aid and emergency assistance to Palestinian detainees and their families in cases of administrative detention and demonstration arrests; and (2) the Center’s involvement in legal challenges to the requisition of land for Israeli settlements on the West Bank, which began in 1978.
Preliminary budgets for fiscal years beginning October 1, 1979 and October 1, 1980 appear on the last page.
By 1997, the organization had become an independent Palestinian NGO called the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), administered by a local board of trustees.