2020 can be described as the most critical year that ARIJ faced since its establishment in 1990. In the first two months of 2020, ARIJ was working on a rehabilitation and developmental plan to face the shrinking space facing civil society institutions when COVID 19 hit Palestine in early March starting in Bethlehem. An emergency meeting with ARIJ employees was conducted in the morning of Thursday 5 March 2020, during which a contingency plan was adopted allowing the staff to work from home and conduct field work whenever possible. ARIJ employees from Hebron arranged to have a temporary office in Hebron city and used the office of our partner the Land Research Centre (LRC) for communication and logistical support while ARIJ Tubas office took the responsibility of field work in the North of the West Bank.  Arrangements were made to keep ARIJ main office open with limited number of staff during the closure.