Oproep / Ruim 240 internationale organisaties solidair met Palestijnse ngo’s

Meer dan 240 internationale organisaties, waaronder The Rights Forum, roepen hun regeringen en de internationale gemeenschap op stelling te nemen tegen het tot ‘terroristische organisaties’ bestempelen van zes Palestijnse ngo’s door Israël. Lees hieronder hun Engelstalige verklaring.

Enkele van de door Israël tot ‘terroristische organisaties’ bestempelde ngo’s zetten zich in voor Palestijnse kinderen die opgroeien onder de Israëlische bezetting. Regelmatig worden in bezet gebied kinderen opgepakt door zwaarbewapende Israëlische militairen. [c] The News  

The International Community Must Support and Protect Palestinian Civil Society

As a group of 242 regional and international organizations, we express our full solidarity with Palestinian civil society and human rights defenders as Israel continues to escalate its attacks to shut down critical human rights work and silence opposition to its occupation of Palestinian territory and apartheid over the Palestinian people as a whole. We urge the international community to take all necessary action to support and protect Palestinian civil society and human rights defenders and ensure the continuation of their invaluable work.

On 19 October 2021, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz designated six leading Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations, including Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man (Al-Haq), Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

The Israeli government has continued to intensify its attacks on independent Palestinian human rights organizations and their staff, who regularly face smear campaigns, spurious accusations of links to terrorism as well as threats and intimidation, travel bans and movement restrictions, and arrest for their work. Independent Israeli and international organizations have also been targeted by Israel for their work documenting and advocating against Israel’s human rights violations. Israel’s actions clearly follow the pattern set by authoritarian states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and around the world.

This unprecedented designation is merely the latest escalation in Israel’s widespread and systematic institutionalized campaign that has aimed to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organization that dares seek accountability for Israel’s grave human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The “persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid” is one of the methods used by Israel to maintain its domination and oppression over the Palestinian people.

On 18 October 2021, the Israeli Interior Minister announced the official revocation of the Jerusalem residency status of Palestinian-French human rights defender and lawyer Salah Hammouri based on “breach of allegiance” to the State of Israel, opening the way for more widespread use of residency revocation on this basis, putting thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem at risk of arbitrary and punitive measures leading to their forcible transfer.

UN experts condemned the designations of the six NGOs as terrorist organizations “a frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere” and called upon the international community to “defend the defenders.” The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Israel to revoke the designations, affirming that “claiming rights before a UN or other international body is not an act of terrorism, advocating for the rights of women in the occupied Palestinian territory is not terrorism, and providing legal aid to detained Palestinians is not terrorism”. The designation has also been condemned by other international actors, including members of the US House of Representatives, European Parliamentarians as well as international civil society.

The designation presents a challenge to the international community, especially democratic states that speak out and support independent human rights organizations and defenders in other parts of the world. Remaining silent is insufficient given the urgent support and protection needs of the six organizations that are now at an additional risk of raids, confiscation of property and materials, closure of bank accounts, arrest of staff members, and closure of their offices. Israel’s attacks against these organizations pose an existential threat to independent Palestinian human rights organizations and civil society who work to monitor and document violations of human rights and provide basic services to the Palestinian people.

We call upon the international community to publicly condemn and reject Israel’s designation of Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations” as an internationally wrongful act, to call for Israel to immediately rescind the designation, and to demand Israel repeal its Anti-Terrorism Law (2016) as it does not meet basic human rights standards and to end all other actions that deny Palestinians their inalienable human rights. We also urge members of the international community to publicly show support for the six organizations and Palestinian civil society at large.

Further, the international community, especially the European Union and its member states who are key supporters of and donors to Palestinian civil society, should ensure that banks and financial institutions in their jurisdiction are notified Israel’s designation of Palestinian organizations is unfounded and inapplicable.

Signatories:

  1. 11.11.11
  2. Abna Al-Quds Club
  3. Action for Change and Democracy in Algeria
  4. AFKAR for Educational & Cultural Development
  5. Agir pour le Changement et la Démocratie en Algérie (ACDA)
  6. Al Ataa Charitable Society
  7. Albanian Human Rights Group
  8. Al Dameer Association for Human Rights
  9. Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man
  10. Al Karmel Culture and Social Development Association
  11. Al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Center in Golan Heights
  12. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
  13. Altawasol Forum Society
  14. Aman Organization Against Discrimination
  15. ANSWER Coalition
  16. Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem
  17. Arab Canadian Lawyers Association
  18. Arab Center for Agricultural Development
  19. Artists for Palestine UK
  20. Asha Parivar
  21. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
  22. Associació Hèlia
  23. Asociación Paz con Dignidad
  24. Association Africaine de Défense droit de l’Homme (ASADHO)
  25. Association Belgo-Palestinienne WB
  26. Association des Magistrats Tunisiens
  27. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
  28. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)
  29. Association Internationale de Soutien aux Prisonniers Politiques
  30. Association Nachaz
  31. Association pour le Droit à la Différence (ADD)
  32. Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates
  33. Association Tunisienne de Soutien des Minorités
  34. Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children
  35. Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
  36. Australian Centre for International Justice
  37. Bait Lahia Youth Association Center
  38. BankTrack – Netherlands
  39. Basma Society for Culture and Arts
  40. Basmeh & Zeitooneh
  41. Baytna
  42. Beity
  43. Belady Foundation for Human Rights
  44. Belgian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
  45. BDS País Valencià
  46. Broederlijk Delen
  47. Business and Human Rights Resource Center (BHRRC)
  48. Bytes For All
  49. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
  50. Canada Palestine Association
  51. Canadian BDS Coalition
  52. Canadians for Peace and Justice in Kashmir
  53. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
  54. Canada Palestine Friendship Society
  55. Carleton University Students for Justice in Palestine
  56. Catholics for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land
  57. Center for Civil Liberties
  58. Center for Constitutional Rights
  59. Center for Defense of Liberties & Civil Rights (Hurryyat)
  60. Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
  61. Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)
  62. Central Blood Bank Society
  63. Coalition of African Lesbians
  64. Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia
  65. Committee on the Administration of Justice (Northern Ireland)
  66. Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network (CEMSOJ)
  67. Community Media Center
  68. Conectas Direitos Humanos
  69. Confederación Intersindical Galega (CIG)
  70. Congregations of St. Joseph
  71. Citizen News Service (CNS)
  72. Citoyenneté, Développement, Cultures et migrations des deux Rives
  73. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  74. CNCD-11.11.11
  75. Collectif des Familles de Disparus en Algérie (CFDA)
  76. Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (CISS)
  77. Cultura è libertà una campagna per la Palestina
  78. De-Colonizer
  79. Defence for Children International – Italy
  80. DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
  81. Defender Center for Human Rights
  82. Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
  83. docP – BDS Netherlands
  84. Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, NY
  85. Dr. Haider Abdel Shafi Center for Culture & Development
  86. Edmonton Run for Palestine
  87. Egyptian Front for Human Rights
  88. EuroMed Rights
  89. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)
  90. European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
  91. European Trade Union Network For Justice in Palestine (ETUN)
  92. Fagforbundet
  93. Fares Arab Foundation for Development
  94. FIAN International
  95. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society
  96. Free Gaza Australia
  97. Fundación Mundubat
  98. Gaza Action Ireland
  99. General and Autonomous Confederation of Workers in Algeria (CGATA)
  100. General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP-IN)
  101. Gibanje za pravice Palestincev
  102. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  103. Grassroots AlQuds
  104. Groupe LOTUS
  105. Grup de Suport a Juani Rishmawi
  106. Gruppo Ibriq per la cultura e la causa Palestinese
  107. Hassan El Saadawi Association for Democracy and Equality
  108. Human Rights and Democracy Center (SHAMS)
  109. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
  110. International Accountability Project
  111. International Association for the Support of Political Prisoners
  112. International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
  113. International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights
  114. International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  115. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP)
  116. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  117. Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)
  118. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
  119. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) – Finland
  120. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) – Germany
  121. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK
  122. Jabalia Rehabilitation Society
  123. Joussour De Citoyenneté
  124. Just Peace Advocates
  125. Jurists without Chains
  126. Justice for Iran
  127. Justitia Center for Legal Protection of Human Rights in Algeria
  128. Kairos Ireland
  129. Kairos Sabeel Netherlands
  130. Kenya Human Rights Commission
  131. Land Research Center
  132. Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Racine, WI
  133. League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)
  134. Lebanese Center for Human Rights
  135. Libya Al-Mostakbal
  136. Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press
  137. Libyan Network for Legal Aid
  138. Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace
  139. Ligue Algérienne de Défense des Droits de L’homme
  140. Ligue des droits de l’Homme
  141. Ligue Suisse des Droits de l’Homme – Genève
  142. MA’AN Development Center
  143. MADRE – USA
  144. Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights
  145. Makan
  146. MakeShiftPublishing BV
  147. Manushya Foundation
  148. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  149. MENA Rights Group
  150. Mwatana for Human Rights
  151. Nā Pua Kūʻē – Hawaiʻi Dissenters
  152. National Autonomous Union of Public Administration Staff (SNAPAP)
  153. National Fisheries Solidarity
  154. National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT)
  155. Netherlands Palestine Committee
  156. Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine-Israel (NMJPI)
  157. NOVACT
  158. New Weapons Research Group onlus
  159. Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
  160. Odhikar
  161. One Justice
  162. Organisation 23_10 d’Appui au Processus de Transition Démocratique
  163. Österreichische Liga für Menschenrechte
  164. Our Revolution Northern Virginia (ORNOVA)
  165. Palestina Solidariteit vzw
  166. Palästina Spricht
  167. Palestinakomiteen i Larvik-Sandefjord
  168. Palestine Link
  169. Palestine Solidarity Alliance of South Africa
  170. Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland)
  171. Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Gauteng (Johannesburg)
  172. Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Cape Town
  173. Palestinian Solidarity Group at Mount Holyoke College
  174. Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA)
  175. Palestinian Assembly for Liberation
  176. Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Prisons (PIM)
  177. Palestinian Counseling Center
  178. Palestinian Youth Movement
  179. Pax Christi Flanders
  180. Pax Christi USA
  181. PeaceWomen Across the Globe
  182. Plan International – Jordan
  183. Platform of French NGOs for Palestine
  184. Portuguese League for Human Rights – Civitas
  185. Princeton Committee on Palestine
  186. Project48
  187. Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
  188. Racial Literacy Groups
  189. Réseau International des Droits Humains (RIDH)
  190. Riposte International
  191. Rumbo a Gaza
  192. Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo, Comitato di Trieste
  193. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  194. Sareyyet Ramallah
  195. Sexual Rights Intiative
  196. Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine
  197. Sinistra Italiana
  198. Socialist Party (India)
  199. SOLSOC
  200. South African BDS Coalition
  201. South African Jews for a Free Palestine (SAJFP)
  202. SumOfUs
  203. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
  204. Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ)
  205. Syrian Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC)
  206. The Community Action Center at Al-Quds University
  207. The Cultural Forum Center
  208. The Culture and Free Thought Association
  209. The National Society for Democracy and Law
  210. The Palestine Committee of Norway
  211. The Palestine Project
  212. The Palestinian Developmental Women Studies Association (PDWSA)
  213. The Palestinian Human Rights Organization (PHRO)
  214. The Rights Forum
  215. The Society of Women Graduates
  216. Toronto Palestine Film Festival
  217. Trade Union Friends of Palestine
  218. Transnational Institute
  219. Trócaire
  220. Tunisian Association of Defending Individual Liberties (ADLI)
  221. Tunisian Association of the Democratic Women (ATFD)
  222. Tunisian Youth Movement in Germany
  223. UK-Palestine Mental Health Network
  224. Union Aid Abroad APHEDA
  225. Union Juive Française pour la Paix (UJFP)
  226. Union Syndicale Solidaires
  227. United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine – Israel
  228. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
  229. USA Palestine Mental Health Network
  230. Visualizing Palestine
  231. Viva Salud
  232. We Network
  233. WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
  234. Women Against Violence
  235. Women in Black Vienna
  236. Women Now For Development
  237. Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)
  238. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  239. Women’s Studies Centre
  240. Youth Development Association (YDA)
  241. Youth for Tawergha
  242. Zochrot