290 organisations call on Joe Biden to stop Israeli government’s attacks on Palestinian civil society

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1st September 2022. Over 290 civil society organisations from the United States of America (USA) and around the world demand immediate action to USA President Joe Biden in response to Israeli government’s latest attacks on Palestinian civil society. Read the letter below (in english only).

Dear Mr. President:

We write because your administration’s consistently yielding response to the Israeli government’s escalating attacks against prominent Palestinian human rights and civil society groups over the past 10 months has put the safety and well-being of Palestinian human rights defenders at serious risk. We call for immediate action in response to the Israeli government’s latest escalation so as to curtail any further imminent repressive tactics by Israeli authorities and ensure Palestinian civil society is free to continue its critical work.

Last week, in a significant escalation, Israeli military forces raided the offices of seven Palestinian human rights and community organisations in the occupied West Bank on 18 August 2022, sealing shut their doors, ordering them closed, and seizing computers and other confidential materials. In the following days, directors of the organisations were summoned by the Israeli military and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for interrogation. All staff are currently under threat of imminent arrest and prosecution. While many in the international community were swift to condemn the Israeli governments shameful political maneuver in October 2021 designating leading Palestinian human rights organisations as “terrorist” under Israel’s draconian Counter-Terrorism Law, your administration has refused to act or reject this clear attack on Palestinian civil society, and even took affirmative steps including canceling the valid U.S. visa held by the head of one of the targeted organisations. The response so far has only enabled and empowered the Israeli government to sustain and escalate its repression.

The targeted organisations form part of the bedrock of Palestinian civil society that has been protecting and advancing Palestinian human rights for decades across the full spectrum of issues of global concern, including children’s rights, prisoners’ rights, women’s rights, socio-economic rights, the rights of farmworkers, and justice and accountability for international crimes. They include: Defense for Children International - Palestine, Al Haq, Addameer, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees. They are trusted partners in our collective work to secure human rights for all.

Since the Israeli government officially outlawed these civil society groups, international human rights groups, the United Nations, and governments that did investigate Israel’s claims – found them to be baseless. This includes 10 European governments that dismissed the allegations in mid-July 2022. In a deeply troubling report released this week, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency reportedly assessed information passed on by the Israeli government earlier this year finding none of the so-called evidence supported the Israeli government claims. Additionally, members of Congress have called on your administration to condemn and reject the Israeli government’s clear attack on Palestinian civil society.

As groups committed to social justice, civil rights, and universal human rights, we have seen first hand the ways that the charge of “terrorist” and the so-called “war on terror” threatens not only international human rights defenders, but also social movements and marginalized communities here in the U.S.: Indigenous, Black, brown, Muslim, and Arab activists and communities have similarly faced silencing, intimidation, criminalization and surveillance under such baseless charges. A threat against the Palestinian human rights movement is a threat against movements for social justice everywhere, and in order to protect human rights and human rights defenders, all states must be held accountable for taking such manifestly unjust actions.

While our government has long offered unconditional support to the Israeli government, our movements and organisations will always stand first and foremost with the rights and safety of people.

Therefore, we the undersigned organisations, call on you, in your authority as President to immediately:

1. Condemn the Israeli government’s repressive tactics and escalating campaign of criminalization and intimidation against Palestinian civil society organisations and their staff and board;
2. Reject the Israeli government’s unsubstantiated accusations levied against Palestinian civil society organisations and demand Israeli authorities rescind the designations;
3. Take diplomatic action, in concert with European counterparts, that serves to protect the targeted Palestinian organisations, their staff and board, premises, and other assets;
4. Refrain from imposing any obstacles or policies that would prevent direct engagement between the U.S. government and Palestinian civil society, or otherwise preclude full, comprehensive public understanding of the severity and impacts of Israeli repression;
5. End U.S. efforts to undermine the right of Palestinians and Palestinian civil society organisations to pursue justice and accountability, including at the International Criminal Court;
6. Ensure no actions are taken at the federal level that in any way encumbers funding from U.S.-based organisations or individuals to the targeted Palestinian organisations; and
7. Suspend U.S. military funding to the Israeli government and cease any diplomatic efforts that enable systemic impunity for Israel’s gross violations of internationally-recognized human rights.


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    U.S.-based Organisation Signers

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    Action Center on Race & the Economy
    Adalah Justice Project
    Advance Native Political Leadership
    Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right To Return Coalition
    Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale Law School
    Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine
    American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine
    American Friends Service Committee
    American Muslim Bar Association
    American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
    Americans for Justice in Palestine Action
    Amnesty International USA
    Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)
    BackYard Mishkan
    Beloved Community at Gesu Catholic Church
    Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
    Black Liberation Party
    Black Lives Matter Grassroots
    Boston University International Human Rights Clinic
    Brooklyn For Peace
    Brooklyn Shabbat Kodesh Organizing Team
    Butler University Students for Justice in Palestine
    California Scholars for Academic Freedom
    Catalyst Project
    Center for Constitutional Rights
    Center for Jewish Nonviolence
    Central Jersey JVP
    Charity & Security Network
    Chavurah for a Free Palestine of Kehilla Synagogue
    Chicago Area Peace Action
    Christian-Jewish Allies forJustice and Peace in Israel/Palestine
    Civil Liberties Defense Center
    Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
    Communist Workers League
    Concerned Families of Westchester
    Corporate Accountability Lab
    Corvallis Palestine Solidarity
    Coulee Region Coalition for Palestinian Rights
    Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    Culture and Conflict Forum
    Dallas Palestine Coalition
    Delawareans for Palestinian human Rights (DelPHR)
    Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
    DSA Long Beach CA, Steering Committee
    Don’t Shoot Portland
    East Bay Citizens for Peace
    East Side Jews Activist Collective
    Edmonds Palestine Israel Network
    Episcopal Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land (Diocese of Olympia)
    Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network
    Equality Labs
    Eyewitness Palestine
    Face to Face
    Fight for the Future
    Friends of Sabeel -Colorado
    Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)
    Friends of the MST (US)
    Friends of Wadi Foquin
    Global Justice Center
    Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ
    Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
    Grassroots International
    Harvard Advocates for Human Rights
    Hawai`i Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
    Highlander Research & Education Center
    Hindus for Human Rights
    Human Rights First
    Human Rights Watch
    ICNA Council for Social Justice
    IfNotNow Los Angeles
    Indiana Center for Middle East Peace
    Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project
    International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
    International Human Rights Clinic, Cornell Law School
    International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School
    International Human Rights Law Institute
    International Network for Economic Social and Cultural Rights
    Islamophobia Studies Center
    Jahalin Solidarity
    Jewish Voice for Peace - Detroit
    Jewish Voice for Peace - North Carolina Triangle Chapter
    Jewish Voice for Peace - South Bay
    Jewish Voice for Peace Action
    Jewish Voice for Peace at the University of California, Los Angeles
    Jewish Voice for Peace Austin
    Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area
    Jewish Voice for Peace Boston
    Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio
    Jewish Voice for Peace DC-Metro
    Jewish Voice for Peace Havurah Network
    Jewish Voice for Peace Hudson Valley Chapter
    Jewish Voice for Peace Ithaca
    Jewish Voice for Peace New Haven
    Jewish Voice for Peace New York City
    Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council
    Jewish Voice for Peace Seattle Chapter
    Jewish Voice for Peace South Florida
    Jewish Voice for Peace Vermont-New Hampshire
    Jewish Voice for Peace- Milwaukee
    Jewish Voice for Peace-Central New Jersey
    Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago
    Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles
    Jewish Voice for Peace, Philadelphia Chapter
    Jewish Voice for Peace, Albany, NY Chapter
    Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles
    Jewish Voice for Peace, Portland OR chapter
    Jewish Voice for Peace, Tacoma chapter
    Jewish Voice for Peace, Tucson chapter
    Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
    Jews Say No!
    jmx productions
    Just Peace Israel Palestine - Asheville
    Justice Democrats
    Justice for All
    Kairos Puget Sound Coalition
    Kairos USA
    Labor Fightback Network
    Labor for Palestine
    Louisville Youth Group
    Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land
    Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
    MAIZ San Jose - Movimiento de Accion Inspirando Servicio
    Maryland Peace Action
    Massachusetts Peace Action
    Mending Minyan
    Mennonite Palestine Israel Network (MennoPIN)
    Methodist Federation for Social Action
    Moratorium NOW! Coalition
    Movement for Black Lives
    Movement Law Lab
    MPower Change
    Muslim Counterpublics Lab
    Muslim Justice League
    National Lawyers Guild
    National Lawyers Guild, Detroit & Michigan Chapter
    New Hampshire Palestine Education Network
    Newman Hall Non Violent Peacemaking Group
    North New Jersey Democratic Socialists of America BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group
    Occupy Bergen County (New Jersey)
    Olive Branch Fair Trade Inc.
    Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP)
    Palestine Legal
    Palestine Solidarity Committee-Seattle
    Palestine Teaching Trunk
    Palestinian American Community Center
    PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
    Pax Christi Rhode Island
    Peace Action
    Peace Action Maine
    Peace Action New York State
    Peace Action of San Mateo County
    People for Palestinian-Israeli Justice
    Presbyterian Church (USA)
    Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
    Progressive Democrats of America
    Progressive Jews of St. Louis (ProJoSTL)
    Progressive Technology Project
    Project South
    Queer Crescent
    Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
    RECCollective LLC
    Rethinking Foreign Policy
    South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
    Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers - New Brunswick
    Texas Arab American Democrats (TAAD)
    The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA
    The Jus Semper Global Alliance
    The United Methodist Church — General Board of Church and Society
    Tree of LIfe Educational Fund
    Tzedek Chicago Synagogue
    U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
    Union Street Peace
    Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
    Unitarian Universalists for Justice In the Middle East
    United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network
    United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR)
    United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
    University Network for Human Rights
    US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)
    US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
    USA Palestine Mental Health Network
    USC International Human Rights Clinic
    Veterans For Peace Linus Pauling Chapter 132
    Virginia Coalition for Human Rights
    Visualizing Palestine
    Voices For Peace in ME
    Washington Advocates for Palestinian Rights
    WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
    Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
    White People for Black Lives
    Win Without War
    Women Against War
    Working Families Party
    Yale Law School National Lawyers Guild

    International Organisation Signers

    Academia for Equality, Israel
    Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Palestine
    Al-Marsad - Arab human rights Centre in Golan Heights Heights, occupied Syrian Golan
    ALTSEAN-Burma, Thailand
    Amman Center for Human Rights Studies, Jordan
    Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Bolivia (APDHB), Bolivia
    Asociación pro derechos humanos de España, Spain
    Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos-APRODEH, Peru
    Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc, Morocco
    association tunisienne des femmes démocrates, Tunisia
    Associazione delle organizzazioni italiane di cooperazione e solidarietà internazionale, Italy
    Australian Centre for International Justice, Australia
    Bahrain Human Rights Society, Kingdom of Bahrain
    Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Egypt
    Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), Cambodia
    Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), Canada
    Comisión de Derechos Humanos de El Salvador, El Salvador
    Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos - Perú EQUIDAD, Peru
    Child Rights International Network (CRIN), United Kingdom
    Civil Society Institute, Armenia
    Colectivo de Abogados JAR, Colombia
    Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico
    Defence for Children International, Switzerland
    DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, Botswana
    European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Germany
    EuroMed Rights, Denmark
    European Legal Support Center (ELSC), United Kingdom
    FAIR Associates, Indonesia
    Finnish League for Human Rights, Finland
    Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Économiques et Sociaux, Tunisia
    Fundación Regional de Asesoría en Derechos Humanos, Ecuador
    Housing and Land Rights Network - Habitat International Coalition, Switzerland/Egypt
    HRM "Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan", Kyrgyzstan
    Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Canada
    Instituto Latinoamericano para una Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos ILSA, Colombia
    International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, France
    International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific), Malaysia
    Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, Germany
    Jewish Liberation Theology Institute, Canada
    Justiça Global, Brazil
    Justice For All, Canada
    Latvian Human Rights Committee, Latvia
    LDH (Ligue des droits de l’Homme), France
    League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI), Iran
    Ligue des droits humains, Belgium
    Maldivian Democracy Network, Maldives
    Manushya Foundation, Thailand
    Moroccan Organization for Human Rights OMDH, Morocco
    Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos - MNDH, Brazil
    Observatorio Ciudadano, Chile
    Odhikar, Bangladesh
    Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Palestine
    Piattaforma delle Ong italiane in Mediterraneo e Medio Oriente, Italy
    Programa Venezolano de Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos (Provea), Venezuela
    Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO), Senegal
    Réseau des avocats du maroc contre la peine de mort, Morocco
    Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH), Haiti
    Rinascimento Green, Italy
    Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem
    Scientists For Palestine (S4P), United Kingdom
    Serve Globally / Evangelical Covenant Church, International
    Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression SCM, France
    The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, Palestine
    The Palestinian Human Rights Organization "PHRO", Lebanon
    Union of Agricultural Work Communities, Palestine
    Vento di Terra, Italy
    World BEYOND War, International
    World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, International
    Zimbabwe human rights association, Zimbabwe

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