Israel/OPT: Stand against raids and closures of seven Palestinian organisations


22 August 2022. Amid Israel’s escalating attacks targeting their work, a group of more than 150 Palestinian, regional, and international organisations express our full solidarity with the designated seven leading Palestinian civil society organisations, 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), Health Work Committees (HWC), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

FIDH condemns Israel’s assault on prominent Palestinian human rights organisations: read here.

On the morning of 18 August 2022, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) raided and sealed the doorways into the offices of the seven Palestinian organisations.

The IOF also confiscated documents and equipment and destroyed items in the offices. On the doors of the organisations, military orders were left behind ordering the closure of the offices under Article 319 of the Emergency Regulations of 1945. This development follows the 19 October 2021, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz designation of six leading Palestinian civil society organisations as terrorist organisations under Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Law (2016), which was then extended to the West Bank on 3 November 2021 by a military order that outlawed the same organisations.

We urge the international community to unequivocally condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civil society and tactics to further repress of freedom of expression. States must take all necessary action to support and protect Palestinian human rights defenders and ensure the continuation of their invaluable work.

These raids and closures represent the latest escalation in Israel’s widespread campaign aiming to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organisation that dares to seek accountability for Israel’s grave human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The “persecution of organisations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid” is a method used by Israel, amounting to acts of apartheid prosecutable under the Rome Statute, to maintain its domination and oppression over the Palestinian people.

The organisations remain at an additional risk of closure of bank accounts, travel bans and movement restrictions, and the arrest and detention of staff members for their work. Israel’s attacks against these organisations pose an existential threat to independent Palestinian human rights organisations 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 demand that Israel immediately revoke its designations of Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations as “terrorist organisations”, reverse the military orders designating the organisations and closing their offices and repeal its Anti-Terrorism Law (2016) as it does not meet basic human rights standards.
 Moreover, we call on the international community to take effective measures to end all other actions that deny Palestinians their inalienable human rights.
 Lastly, we call on the members of the international community to continue their support and increase funding to the organisations and engage with financial institutions to ensure the transfer of funds to the organisations.

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  • Co-signatories

    Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
    Abductees’ Mothers Association
    Academic Program for Studies of Arab and Muslim Communities in Diaspora
    Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
    Advokatfirmaet Roli
    Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
    Al-ataa Benevolent Association
    Aldameer association for human rights
    Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society
    Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies
    Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
    ARTICLE 19
    Artists for Palestine UK
    Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
    Asociacion Palestina Biladi
    Association Belgo-Palestinienne
    Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
    Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression
    Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)
    Aswat Nissa
    Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children’
    Australian Centre for International Justice
    Basmeh & Zeitooneh for Relief and Development
    Bds Maroc
    BDS Netherlands
    BDS Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
    Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
    Bytes For All, Pakistan
    Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
    Center for Constitutional Rights
    Center for Strategic Studies to Support Women and Children
    Centre for Global Education
    Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales
    CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
    Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
    Comhlamh Justice for Palestine
    Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East, Luxembourg
    Committee for Justice
    Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network (CEMSOJ)
    Conectas Human Rights
    Cultura è Libertà, una campagna per la Palestina
    DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
    Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish Voice (Belgium)
    Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms
    Egyptian Front for Human Rights (EFHR)
    Egyptian Human Rights Forum
    Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
    El Nadim Center For Management & Rehabilitation of victims of violence
    ESCR-Net, International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
    EuroMed Rights
    European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine – ECCP
    European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
    European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine
    International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
    Financial Justice Ireland
    Foundation for Middle East Peace (Washington, DC)
    Front Line Defenders
    Fundación Mundubat
    Gaza Action Ireland
    Global NPO Coalition on FATF
    Herbst Law PLLC
    Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”
    Human Rights for All (HR4A) Saskatchewan
    Human Rights in China
    Human Rights Watch
    Human Security Collective
    International Accountability Project
    International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
    International Commission to support Palestinian People’s Rights
    International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
    International Service for Human Rights
    International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
    Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
    Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – UK
    Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
    Just Words Limited
    Justice for Palestinians Calgary
    Justitia Center for legal protection of human rights in Algeria
    Kairos Ireland
    Kenya Human Rights Commission
    League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)
    Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS)
    MENA Rights Group
    Muslim Peace Fellowship
    Mwatana for human rights
    Nederlands Palestina Komitee
    New Weapons Research Groups
    Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine Israel
    North Bronx Racial Justice
    Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO-Norway)
    Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
    NOVACT Institute for Nonviolent Action
    Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
    Palestina Solidariteit vzw Belgium
    Palestine Solidarity Alliance
    Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
    Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton
    Palestine Solidarity, St. John’s, NL
    Palestine Solidary Organisation at Nelson Mandela University
    Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)
    Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)
    Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
    Pan African Palestine Solidarity Network
    Paz con Dignidad
    Peace and Building Foundation
    Physicians for Human Rights Israel
    Platform of French NGOs for Palestine
    Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
    Project South
    Riposte Internationale
    Sadaka-the Ireland Palestine Alliance
    Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
    Scottish Friends of Palestine
    Sexual Rights Initiative
    South African BDS Coalition
    South African Jews For a Free Palestine
    Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
    Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights
    Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice
    The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies
    The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
    The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine
    The Canadian BDS Coalition
    The civic coalition for Palestinian rights in jerusalem
    The Danish House in Palestine
    The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
    The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA
    The Norwegian Initiative DEFEND INTERNATIONAL LAW
    The Palestine Committee of Norway
    The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy
    The Palestinian Human Rights Organization “PHRO”
    The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH
    The Rights Forum
    The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)
    Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA (Australia)
    United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)
    University Network for Human Rights
    University of KwaZulu-Natal Decoloniality Action Group
    US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
    Visualizing Palestine
    Viva Salud
    Vrede vzw
    West African Human Rights Defenders Network
    Women in Black Vienna
    Women Now for Development
    Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
    World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
    Yemen Future Foundation for Culture & Media Development

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