Israeli human rights and civil society organizations condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing anonymous attacks against Palestinian human rights organizations, and most recently against Al-Haq. As Israeli organizations, we express our solidarity with our Palestinian counterparts. Al-Haq has indeed been faced with increasing pressure, which started with anonymous emails to staff and donors, citing non-existent fraud investigations, continued with daily calls from blocked numbers meant to intimidate the staff, and culminated in death threats to a staff member and to its General Director, Shawan Jabarin. These recent threats were directly connected to Al-Haq’s ongoing work before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
|Al-Haq is one of FIDH member organisation in Palestine.|
These disturbing intimidation attacks against various groups and activists are clearly aimed at undermining their work and credibility. They are carried out against the backdrop of recurring attempts to undermine and harm the legitimacy and the efforts of all those who are fighting against the occupation.
We call upon the relevant authorities to identify the sources of these threats and bring them to justice. The continuous witch hunt that aims at intimidating and weakening us will not succeed. Together, we are determined to continue exposing the daily violations that stem from the occupation.
ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel), Adalah, Akevot, Bimkom, B’Tselem -The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Coalition of Women for Peace, Gisha, Hamoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Human Rights Defenders Fund, Kav LaOved, Machsom Watch, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, Yesh Din