Civil society and the question of Palestine – NGO Action News – November 4, 2021 – Occupied Palestinian Territory
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Since October 28, many CSOs have issued statements criticizing and protesting the Israeli Defense Minister’s decision to designate prominent Palestinian CSOs as terrorist organizations. Among them, the six Palestinian civil society organizations targeted by this decision published the position paper “Dangerous designations, Israel’s authoritarian dismantling of Palestinian civil society, an attack on human rights and the State of law “. Al-Haq also published the report “Designated Shrinking Space: Israel’s Systematic Harassment Campaigns Against Al-Haq, are the Acts of an Illegal Apartheid Regime”. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies issued a statement by a group of 235 regional and international organizations calling on the international community to take action to protect Palestinian human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch published a letter sent by 288 US-based organizations demanding that the US government condemn the Israeli crackdown on human rights groups. Additionally, Addameer issued a statement reiterating its commitment to continue defending Palestinian prisoners.
On October 28, Peace Now published an article analyzing the policies of the new Israeli government in the settlements since its inception. The OSC maintains that the new administration has failed to respect the “status quo” in the settlement policy it originally proclaimed, adding that the government has actively worked to promote the settlements and deepen the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. busy.
On October 27, Al Mezan issued a press release calling for international intervention to end Israel’s restrictions on the entry of medical equipment and supplies into Gaza. According to the organization, Israeli authorities have imposed a ban on diagnostic medical devices commonly used for patients who test positive for COVID-19 and medical imaging devices, among other essential medical equipment. In addition, 38% of essential medicines and 22% of disposable medical products were at “zero stock” in Gaza in August 2021.
On November 1, Americans for Peace Now published the article “Tough Questions, Tough Answers: Israeli Settlements, Palestinian NGOs, and US-Israel Relations.” In this article, Yossi Alpher, an independent security analyst, referred to the recent announcement by the Israeli authorities of the construction of new settlements in the West Bank and the declaration of six Palestinian NGOs as “terrorist organizations”.
On October 29, the Middle East Peace Foundation (FMEP) released the “Spotlight on Al-Haq with Shawan Jabarin” podcast in which the FMEP discussed with the CEO of Al-Haq the recent decision. Israel to designate this organization and five others as a “terrorist organization”.
On October 26, J Street issued a press release welcoming the US State Department’s statement condemning the ongoing Israeli settlement expansion and opposing plans to advance thousands of new settlement units throughout the West Bank. . The OSC further encouraged the US government to take further steps to support a two-state solution. Churches for Middle East Peace also issued a statement welcoming the opposition of the Biden administration to recent actions by the Israeli government, including its opposition to settlement expansion.
The United Nations
- On November 29, the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will hold the annual commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with a special session of the Committee, including high personalities. representatives at Member State level. Side events are also planned at United Nations offices in Geneva (UNOG), Nairobi (UNON) and Vienna (UNOV).
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