CIR welcomes UN report, calls for holding the occupation accountable for war crimes

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the report issued today by The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which referred to the Israeli occupation forces committing war crimes against peaceful protesters in the Great Return Marches.

The council said in a statement Thursday that the report indicates beyond any doubt that the Israeli occupation has committed clear war crimes against the Palestinians who came out to protest peacefully to demand the right of return and lift the siege.

The Council said that despite all obstacles by the occupation to halt the Commission work, it was able insistently to communicate with all citizens and officials concerned, and come out with an important report.

The Council called upon the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians, calling for taking the recommendations came in the report and completing the procedures against the occupation criminals.

According to the United Nations report, there is evidence that Israel committed crimes against humanity in responding to 2018 protests in Gaza, as snipers targeted people clearly identifiable as children, health workers and journalists.

“Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity,” the chair of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Santiago Canton, said in a statement on Thursday.

CIR Congratulates ICRC on 156th anniversary of foundation

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) congratulated the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and all its staff on the 156th anniversary of foundation, wishing them more success, progress and prosperity for the benefit of all peoples.

In a letter sent to head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza, Mr. Guislain Defurne, the Council thanked the Committee for its efforts to assist the Palestinian victims of the Israeli occupation and to provide protection and assistance to them.

” We highly appreciate your sacrifices in the battlefields and to ensure protection and humanitarian assistance to victims of armed conflicts.” the letter said.

The Council renewed its aspiration to strengthen the relations between the Committee and the Palestinian people and to work jointly for the benefit of this people, who is still suffering from occupation, siege and closure.

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is one of the most widely respected and recognized humanitarian organizations in the world. It was founded in 1863 by Swiss philanthropist Henri Dunant. The oldest organization within the International Red Cross and Crescent Movement Red, has won the Nobel Peace Prize three times since 1917.

CIR calls to declare 30 March as Int’l day of solidarity with demands of Palestinian people

Council on International Relations – Palestine called upon activists around the world to declare 30 March as a day of international solidarity with the demands of the Palestinian people to break the siege, return and freedom.

The Council underscored in a statement issued on Monday the appeal made by the Higher National Commission of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, which called upon the solidarity movements, civil society organizations and all the free people to participate in this International Day.

The Council noted in its statement the importance of the Great Rerun March (GMR), one year after its launch, as it continues to be a strong response to the continuation of the siege on the Gaza Strip and a strong message that the Palestinian people will not relinquish their rights.

The Council said that the crimes of the occupation committed against participants in the GMR, in which 254 Palestinians were killed and over 26,000 injured so far, will not dissuade the Palestinian people from exercising their right to resist this occupation by all possible means guaranteed by international law.

The Higher National Commission of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege has appealed to the solidarity movements, civil society organizations and all the world’s free and human rights advocates to declare Saturday, March 30, the forty-third anniversary of Palestinian Land Day, the first anniversary of the launch of the GMR a day of international solidarity with the demands of the Palestinian people to break the siege, return and freedom.

The Commission called for the implementation of various solidarity activities, especially demonstrations and festivals in capitals and major cities in all countries of the world to demand the breaking of the immoral and illegal siege on the Gaza Strip and to affirm the right of the Palestinian people to freedom and return to the homes they were forcibly displaced from.