CIR: Bundestag’s decision to criminalize BDS violates historical European support for peaceful struggle

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) denounced the decision of the Germany’s Bundestag to consider the boycott of the Israeli occupation as a form of anti-Semitism.

The council said in a statement issued Saturday that the decision was shameful and immoral and contradicted human rights, freedom of expression and the right of peoples to unite with other oppressed peoples around the world.

“Germany continues to pay for its historic mistakes against the Jews by exercising injustice against the Palestinian people, who are subjected to unjust and criminal occupation.”, the Council said.

The Council noted that Germany adopts the occupation’s story by considering the BDS and encourages it to practice further apartheid acts against the Palestinians.

“The Bundestag decision violated international law and even the historical decisions of the international community which adopted the idea of boycotting the apartheid in South Africa”, the council said, pointing out that adopting the BDS by many Jews around the world is blatant proof of the lack of validity of the German parliamentary decision.

The Council called on the Bundestag to retract the decision and even to support any popular action against any occupation around the world, especially the Israeli occupation, which continues to commit war crimes and genocide against the defenseless Palestinian people.

CIR condemns holding European song in “Israel”, accusing Europe of art washing occupation

Council on International Relations strongly condemned holding the Eurovision Song Contest in the Israeli occupation state on Tuesday.

The Council said in a statement issued today that Europe should not contribute in any way to whitewashing the occupation and its crimes against the Palestinian people by participating in this celebration.

The Council noted: “It is inconceivable that the participants in the celebration will sing at a time when the Israeli occupation continues to commit war crimes against the Palestinians, while continuing to annex Palestinian territories and impose an unjust siege on the Gaza Strip and at a time when thousands of Palestinians are unjustly and inhumanely imprisoned behind the Israeli bars. ”

“Singing and music are the language of humanity that go beyond all boundaries and barriers in the way of human contact. Art can cannot be used to create immunity for those who have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity.” the Council pointed out.

The CIR said: “We, and all lovers of justice and peace in the world, ask you to intervene to stop this celebration so as European countries not to participate in whitening the occupation and coverage of his crimes, by participating in this celebration, which is located on the ruins of the Palestinian village Sheikh Moanis”.

The Council called on the European Union to reconsider its positions which contradict the principles of international law and stand blatantly against the occupation and against the occupied peoples. The CIR called on the European Union to impose a law under which Israel would be boycotted until the end of occupation, injustice and crimes against the defenseless Palestinian people.