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CIR opens the premiere of “We ..” in Gaza

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) opened, Thursday, the premiere of a documentary film entitled (We … a story of people live in religious peace), in the Rashad Shawa Cultural Center in Gaza, attended by national, religious and other prominent figures, and in partnership with the local Shehab Agency.

The film narrates the state of coexistence and community peace between Muslims and Christians in the Gaza Strip, and embodies the state of social solidarity in times of crises and emergency situations, interconnectedness and peace between the two.

“We” reviews the state of harmony and partnership between them, and highlights many positions that show religious peace in the besieged enclave.

Dr. Basem Naim, Head of the CIR, acknowledged during the event the great efforts made to complete the documentary that deals with an important aspect of life and peaceful coexistence in the Gaza Strip.

Naim said: “The documentary aims to convey the message of Palestine in general and Gaza specifically to Arabs and Muslims, as well as to enemies and in all languages,” stressing that the documentary does not present anything new, but rather documents a case rooted in the history of the Palestinian people, and this made the task easier for those in charge of its production.

Naim praised the strength and toughness of the people of Gaza, despite all the schemes and plots being hatched against them, but they still adhere to the resistance and awareness, on which the documentary content focused on.

The municipal head of Gaza municipality Dr. Yahya Al-Sarraj stressed the message and goal of the documentary, which expresses the truth and history of the authentic Palestinian people, through coexistence and community cohesion in all circumstances and times.

Al-Sarraj thanked everyone who contributed and worked for the success of this distinguished work, which conveys the message of peace, tolerance and community solidarity.

For his part, Father Yusef Asaad, assistant patron of Latin Church, thanked the producers, and emphasized the message of tolerance and coexistence rooted in Palestine.

He pointed out that the first person to recognize Palestine was the Pope Vatican despite the pressures he was subjected to, but he remained steadfast. Fr Asaad stressed the need to promote a culture of love for others, to live in peace and do good everywhere.

 

CIR: Celebrating this day requires more solidarity and support for our people from the whole world

In a press conference regarding the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,

CIR: Celebrating this day requires more solidarity and support for our people from the whole world

Council on International relations – Palestine (CIR) said Thursday that celebrating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People requires more solidarity and support from the whole world for our people and their causes and rights.

In a press conference held in Gaza Thursday before UNSCO headquarter, the Council said the Palestinian people continue to live under the Israeli occupation, which continues to intensify its criminal policies that target everything related to the rights of our people, foremost of which is their right to live in dignity on their national soil and their independent state.

“We celebrate the occasion this year in light of an aggressive campaign that aims to settle the Palestinian cause and end the dream of an independent Palestine State”, the CIR member Tayseer Mehaisen said during the conference.

“The American administration has recently taken several devastating decisions such as moving the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem, drastic cuts of the United Nations’ funds, and shutting down the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s office in Washington. The American administration has recognized the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, claiming that their establishment does not violate the international law.  By this step, it violates the International consensus to continue backing the ongoing Israeli crimes in Palestine.” The CIR explained.

The CIR expressed its appreciation to the friends of the Palestinian people, calling upon them to strengthen their positions to form a pressing power on the occupation in all international forums, especially the United Nations and its organs, the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court in particular until a clear message is sent to the occupation that its criminal policies are no longer unknown to anyone.

Speaking of the Normalization issue, the Council condemned some juggling in the normalization of relations between some governments in the Arab region and the state of the Israeli occupation, with the knowledge of the reality of the popular position in these countries.

The CIR called on the vital forces of the Arab and Islamic nations to express their positions on what is happening and condemn this strange behavior. In the same context, the council highly appreciated the positions of countries that refused to deal with the infiltration attempts by the occupation and demanded more steadfastness on the road to support the Palestinian people and cause.

The Council called on the international community to condemn the occupation policies and actions, on top of which to condemn the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem, the continued settlement expansion, the siege on Gaza and the crimes against peaceful Return Marches. The council called upon them to boycott everything related to the Israeli occupation on the political, cultural, economic and diplomatic levels. The siege of Gaza and the crimes of the occupation against peaceful return marches.

Following the conference, A CIR delegate passes along a letter to the UN Secretary General through the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Irish writer: Europe will not be honest mediator for its hypocrite, duplicate policy towards Palestinian cause

During a meeting held by CIR

Irish writer: Europe will not be honest mediator for its hypocrite, duplicate policy towards Palestinian cause

Entitled “As the American position gets along with Israeli one, will be Europe an honest alternative to the American mediator?”, Council on International Relations – Palestine held a meeting via Skype with the Irish writer, journalist and activist David Cronin in which he addressed the position of European countries on the Palestinian issue.

Taysir Muhaisen, a diplomatic counselor and member of the Council, pointed out that this meeting comes in the context of highlighting important issues that concern to the Palestinian cause at the international level.

For his part, head of the Council, Dr. Basem Naim, said that Europe was the reason for creating the problem of the Palestinians and the establishment of “Israel”.

“At a time everyone believes that” Israel “is taking unilateral actions to make the two-state solution impossible, will Europe be able to rein in the Zionist extremism in light of the American bias toward “Israel”?” Naim wondered.

Cronin began his speech by disclosing his belief that Trump is more impartial than the Europeans because he does what he says.

“He does not claim to abide by international law and then contravene, and he publicly supports the occupation and its actions and does not do so in a lined manner”, Cronon said.

Despite the Israeli violations that undermine the two-state solution, Cronin has pointed out, the European Union is actively engaged in projects and activities in which Israel participates, and it provides great support such as the Horizon 2020 project and the weapons exhibitions, especially the drones that proved how much dangerous it is after the Israeli wars on Gaza.

“All this is happening at a time representatives and leaders in Europe are still hoping to see a two-state solution, which is false remarks”, Cronin added, “the truth is that the EU accepts and turns a blind eye to the occupation of the West Bank and Jerusalem, but it does so in a veiled way.”

Cronin has recalled the European Union’s position on the massacres in Gaza. The EU neither condemned it nor demanded “Israel” to stop the killing of Palestinians, rather it called on “Israel” to use the appropriate force. The EU considered such crimes as self-defense which is a rude response as the Irish writer described it.

Cronin talked about the term of anti-Semitism, and how the European Union has stifled solidarity movements with Palestine under the pretext of combating anti-Semitism, using the definition of the International Coalition for the Remembrance of the Holocaust (IHRA) as a weapon to attack anyone who advocates Palestinians and exposes Israel.

Cronin praised the Palestinians who showed great courage in the face of Israeli aggression every week. “Their courageous actions inspire European writers and journalists to continue their defense of the Palestinian cause.” The Irish writer added.

Regarding what is required, Cronin pointed to strengthening the solidarity movement with the Palestinians and supporting the BDS. “The change in Europe will not come from politicians but the ordinary people, he stressed. He also called on the European Union to work to end the Israeli occupation if they are serious to abide by international law.

 

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CIR visits AlDameer to discuss prospects of cooperation

A delegation from Council on International Relations – Palestine “CIR” Monday visited the headquarter of AlDameer Association for Human Rights in Gaza to discuss the prospects of cooperation.

The delegation, that included head of the council Dr. Basem Naim, and members of the board of director, was received by the Director of AlDameer Hala Alqishawi.

Naim reviewed the “CIR” activities and sections, referring that the visit that comes within the framework of the Council’s plan to communicate and cooperate with the human rights organizations.

On her part, Al-Qishawi thanked the delegation for the visit and for the Council’s interests in the field of International Relations, asserting the need for attention to communicating with the outside world, pointing on some of the Association activities.

The two parties discussed ways of cooperation, especially providing training to the youth group affiliated to the council in the field of legal, human rights and advocacy to be more able to face the propaganda that undermines the Palestinian issue.

Palestinian Experts warn of American efforts to Arabize, undermine UNRWA

Gaza Experts warned of US and Israeli efforts to Arabize and weaken UNRWA by pushing donors to stop their financial aid.

This came during a political meeting entitled “UNRWA: to where in the light of the financial crisis and corruption investigations?”, organized by Council on International Relations -Palestine in Gaza City, attended representatives of Palestinian factions and political analysts.

“UNRWA is not going through a financial crisis only but a political one, made by the US administration, in preparation for implementing “the Deal of the Century”, liquidating the refugees’ issue and ending the UNRWA’s work “, the attendants said.

Dr. Basem Naim, head of the Council, said there is a consensus that the real crisis is political, and reflects the Zionist-American conspiracy to end the UNRWA and to pave the way to end the Palestinian refugees’ issue.

For his part, Dr. Samir Abu Modallalah, a researcher at the Refugee Centre for Community Development, said the financial crisis has been inherent to UNRWA since its establishment, but with the signing of the Oslo Agreement in 1993, attempts were clear to end the Agency and throw it into the lap of Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority.

Abu Modallala said: “the core of the UNRWA crisis is political because “ending UNRWA will end the refugee’s issue.”

He explained that UNRWA is a temporary institution ad defined by the United Nations, and is renewed every three years. That leads us to wonder why its budget is not as permanent as UNESCO and FAO?!

He added, “We need to work on two levels: First, how to reduce UNRWA’s financial expenses in return for increasing services for refugees. Second, to move politically and reduce the pressure on the Agency, for fear that UNRWA becomes an Arab institution that is thrown into the Arab’s lap.

Huwaidi stressed that the US administration and the Israeli Occupation do not hesitate to seize any opportunity to pressure the United Nations to reduce moral and financial support to UNRWA.

“the fastest the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry declared, the better for the donors to keep supporting the agency,” Hwaidi said in terms of corruption investigations in UNRWA.

Mandate renewal

UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said that UNRWA does not have the authority to renew its mandate, a vote of the Member States of the United Nations General Assembly does.

He said that UNRWA has been facing financial challenges since 2018 when the United States decided to reduce its aid from $360 million annual budget to only $60 million.

“We faced a large deficit of $446 million which is an existential deficit. Any organization that loses 40% of its budget is exposed to collapse. However, UNRWA was able to fill this gap ”, Abu Hasna added.

“Before UNRWA’s new mandate, are we optimistic or pessimistic?” Abu Hasna said, “We fear the nature of the region and events, but there is a great support for UNRWA and its role in the new mandate,” he said.

Regarding the Agency’s corruption investigations, Abu Hasna said some allegations are being investigated by a UN team, no conclusions are reached to date.

He explained that UNRWA is not only the only organization with allegations and investigations; “But as soon as these allegations came out, we were surprised that Israeli and US officials demanded the liquidation of UNRWA, including US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt,” he said.