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CIR urges int’l community to help Gaza survive impending disaster

Council on International Relations – Palestine urged the international community to urgently help the Gaza Strip survive an impending disaster, after cases of Coronavirus registered for the first time among the community.

The Council said in a statement issued, Wednesday, that the crime of the strict Israeli siege imposed on Gaza for 14 years destroyed the health and service sectors, leading to a serious disaster.

The CIR called on international institutions to speed up the rescue and help the Strip with the supplies necessary to face the crisis in light of the crumbling health system due to the Israeli siege.

The Council called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift this siege, especially in these critical circumstances that the Strip is going through, and to shoulder its responsibility towards the area it occupies.

“We warn of the consequences of the spread of the virus in the Gaza Strip, and hold the Israeli occupation fully responsible for any catastrophe that afflicts the Gaza Strip”, the Council warned.

The Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday registered cases from the coronavirus pandemic for the first time among the community. The authorities in the enclave imposed a two-day lockdown as part of measures to stem the virus’ spread.

CIR Confirms Right of Palestinians to Jerusalem Will not be Nullified by Occupation, its Supporters Steps

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) affirmed that the right of the Palestinian people to have Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state is their absolute right according to United Nations resolutions.

The CIR said in a statement issued Friday the measures taken by the Israeli occupation since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967 are invalid and will not nullify the right of the Palestinian people to it.

In its statement, the Council indicated that the decisions of some countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of the occupation state are null decisions according to Security Council Resolution 478, calling on these countries to retreat these illegal steps.

It has been 40 years ago since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 478 which reaffirms that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible.

CIR condemns attacking UNRWA school in Gaza by Israeli air raids

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) condemned the Israeli occupation’s attack on an UNRWA school at Thursday dawn today, which caused damage to the school and put hundreds of students at risk.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, the Council said that attacking civilian institutions, including international institutions operating in the Gaza Strip, is a war crime added to the ongoing war crimes committed by the occupation against the Palestinian people and their rights, including the right of return for refugees.

The CIR stated: “This attack is not the first of its kind, as the occupation has always been used to attacking these institutions as it realizes the importance of their role in being witness to the tragedy of the Palestinian people and the ongoing occupation crimes.”

The Council called on the international community to denounce this crime and hold the occupation accountable by suspending international support for it, boycotting it and imposing sanctions on it, stressing the importance of continuing to support UNRWA to ensure the continuation of providing its services to Palestinian refugees.

The Ministry of Interior and National Security in the Gaza Strip, Thursday, announced that an Israeli warplane, at dawn, fired a missile at a school belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, “UNRWA”, in Al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City, no injuries reported.

Israeli warplanes and artillery fired this morning several missiles and shells at various targets in the north and south of Gaza Strip causing heavy damage to the sites and buildings nearby but no injuries.

International Relations Council accuses U.S congress of ‘consolidating’ Israeli illegal occupation

The Palestinian Council on International Relations accused the U.S Congress of encouraging “Israel” in its violations and disregard for International law after approving a $38 billion package of military aid for Israel over the next 10 years.

In a press statement issued today, the Council said that such a decision is in the interest of the steps taken by U.S President Trump aimed at consolidation of “Israel”’s illegal occupation and crushing the Palestinians’ dream of self- determination and building their own independent and sovereign State.

The Council warned of the devastating consequences over this decision on the region’s stability, noting that U.S continued support encourages the occupation to continue its savage aggression against regional countries, which could lead to endless crisis.

The Palestinian Council on International Relations urged the U.S congress to listen to all of “the wise voices” calling upon keeping up the pressure on “Israel” to abide by the international law and stop their continuing violations against the Palestinian people.

The U.S Senate moved on Friday $38 billion to “Israel” in military assistance for a whole decade. The decision also included a million dollars fund for the State Department’s ant-Semitism observer office, which is double the current amount.

CIR welcomes UNESCO decisions on Palestine, thanks countries voted in favor

Council on International Relations welcomed the two decisions on Palestine issued unanimously by the Executive Council of the “UNESCO” without any amendments.

The Council said in a statement issued Tuesday that the members ’unanimous vote on the two resolutions is an affirmation of the isolation of the occupation and the erosion of international support for it in light of its repeated violations of international law.

The Council thanked the Arab countries that submitted the draft resolutions, noting that this honorable position is the expected one to counter the Zionist projects.

The CIR called on UNESCO to continue to resist American and Israeli pressure, to continue to stand by international law and not to allow the occupying power to take advantage of global crises to legalize the theft of Palestinian lands and antiquities.

UNESCO’s Executive Committee adopted Monday two resolutions on Palestine. Item 24 stated that All actions taken by Israel which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of Jerusalem are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith. The same item deeply deplores the ongoing military development around the Gaza Strip and their heavy toll of civilian casualties and reaffirms that the two Palestinian sites of Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi and the Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque are an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

In item 25, UNESCO shows deep concern about the Israeli censorship of the Palestinian curricula of schools and universities in East Jerusalem and Deeply regrets the destruction by the Israeli authorities of schools.

CIR welcomes Belgian parliament resolution urging gov’t to countermeasure Israeli plan

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the Belgian Federal Parliament’s vote Friday in favor of a draft resolution calling on the Belgian government to condemn any decision taken by “Israel” to annex Palestinian lands.

The council said in a statement issued, Friday, that the decision strengthens successive international opposing positions to the Israeli annexation plan, and it puts increasing pressure on the Israeli occupation to revoke this scheme.

The issuance of positions opposing the Israeli annexation plan from countries that stood by the occupation in most of its policies demonstrates the erosion of the Israeli position on the international level because of its violation of international law and international agreements, the Council pointed out.

The CIR called on the Belgian government to implement what came in the draft resolution, impose sanctions on the Israeli occupation state and not to allow it to implement its criminal policies without a strong international response.

The Belgian federal parliament adopted a resolution on Friday urging the government to prepare a list of countermeasures against “Israel” in case it annexes the occupied Palestinian territories.

The resolution was proposed by the Green party, and passed with 101 votes in favor and 39 abstentions.

NAIM: WE FACE HISTORIC MOMENT, ANNEXATION PLAN NEW CATASTROPHE PALESTINIANS MUST CONFRONT

During a meeting with Latin American figures ..

HEAD OF CIR, DR. BASEM NAIM: WE ARE FACING A HISTORIC MOMENT, AND THE ANNEXATION PLAN IS A NEW CATASTROPHE THAT THE PALESTINIANS MUST CONFRONT VIGOROUSLY

The Brazil Palestine Institute organized the remote meeting, with the participation of Palestinian community officials in Latin America, to discuss the annexation plan and how to confront it.

 

The meeting was opened by Dr. Ahmed Shehada, the president of the institute, who confirmed that the meeting comes in the context of confronting the annexation plan and uniting the community’s efforts for the sake of joint work, and that the meeting will be the beginning of a series of meetings to coordinate these efforts.

 

For his part, Dr. Bassem Naim, President of the Council on International Relations – Palestine, said that the Palestinians are going through a historic moment in their just cause, and I am the Israeli annexation plan, which is a new catastrophe that they must confront vigorously.

 

Naim said during a meeting organized by the Brazil Palestine Institute with Latin American figures that the American administration and the Israeli occupation seek to completely eliminate the Palestinian issue through three tracks, namely Judaizing Jerusalem, liquidating the refugee issue and keeping the Palestinians in cantons and legitimizing the occupation.

 

Regarding confronting these plans, Naim indicated that what is required at the Palestinian community level is the formation of national fronts in the form of lobbying governments, parliaments, councils of elders, politicians and parties to announce a clear and explicit stance against these plans.

 

Naim called on the communities to urge friendly peoples to go out on the street and protest, as well as to strengthen the boycott movement and move legally to obtain laws to prosecute and hold Zionist war criminals accountable.

 

The President of the Council stressed the need to use the media, especially social media, to target global public opinion and expose the occupation’s plans, calling on those outside to communicate with the Palestinians inside and enhance their resilience.

For their part, the attendees praised what was stated in the council’s speech, stressing the necessity to work with the data on the ground, given that the Latin continent has a strategic stockpile and people supporting the Palestinian people, pointing to the need to unite efforts and joint work in order to address the Zionist plans to resolve the issue.

 

At the end of the meeting, the attendees stressed the need to repeat such meetings to coordinate the community’s efforts and continuous communication with the Palestinian interior, expressing their readiness to cooperate among the community’s people to serve the Palestinian cause.

 

CIR Demands LGPS divests of firms complicit in Israeli violations

Council on International Relations – Palestine called on The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to stop investing over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes, including those blacklisted by the UN.

The CIR referred to the information revealed by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in Britain, which showed that LGPS invested over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israeli war crimes.

The council demanded LGPS in a letter sent Monday to stop such investments. “For that reason and as a matter of urgency, we demand that Israel be excluded from all your investments”, it demanded.

The CIR said in the letter: “We demand to hold to account those responsible for these investments. We demand support for Palestinian institutions concerned with human rights and supporting Palestinian communities suffering from Israel’s illegal military regime.”

The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has revealed that The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) invests over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes, including those blacklisted by the UN.

On 10th anniversary of Marmara massacre, CIR reiterates call to hold Israeli occupation accountable

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) called for holding the Israeli occupation accountable for the massacre committed on this day ten years ago in which 9 Turkish solidarity activists were killed on the Freedom Flotilla.

The council said in a statement issued Sunday that the world must not allow the occupation to escape with impunity for the war crimes it committed that will not fall under a statute of limitations.

“The world must honor the memory of these heroes by working to achieve the goal for which they sacrificed: lifting the siege on Gaza”, the council added.

The CIR saluted all the people in solidarity with the Palestinian people around the world, stressing that history will never forget their positions for freedom and human dignity, and that the criminal will be held accountable sooner or later.

Ten years ago, on Sunday, Israeli forces stormed the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-owned vessel that was part of a flotilla seeking to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza by delivering aid and humanitarian support.

Eight Turkish nationals and an American-Turkish activist were shot dead during the raid, while another Turkish man later succumbed to his injuries. Dozens were injured in the attack.

CIR welcomes HRW report, says it confirms Israel as apartheid state

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the report issued today by Human Rights Watch, which affirmed that Israel pursued a policy of racial discrimination against the Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line.

The council said in a statement issued Tuesday that this report is the first of its kind that covers all of historic Palestine about violations of Palestinian rights, inequality and land grabbing.

The CIR indicated that the report confirms that the Israeli occupation state is no different from the apartheid South Africa, and even worse and that it is a state based on the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and depriving them of their basic rights.

In the light of this report, the Council called on the international community to impose sanctions on the occupying power, similar to the sanctions imposed on the apartheid South Africa, to recognize the state of Palestine and force the occupation to withdraw from the occupied territories and give the Palestinians their rights.

The Gaza-based body noted that the issuance of the report at a time the Palestinians are commemorating the seventy-second anniversary of the Nakba requires the entire world to support the right of the Palestinian people to return to the homes that were taken from them and compensate them for the years of suffering in the Diaspora.

A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report said on Tuesday the Israeli government’s policy favours Jewish citizens as decades of land confiscations and discriminatory policies have restricted Palestinian citizens to densely populated towns and villages that have little room to expand.