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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.

CIR values call from 58 Norwegians organizations to “End the siege of Gaza now”

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) valued the letter sent by 58 Norwegian institutions to Norway foreign minister to demand an end to Gaza siege.

The council said in a statement issued Sunday that the letter expresses a courageous stance of these institutions that stand beside the rights of the Palestinian people and join many international institutions, decisions and reports that confirmed that the siege of Gaza is a war crime and must be lifted immediately.

The Council called on Norway, as the incubator of the Oslo accords in 1993, to pressure the Israeli occupation state to lift the unjust siege of Gaza, which has exacerbated human life and turned the strip into an open-air prison and an uninhabitable area.

58 Norwegian organizations and political parties have demanded their country’s foreign ministry to put pressure on Israel to end its siege on the Gaza Strip in particular.

“We urge the minister of foreign affairs to take an initiative at the UN and in other international bodies in order to stop the collective punishment of the Palestinians, an action that, according to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, is considered a war crime,” their letter concluded.

CIR welcomes British politicians letter, calls on all countries to stand firm against Israeli crimes

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the letter of 130 British politicians to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which they called for imposing tough sanctions on “Israel” if it annexed territories in the West Bank.

The CIR said in a statement issued Saturday the message expresses a courageous stance of the politicians who stand beside international laws and United Nations resolutions, which explicitly reject continued Israeli crimes.

The Council called on all countries to stand firmly in the face of the Israeli annexation plan supported by the current American administration within the framework of the so-called deal of the century that will inevitably lead to disruption of stability and security in the region and internationally, and will end any opportunity for a political solution to the conflict.

130 British politicians have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging the government to warn Israel annexation of occupied Palestinian territory could lead to the imposition of sanctions.

“government must now make clear publicly to Israel that any annexation will have severe consequences including sanctions. Words are not enough”, the politicians said in the letter.

CIR: Israeli occupation exploits Corona crisis, approves appropriation of Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said the Israeli occupation has violated international law by expropriation of Palestinian land adjacent to the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied West Bank city of Hebron using them for the benefit of Judaization projects under the pretext of expansion and development.

the council warned against exploiting the current coronavirus crisis in the world by the Israeli occupation to implement plans that it failed to do for decades.

Condemning this crime, the CIR affirmed that the Ibrahimi Mosque and its endowments are pure Islamic property that will not be changed by invalid decisions and that the Palestinian people and Muslims around the world will make every effort to abort it.

The Council was surprised by the Arab and Muslim silence towards these crimes against Islamic sanctities, adding: “What is happening today in Hebron will happen in the rest of the Islamic and Christian sanctities, if we accepted these crimes against our history and cultural heritage. We are all individuals and groups, factions and institutions required to do everything we can prevent it. ”

In its statement, the council warned of the danger of this step that could destabilize the region, noting that it is a prelude to implementing the rest of the plan that Israel intends to implement, with the encouragement of the extremist American administration, to annex the Palestinian territories in the West Bank.

The Council called on the international institutions, particularly UNESCO, to take all necessary measures to prevent this encroachment on Islamic sanctities and the rights of Muslims, warning at the same time of the danger of these steps in destabilizing the region.

Israeli government’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit yesterday approved the expropriation of Palestinian land adjacent to the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

CIR: UNRWA should redouble efforts to confront schemes aim to liquidate agency

In a congratulatory letter to the new UNRWA Commissioner-General

CIR: UNRWA should redouble efforts to confront schemes aim to liquidate agency

 

Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said that UNRWA should redouble its efforts to confront schemes aim to liquidate the agency, expressing its readiness to cooperate with the new Commissioner-General in facing these schemes.

In a congratulatory letter sent by the head of CIR to the new UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini, Naim urged Lazzarini to cooperate with all relevant parties, inside and outside Palestine, to overcome any difficulties so that “we can get this crisis over and behind, and guarantee the refugees a decent life, until their dream of return and compensation is fulfilled”.

“You must be aware that the UNRWA has been a direct target of many parties, foremost of which is the Israeli occupation with unlimited support from the United States of America, in a desperate attempt to write off the refugee issue by undermining the UNRWA’s work. This is why we all, with the UNRWA administration at the forefront, have to double efforts to confront this targeting”, Naim said in the letter.

Naim noted to the biggest contrived financial crisis the Agency is going through since its foundation in an attempt to abort its ability to provide services to more than five million Palestinian refugees. He said: “This crisis comes in the midst of sensitive and dangerous conditions, where the region is beset by internal wars and inter-conflicts, which affected everyone, especially the Palestinian refugees, the last of which was Corona pandemic, which brought the world to an unprecedented state of lockdown.”

The CIR head mentioned in particular the Gaza Strip, in which 2 million people live, 70% of whom are refugees under the supervision of the Agency, has been living under an Israeli blockade for more than 14 years that nearly destroyed all basics of having a normal human life especially on the health, social and economic levels.

He said: “The Gaza Strip is in urgent need for support from all to protect it from the worst-case scenario, especially in light of the Corona pandemic. UNRWA can play an important and effective role in this respect.”

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced in a press release last month that, following official communication by the office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and consultations with the Agency’s Advisory Commission, Philippe Lazzarini has been appointed as its new Commissioner-General (CG).

CIR praises US senators letter calling for helping Palestinians fighting Corona

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the letter by US senators demanding the US administration to assist the Palestinians in fighting Coronavirus.

The Council said in a statement issued Sunday: “We highly appreciate the step of the eight senators in which they refused to link humanitarian aid to political situations. We appreciate these honest human feelings, especially their referring to the tragic conditions in the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli siege imposed for 14 years.”

In its statement, the CIR stressed that this step comes in the right time, as the Palestinians are facing an extremist American administration whose position is identical to the racist Israeli government, which seeks in every way to liquidate the Palestinian cause and remove the rights of the Palestinians.

The CIR called on the rest of the members of Congress to support this letter and pressure the US administration to resume UNRWA allocations and stop any steps that would support the occupation and steal the rights of the Palestinians.

Eight members of the American Senate had appealed to the American administration to provide assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to help them overcome the Coronavirus pandemic.