CIR slams PA readiness to resume negotiations without preconditions

Denouncing Al-Maliki remarks in meeting with ECFR,

CIR slams PA readiness to resume negotiations without preconditions


Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) expressed strong condemnation of the Palestinian Authority’s willingness to resume negotiations with the Israeli occupation without any preconditions.

The CIR said in a statement on Monday this step ignores what the occupation has accumulated on the ground, with full American support, over the past few years, which leaves no room for any discussion of the possibility of establishing an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on 1967 borders.

“The council was surprised by the sudden reversal of the positions of the Palestinian Authority and its rush to the path of negotiations without knowing the true position of Biden administration”, the council said.

The CIR said that the ongoing annexation of the West Bank, building settlements, systematically demolishing Palestinian homes, besieging the Gaza Strip and separating it from the rest of the Palestinian territories, and targeting UNRWA, are the least the PA must demand the Israeli occupation to stop and revoke to start any constructive negotiations.

The Council called on the Palestinian Authority to retreat from this step and not return to negotiations in light of the ongoing Israeli crimes that completely undermine the Palestinian cause.

Last Wednesday, the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad Al-Maliki, confirmed during a meeting with the European Council of Foreign Affairs that the PA informed the US President-elect team that the PA was ready to return to negotiations without any preconditions.

CIR reminds Palestinian issue resolved only by giving Palestinians their rights

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,

CIR reminds Palestinian issue resolved only by giving Palestinians their rights


Council on International Relations – Palestine “CIR” said the world celebrating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People requires more solidarity and support for this people and their continuous struggle to achieve their rights.


In a release Sunday, The CIR said: “As we pass through this day, our 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”.


The Council stated that the solution to the Palestinian issue would only come through giving the Palestinians their rights and establishing their independent and fully sovereign state, with Jerusalem as its capital.


“The attempts of the occupation to search for other solutions through normalization with some Arab countries and imposing plans to settle the core issues of the conflict will not succeed and will not push the Palestinians to abandon their rights”, The Council noted.


The CIR added that the Palestinian people will continue their struggle and resistance to the occupation until liberating the entire Palestinian land and achieving their rights undiminished, using all means available, including the armed struggle.


The world celebrates on the 29th of November every year the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which coincides with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 1947, No. 181, known as the “partition plan”.

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.


On anniversary of Nuremberg trials, CIR calls on int’l community to prosecute Israeli war criminals

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) called on the international community not to allow the Israeli war criminals to go unpunished and to work to hold them accountable and to prosecute them for the crimes they committed against the Palestinian people.

In a brief statement issued by the Council on the anniversary of the first Nuremberg Trial, which falls today, the Council said that the crimes of Israeli leaders are war crimes according to numerous international organizations.

“Nuremberg trials should not be an exception. They should be held for everyone who commits war crimes or crimes against humanity, such as Israeli warlords”, the statement said.

The Nuremberg trials were a series of military tribunals held after World War II. The trials were most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the leadership of Nazi Germany, who planned, carried out, or otherwise participated in war crimes.

Urgent letter to twitter CEO on suspending Palestinian activists accounts

An urgent letter to twitter CEO on suspending Palestinian activists accounts


Palestinian activist formed a letter to be sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after the blue platform suspended dozens of Palestinian accounts.

The activists demanded Twitter to revoke its move and, instead, protect the Palestinian content and not to be pressured by the Israeli occupation that aims to silence any Palestinian voice resisting the occupation.

To gain more pressure on twitter, the activists called on all friends of Palestine and all people worldwide believing in the right to freedom of speech to help them send the letter as shown below.



“Please send it directly to Jack Dorsey by emailing him at”


Download the letter as pdf file from here

Dear Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey,

We hope that this email finds you well.

We write to you now out of a sense of hope and fairness to ask that you review what we believe to be an injustice directed at a group of us who have long participated in the Twitter community but who now, inexplicably, find our accounts suspended or banned for unknown and, we believe, arbitrary reasons.

We are a group of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian women and men who have been very active for years in an honest and peaceful exchange of ideas using various social media platforms, including Twitter, to enhance and expand the range of knowledge and information to all about one of the most compelling issues of social justice of our time: the plight of millions of stateless Palestinians, including some two million who live under a siege now entering its fourteenth year in the Gaza Strip.

Although there are those who disagree with our message none can challenge our commitment to the embrace of peaceful communications that seek nothing more than to maintain and expand a fair and free passageway of information about the plight of Palestinians.

We understand that Twitter itself has been subjected to unfair accusations about the role that it plays in maintaining a marketplace of ideas, one where strangers can hear the voice and ideas of others and to make decisions for themselves about a wide range of issues of our time. For this very reason we hope that you will take the time to review the circumstances surrounding the suspension or banning of these accounts.

Briefly stated, at the end of October, Twitter suspended dozens of these accounts without any prior notice, warning or tailored specifics to provide these account holders a reasonable and necessary idea of what, if anything, they may have done to trigger such a harsh sanction. In short, the users were shocked to see their accounts suspended or banned with no opportunity of consequence to participate in that decision making process; with no chance to answer any unfair accusations. It is in that vacuum that the mission of Twitter, namely to expand the exchange of belief and ideas among diverse and distant communities has also suffered a great injury.

We the undersigned users of the suspended/banned accounts did nothing wrong. We simply provided others an opportunity to see our lives as human beings under occupation and siege, making many friends – political and otherwise—along the way. As an American long protected under the First Amendment we hope you share our concern that our international rights to freedom of expression are no less valuable or protected. Millions of people worldwide have been beneficiary of a glimpse into the history, tradition and plight of Palestinians and been empowered themselves to play a role in assisting us through the peaceful expression of support for our rights and legitimate aspirations. Much of this exchange has simply been making new friends with the healthy exchange of our daily stories, political and not.
Having long been isolated and, at times, censored throughout the world, we Palestinians are very careful to pay attention to the rules and policies of various social platforms which we join. Because such platforms often provide the only ability of Palestinians to participate in the broader world community we are especially sensitive to rules and regulations such as those established by Twitter and do our best not to violate them.

In this light we ask you to take a personal interest not at our plight, but the suspensions that have tamped down on our ability to participate in the exchange of ideas throughout the world and to do so in a lawful, peaceful and informative manner. We are sure that a review of our counts will result in their restoration. We ask for nothing more than to
cooperate with all people on the globe to create a better and more peaceful & prosperous world.

The suspended accounts are the following:

If you or any of your staff have any additional questions feel free to reach out to us and we will do our best to answer any concerns as fully and fairly as soon as possible. If your review points to any particular inadvertent missteps on our part we can assure you it will not again be a problem.
These are difficult times for the world community as a whole with the onset of COVID. For us, in the best of times, there is a painful sense of isolation and loss. Twitter has gone a long way in providing an invaluable megaphone for our voice and source of education and friendship with others in far off and distant places.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

CIR: With Erekat death Palestinians lost figure always defended them in int’l arena

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) expressed its sincere condolences on the death of the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Dr. Saeb Erekat, who died today at 65.

The council said in a statement issued Tuesday, that the Palestinian people lost a patriotic figure who contributed greatly to defending the Palestinian cause in the international arena.

The CIR sent sincere condolences to Erekat family praying Allah to grant them patience and shower him with His mercy.

CIR calls on int’l community to impose sanctions on Israeli occupation for ongoing demolitions

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the Israeli occupation’s ongoing official policy of demolishing Palestinian homes and institutions in the West Bank.

In a statement issued Saturday, the CIR affirmed that this policy aims to displace the Palestinians and seize the rest of the Palestinian lands. “This policy has all characteristics of “ethnic cleansing” according to international law”, the CIR added.

The Council called on the international community to take more bold and effective steps in response to this policy pursued by the Israeli occupation in front of the world.

The CIR stressed that the international community should consider imposing sanctions on the Israeli occupation to deter it from continuing with this policy, noting that statements alone are not sufficient.

The Council noted that the continuation of the occupation with these crimes shows that “Israel” is turning its back to the soft statements and positions issued by the international community, and feels that it enjoys immunity that exempts it from the consequences of its actions and crimes.

OCHA sounded the alarm last month warning that between March and August, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, they recorded the highest destruction rate in the West Bank in four years.

The Un body said last Tuesday: ” So far in 2020, 689 structures have been demolished across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, more than in any full year since 2016; rendering 869 Palestinians homeless.”

CIR: With Fisk death, Palestine, Arab region lost pro-Palestinian journalist

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) mourned the death of the veteran UK journalist, the Independent’s Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk who died at the age of 75.

The council said in a statement issued, Tuesday, that Palestine has lost a journalist who supported the Palestinian right and strongly opposed to the crimes of the Israeli occupation.

“Fisk documented many historical events in the region in his writings and coverage, highlighting in particular the reality of the Palestinians under the Israeli occupation”, the CIR added.

The statement concluded by sending sincere condolences to Fisk’s family, friends and loved ones around the world.

Veteran British journalist Robert Fisk, one of the best-known Middle East correspondents who spent his career reporting from the troubled region and won accolades for challenging mainstream narratives has died after a short illness.

CIR: US insists on falsifying history, violating international laws

Commenting on US allowing its Jerusalem-born to put “Israel” as passport birthplace,

CIR: US insists on falsifying history, violating international laws


Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said that the United States’ allowing its Jerusalem-born to put “Israel” as passport birthplace is a flagrant violation of international laws.

In a statement issued Sunday, the CIR stated that the United States insists on falsifying history and reality, and implementing the Deal of the Century that completely wipes out the rights of the Palestinians.

“Such hostile steps against the Palestinian people will neither bring stability nor security to the region, it will instead increase tension and ignite the conflict”, the Council affirmed.

The CIR added that the American steps this time come in light of the Arab normalization agreements with the occupation state, which have increased the United States and the occupation only to further their hostility and steps aimed at liquidating the Palestinian issue.

The United States will allow US citizens born in Jerusalem to list “Israel” as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced last Thursday.

CIR: Ongoing Failure of Int’l community to resolve UNRWA crisis to lead to dire consequences

Commenting on UNRWA Commissioner-General speech before the UNGA,

CIR: Ongoing Failure of Int’l community to resolve UNRWA crisis to lead to dire consequences


Council on International Relations – Palestine warned of dire consequences if the international community and donors continued to fail to fundamentally solve the financial crisis that UNRWA is going through.

Commenting on the speech of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Mr. Philip Lazzarini, to the United Nations General Assembly, the Council said that the speech contained dangerous points that should be taken into account.

The CIR noted that the seriousness of the situation in the five areas of the agency’s operations in general and in the Gaza Strip, as indicated by Lazarini, unlikely bears other crises in light of the blockade, the spread of Covid-19 and the collapse of the infrastructure, warning that things will explode if these crises continue.

The Council called on the international community to intervene urgently to solve the financial crisis of the Agency, as it is responsible for providing services to millions of Palestinian refugees, and to pressure donors to fulfill their pledges.

In the same context, the Council affirmed that the financial agency crisis is artificially made by some parties, foremost of which is the USA and Israel, to pave the way for ending the institution, to prepare the atmosphere for liquidating the Palestinian refugee issue, the essence of the conflict with the occupation.

The CIR thanked the Agency’s management for the efforts making to resolve the crisis, stressing that the Palestinians would stand by it until they overcome this crisis.

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Philip Lazzarini, delivered a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday in which he referred to the lack of funding that the agency suffers from, calling on the international community to fulfill its promises.