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CIR: Dropping Palestinian territories from US State website part of liquidation of Palestinian cause

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said that the US State Department’s removal of the “the Palestinian Authority” from its website comes in the context of the liquidation of the Palestinian cause and is consistent with the extremist plans of the Israeli occupation.

The council said in a statement Tuesday the move comes after several steps taken by the administration, such as cutting off aid to UNRWA, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of “Israel”, agreeing the West Ban to be annexed by “Israel and closing the PLO mission in Washington.

“The successive US steps represent a complete denial of Palestinian rights, disregard of UN resolutions and international law, and pave the way for annexing the West Bank and killing any possibility of a future Palestinian state”, the CIR added.

The Council affirmed that the American steps will not cancel the Palestinian presence and will not succeed in discouraging the Palestinians who will continue to resist with all means available until they achieve their legitimate rights.

In its statement, the CIR called on the US administration to stop and reverse these steps and to act as an honest broker to achieve peace in the Middle East.

The CIR called on the international community, especially the United Nations and the European Union, to take practical steps to stop the series of American steps aimed at eliminating the Palestinian issue, which affects stability in the Middle East.

The State Department defined the State of Palestine as “Palestinian territory” and then changed to “the territory of the Palestinian Authority” before it took the initiative to delete these terms permanently.

The U.S. State Department on Sunday deleted any reference to the Palestinian territories or the Palestinian Authority on its official website

CIR: Israel fears unveiling its racist reality by banning US reps. entry to Palestinian territories

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said that Israeli banning the American representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib entry to the Palestinian territories reveals its fear of unveiling its reality as a racist occupation state.

The council said in a statement issued on Friday that this step reveals the falsity of the claim of the Israeli democracy and its refusal to accept the other for fear of exposing its crimes.

The Council noted that blocking the reps entry will not change anything from the reality of the escalating position against the occupation internationally, especially in the United States, in which the falsity of the occupation and its crimes unfolds day after day among the American people.

The council said that the support of US President Donald Trump and the US ambassador to the occupation state David Friedman to prevent the visit reflects the falsity of their democracy when it comes to the Israeli occupation.

In its statement, the CIR called on the Democratic Party in the United States and its President Nancy Pelosi to take a bold stand towards this Israeli move and respond by preventing the reception of occupation leaders in the party forums and also to introduce laws in Congress to prevent support to the Israeli occupation.

At the same time, the council called on other US lawmakers to insist on visiting the Palestinian territories, exposing human rights violations and exposing the state of criminality practiced by the Israeli occupation state against the Palestinian people.

The Israeli occupation has decided to prevent the US reps Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the Palestinian territories, as part of a tour they were planning to do in August.

CIR: US attack on UNRWA shows malicious intentions to liquidate it under pretext of fighting corruption

Council on International Relations – Palestine said that the US administration and the Israeli occupation are actively seeking to liquidate UNRWA armed with media leaks that have not yet been proven about the existence of misconduct within UNRWA.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the council expressed its concern toward the leaks about corruption within UNRWA, calling for a comprehensive and transparent investigation.

The Council expressed its concern at the same time of the American and Israeli role that may be behind these leaks after the attack against the Agency during the past few months.

“The timing of the disclosure of these leaks is suspicious, especially as the vote for a new term for UNRWA will take place next September during the meeting of the General Assembly of the UN.” The Council said.

In its statement, the Council called on the countries that had suspended their assistance to the Agency to back down from their decision because “what we were witnessing now were mere allegations that had not yet been proven.”

The Council called on the international community and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to fortify the work of the Agency, maintain its role and support it in light of the fierce attack against it, and also the need to hold accountable anyone who is implicated in this corruption.

The media leaks have claimed that officials of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) have been involved in suspicions of misconduct. The United Nations, for its part, has formed a UN committee to investigate the validity of these allegations.

CIR: UN should take practical steps to punish “Israel” for its crimes against Palestinian children

Council on International Relations – Palestine called on the United Nations to take practical steps to punish the Israeli occupation for its crimes and to go beyond characterizing and criticizing the situation.

The Council appreciated in a statement issued on Monday the report of the United Nations, which criticized “Israel” after it killed and wounded last year the highest number of Palestinian children since 2014.

In its statement, the Council noted that the United Nations, as an international body that includes all countries of the world, should go beyond criticizing and penalize “Israel” that violates the human rights and commits crimes on a daily basis without fear of international punishment.

The CIR called on the United Nations and the international community to impose a comprehensive ban on the Israeli occupation, as was the case with South Africa’s apartheid regime, to prohibit arm sales to it and to call on all countries to boycott it.

Reuters reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterich’s report said the number of Palestinian children killed or wounded last year by Israeli forces was the highest since 2014.

The report found that last year 56 Palestinian children were killed by Israeli forces. The report found as well that 2,674 Palestinian children were injured by Israeli forces “in the context of demonstrations, clashes, searches and arrests.”

 

CIR slams Friedman participation in Jerusalem tunnel opening

Council for International Relations – Palestine condemned the participation of the US ambassador to “Israel” in opening an Israeli tunnel under neighborhood of Silwan in the occupied east Jerusalem.

The United States, represented by its administration and envoys in the region, continues to violate and ignore international law and UNESCO resolutions, which explicitly state the right of the Palestinian people to Jerusalem and its holy sites, the council said in a statement on Monday.

The council accused David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, the US president’s envoy to the Middle East, of being Zionist settlers who are no different from the settlers who occupy the Palestinian territories and wreak havoc.

The Council expressed its deep regret over the silence showed by the Muslim and Arab countries. It called upon the American wise politicians and people to pressure the American administration to stop such acts, which only lead to further deterioration and instability in the region.

The CIR called on the international community and the United Nations to take effective measures to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop these American-backed excavations, which are contrary to international law and UN resolutions.

US officials attended the opening, organized by an Israeli settler-linked group in East Jerusalem on Sunday, their latest move breaking with precedent and angering Palestinians. White House Adviser Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman were among the US officials present at the event.

CIR Condemns handing over of Ashqar by American authorities to Israeli occupation

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) condemned the American authorities handing over the Palestinian scholar and former presidential candidate Abdelhaleem Ashqar to the Israeli occupation authorities.

The council said in a statement issued Thursday that the US authorities bear full responsibility for Ashqar, whose fate is now in the hands of the criminal Israeli occupation.

This American step emphasizes the hostile policy of the American administration toward the Palestinian people, stability and peace in the region through its blatant bias towards the unjust occupation and its ongoing crimes, the council noted.

The CIR said that the American administration had unfairly sentenced Ashqar to 11 years in prison after being abducted and placed under house arrest for nearly two years, in a charge not exceeding six months in prison, in clear reference to the targeting of Palestinian activists and scientists by the US authorities.

The council called on the international community, human rights groups and organizations around the world to press for the release of Ashqar, stressing the need for the US administration to review its policies in the region that contradict its claim to be an honest broker to achieve the peace process.

Palestinian scholar and former presidential candidate Abdelhaleem Ashqar was reportedly delivered on Wednesday night by the US authorities to the Israeli occupation, after serving 11 years inside the US prisons.

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.

CIR: Deportation of HRW representative serious escalation against human rights defenders

Council on International Relations – Palestine denounced the Israeli decision of deporting Omar Shaker, the representative of Human Rights Watch in the Palestinian territories, after accusing him of promoting campaigns to boycott “Israel”.

The Council said in a statement issued on Thursday that the decision is a serious escalation against human rights defenders and a desperate attempt to delegitimize their work and exploit the term of law to support crimes and suppression of freedoms.

The council said that the decision of the Israeli court to deport Shaker comes within an Israeli policy to pressure on international organizations to silence them and prevent their criticisms and reports against the Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

In its statement, the Council expressed its support for Shaker, calling for immediate action to immunize workers in human rights organizations and to allow their work to be easily facilitated.

An Israeli court supported the deportation of Omar Shaker, director of Human Rights Watch in Israel and Palestine, accusing him of supporting the boycott of Israel and of Israeli settlements in the West Bank

CIR: Carter Stance on BDS major gain for freedom of opinion, anti-occupation movement

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the statement by former US President Jimmy Carter, in which he called on the US House of Representatives to reject a bill against BDS, describing it unconstitutional.

The Council said in a statement issued Thursday that Carter’s stance is a major gain for all who defend the freedom of opinion and expression, as well as for all activists who exercise their right to pressure the occupation through its boycott to force it to end the occupation and give the Palestinian people their rights.

“In the midst of a wave of attacks against BDS, especially in the United States, President Carter’s stance is an important position to repel this attack and allow the BDS to put more pressure on the Israeli occupation,” the council said.

Former US President said in a statement yesterday: ““Under our Constitution, people and legal entities have the right to express political views without fear of consequences,” stated former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. “U.S. courts have protected the right of individuals to participate in boycotts as a form of political protest. The same protection applies to the right to advocate or oppose BDS. The House of Representatives should reject this unconstitutional bill.”

The Council called upon the international community, parliaments in particular, to ensure the right of peoples to express their views and solidarity with the oppressed peoples, who are subjected to occupation and injustice anywhere, and even to enact laws to isolate and hold criminals accountable.