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CIR: AU statement thwarts Israeli attempts to penetrate global solidarity with Palestine

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the statement of the 34th African Union summit condemning the continued Israeli occupation of Palestine and its crimes against the Palestinians.

The council said Tuesday the AU statement is firm evidence of the failure of Israeli attempts to penetrate African solidarity with the Palestinians and the continuation of the historical African solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle against the occupation.

“The statement comes at a time when some Arab countries are rushing to normalize with the occupation. All occupation attempts to gain legitimacy at the expense of the rights of our people and without ending the occupation of our lands and the return of refugees will ultimately fail”, the CIR pointed out.

At the 34th African Union (AU) Summit that was held virtually over the weekend, African leaders reaffirmed the continent’s support for the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation, and strongly condemned Israel’s violence against Palestinians; its construction of illegal settlements; and attempts at colonizing East Jerusalem.

CIR welcomes WHO rejecting of Israeli proposal to cancel item on health situation in Palestine

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed World Health Organization Executive Council rejection of a proposal submitted by the Israeli occupation to cancel an item entitled “the health situation in the Occupied Palestinian lands and Occupied Syrian Golan” from the agenda of the upcoming WHO session.

The decision thwarted, the CIR said in a statement Thursday, the Israeli attempt to evade its responsibilities, including the health responsibility, as an occupying power.

The Council thanked the member states that voted against the draft resolution, stressing the importance of the role of international organizations in confronting this occupation and its attempts to exterminate the Palestinian people by all means, including leaving it vulnerable to a deadly epidemic.

The Council called on international organizations worldwide to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to force it to assume its responsibilities toward the Palestinian people and supply it with all its health needs. This includes, the CIR added, the coronavirus vaccination, especially at this time when the Palestinian territories are exposed to deadly attacks from the epidemic in light of the limited capabilities.

World Health Organization Executive Council rejected a proposal submitted by the Israeli occupation to cancel an item entitled “the health situation in the Occupied Palestinian lands and Occupied Syrian Golan” from the agenda of the upcoming WHO session. The proposal failed to get the majority votes with 15 countries opposing it.

CIR mourns minister Jackson Mthembu, reminds of his stances in support of Palestinians

Council on International Relations – Palestine expressed its sincere condolences to the South African president, government and people over the death of minister Jackson Mthembu.

In a condolence sent to the SA Consul in Palestine, the Council said: “The Palestinian people will not forget the positions of Minister Mthembu in support of their rights and their struggle against the occupation and racism and his support for the BDS.”

Minister Mthembu is considered one of the prominent figures in support of Palestinian rights. He once said his famous line: “When People are killed, mowed down in Palestine, we are reminded of what happened to us during Apartheid”.

” Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, kids and broader family during this extraordinarily sad time”, the CIR concluded.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed in an announcement on Thursday the passing of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu at 62 — from complications related to COVID-19 which he contracted on January 11.

CIR: “Israel” faces demographic threat by bringing in non-Jewish immigrants

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that the number of Jewish immigrants to “Israel” over the course of 2020 hit a record low, with only 33.8% of the usual number of new immigrants.

For the first time in Israeli history, the Jewish population of the country has dropped below 74 percent, according to the IPC.

Dr. Basem Naim, head of Council on International Relations – Palestine said that these data indicate that the occupation state is exploiting the claim that any Jew around the world has the right to immigrate to the “Promised Land”, which is unfortunately supported by the international community unlawfully, to confront the demographic threat that threatens it by bringing non-Jewish immigrants to Palestine, at a time when the occupation expels Palestinians from their lands, demolishes their homes, and deprives them of their basic rights.

This behavior, Naeem indicated, not only confirms the racism and fascism of this entity and its creed, but rather “Israel” uses religious arguments to pass colonial political projects and consolidate its control over Palestinian land.

Naim noted that these facts undermine the idea that many in the international community, especially in the West, rely on regarding the right of Jews around the world to immigrate to Palestine, at a time when the international community is unable to enforce international legitimacy by enabling the Palestinians to return to their homes from which they were forcibly displaced. Head of the CIR called on the international community to reconsider its stances towards the historical injustice that befalls the Palestinian people.

CIR warns of UAE-sponsored schemes to undermine UNRWA

Council on International Relations – Palestine warned of UAE-sponsored schemes to undermine the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, according to the French Le Monde.

The council said in a statement issued Saturday that these media leaks come within the plan that the American administration and the Israeli have been working on for a long time to end the work of UNRWA.

The Council noted that any schemes to undermine the agency, end its mandate, or change its function are a flagrant violation of international laws and decisions, which guaranteed the Palestinians return to their homes.

“Such schemes would not achieve any stability or peace, but rather would spread chaos, destruction and instability in the region, and would not deter the Palestinians from sacrificing to obtain their rights”.

The council was surprised by the UAE’s support for this scheme, noting that it was more appropriate for it to support the agency as the rest of the countries do, and not seek to undermine it.

Latest Issue by The French Le Monde said Thursday that the UAE is considering a plan presented by the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies and the Emirates Center for Policies that aims to permanently liquidate the refugee issue, by ending UNRWA’s work and canceling the mandate given to it by the UN General Assembly Seventy years ago.

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”.

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.

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.”