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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.”

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.

CIR Conveys Condolences on Nagia Death, Key Supporter of Palestine in SA

CIR Conveys Condolences on Nagia Death, Key Supporter of Palestine in SA

 

Council on International Relations-Palestine (CIR) extended its sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Anwah Nagia and his loved ones, as well as to the Government and people of South Africa after he passed away of COVID-19.

In a statement of condolence issued Tuesday, the Council said that Nagia had been one of the prominent human rights fighters and a key supporter of Palestine and the rights of its people in South Africa and around the world.

Head of the Council, Dr. Basem Naim said: “We have learned with all sorrow and pain the death of the human rights activist Dr. Anwah Nagia, one of the leading figures in supporting Palestine in South Africa”, calling on beloved ones and supporters to follow his path in supporting the Palestinian people.

The CIR added that Dr. Nagia had been one of the most eminent lovers of Palestine and the founder of Palestine Museum in Cape Town. By his death, the Palestinian people lost a committed struggler for Palestinian rights.

The founder of Palestine Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, Anwah Nagia passed away Monday following his recent struggle with COVID-19.

CIR calls on UN to obligate Israel to international resolutions or cancel membership

On its 75th anniversary,
CIR calls on UN to obligate Israel to international resolutions or cancel membership

Council on International Relations – Palestine congratulated the United Nations on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, noting its important role in spreading international peace and security throughout these years.

The council said in a statement issued Wednesday: Although the organization has achieved many achievements at the level of international peace and security around the world, it has failed to achieve justice and the rule of law, for which the organization was founded at the San Francisco conference in 1945, especially in the Palestinian issue.

The Palestinian people have been subjected to Israeli terrorism and aggression for seven decades, and the organization has not been able to protect them or help them get rid of the occupation and achieve their goal of freedom and independence, the CIR added.

The Council added that the UN is still required to shoulder its responsibilities towards the decades-old issue of the Palestinian people, and it must work diligently until the Palestinian people obtain their full rights.

The Council called on the organization to oblige “Israel” to abide by the international resolutions or to cancel its membership.

The Council indicated that “Israel” Is still violating the conditions stated in the decision to accept it as a member of the United Nations, namely the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes from which they were forcibly displaced.

The CIR warned that the continuation of the Zionist occupation and terrorism is one of the most important causes of instability and chaos in the region.

Stability and development will not be achieved without ending the occupation and empowering the Palestinian people with their basic rights, foremost among which is their right to independence and self-determination, the most important foundations of the organization’s philosophy, the Gaza-based body added.

The United Nations celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, at a time when the world is witnessing great turmoil that is exacerbated by an unprecedented global health crisis, and unresolved issues, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue.