Press releases

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.

CIR: Bolsonaro visit to “Israel” violates int’l law, contrary to historic Brazilian position

Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR) condemned the visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday to the Israeli occupation state.

The council said in a statement on Monday that the visit violates the international law and is contrary to the historic Brazilian position of standing by the occupied and oppressed peoples.

“The opening of a diplomatic office in the occupied Jerusalem to increase cooperation with the occupying power and the visit of Al-Buraq Wall “the Western Wall”, accompanied by Netanyahu, violate the historical position of Brazil and support crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians,” the statement said.

The Council called on Brazil to reverse these positions and abide by the principles of international law and diplomatic norms, calling on Arab and friendly countries to pressure them to retreat from these dangerous positions.

On Sunday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrived in “Israel” on an official visit at his second stop after the United States, signaling a shift in the giant country’s policy, which since the beginning of the century has supported Palestinian positions.

CIR welcomes HRC adoption of report accusing Israeli occupation of war crimes

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the Human Rights Council adoption of a report issued by an international commission of inquiry accusing the Israeli occupation of war crimes against peaceful demonstrators in Gaza.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the council thanked the countries that voted for the report of the commission of inquiry on the Great Return Marches, stressing that the report constitutes an important document in the context of holding the Israeli occupation accountable for its ongoing and systematic crimes against the Palestinians.

The Council expressed disappointment with the countries that voted against the report or those who abstained. “Your negative vote or abstention was a surprise for us. We hope you will review your position and we look forward to your stand with the just causes and against war crimes committed everywhere”, the CIR added.

The Council called upon the international community to examine all means necessary to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry, including the lifting of the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip 12 years ago, and the stopping of the use of force against peaceful demonstrators in the Great Return Marches.

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a report on Friday morning condemning Israel’s “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against civilian protesters in Gaza.

The vote follows a UN Independent Commission of Inquiry report that claims 183 Palestinians were killed by “Israel”, including 35 children. The commission determined that the majority of protesters killed by Israeli forces – 154 out of the 183 – had been unarmed.

CIR surprised at India’s denial of its history by receiving Israeli war criminal

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) denounced the warm welcome for the Prime Minister of the Israeli occupation and war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu in New Delhi on Sunday.

In a press release, the Council expressed its deep surprise at India’s denial of its long history of supporting the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights.

In violation of the principles of the Indian liberation leader Mahatma Gandhi, who once said: ““Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French”, the CIR expressed its regret over the shift of India’s position from a supportive position of the vulnerable and peoples under occupation to a supportive position of a racist state that violates international laws.

The Council considered that this support for the Israeli occupation by India is a green light to continue its aggression against our people and holy sites, especially Jerusalem.

The CIR called on India to review its positions on the relationship with the occupation, and to boycott and impose sanctions on it to retreat from its criminal policies and end the occupation of our land.