CIR: Labour Party motion historic, undermines Zionist efforts to whitewash occupation

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed backing a motion in Labour conference to demand sanctions against Israel for its illegal actions under international law, to stop the UK’s arms trade with Israel, and end trade with illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

The council said in a statement issued, Monday, that this motion is a pivotal shift in the history of Britain’s relationship with the Palestinian issue, especially that it comes from a major party that may form the government in the coming period.

Regarding the tireless Zionist efforts to distort the Palestinians, the council said that these attempts will not succeed in changing the facts and the Labour Party’s recent motion is the best evidence.

“We welcome this motion, and we thank everyone who voted yes, and we consider the motion a significant addition to the international consensus that is forming and sees that “Israel” is practicing apartheid that must be fought”, the CIR added.

The Council called on all British parties to take the same decisions that are in line with international law and the will of free peoples, and that express solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of the occupation and its crimes.

Labour conference has backed a motion for the party to demand sanctions against Israel for its illegal actions under international law, to stop the UK’s arms trade with “Israel”, and end trade with illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

CIR welcomes UK’s Liberal Democrats vote in favour of Palestine

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the Liberal Democrats party overwhelmingly vote in favour of a ban on UK trade with illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and to allow visa-free travel for Palestinians.

 

The council said in a statement issued Wednesday this vote reflects the growing British trend against the crimes of the Israeli occupation and the increase of support and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

 

The CIR said: “The vote in favour of these decisions is a great symbolic step that gives hope to the Palestinian people for international solidarity in their march towards liberation, independence and self-determination.”

 

The Council called on all British parties to take similar decisions in support of the historical Palestinian right and a correction of the historical mistake made by Britain against the Palestinian people.

 

The British Liberal Democrats, a major party, have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ban on UK trade with the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The motion that was passed by the party at its annual conference included its “commitment to immediate recognition of Palestine as a sovereign independent state by the UK government based on the 1967 lines.”

CIR praises Irish Parliament’s motion to declare Israeli settlements as de facto annexation

Council on International Relations – Palestine praised passing a motion by the Irish parliament tabled by Sinn Fein to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexation.

The Council said the motion is an advanced position issued for the first time by a European country, and reflects the change imposed by the peoples supporting the Palestinian cause.

“The motion confirms “Israel’s” violation of international law, by continuing its settlement policies and forced displacement of the Palestinian population, the latest of which was the attempts to forcibly evict the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem”, the CIR noted.

The Council called on all European countries to take adopt similar motions, especially in light of the war crimes “Israel” committed in its recent aggression on the Gaza Strip, which requires a strong position that deters the occupation from its crimes.

Ireland has become the first EU member state to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexation, after the Dáil on Wednesday night passed a motion tabled by Sinn Fein.

CIR Deplores European Parliament Adoption of Resolution Condemning UNRWA

Council on International Relations – Palestine deplored the European Parliament’s adoption yesterday of a resolution condemning the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) under the pretext of teaching hate and violence.

In a statement issued Friday, the council said the decision follows continuous Israeli incitement against the Palestinian curricula, indicating that the occupation is the most prominent manifestation of incitement and its crimes only lead to more violence and instability.

The Council noted that the Israeli education curricula and media are full of racism, hatred and detracting from the humanity of others, especially Arabs and Palestinians, and full of distorting their image and denying the existence of the Palestinian people.

Promoting national identity in the Palestinian curricula and being not bias towards the occupation is not incitement, but rather a duty UNRWA must continue to reinforce, the CIR said, adding that since the UNRWA is committed, according to the mandate, to adhere to the national curricula in the regions in which it operates.

The Council called on the European Parliament to stop these double standards in dealing with the Palestinians and revoke its decision, and not to rely on the Israeli narrative. “The Parliament should monitor the Israeli education curricula to end the racism and violence that our people suffer from through the daily practices of the occupation”, the CIR added.

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning “UNRWA” for teaching “hatred and violence against Israel” through Palestinian schoolbooks as mentioned in the resolution.

CIR welcomes HRW report on Israeli apartheid

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, in which it says Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.

The report describes the reality that Palestinians have been living for decades, the council said, and it is an important legal document that supports the Palestinian narrative and refutes the false Israeli narrative.

The CIR called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in accordance with international law, and to work to hold the Israeli occupation state accountable for its ongoing crimes, especially supporting the investigation conducted by the International Criminal Court.

“Israel” is committing “crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution” against Palestinians and the international community must reevaluate diplomatic relations with the state, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday.

The 213-page report details how “Israel” has sought to maintain Jewish-Israeli hegemony over the Palestinian people from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

CIR conveys condolences over death of Ramsey Clark, prominent supporter of Palestinian people

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) expressed its sincere condolences over the death of the American human rights activist Ramsey Clark, one of those in solidarity with the Palestinian people and supporter of their rights and the honorary president of The Arab International Forum for Justice for Palestine.

The council said in a statement issued Sunday that Clark played an important role in exposing the influence of the Zionist lobby on decision makers and decision-making in the USA.

Clark visited the besieged Gaza in 2011 in solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people following brutal Israeli aggression, denouncing the USA’s policies to intervene to thwart international prosecutions aimed to bring Israeli leaders to trial for war crimes committed during the aggression. Clark stressed that Washington stands as an obstacle to the application of international law and justice for the persecuted.

The CIR sent its sincere condolences to Clark’s family, friends and loved ones, stressing that the Palestinian people will not forget his honorable stances.

CIR welcomes US restoration of support to Palestine refugees

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the announcement made by the United States that it is restoring its humanitarian aid assistance to Palestine refugees across the Middle East.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Council said that this decision is a correction of a mistake committed by the Trump administration, calling on Biden administration to also move politically to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop its aggression against the Palestinian people represented by the continuation of the occupation, settlements and siege.

The CIR stressed the importance of financial support for UNRWA, which provides services to millions of Palestinian refugees until they return to their homes from which they were expelled. The right of return is a key issue within the conflict that has plagued the region for more than 70 years, the CIR added.

The Council urged countries that have reduced their funding for UNRWA to backtrack on their decisions, and the international community and donor countries to increase support for the UN agency, especially in light of the current crises, especially the COVID-19 crisis that has greatly affected the region.

Remarking on the US announcement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said ‘The United States is pleased to resume support for UNRWA’s services, including an education for over 500,000 Palestinian boys and girls, thereby providing hope and stability in UNRWA’s five fields of operation in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.’

CIR: ICC decision to investigate Israeli war crimes is step forward to justice

Calling on the court to resist US and Israel pressures,

CIR: ICC decision to investigate Israeli war crimes is step forward to justice

 

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the decision of the International Criminal Court to launch a formal inquiry into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The council said, in a statement issued Thursday, that the decision is an additional step forward on the path of achieving justice for the victims of the Palestinian people and bringing the Israeli war criminals to justice.

The CIR called on the court to resist the US and Israel’s pressures and its lobbies, and not to retreat from this important step.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Wednesday she launched a formal inquiry into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Fatou Bensouda said in a statement the inquiry will be conducted “independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favour”.

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.