CIR condemns capturing Zaytouna-Oliva, calls for lifting Gaza siege

Council on International Relations in Palestine condemned capturing Zaytouna-Oliva flotilla by the Israeli occupation navy yesterday.

Dr. Basem Naim, head of the council, said in a press release issued Thursday that the council considers this aggression with great seriousness and believes that the ongoing siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than 10 years has led to humanitarian and natural disasters.

” Even though Zaytouna-Oliva was not able to reach Gaza, its message has been delivered to the Palestinian people in Gaza that appreciate their efforts and courage”, Naim added.

The council calls on the International community and human rights and UN bodies to pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift Gaza siege and to shoulder their responsibilities toward the rights of the Palestinian people that are guaranteed by the international law and international humanitarian law.

Last Tuesday morning, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under siege since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician.

CIR denounces US presidential candidates’ promises to Israeli occupation

Council on International Relations in Palestine slammed the US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the promises they delivered to Netanyahu during their meetings Monday on the margin of the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly.

The council confirmed in a press release Monday that those promises from the US presidential candidates came to endorse their chances of winning at the expense of the Palestinian people  and their just rights.

The statement noted that such promises contradict with the principles the USA calls for like freedom and protecting human rights at time they turn a blind eye to the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation on a daily basis against our people.

” Not only that, but the current administration, as it admitted, was the most supportive government for the Israeli occupation and keen on its security. Moreover, it crowned that with an agreement of “shame” in which it signed $38 billion military aid package to “Israel” over the next decade.” the statement added.

The council called on all US presidential candidates to stop using the Palestinian people’s suffering for their own benefit. It expected from them to stand by the Palestinian people’s just rights of freedom, independency,  and self-determination.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told Netanyahu in the meeting, if elected, she would oppose any attempts to impose an outside solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as any one-sided action at the UN. Moreover, she committed to counter efforts to delegitimize Israel and to fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

On the other hand, Trump told Netanyahu that if elected president, he would recognize Jerusalem as the “undivided capital” of “Israel”. He backed America’s military support for the Israeli occupation, hailing it as an “excellent investment for America.”

CIR condemns Nikolay Mladenov remarks

Council On International Relations in Palestine condemns the statement issued last Monday 19th September by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov, in which he described all what happened in the Palestinian territories as violence without making any difference between executioner and victim.

Note that this Mr. Mladenov’s statement contradicts previous statements in which he confirmed that this killing by Israeli occupation forces is extrajudicial executions.

In this context, the council asserts the biggest crime is represented by the ongoing occupation, settlements, annexing lands and Gaza siege.

The CIR expects from Mr. Mladenov as he represents the International community to be a strong advocate of the international law and International humanitarian law Israeli flagrantly breach everyday.

Naim condemns Nice terror attack, Hollande for linking it with Islam

Head of Council on International Relations Dr. Basem Naim condemned the terror attack that hit Nice Thursday night, extending his sincere condolences to the victims’ families and wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.

Naim assured in a press release issued by the council that “terrorism” committed anywhere from anyone doesn’t serve humanity peace and stability.

CIR’s chairman explained that the Palestinian people know well what “terrorism” means as they live and still seven decades of Israeli systematic terrorism against land, human beings and sacred places. He asserted the Israeli occupation is the most terrible and vilest image of terrorism.

In a relevant vein, Naim denounced Hollande’s remarks in which he linked the attack with Islam. ” Terrorism has no religion, no homeland. We, in the moment we condemn this shocking attack, say loudly: no for killing innocents anywhere,” Naim concluded.

Naim denounces global conference on genocide to be held in Jerusalem, UN officials to participate in

Head of Council on International Relations in Palestine, Dr. Basem Naim, denounced the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) to hold its 5th Global Conference on Genocide at Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, which was constructed on land that Israel forcibly expropriated from Palestinians in East Jerusalem after it militarily occupied the West Bank in 1967.

Naim strongly condemned UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng for participating in the conference who is supposed to deliver a speech. ” How come a UN body seeking to implement human and refugee rights participates in a conference held in an occupation state that practices terrorism and genocide against the Palestinian people for dozens of years!”

In a press release issued by the council Sunday, Naim calls on the (INoGS) to transfer its conference to another place and the participants to boycott the conference. ” You should not award “Israel” for crimes it committed including displacing thousands of Palestinians following dozens of massacres against them in 1948, waging wars on Gaza and imposing tight siege on it till now which can amount to a genocide”, CIR chairman added.

On 26 June, the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) is set to convene its 5th Global Conference on Genocide at Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, which was constructed on land that Israel forcibly expropriated from Palestinians in East Jerusalem after it militarily occupied the West Bank in 1967.

Naim expresses condolences to family of MP Jo Cox

Chairman of Council on International Relations, Basem Naim, expressed his sincere condolences to family of MP Jo Cox who was slain on Thursday.

Naim said in a press release Friday: ” we were deeply shocked by the murder of UK MP Jo Cox who was one of the most powerful supports for Palestine and its people’s rights, especially the refugees. She had honorable positions in defending boycotting the Israeli occupation as a legitimate right.”

” This murder sends a clear and powerful message that ‘ terrorism has no religion and homeland and doesn’t exclude anyone’. The Palestinian people knows enough the meaning of terrorism through what they suffered in the past 7 decades from “the state terrorism” that Israel exercised and still.”

Jo Cox, a Labour Party member of the UK Parliament, was slain on Thursday in what police said was likely the work of a lone gunman.

Naim denounces nominating Israel to head UN Counter-Terrorism Committee

Basem Naim, chairman of Council on International Relations, denounced nominating Israel by Western European nations to become the head of the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee and issues of international law.
Naim condemned in a press release Wednesday choosing Israel despite it practices the systematic “State terrorism” against the Palestinians on daily basis, including murdering Palestinians, imposing a tight siege on 2m people in Gaza, building more settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and demolishing homes.
” Choosing Israel is a reward for practicing terrorism. It contributes to impunity after three heinous wars Israel waged against Gaza in which thousands of Palestinians killed and dozens of thousands injured. This nomination confirms that Europe insists on throwing aside what it believes in of democracy, human right, and respecting the law” Naim confirmed.
CIR chairman called on Western European nations to withdraw the nomination, and held Israel accountable for the crimes it committed and still in Palestine.

CIR mourns Muhammad Ali death

Council on International Relations mourns the death of Muhammad Ali who passed away last Friday in Arizona following 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

On this occasion, the council acknowledges that Ali was more than just a legendary boxer as he criticized in the sixties the apartheid, visited Palestinian refugee camps and announced his full support for the Palestinian freedom battle against the Israeli occupation.

The council offers sincere condolences to Ali’s family and asks Allah to inspire them patience and fortitude.

A letter to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

Mr President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,

Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Presidents, kings, Emirs, Prime ministers, and International organizations’ chairmen who are participating in World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul,


The Gaza Strip is suffering an illegal and inhumane siege for 10 years(1). This siege imposed by Israel, the occupying power under international cover and the Quartet, has led to the destruction of all potentials of humane life, enough to push the United Nations to confirm in its reports that Gaza will be unlivable in 2020(2).

A lot of international reports talk about a poverty rate that is the highest worldwide as it reached 80%, unemployment reached 43%, 65% between youth. The percentage of families relying on aids reached 85%, and the percentage of undrinkable water reached 95% (3).

As you know, the movement of Palestinians on borders is too limited and fraught with danger, save for a lot of psychological problems that spread among people, especially youth and children such as fear, frustration, anxious, and bedwetting.

In this context, we assure that what Israel claims of easing restrictions and facilitating people’s life is proven wrong on the ground of reality. Gaza’s exports didn’t exceed 2.2% compared to 2007 according to international reports(4).

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Despite all difficult conditions and big challenges the Gaza Strip is passing through under iniquitous occupation and unjust siege, our Palestinian people is still having hope in a flash of world conscious to end our people’s misery by ridding them of this racist occupation and unjust siege. Our eyes are on this exceptional summit in its subject and time to send a strong and specific message to the occupation to end its siege on Gaza immediately.

Gaza, ladies and gentlemen, doesn’t need to stay alive only, it aspires to a better future in which humanity participates in building more free and humane world.

We just need your help!



  • ICRC


  • World Bank


Naim extends condolences to Egypt over Egyptair plane crash

Chairman of Council on International Relations in Palestine Dr. Basem Naim conveyed its sincere condolences to the President, the government and the families of the victims, over An EgyptAir plane that crashed while traveling to Cairo from Paris early Thursday with 66 passengers and crew members on board.

Naim wished the families of victims have patience, comfort and recovery from their grief.

Head of the CIR assured the deepest relations between the Palestinian people and Egypt, and its continued support to our people and their struggle for freedom and independence.