CIR Condemns handing over of Ashqar by American authorities to Israeli occupation

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) condemned the American authorities handing over the Palestinian scholar and former presidential candidate Abdelhaleem Ashqar to the Israeli occupation authorities.

The council said in a statement issued Thursday that the US authorities bear full responsibility for Ashqar, whose fate is now in the hands of the criminal Israeli occupation.

This American step emphasizes the hostile policy of the American administration toward the Palestinian people, stability and peace in the region through its blatant bias towards the unjust occupation and its ongoing crimes, the council noted.

The CIR said that the American administration had unfairly sentenced Ashqar to 11 years in prison after being abducted and placed under house arrest for nearly two years, in a charge not exceeding six months in prison, in clear reference to the targeting of Palestinian activists and scientists by the US authorities.

The council called on the international community, human rights groups and organizations around the world to press for the release of Ashqar, stressing the need for the US administration to review its policies in the region that contradict its claim to be an honest broker to achieve the peace process.

Palestinian scholar and former presidential candidate Abdelhaleem Ashqar was reportedly delivered on Wednesday night by the US authorities to the Israeli occupation, after serving 11 years inside the US prisons.

CIR: Bundestag’s decision to criminalize BDS violates historical European support for peaceful struggle

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) denounced the decision of the Germany’s Bundestag to consider the boycott of the Israeli occupation as a form of anti-Semitism.

The council said in a statement issued Saturday that the decision was shameful and immoral and contradicted human rights, freedom of expression and the right of peoples to unite with other oppressed peoples around the world.

“Germany continues to pay for its historic mistakes against the Jews by exercising injustice against the Palestinian people, who are subjected to unjust and criminal occupation.”, the Council said.

The Council noted that Germany adopts the occupation’s story by considering the BDS and encourages it to practice further apartheid acts against the Palestinians.

“The Bundestag decision violated international law and even the historical decisions of the international community which adopted the idea of boycotting the apartheid in South Africa”, the council said, pointing out that adopting the BDS by many Jews around the world is blatant proof of the lack of validity of the German parliamentary decision.

The Council called on the Bundestag to retract the decision and even to support any popular action against any occupation around the world, especially the Israeli occupation, which continues to commit war crimes and genocide against the defenseless Palestinian people.

CIR condemns holding European song in “Israel”, accusing Europe of art washing occupation

Council on International Relations strongly condemned holding the Eurovision Song Contest in the Israeli occupation state on Tuesday.

The Council said in a statement issued today that Europe should not contribute in any way to whitewashing the occupation and its crimes against the Palestinian people by participating in this celebration.

The Council noted: “It is inconceivable that the participants in the celebration will sing at a time when the Israeli occupation continues to commit war crimes against the Palestinians, while continuing to annex Palestinian territories and impose an unjust siege on the Gaza Strip and at a time when thousands of Palestinians are unjustly and inhumanely imprisoned behind the Israeli bars. ”

“Singing and music are the language of humanity that go beyond all boundaries and barriers in the way of human contact. Art can cannot be used to create immunity for those who have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity.” the Council pointed out.

The CIR said: “We, and all lovers of justice and peace in the world, ask you to intervene to stop this celebration so as European countries not to participate in whitening the occupation and coverage of his crimes, by participating in this celebration, which is located on the ruins of the Palestinian village Sheikh Moanis”.

The Council called on the European Union to reconsider its positions which contradict the principles of international law and stand blatantly against the occupation and against the occupied peoples. The CIR called on the European Union to impose a law under which Israel would be boycotted until the end of occupation, injustice and crimes against the defenseless Palestinian people.

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 Condemns Australia’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israeli occupation

Council for International Relations – Palestine (CIR) condemns Australia’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation, saying it is a provocative and dangerous step that would further complicate the current situation and instability in the region.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the CIR said the timing of the Australian recognition comes in light of the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, the continued killing by the occupation forces in the West Bank and the assault on peaceful demonstrators in the Gaza Strip.

In its statement, the Council called on Australia to reverse this recognition and abide by the outcomes of international law, and also called on Arab and Islamic countries to sever their relations with Australia to pressure it to back down from this recognition.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday that his country officially recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing a policy it has pursued in the Middle East for decades, but will not immediately transfer its embassy there.

CIR holds meeting about transformation of India’s positions towards Palestinian issue

Council on International Relations – Palestine held a dialogue meeting about the reasons behind transformation of India’s positions towards Palestinian issue Tuesday morning in Gaza City.

The council hosted Mr. Feroze Mithiborwala, the Founder General Secretary of the India Palestine Solidarity Forum, who spoke from Mumbai, India.

Feroze spoke about the far-right alliance between BJP and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which is part of the trend in the Middle East region where the Gulf Monarchies and certain right-wing Islamic parties are allied with Israel.

Speaking of the history of the relationship between Palestine and India, Mithiborwala said that the relations go back to before India’s independence in 1947, pointing out that India has always voted for Palestine. But the dramatic change in Indian politics began in 1990 when the Soviet Union collapsed. That time, India began to move toward America and Israel and sought to reorganize its strategic relations in order to find a place in the map of the New World order.

Later, Israel took advantage of the singing of the Oslo Accords to improve its relations with several countries including India, he added.

Feroze pointed out that one of the most important factor between India and “Israel” is the issue of Kashmir exploited by the Americans and “Israel” to engage deeply in the Indian Peninsula. He thus stressed on the need for governments and peoples in India and Pakistan to reach a solution to the Kashmir issue because many put the issues of Palestine and Kashmir In the same box, and what is required is the separation between both. The issue of Palestine and Kashmir are very different in their genesis andd their political solutions are also very different.

“Israel” is the last to “help” India to resolve the issue of Kashmir, as an occupying state that practices persecution against the Palestinian people, he said.

On Netanyahu’s recent visit to India, large demonstrations were held across the country, calling for NETANYAHU TO GO BACK!

Turning to the solutions, Feroze said that India is required first to build a strong movement within India on the issue of Palestine because the freedom of the World is linked to the freedom of Palestine.

Secondly, launching a boycott movement against “Israel” similar to the boycott movement in the world. Thirdly, communicating with Bollywood because of its importance in the Arab world as well as working at the level of Asian countries to unite to support the Palestinian cause.

As for the Palestinian, Feroze pointed out that the Palestinian forces and parties are required to interact more with the Indian people and to bring more Palestinians to India to talk about their struggle and their suffering.

He called on the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian embassy in India to play a more active role and to communicate more with the Indian government, parties and social movements.

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.