CIR demands Russia to explain celebrating Russia Day in Jerusalem

Council on International Relations – Palestine deplored the intention of the Russian Embassy to organize a ceremony on Russia Day in the occupied Jerusalem.

The Council said in a statement issued on Tuesday that this unprecedented step contradicts with the official Russian position not to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of “Israel”, especially at this critical time in the history of Jerusalem, after the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

The CIR demanded Russia to clarify its position on the ceremony scheduled for June 14 for the first time after it was held in Tel Aviv every year.

Russia Day, previously, before 2002, Day of adoption of the declaration of independence of RSFSR is the national holiday of the Russian Federation. It has been celebrated annually on June 12 since 1991.

However, the Russian embassy to “Israel” intends to organize this year’s ceremony in the occupied Jerusalem on June 14.

CIR: Between killing of Razan and the American veto, international community unable to stop Israel’s crimes

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the inability of the international community to stop the ongoing Israeli occupation crimes against the Palestinian people and the United States’ support for these crimes by using the veto for every resolution condemning it.

The Council said in a statement issued on Saturday that not standing in the face of these crimes, the latest of which was the killing of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar in cold blood by Israeli forces on the Gaza border, encourages the occupation to commit more crimes without being held accountable or punished.

“ How long will the Israeli occupation state be treated as a state above the law and protected from accountability in the international forums?” the council asked.

The Council called on the countries of the world that call for the right of peoples to freedom and self-determination to take bolder positions to stop these crimes and not be hostage to the American veto.

The Israeli occupation forces killed yesterday the young Palestinian paramedic  Razan Najjar while helping the wounded near the Gaza border at a time the United States used the right of veto “to prevent a decision to send international forces to protect the Palestinian people from the crimes of the Israeli occupation.

CIR: Swiss Foreign Minister’s statements undermine UNRWA’s role

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the remarks made by Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis, in which he pointed out that the UNRWA poses a “problem” by holding an “unrealistic” dream about the return of all refugees.

The Council said in a statement issued Friday: “We are surprised by the statements of the Swiss minister and consider them inconsistent with Switzerland’s stand to stand by the Palestinian refugee issue and its condemnation of Trump’s actions against UNRWA and its permanent financial support to the Agency.

The Council noted that Minister Cassis’s remarks were in line with “Israel” and the United States’ approach to ending the refugee issue by undermining the role of UNRWA.

The CIR stressed that the international community, including the European countries that supported “Israel” after the displacement of 700 thousand Palestinians, bear the responsibility to resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees, pointing out that the problem lies in the continuation of the Israeli occupation and its refusal to let those refugees return to their homes.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees is fuelling “unrealistic” hopes of return after 70 years of exodus and is therefore helping keep the Mideast conflict alive, Switzerland’s foreign minister has said.

The UN agency, he said, “worked as a solution for a long time, but today it has become part of the problem.”

 

CIR: South Africa to withdrew ambassador to “Israel” important step amid global inaction towards Israeli crimes

Council on International Relations – Palestine praised the position of the Government of South Africa, which withdrew its ambassador to “Israel” after the bloody massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza.

The Council said in a statement issued on Tuesday that this position is an important step amid the global inaction toward the successive crimes of occupation against the Palestinian people.

The Council thanked the South African government and people for their solidarity with the Palestinian people. “We have not been surprised by this courageous stance of a country that has suffered from the oppression and injustice that our people have suffered for 70 years,” the CIR said.

The Council called on the world, especially the Arab States, to take bolder positions to stand up to these crimes committed by the occupation against peaceful demonstrators on the Gaza border.

Sixty Palestinians were killed, including 7 children and more than 2,400 injured by Israeli occupation near the Gaza border during peaceful protests against the US Embassy move to Jerusalem and the ongoing blockade of Gaza, as well as demanding the right of return on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba.

CIR slams Prince Charles for expected participation in concert celebrating “Israel” establishment

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the announcement by the British Crown Prince that he will participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of “Israel”.

The event coincides with the Palestinian Nakba commemoration in which dozens of thousands of Palestinians displaced before Israel was established in 1948.

“The Crown Prince’s participation is to encourage the Israeli occupation to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people, first and foremost the continued occupation, settlement, killing and blockade of Gaza,” the council said in a statement issued on Monday.

The CIR added: “The expected participation of the crown prince is a continuation of the historic sin committed by Britain after the Balfour Declaration, its historic contribution to the displacement of the Palestinian people and the suffering to which they are subjected so far”.

The Council called on the Crown Prince to retreat from this participation and even to apologize to the Palestinian people for the historic sin committed by Britain against them, the sin that caused the Nakba, which the Palestinians commemorate this year.

The CIR called on the British people to reject this step and press the Crown Prince to back down from this participation.

The British Crown Prince, Prince Charles, has announced that he will participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the “Israel” which will be held in London two weeks later.

CIR to Charles Schumer: We invite you to visit Gaza, see it with you own eyes

In a press release today in Gaza, Council on International Relations addressed a letter to U.S. democratic minority leader Senator Chuck Schumer to invite him to visit Gaza.

“Fully 70 percent of our population are refugees, while over 40 percent of our population are currently unemployed and over 50 percent are suffering from food insecurity. You were valedictorian of your high school class and attended Harvard University. You value education, so do we.” the CIR said.

Condemning Schumer’s call 8 years ago, the council said: “You have said, “since the Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas,” it is right “to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go.” You attended Harvard Law School and have sat on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. You surely know that collective punishment is illegal under international law.”

In June 2010, Schumer emphasized the need to “to strangle Gazans economically until they see that’s not the way to go, makes sense”

The letter mentioned some international bodies’ witnesses in which Human Rights Watch observed that the blockade of Gaza “amounts to collective punishment of the civilian population, a serious violation of international humanitarian law,” while Amnesty International stated that, “as a form of collective punishment, Israel’s continuing blockade of Gaza is a flagrant violation of international law.”

“We want to believe that you have been misinformed about the situation in Gaza. That’s why we are extending our welcome to you. We want you, too, to feel the warmth and witness first-hand the decency and dignity of our gentle people” The CIR said.

CIR Condemns Honduran Congress vote to move embassy to occupied Jerusalem

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the vote of the Honduran National Congress to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

The council said in a press release on Saturday that the decision contravenes international law, which affirms that Jerusalem is an occupied city.

The Council called on the Honduran state to reject the recommendation of the parliament, and abide by international law and international consensus, that rejected in a previous time the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

The Honduran National Congress on Thursday backed a resolution calling for its embassy in “Israel” to be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

CIR mourns Winnie Mandela, pays tribute for its support for Palestinian cause

Council on International Relations – Palestine mourned Winnie Mandela, the anti-apartheid campaigner and the ex-wife of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the council praised Mandela’s support for the Palestinian and rejection to Israel’s racist policies against the Palestinian people.

The CIR sent its deepest condolences to the South African government and people, saying: “The death of Mandela is a loss for all the free people of the world who reject injustice, occupation and apartheid.”

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81. The anti-apartheid campaigner and one-time wife of the late Mandela, passed away after a long illness, her personal assistant confirmed on Monday.

CIR commends Adams’ call for Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador

Council on International Relations (CIR) praised the position former Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, in which he called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador after his violent attack on the peaceful march of return in the Gaza Strip.

In a press released Monday, the council said Adams’ position reflected the position of the Irish people, who have always stood by the rights of the Palestinian people and rejected the ongoing crimes of the Israeli occupation.

The CIR called on the European Union and the United Nations to take a stand against Israeli criminality and urged the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador “as a first step towards formal recognition of the State of Palestine.”

The Council also called on the leaders of political movements around the world to take courageous positions such as the position of Adams and to press for an end to the injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people, the siege and the crimes against them.

Gerry Adams has called on the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador.The former leader of Sinn Féin issued the request after 16 Palestinians were killed and over 1,400 were injured by Israeli occupation forces during a protest in Gaza on 30 March.

CIR welcomes resolutions of UNHRC on Palestine

 

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning Israeli violations and practices in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories.

The Council said in a statement issued on Saturday that these decisions come at a time the Israeli occupation continues its violations against the Palestinians supported by the US administration, which is blatantly biased towards the occupation.

In its statement, the CIR thanked the Member States that voted in favor of those resolutions and stood by the rights of the Palestinian people.

At the same time, the Council called upon those countries that voted against the resolutions, including those that abstained from voting, to review their positions which encourage the occupation to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people and protect it from accountability in international forums.

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in its meeting held in Geneva on Friday approved five resolutions submitted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine with a majority of votes.

According to the report released, the five resolutions are in the following areas: 1- indispensable and indissoluble right of the Palestinian people to determine their own destiny, 2- Zionist settlements in the occupied lands such as East Jerusalem, 3- guarantee of the Zionist regime’s accountability and prosecution for committing crimes against the oppressed Palestinian people, 4-  human rights situation in the occupied lands and 5- taking effective steps on measures taken by the Zionist regime in occupied Golan Heights