CIR Congratulates ICRC on 156th anniversary of foundation

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) congratulated the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and all its staff on the 156th anniversary of foundation, wishing them more success, progress and prosperity for the benefit of all peoples.

In a letter sent to head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza, Mr. Guislain Defurne, the Council thanked the Committee for its efforts to assist the Palestinian victims of the Israeli occupation and to provide protection and assistance to them.

” We highly appreciate your sacrifices in the battlefields and to ensure protection and humanitarian assistance to victims of armed conflicts.” the letter said.

The Council renewed its aspiration to strengthen the relations between the Committee and the Palestinian people and to work jointly for the benefit of this people, who is still suffering from occupation, siege and closure.

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is one of the most widely respected and recognized humanitarian organizations in the world. It was founded in 1863 by Swiss philanthropist Henri Dunant. The oldest organization within the International Red Cross and Crescent Movement Red, has won the Nobel Peace Prize three times since 1917.

CIR calls to declare 30 March as Int’l day of solidarity with demands of Palestinian people

Council on International Relations – Palestine called upon activists around the world to declare 30 March as a day of international solidarity with the demands of the Palestinian people to break the siege, return and freedom.

The Council underscored in a statement issued on Monday the appeal made by the Higher National Commission of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, which called upon the solidarity movements, civil society organizations and all the free people to participate in this International Day.

The Council noted in its statement the importance of the Great Rerun March (GMR), one year after its launch, as it continues to be a strong response to the continuation of the siege on the Gaza Strip and a strong message that the Palestinian people will not relinquish their rights.

The Council said that the crimes of the occupation committed against participants in the GMR, in which 254 Palestinians were killed and over 26,000 injured so far, will not dissuade the Palestinian people from exercising their right to resist this occupation by all possible means guaranteed by international law.

The Higher National Commission of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege has appealed to the solidarity movements, civil society organizations and all the world’s free and human rights advocates to declare Saturday, March 30, the forty-third anniversary of Palestinian Land Day, the first anniversary of the launch of the GMR a day of international solidarity with the demands of the Palestinian people to break the siege, return and freedom.

The Commission called for the implementation of various solidarity activities, especially demonstrations and festivals in capitals and major cities in all countries of the world to demand the breaking of the immoral and illegal siege on the Gaza Strip and to affirm the right of the Palestinian people to freedom and return to the homes they were forcibly displaced from.

CIR values call of Human Rights Office to account settlers for their criminal acts

Council for International Relations – Palestine (CIR) valued a statement issued by the Human Rights Office calling for holding accountable those responsible for Israeli settler violence against Palestinians.

The Council said in a statement issued on Wednesday that settler crimes reached an unprecedented level against the Palestinians in 2018.

The Council said that violence by Jewish settlers and right-wing activists against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank tripled last year, with 482 such incidents reported by mid-December, compared to 140 for 2017, according to Haaretz.

In addition to beating up and throwing stones at Palestinians, more frequently the offences consisted of painting nationalist and anti-Arab or anti-Muslim slogans, damaging homes and cars and cutting down trees belonging to Palestinian farmers, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.

“We call upon the Human Rights Council to send a commission of inquiry into these crimes and to pressure the international community to exert maximum pressure on the occupation to end its occupation, dismantle illegal settlements and stop the crimes of the settlers,” the council said in the statement.

The United Nations Office for Human Rights has expressed concern about the protracted and extremely violent attack by Israeli settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank village of Al Mughayyir last Saturday (26 January), during which a 38-year-old Palestinian father of four, Hamdi Taleb Na’asan, was shot in the back and killed.

CIR: Israeli plans to close UNRWA schools in occupied Jerusalem prelude to new Nakba

Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR) warned of the Israeli occupation plan to close the schools of UNRWA in Jerusalem.

The council said in a statement issued on Monday that the cuts and closures of the agency pave the way to a new Nakba for the Palestinian people, who are waiting to return to the homes from which they were expelled.

“The General Assembly of the United Nations accepted the membership of “Israel” on the condition of the establishment of a Palestinian state and the return of Palestinian refugees. Until such conditions are met, UNRWA is mandated by the international community to care for refugees and to protect them.”, the Council noted.

The CIR stressed that any infringement to this concept is an infringement to the legitimacy Israeli claims its existence is based on.

In its statement, the Council said that it expects the international community, particularly the General Assembly of the United Nations and UNRWA, to squarely confront Israeli intentions to withdraw UNRWA school licenses in Jerusalem, warning at the same time of ethnic cleansing affecting the Palestinian people, thereby fostering instability in the region.

Israeli media reported that the state’s National Security Council will revoke permits allowing UNRWA schools to operate starting next school year. The schools will be replaced by schools run by the Jerusalem municipality, supported by Israel’s education ministry.

CIR: Bolton visit to Jerusalem will not legitimize its occupation

Council on International Relations – Palestine denounced the visit of US national security adviser John Bolton to Jerusalem, considering it an attempt to legitimize its decades-old occupation.

The council said in a statement on Monday that Bolton’s visit to the Western Wall and tunnels under the Al-Aqsa Mosque was to encourage and legitimize the plans of the Israeli occupation aimed at demolishing Al-Aqsa Mosque, warning of dire consequences.

“The visit contravenes international law and is a clear indication of the continuation of the American policy, which is biased to the Israeli occupation and is in violation of international norms and laws”, the CIR said.

The Council pointed out that Trump’s policy only leads to greater tension and instability in the region, stressing that his policy will not push the Palestinian people to relinquish their legitimate rights, especially their right to Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

The CIR called on the international community to take practical steps to address this policy, and pressure the US administration to retreat from its destructive policy in the region.

The President of the US National Council John Bolton visited “Israel” on Sunday and arrived at the scene opposite Al Buraq Wall, which is located on the ruins of “The Moroccan Quarter,” and also visited the tunnels along Al Buraq Wall and the Old Town.

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: Palestinian people still deprived of their basic rights because of Israeli occupation

On World Human Rights Day

CIR: Palestinian people still deprived of their basic rights because of Israeli occupation

The Palestinian people are still deprived of their human rights because of the continued occupation, crimes, siege and aggressions, the Council on International Relations said in a statement issued on Monday.

The Council said that the International Human Rights Day coincides with ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, in light of violations of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international law and international humanitarian law.

The Council said that the Israeli aggression is still continued to be carried out through full-scale military attacks, and the imposition of an illegal and comprehensive siege on the Gaza Strip, which constitutes collective punishment and crimes against humanity under the rules of international humanitarian law.

The Council explained that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have suffered a continuing violation of their basic rights and freedoms as a result of the grave human rights violations committed by the Israeli occupation against peaceful demonstrators in the besieged Gaza Strip. Those who protested to demand their human rights were brutally met by the occupation forces fire that killed 232 of whom, including 33 children, and injured over 10,000.

“The occupation continues to violate the Palestinian human rights through further Judaization of Jerusalem, the demolition of homes, the expulsion of Palestinian residents from their homes, the construction of more settlement units and the theft of land,” the statement said.

The Council called upon the international community and institutions of international law to shoulder their responsibilities and put pressure on the Israeli occupation in order to abide by the rules and principles of international law. The CIR also called on The International Criminal Court to hold the Israeli war criminals accountable for their ongoing and systematic crimes the Palestinian people.

CIR: Celebrating the world with this day requires more solidarity, support for our people

Statement by Council on International Relations on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

CIR: Celebrating the world with this day requires more solidarity and support for our people

On 29 November of each year, the world celebrates the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in accordance with the resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1977.

As we pass through this day, our Palestinian people continue to live under the Israeli occupation, which diversities its criminal policies that target everything related to the rights of our people, foremost of which is their right to live in dignity on their national soil and their independent state.

The seventy years since the establishment of the Israeli occupation state on the soil of Palestine and the expulsion of our people from their villages and cities and obliterating everything that is related to their existence was not enough for the world to move and take measures to do justice to this oppressed people and restore some of their rights, primarily an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, as recognized by international legitimacy.

Therefore, the celebration of the world on this day requires more solidarity and support for the causes of our people and their continuous struggle to achieve their rights, not less than to condemn the policies of the occupation and its actions against our people, and to carry out boycott campaign of everything related to him at all political, cultural, economic and diplomatic levels. Moving the embassies of countries to the holy city of Jerusalem should be condemned as well as the crimes of the occupation against the population in the city, the most recent decision to deport more than 700 citizens of Jerusalem from their homes on the pretext of possession by Israeli institutions, not to mention what is happening in Al Khan Al Ahmar and not far from the crimes of the occupation against the people in the Gaza Strip through the destructive war machine.

We, in the Council, hope that the positions of these countries will be strengthened to form a unity of a pressing position on the occupation in all international forums, especially the United Nations and its organs, the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court in particular until a clear message is sent to the occupation that its criminal policies are no longer unknown to anyone, and its falsification of the facts will not be useful in changing the right to nullity, and sooner or later the right holders of Palestine will have their rights.

On this occasion, we condemn some juggling in the normalization of relations between some governments in the Arab region and the state of the Israeli occupation, with the knowledge of the reality of the popular position in these countries, which we cherish and consider as the true position of the nation. We call on the vital forces of our Arab and Islamic nation to express their positions on what is happening and condemn this strange behavior of our nation. In the same context, we highly appreciate the positions of countries that refused to deal with the infiltration attempts by the occupation and demand more steadfastness on the road to support our people and cause.


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CIR condemns international stance supporting Israeli crimes against Palestinians

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) condemned the international stance towards the Israeli assault against the Palestinians through the last two days.

This international position encouraged “Israel” to get further with committing more crimes of destroying press offices and civilian buildings, the council said Wednesday in a statement.

The council condemned the failure of the Security Council in taking an action today towards the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. Kuwait and Bolivia asked the United Nations Security Council to meet behind closed-doors on Tuesday over the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip and the using of excessive force against the civilians.

The Palestinian Government Information Office in the Gaza Strip affirmed that 150 Israeli air raids were carried out during which 80 buildings and institutions, including governmental and civilian facilities, were fully or partially destroyed.

The CIR said it was surprised by the German Foreign Office’s position in which it adopted the Israeli occupation narrative towards the recent events.

“The German office turned a blind eye to the blatant Israeli aggression and the right of the Palestinian people to resist it according to the international law and UN Resolutions”, the CIR added.

The council pointed out that the recent escalation broke out when Israeli special forces infiltrated into the Gaza Strip and assassinated 7 Palestinians just after 24 hours of reaching cease-fire agreement between both sides.

In the same vein, the council considered the statements issued by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and European Union as biased in favor of the Israeli occupation. “Mr. Guterres and the EU didn’t refer in their statements to the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians drawing a parallel between the victims and the oppressor”, the council said.

The council called on the international community to take serious actions towards the Israeli crimes and put pressure on “Israel” to stop behaving above the law.

CIR demands Brazil to retract decision to transfer embassy to occupied Jerusalem

Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR) issued a statement Saturday on the decision of the State of Brazil to transfer its embassy in “Israel” to the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The Council called on Brazil to retract this decision, which is contrary to the principles of international law and United Nations resolutions.

The decision contradicted Brazil’s historic positions that support the Palestinian people at all stages of their struggle and contradicted its recognition of the State of Palestine in 2010, the Council noted.

Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has reiterated that he plans to move Brazil’s embassy in “Israel” from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, joining the United States and Guatemala.