CIR condemns Israeli attack against Dutch minister ” Sigrid Kaag” for supporting UNRWA

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the fierce criticism Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Sigrid Kaag faces from figures that support the Israeli occupation.

The criticism came after the minister ” Kaag ” funded UNRWA with 13 million euros to help it after the US decision of reducing the Agency’s financial assistance.

The Council said in a statement issued on Sunday that this attack indicates the Israeli policy aimed at annihilating the  Palestinian refugees issue by cutting off support for them and the institutions that support them.

The CIR thanked the Minister for her supportive attitude towards the Palestinians, her great step in rejecting the American decision against UNRWA and the insistence on providing financial assistance to UNRWA.

The Council called on all countries to stand by the Palestinian refugees and support them to avoid the annihilation of one of the issues that could threaten peace in the region and affect the rights of the Palestinian people guaranteed by international law.


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.

CIR: Trump’s threats to cut US aid to UNRWA in favor Israeli vision

The Council of International Relations – Palestine said that the threats of US President Donald Trump to cut off US aid to UNRWA exceeds the financial dimension in favor of the Israeli vision.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the council warned that the most dangerous files of the conflict is going to be written off in the same way as the file of Jerusalem and refugees, thus eliminating the Palestinian cause and completing the deal of the century.

“Trump’s threats coincided with the calls of the Prime Minister of the Israeli occupation, who called for ending the work of the Agency for Relief and Employment of Refugees because it works to perpetuate the issue of refugees and their right to return to Palestine”, The Council added.

The CIR called on the international community and the Arab world to work in order to reduce the danger of the American steps aimed at eliminating the Palestinian cause, which threatens a disaster in the region that affects everyone.

CIR denounce US for withdrawing Jerusalem from negotiations and blackmailing Palestinians financially


Council on International Relations – Palestine denounced the dangerous statement made by US President Donald Trump in which he withdrew the issue of Jerusalem from the negotiating table as a settled issue that is not subject to discussion.

“What would remain on the table if the most serious issue, the Jerusalem issue, was withdrawn” the council wondered in a press release issued on Wednesday.

In a related vein, the Council described the threat of the US President to cut off aid to the Palestinian people as “political blackmail” that shows how ignorant he is of the peoples’ struggles for freedom.

The Council said that this threat is clearly aimed at pushing the Palestinian people to relinquish their legitimate rights, which have been recognized by international law and resolutions.

The Council noted that the aid provided by the international community to the Palestinian people through UNRWA would not compensate for the suffering of the Palestinian refugees caused by the unjust Israeli occupation.

The CIR called on the international community to stand firmly against Trump’s reckless policy, which leads the region towards the unknown, calling on the Palestinian Authority to take bold positions and respond to these policies with greater adherence to the Palestinian constants.


CIR condemns remarks by the US ambassador to “Israel” David Friedman

Council of International Relations – Palestine condemned the statements made by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in which he described the Palestinian reaction after Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “an ugly, provocative and anti-Semitic response.”

In a press release, The council said that Friedman is ignorant of history and international resolutions that indicate that Jerusalem is an Islamic place under Israeli occupation.

The Council described the Palestinian position as a natural position in the light of all historical documents and successive international resolutions on Jerusalem.

“Is the position of the States that voted against Trump’s move also ugly and antiemetic? Is the position of eleven former US ambassadors to “Israel” who rejected the decision is an ugly, provocative and anti-Semitic one as well?”, the council wondered.

The CIR stressed that it is no longer acceptable that the United States continues as a mediator in the peace process in the Middle East in light of its biased positions in favor of the Israeli occupation.

In its statement, the Council called on the international community to pull the rug from under the United States and take the initiative to pressure the Israeli occupation and force it to recognize the Palestinian rights and end its occupation and criminalization against the Palestinian people.

CIR: US actions in international forums blackmail to international community

Council on International Relations – Palestine described the actions of the US and its threat to the Member States of the United Nations General Assembly as blackmail to the international community.

The council said in a statement issued Thursday that the exchange of political positions in return for financial support undermines the role of the international community in supporting the vulnerable and standing up to unjust countries.

The Council called on the UN General Assembly to refrain from responding to these threats and challenge them by voting against the Trump Jerusalem move.

The CIR called on the international community and the Palestinian Authority to consider the United States as an unfair broker in the peace process in the Middle East and to boycott its officials to pressure them to back down from positions that are biased to the Israeli occupation state.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Healy warned United Nations members that they would “take the names” of those countries that vote to reject Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in an effort to influence their voices toward the will of the United States.

Donald Trump has threatened to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries which vote in favour of a United Nations resolution rejecting the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of “Israel”.


CIR Praises ANC for downgrading relations with Israeli occupation

Council of International Relations – Palestine praised the important step taken by the African National Congress today to downgrade the level of relations between South Africa and the Israeli occupying state from an embassy to a liaison office.

In a statement released Thursday, the council said the decision was in line with South Africa’s long history of supporting the Palestinian people in its struggle for freedom and independence.

The CIR called on South African to seriously consider cutting its relationship with the Israeli occupying Power, which continues to practice the worst forms of oppression, injustice and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

The Council also called upon the world to follow the example of South Africa to pressure the occupying Power to end its occupation and recognize the rights of the Palestinian people.

It also called upon the Arab States to stand firm against the wave of normalization that we are witnessing recently

The ANC has unanimously resolved to direct the South African government to “immediately and unconditionally” downgrade the South African Embassy in “Israel” to a liaison office.

CIR: On International Human Rights Day, Israel continues to deprive Palestinian people of their rights

Council on International Relations – Palestine said that the Israeli occupation continues to violate Palestinian human rights and deprive them of the basic necessities of life.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Council noted that the Israeli occupation continues to deprive millions of Palestinians around the world of returning to their homes they were displaced from for decades, as Palestinians living in diaspora are about 70% of the whole Palestinian people.

As a result of discriminatory policies implemented by Israel against Palestinian citizens, the Palestinian people suffer from violations of their rights of life, housing, property, and not to be subjected to torture, cruel punishment or inhuman and degrading treatment. The occupation also deprives them of freedom of movement, their right to return to their homeland and their right to seek justice for the harm done to them.

The denial of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination lies at the top of these violations, the council added.

The CIR said that it is no longer possible to allow Israel to continue to commit systematic violations of Palestinian human rights.

While the international community is celebrating the International Day of Human Rights, the Council called on the UN Member States to honor their pledge ‘in cooperation with the United Nations to ensure the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms’, as stated in the Universal Declaration, noting that the occupation will continue to violate the Palestinian human rights as long as it has the ability to act as a state above the law.

On December 10 this year, the world celebrates the 69th anniversary of World Human Rights Day as part of the celebration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

CIR: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem dangerous, violate international law

Council on International relations-Palestine described the intention of the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem as dangerous and violates the International law.

In a press release, The council said that the American decision pours gas to the flames in the region, and pushes it to more deterioration . The decision violates the international law that considers Jerusalem as an occupied city and it violates as well UNESCO’s resolution that states no Jewish ties with Jerusalem.

The council noted that the American Decision proves that the US is not an honest broker to solve the conflict in the region, demanding the international community to take the lead and to rein the Israeli occupation on continuing its aggression and make it accept the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The CIR appreciates the UN General Assembly that reiterated that any actions by “Israel”, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void.

CIR condemns denying Swiss officials entry to Gaza by Israeli occupation

Council on International relational – Palestine condemned Saturday the Israeli occupation for denying the Swiss officials entry to the Gaza Strip.

In a press release, the council said the step doubles the current siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and is a blatant violation to the Palestinian people’s rights of communicating with the outside world.

The CIR called on the international community to stand strongly against these Israeli apartheid policies. ” we demand the free world to face such decisions by taking more steps to break the siege and doubling the delegates that visit the Gaza Strip”, the council added.

Israeli occupation has banned Swiss officials from entering the Gaza Strip following a series of meetings between representatives of the European country and Gaza leaders.