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CIR urges int’l community to help Gaza survive impending disaster

Council on International Relations – Palestine urged the international community to urgently help the Gaza Strip survive an impending disaster, after cases of Coronavirus registered for the first time among the community.

The Council said in a statement issued, Wednesday, that the crime of the strict Israeli siege imposed on Gaza for 14 years destroyed the health and service sectors, leading to a serious disaster.

The CIR called on international institutions to speed up the rescue and help the Strip with the supplies necessary to face the crisis in light of the crumbling health system due to the Israeli siege.

The Council called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift this siege, especially in these critical circumstances that the Strip is going through, and to shoulder its responsibility towards the area it occupies.

“We warn of the consequences of the spread of the virus in the Gaza Strip, and hold the Israeli occupation fully responsible for any catastrophe that afflicts the Gaza Strip”, the Council warned.

The Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday registered cases from the coronavirus pandemic for the first time among the community. The authorities in the enclave imposed a two-day lockdown as part of measures to stem the virus’ spread.

CIR Confirms Right of Palestinians to Jerusalem Will not be Nullified by Occupation, its Supporters Steps

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) affirmed that the right of the Palestinian people to have Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state is their absolute right according to United Nations resolutions.

The CIR said in a statement issued Friday the measures taken by the Israeli occupation since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967 are invalid and will not nullify the right of the Palestinian people to it.

In its statement, the Council indicated that the decisions of some countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of the occupation state are null decisions according to Security Council Resolution 478, calling on these countries to retreat these illegal steps.

It has been 40 years ago since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 478 which reaffirms that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible.

International Relations Council accuses U.S congress of ‘consolidating’ Israeli illegal occupation

The Palestinian Council on International Relations accused the U.S Congress of encouraging “Israel” in its violations and disregard for International law after approving a $38 billion package of military aid for Israel over the next 10 years.

In a press statement issued today, the Council said that such a decision is in the interest of the steps taken by U.S President Trump aimed at consolidation of “Israel”’s illegal occupation and crushing the Palestinians’ dream of self- determination and building their own independent and sovereign State.

The Council warned of the devastating consequences over this decision on the region’s stability, noting that U.S continued support encourages the occupation to continue its savage aggression against regional countries, which could lead to endless crisis.

The Palestinian Council on International Relations urged the U.S congress to listen to all of “the wise voices” calling upon keeping up the pressure on “Israel” to abide by the international law and stop their continuing violations against the Palestinian people.

The U.S Senate moved on Friday $38 billion to “Israel” in military assistance for a whole decade. The decision also included a million dollars fund for the State Department’s ant-Semitism observer office, which is double the current amount.

NAIM: WE FACE HISTORIC MOMENT, ANNEXATION PLAN NEW CATASTROPHE PALESTINIANS MUST CONFRONT

During a meeting with Latin American figures ..

HEAD OF CIR, DR. BASEM NAIM: WE ARE FACING A HISTORIC MOMENT, AND THE ANNEXATION PLAN IS A NEW CATASTROPHE THAT THE PALESTINIANS MUST CONFRONT VIGOROUSLY

The Brazil Palestine Institute organized the remote meeting, with the participation of Palestinian community officials in Latin America, to discuss the annexation plan and how to confront it.

 

The meeting was opened by Dr. Ahmed Shehada, the president of the institute, who confirmed that the meeting comes in the context of confronting the annexation plan and uniting the community’s efforts for the sake of joint work, and that the meeting will be the beginning of a series of meetings to coordinate these efforts.

 

For his part, Dr. Bassem Naim, President of the Council on International Relations – Palestine, said that the Palestinians are going through a historic moment in their just cause, and I am the Israeli annexation plan, which is a new catastrophe that they must confront vigorously.

 

Naim said during a meeting organized by the Brazil Palestine Institute with Latin American figures that the American administration and the Israeli occupation seek to completely eliminate the Palestinian issue through three tracks, namely Judaizing Jerusalem, liquidating the refugee issue and keeping the Palestinians in cantons and legitimizing the occupation.

 

Regarding confronting these plans, Naim indicated that what is required at the Palestinian community level is the formation of national fronts in the form of lobbying governments, parliaments, councils of elders, politicians and parties to announce a clear and explicit stance against these plans.

 

Naim called on the communities to urge friendly peoples to go out on the street and protest, as well as to strengthen the boycott movement and move legally to obtain laws to prosecute and hold Zionist war criminals accountable.

 

The President of the Council stressed the need to use the media, especially social media, to target global public opinion and expose the occupation’s plans, calling on those outside to communicate with the Palestinians inside and enhance their resilience.

For their part, the attendees praised what was stated in the council’s speech, stressing the necessity to work with the data on the ground, given that the Latin continent has a strategic stockpile and people supporting the Palestinian people, pointing to the need to unite efforts and joint work in order to address the Zionist plans to resolve the issue.

 

At the end of the meeting, the attendees stressed the need to repeat such meetings to coordinate the community’s efforts and continuous communication with the Palestinian interior, expressing their readiness to cooperate among the community’s people to serve the Palestinian cause.

 

CIR Demands LGPS divests of firms complicit in Israeli violations

Council on International Relations – Palestine called on The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to stop investing over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes, including those blacklisted by the UN.

The CIR referred to the information revealed by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in Britain, which showed that LGPS invested over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israeli war crimes.

The council demanded LGPS in a letter sent Monday to stop such investments. “For that reason and as a matter of urgency, we demand that Israel be excluded from all your investments”, it demanded.

The CIR said in the letter: “We demand to hold to account those responsible for these investments. We demand support for Palestinian institutions concerned with human rights and supporting Palestinian communities suffering from Israel’s illegal military regime.”

The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has revealed that The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) invests over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes, including those blacklisted by the UN.

CIR welcomes HRW report, says it confirms Israel as apartheid state

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the report issued today by Human Rights Watch, which affirmed that Israel pursued a policy of racial discrimination against the Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line.

The council said in a statement issued Tuesday that this report is the first of its kind that covers all of historic Palestine about violations of Palestinian rights, inequality and land grabbing.

The CIR indicated that the report confirms that the Israeli occupation state is no different from the apartheid South Africa, and even worse and that it is a state based on the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and depriving them of their basic rights.

In the light of this report, the Council called on the international community to impose sanctions on the occupying power, similar to the sanctions imposed on the apartheid South Africa, to recognize the state of Palestine and force the occupation to withdraw from the occupied territories and give the Palestinians their rights.

The Gaza-based body noted that the issuance of the report at a time the Palestinians are commemorating the seventy-second anniversary of the Nakba requires the entire world to support the right of the Palestinian people to return to the homes that were taken from them and compensate them for the years of suffering in the Diaspora.

A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report said on Tuesday the Israeli government’s policy favours Jewish citizens as decades of land confiscations and discriminatory policies have restricted Palestinian citizens to densely populated towns and villages that have little room to expand.

CIR: UNRWA should redouble efforts to confront schemes aim to liquidate agency

In a congratulatory letter to the new UNRWA Commissioner-General

CIR: UNRWA should redouble efforts to confront schemes aim to liquidate agency

 

Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said that UNRWA should redouble its efforts to confront schemes aim to liquidate the agency, expressing its readiness to cooperate with the new Commissioner-General in facing these schemes.

In a congratulatory letter sent by the head of CIR to the new UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini, Naim urged Lazzarini to cooperate with all relevant parties, inside and outside Palestine, to overcome any difficulties so that “we can get this crisis over and behind, and guarantee the refugees a decent life, until their dream of return and compensation is fulfilled”.

“You must be aware that the UNRWA has been a direct target of many parties, foremost of which is the Israeli occupation with unlimited support from the United States of America, in a desperate attempt to write off the refugee issue by undermining the UNRWA’s work. This is why we all, with the UNRWA administration at the forefront, have to double efforts to confront this targeting”, Naim said in the letter.

Naim noted to the biggest contrived financial crisis the Agency is going through since its foundation in an attempt to abort its ability to provide services to more than five million Palestinian refugees. He said: “This crisis comes in the midst of sensitive and dangerous conditions, where the region is beset by internal wars and inter-conflicts, which affected everyone, especially the Palestinian refugees, the last of which was Corona pandemic, which brought the world to an unprecedented state of lockdown.”

The CIR head mentioned in particular the Gaza Strip, in which 2 million people live, 70% of whom are refugees under the supervision of the Agency, has been living under an Israeli blockade for more than 14 years that nearly destroyed all basics of having a normal human life especially on the health, social and economic levels.

He said: “The Gaza Strip is in urgent need for support from all to protect it from the worst-case scenario, especially in light of the Corona pandemic. UNRWA can play an important and effective role in this respect.”

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced in a press release last month that, following official communication by the office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and consultations with the Agency’s Advisory Commission, Philippe Lazzarini has been appointed as its new Commissioner-General (CG).

CIR praises US senators letter calling for helping Palestinians fighting Corona

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the letter by US senators demanding the US administration to assist the Palestinians in fighting Coronavirus.

The Council said in a statement issued Sunday: “We highly appreciate the step of the eight senators in which they refused to link humanitarian aid to political situations. We appreciate these honest human feelings, especially their referring to the tragic conditions in the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli siege imposed for 14 years.”

In its statement, the CIR stressed that this step comes in the right time, as the Palestinians are facing an extremist American administration whose position is identical to the racist Israeli government, which seeks in every way to liquidate the Palestinian cause and remove the rights of the Palestinians.

The CIR called on the rest of the members of Congress to support this letter and pressure the US administration to resume UNRWA allocations and stop any steps that would support the occupation and steal the rights of the Palestinians.

Eight members of the American Senate had appealed to the American administration to provide assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to help them overcome the Coronavirus pandemic.

CIR: US ditching ‘Palestinian residents’ term for Jerusalem Palestinians will never obliterate their identity

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the US State Department’s removal of “Palestinian residents” term for the Palestinians living in the occupied east Jerusalem.

“The US step is an attack on the Palestinian identity and blatant bias in favor of the occupation seeking to Judaize the Holy City”, the CIR said.

The council said in a statement issued Thursday that this step will not obliterate the identity of the Palestinians of Jerusalem who have lived there for centuries, and will not erase the fact that they are the original inhabitants.

“The US move comes in the context of the continuous American attempts to give legitimacy to the occupation of Jerusalem, in violation of international law and international legitimacy resolutions, which still considers Jerusalem, both east and west, occupied”, the CIR noted.

The Council said: “The American steps biased towards the Israeli occupation will not bring peace and stability to any party and will lead the region to more violence and instability.”

It called on the Palestinian residents of the city to continue to stand steadfast, the Arab and Islamic nation to continue to support the residents of Jerusalem, calling on the international community not to bow to the American steps and to take steps confirming the illegality of the US steps.

The State Department referred to Palestinians living in east Jerusalem as “Arab residents” and “non-Israeli citizens,” ditching the traditional term “Palestinian residents” in a move that continues the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as “Israel”’s capital.

 

CIR condemns Germany position supporting Israeli war crimes in ICC

Council on International Relations condemned the German position, that expressed support for “Israel” in the International Criminal Court and Germany’s claim that the court’s jurisdiction did not extend to the Palestinian territories.

The Council said in a statement Thursday, that the position of Germany and other European countries indicate a significant inequity in the balance of justice, democracy and humanity those countries claim to protect and, at the same time, seek to protect Israeli war criminals.

The Council affirmed that Palestine has been a member of the International Criminal Court for five years and has fulfilled the conditions for membership in this organization.

The Council noted that the United Nations recognized Palestine as an observer. “Palestine is an existing state, and is eligible to authorize the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to investigate “Israel’s” criminal acts”, the CIR said.

The Council called on Germany and all member states of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Criminal Court to work to protect peoples from war criminals and to give their opinion to the Prosecutor on the authority of the court to operate in Palestine.

Brazil, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Australia have asked the court to let them file “amicus brief” opinions on the case, ICC records show.

Some, including Germany, said they would argue the court’s jurisdiction did not extend to the Palestinian territories.