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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: 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: 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.

 

Council on International Relations

 

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CIR: Israeli occupation continues to target journalists amid international silence

On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

CIR: Israeli occupation continues to target journalists amid international silence

 

On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR)  said that the Israeli occupation continues to violate the press and commit crimes against it.

The Council noted that since 2000, 48 Palestinian and foreign journalists of various nationalities have been shot and killed by the Israeli occupation forces.

According the Palestinian Journalists syndicate, two journalists who were killed in Gaza this year while covering the Great Return Marches, 252 were shot and teargased in the West Bank and Gaza, and dozens are arrested in the Israeli jails.

The council said in a statement issued on Friday that the Israeli occupation had not been condemned for its violations against media workers, the thing that causes concern. The impunity of the occupation encourages it to commit further crimes against journalists to silence them and prevent them from documenting its crimes.

On this occasion, the Council called on all international institutions to expose the crimes of the occupation against Palestinian journalists and to hold criminals accountable and bring them to justice.

On November 2 each year, the world salutes the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in recognition of the long-term consequences of impunity, particularly crimes against journalists.

CIR denounces International silence toward Israeli piracy against breaking siege flotillas

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) denounced the international silence toward the Israeli occupation’s encroachment and piracy against the flotillas trying to break 12 years-long siege imposed on Gaza.

In a statement issued on Monday, the council said that this silence reflects global complicity against the rights of the Palestinian people, including freedom of movement and the use of their territorial waters, calling on the international community to take a serious stand to stop this repeated crime by the Israeli occupation.

The CIR praised the efforts of the activists who did not despair or spared no effort to deliver their humanitarian message and break the siege, stressing that the crimes of the occupation, whatever their extent, will not weaken the support of the Palestinian people.

On Sunday, the Israeli occupation navy intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat trying to break the more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Home to nearly two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006 that has devastated its economy, impoverished its population and left 60 percent without jobs, adequate electricity and health services.

CIR welcomes appointment members of commission of inquiry on 2018 protests in Palestine

Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, announcement of appointment the three members of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in Palestine.

The council said in a statement issued on Saturday that this appointment is an important step in the way of holding the Israeli occupation accountable for its crimes against the civilians and its ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip.

“We call upon the Human Rights Council to expedite the necessary steps to investigate the violations of the Israeli occupation to pressure it to stop these crimes, especially the systematic killings of peaceful demonstrators near Gaza’s perimeter fence,” the CIR demanded.

The CIR noted in its statement that the Israeli occupation refused to allow former UN investigation committees to enter Gaza, calling on the HRC to work to overcome this deliberate obstruction of justice and support of the oppressed people. “the HRC should take the necessary steps to punish the occupying state for deliberately disrupting international justice processes.” The CIR said.

Last Wednesday, The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc (Slovenia), announced the appointment of David Michael Crane (United States), Sara Hossain (Bangladesh) and Kaari Betty Murungi (Kenya), to serve as the three members of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Mr. Crane will serve as Chair of the three-person Commission.

CIR deplores international silence over Israeli crimes in Khan AlAhmar

Council on International Relations (CIR) depolored the international silence over the Israeli violations in the village of Al Khan Al Ahmar, east of the occupied Jerusalem.
The Council said in a statement issued on Sunday that what the occupation’s actions is a continuation of the crime of ethnic cleansing practiced against the Palestinian people for decades.
The CIR pointed out that the current international silence encourages the occupation to commit more of these crimes, which aim to remove the Palestinians and annex their lands to the lands of the settlements illegally built in accordance with international law.
The Council called on the international community to pressure the occupying state to stop this crime and to work hard to end the occupation completely from the Palestinian territories and to implement the international agreements that call for it.
In its statement, the Council thanked the efforts of some diplomats and the courage of some MPs who addressed this crime, stressing that it is just shy voices that do not measure up to this great crime.
Khan al-Ahmar is a Palestinian village in the occupied Jerusalem. In 2018, there were 173 Bedouin, including 92 children, living there in tents and huts with its local school serving the needs of 150 children in the area.
Khan al-Ahmar is located between the Israeli settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. In May 2018, the Israeli High Court of Justice determined that its residents could be evicted

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 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.