CIR holds symposium to present academic study “Concept of State According to Hamas’ Thought”

A number of intellectuals, activists, researchers, and journalists attended the forum and responded to the topic, which raised a number of questions and queries amongst them.

The Council on International Relations – Palestine held a symposium to present an academic study titled “The concept of the state according to Hamas’ thought” presented by Dr Husam Al-Dajani.

The forum began with a welcome from Council chief Basem Naim who congratulated Dr Dajani on receiving his doctoral degree.

In his speech before the attendees, Dr Dajani said that his study aims to understand the concept and development of the state according to Hamas’ thought. It also aims to either prove or disprove the study’s thesis which is mainly to do with how Hamas’ political thought and beliefs regarding democracy influence their idea of a state, and if this conflicts with Western democratic thought.

Dr Dajani noted that there has been a development and evolution of the concept of the state in Hamas’ thought. This development has created a divergence between Hamas’s political thought and that of the West. However, for Hamas, the complete adoption of a civil state like that found in the West is still far-fetched.

A number of intellectuals, activists, researchers, and journalists attended the forum and responded to the topic, which raised a number of questions and queries amongst them.

In his study, Dr Dajani recommended that Hamas move further towards adopting the idea of a civil state in a manner that does not conflict with international human rights laws. He also recommended that they benefit from the experience of the birth of modern civil states in Europe.

He also stressed the need for Islamist jurisprudence experts to engage with the idea in order to build a model of a civil state that uses Islam as an approach to life. Hamas must also, according to Dajani, take into consideration the uniqueness of the Palestinian society, as well as its diverse intellectual capabilities.

In his recommendations to the Islamists, Dr Dajani called on them to benefit from the experiences of Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party in Turkey in separating its religious work from its political work when governing the state.

CIR denounces Conway’s remarks about moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Council on International Relations in Palestine denounces top aide of president-elect Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway’s remarks in which she said that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will be a major focus for Donald Trump.

The council considers that any thought of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would lead the region toward more violence and instability.

CIR calls on the new American administration to be an honest broker between the Palestinians and Israelis, and to abide by the international community resolutions that don’t recognize Jerusalem as a capital of “Israel”, bearing in mind that no country has yet its embassy in the Holy City.

Council on International Relations in Palestine welcomes the European Union ambassadors

A press release issued by Council on International Relations in Palestine


Council on International Relations in Palestine welcomes the European Union ambassadors who will visit Gaza Strip tomorrow to discuss many topics on top of that Economic and living situation.

The council calls on the ambassadors to transform words and visits into actions and resolutions to put pressure to end the siege and suffering of 2m people living in 365km2 in Gaza.

The council stresses that the continuous of this situation warns of deterioration and imminent explosion, according to several international reports, most recently the remarks by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov in which he said: “people have lost hope, Life is gone and this is what makes Gaza more dangerous and more explosive.”

CIR issues a press release regarding ICC delegation visit to the region

Council on International Relations in Palestine condemns ICC delegation for its acquiescence to the Israeli occupation’s terms, and accepting to be banned from visiting the Gaza Strip during its six-day trip in the region.

It’s a shame that the meeting of the ICC with the victims turns to only a ” cultural and academic meeting” via Video Conference.

The council wonders: ” How the victims would reassure that justice would be brought and the criminals would be held accountable for their crimes against humanity if the court can’t make the occupation let them reach the crime scene? How long would the victims wait till they see the criminals behind the bars?”

The council calls on the ICC delegation to refuse the occupation’s dictations, and to visit the Gaza Strip, the crime scene of the Israeli crimes committed through the last few years represented in three wars and ongoing siege.

CIR condemns capturing Zaytouna-Oliva, calls for lifting Gaza siege

Council on International Relations in Palestine condemned capturing Zaytouna-Oliva flotilla by the Israeli occupation navy yesterday.

Dr. Basem Naim, head of the council, said in a press release issued Thursday that the council considers this aggression with great seriousness and believes that the ongoing siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than 10 years has led to humanitarian and natural disasters.

” Even though Zaytouna-Oliva was not able to reach Gaza, its message has been delivered to the Palestinian people in Gaza that appreciate their efforts and courage”, Naim added.

The council calls on the International community and human rights and UN bodies to pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift Gaza siege and to shoulder their responsibilities toward the rights of the Palestinian people that are guaranteed by the international law and international humanitarian law.

Last Tuesday morning, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under siege since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician.

CIR denounces US presidential candidates’ promises to Israeli occupation

Council on International Relations in Palestine slammed the US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the promises they delivered to Netanyahu during their meetings Monday on the margin of the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly.

The council confirmed in a press release Monday that those promises from the US presidential candidates came to endorse their chances of winning at the expense of the Palestinian people  and their just rights.

The statement noted that such promises contradict with the principles the USA calls for like freedom and protecting human rights at time they turn a blind eye to the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation on a daily basis against our people.

” Not only that, but the current administration, as it admitted, was the most supportive government for the Israeli occupation and keen on its security. Moreover, it crowned that with an agreement of “shame” in which it signed $38 billion military aid package to “Israel” over the next decade.” the statement added.

The council called on all US presidential candidates to stop using the Palestinian people’s suffering for their own benefit. It expected from them to stand by the Palestinian people’s just rights of freedom, independency,  and self-determination.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told Netanyahu in the meeting, if elected, she would oppose any attempts to impose an outside solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as any one-sided action at the UN. Moreover, she committed to counter efforts to delegitimize Israel and to fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

On the other hand, Trump told Netanyahu that if elected president, he would recognize Jerusalem as the “undivided capital” of “Israel”. He backed America’s military support for the Israeli occupation, hailing it as an “excellent investment for America.”

Naim denounces global conference on genocide to be held in Jerusalem, UN officials to participate in

Head of Council on International Relations in Palestine, Dr. Basem Naim, denounced the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) to hold its 5th Global Conference on Genocide at Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, which was constructed on land that Israel forcibly expropriated from Palestinians in East Jerusalem after it militarily occupied the West Bank in 1967.

Naim strongly condemned UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng for participating in the conference who is supposed to deliver a speech. ” How come a UN body seeking to implement human and refugee rights participates in a conference held in an occupation state that practices terrorism and genocide against the Palestinian people for dozens of years!”

In a press release issued by the council Sunday, Naim calls on the (INoGS) to transfer its conference to another place and the participants to boycott the conference. ” You should not award “Israel” for crimes it committed including displacing thousands of Palestinians following dozens of massacres against them in 1948, waging wars on Gaza and imposing tight siege on it till now which can amount to a genocide”, CIR chairman added.

On 26 June, the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) is set to convene its 5th Global Conference on Genocide at Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, which was constructed on land that Israel forcibly expropriated from Palestinians in East Jerusalem after it militarily occupied the West Bank in 1967.

Naim denounces nominating Israel to head UN Counter-Terrorism Committee

Basem Naim, chairman of Council on International Relations, denounced nominating Israel by Western European nations to become the head of the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee and issues of international law.
Naim condemned in a press release Wednesday choosing Israel despite it practices the systematic “State terrorism” against the Palestinians on daily basis, including murdering Palestinians, imposing a tight siege on 2m people in Gaza, building more settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and demolishing homes.
” Choosing Israel is a reward for practicing terrorism. It contributes to impunity after three heinous wars Israel waged against Gaza in which thousands of Palestinians killed and dozens of thousands injured. This nomination confirms that Europe insists on throwing aside what it believes in of democracy, human right, and respecting the law” Naim confirmed.
CIR chairman called on Western European nations to withdraw the nomination, and held Israel accountable for the crimes it committed and still in Palestine.

Naim slams Hollande over apologizing for Israel for UNESCO resolution over Jerusalem

Head of Council in International Relations in Palestine, Dr. Basem Naim, slammed France’s President Hollande over apologizing for “Israel” for UNESCO resolution over Jerusalem issued last month.

The UNESCO resolution refers to Israel as the “occupying power” at every mention, and uses the Arabic term al-Aqsa Mosque without ever calling it the Temple Mount used by Israelis. It also includes the Arabic al-Buraq Plaza when making reference to what Israelis call the Western Wall Plaza.

Naim confirmed in a press release by the council Wednesday that Haram Al-Sharif and Al-Aqsa Mosque don’t relate to the Jews historically, and nothing proves any Jewish rights to exist there.

Naim showed his fear that major powers’ policies may effect on UN resolutions, which may cause injustice for those countries which count on the UN bodies.

CIR’s chairman assured that Israel’s Netanyahu is campaigning to make the UNESCO change its resolution in favor for the Israeli false narrative.

Naim called on Arab and Muslim countries to act quickly and seriously to face the Israeli pressures and block the resolution reverse. He called on them to  prompt  the resolution and take serious steps to support the Palestinian right in Jerusalem.

French President Francois Hollande sent a letter Wednesday to leaders of the local Jewish community, saying that the government’s support for a resolution in UNESCO was a result of a “misunderstanding.” In the letter, Hollande committed to not support any similar resolutions that may arise in the future.