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.


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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 extends sincere condolences upon passing of Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks

Council on International Relations is deeply pained and extends sincere condolences to the South Africa people, and the family of of Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks who died on Friday night at the age of 54 years, after struggling with ill health.

Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks was the president of the Muslim Judicial Council, National Director of the Al-Quds Foundation South Africa and head of the Africa first Gaza Aid Convoy.

Hendricks was an icon of the South African Muslim community.  He was described as a pioneer in Islamic scholarship, breaking new ground in contemporary Islamic discourse and social justice activism. He was considered one of the most prominent Palestinian activists in the world.

The council said in a condolences letter: “Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks will be particularly remembered for his services towards the issue of the Palestinian people. His drive and his enthusiasm when it came to the Palestinian cause are concerned. He showed when having to combat the anti-Palestinian narrative in mainstream media and other platforms.”

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness we are feeling right now, God rest his soul”, the council concluded in a letter to the South Africa people.

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 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 mourns Winnie Mandela, pays tribute for its support for Palestinian cause

Council on International Relations – Palestine mourned Winnie Mandela, the anti-apartheid campaigner and the ex-wife of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the council praised Mandela’s support for the Palestinian and rejection to Israel’s racist policies against the Palestinian people.

The CIR sent its deepest condolences to the South African government and people, saying: “The death of Mandela is a loss for all the free people of the world who reject injustice, occupation and apartheid.”

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81. The anti-apartheid campaigner and one-time wife of the late Mandela, passed away after a long illness, her personal assistant confirmed on Monday.

CIR commends Adams’ call for Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador

Council on International Relations (CIR) praised the position former Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, in which he called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador after his violent attack on the peaceful march of return in the Gaza Strip.

In a press released Monday, the council said Adams’ position reflected the position of the Irish people, who have always stood by the rights of the Palestinian people and rejected the ongoing crimes of the Israeli occupation.

The CIR called on the European Union and the United Nations to take a stand against Israeli criminality and urged the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador “as a first step towards formal recognition of the State of Palestine.”

The Council also called on the leaders of political movements around the world to take courageous positions such as the position of Adams and to press for an end to the injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people, the siege and the crimes against them.

Gerry Adams has called on the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador.The former leader of Sinn Féin issued the request after 16 Palestinians were killed and over 1,400 were injured by Israeli occupation forces during a protest in Gaza on 30 March.

CIR welcomes resolutions of UNHRC on Palestine


Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning Israeli violations and practices in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories.

The Council said in a statement issued on Saturday that these decisions come at a time the Israeli occupation continues its violations against the Palestinians supported by the US administration, which is blatantly biased towards the occupation.

In its statement, the CIR thanked the Member States that voted in favor of those resolutions and stood by the rights of the Palestinian people.

At the same time, the Council called upon those countries that voted against the resolutions, including those that abstained from voting, to review their positions which encourage the occupation to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people and protect it from accountability in international forums.

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in its meeting held in Geneva on Friday approved five resolutions submitted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine with a majority of votes.

According to the report released, the five resolutions are in the following areas: 1- indispensable and indissoluble right of the Palestinian people to determine their own destiny, 2- Zionist settlements in the occupied lands such as East Jerusalem, 3- guarantee of the Zionist regime’s accountability and prosecution for committing crimes against the oppressed Palestinian people, 4-  human rights situation in the occupied lands and 5- taking effective steps on measures taken by the Zionist regime in occupied Golan Heights



CIR holds meeting about transformation of India’s positions towards Palestinian issue

Council on International Relations – Palestine held a dialogue meeting about the reasons behind transformation of India’s positions towards Palestinian issue Tuesday morning in Gaza City.

The council hosted Mr. Feroze Mithiborwala, the Founder General Secretary of the India Palestine Solidarity Forum, who spoke from Mumbai, India.

Feroze spoke about the far-right alliance between BJP and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which is part of the trend in the Middle East region where the Gulf Monarchies and certain right-wing Islamic parties are allied with Israel.

Speaking of the history of the relationship between Palestine and India, Mithiborwala said that the relations go back to before India’s independence in 1947, pointing out that India has always voted for Palestine. But the dramatic change in Indian politics began in 1990 when the Soviet Union collapsed. That time, India began to move toward America and Israel and sought to reorganize its strategic relations in order to find a place in the map of the New World order.

Later, Israel took advantage of the singing of the Oslo Accords to improve its relations with several countries including India, he added.

Feroze pointed out that one of the most important factor between India and “Israel” is the issue of Kashmir exploited by the Americans and “Israel” to engage deeply in the Indian Peninsula. He thus stressed on the need for governments and peoples in India and Pakistan to reach a solution to the Kashmir issue because many put the issues of Palestine and Kashmir In the same box, and what is required is the separation between both. The issue of Palestine and Kashmir are very different in their genesis andd their political solutions are also very different.

“Israel” is the last to “help” India to resolve the issue of Kashmir, as an occupying state that practices persecution against the Palestinian people, he said.

On Netanyahu’s recent visit to India, large demonstrations were held across the country, calling for NETANYAHU TO GO BACK!

Turning to the solutions, Feroze said that India is required first to build a strong movement within India on the issue of Palestine because the freedom of the World is linked to the freedom of Palestine.

Secondly, launching a boycott movement against “Israel” similar to the boycott movement in the world. Thirdly, communicating with Bollywood because of its importance in the Arab world as well as working at the level of Asian countries to unite to support the Palestinian cause.

As for the Palestinian, Feroze pointed out that the Palestinian forces and parties are required to interact more with the Indian people and to bring more Palestinians to India to talk about their struggle and their suffering.

He called on the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian embassy in India to play a more active role and to communicate more with the Indian government, parties and social movements.