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CIR: European Parliament decision on curricula extortion in favor of legitimizing Zionist presence on our land

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) expressed its strong condemnation of the European Parliament’s decision yesterday, in which the parliament condemned the Palestinian educational curricula, claiming that they are inciting.


The CIR said in a statement Monday that the parliament’s decision is an extortion, aimed at depriving Palestinian education of the financial support provided by European countries and international institutions.


“The decision is an attempt to imped the process of building the Palestinian state and its educational institutions, and most importantly to delegitimize the Palestinian struggle, and prevent Palestinian generations from learning their history”, the council added.


The Council said that the European Parliament’s decision comes in compliance with Israeli pressures and allegations, while ignoring the monitoring of Israeli curricula, which are rife with racism and calls for hatred and violence to the last detail.


The Council warned that this biased policy will not serve security and stability. “We call on the Parliament to reverse its decisions and support just Palestinian rights in harmony with international law, notably the right of generations of the Palestinian people to know their history of struggle, to resist occupation, and to achieve freedom and independence.

CIR congratulates Sinn Féin on historic victory in North Ireland elections

Council on International Relations-Palestine (CIR) congratulated Sinn Féin party on a historical electoral victory in Northern Ireland.

In a congratulatory message sent by the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Basem Naim, to the party leadership, the CIR said: “This victory confirms your party’s rooting in the consciousness and minds of the brotherly Irish people and the importance of your struggle for independence and unity.”

The council expressed its hope that this victory would constitute additional support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence, adding: “Your victory gives us hope that the struggle of the Palestinian people will lead to achieving their national goals, and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, that supports Palestinian rights, hailed a “new era” Saturday for Northern Ireland as it captured the largest number of seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time in a historic win.

CIR: We warn against Lazzarini’s statements that lay ground for undermining UNRWA

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) warned against the recent statements of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Mr Philippe Lazzarini, in which he indicated the services could be provided by other institutions on behalf of the UNRWA


The CIR said in a statement issued, Sunday, that these statements issued by the head of the UN agency establish the diversion of UNRWA from its basic mission, a goal that the Israeli occupation has long sought over the past years.


In its statement, the Council rejected the Commissioner’s statements, demanding that he issues an official statement to clarify the reality of these trends.

“We recall the UNRWA function for which it was established, which is to provide relief and employment for Palestinian refugees until they return to their homes in accordance with UN Resolution 194”, the CIR added.


The Council emphasized that the Palestinian refugee issue is not only a humanitarian issue, but rather a political one, adding: “Their issue is fundamentally linked to the return of the refugees to their homes. Limiting their problem to the human dimension is a serious matter that may threaten to explode the situation.”


The Council called on the Commissioner-General to retract these statements, and put pressure on the international community, which caused the Palestinian refugee problem by recognizing the state of the Israeli occupation, to solve the financial crisis the agency has been suffering from for years.

CIR extends condolences to South Africa over flood victims

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) offered deep condolences to South Africa over the flood victims that struck KwaZulu-Natal province.

The tragic incident has left scores of people dead and wounded and damaged facilities, homes and infrastructure in the area.

In a statement, the CIR extended to the South African people and the families of the victims sincere condolences.

“We wish a speedy recovery to all the injured, and express our solidarity with you in this crisis, and we stand by your side to face the effects of this disaster. We are confident in your ability to overcome this”, the CIR added.

At least 259 people were killed in South Africa on Wednesday as heavy rains and floods hit the eastern cost of the country, damaging roads and destroying houses.

CIR: Israeli Violations against Palestinian children require firm stance from int’l community

On the Palestinian Child’s Day,

CIR: Israeli Violations against Palestinian children require firm stance from int’l community


The Council on International Relations – Palestine said that the ongoing violations of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian children are no secret to anyone, in light of the figures published by the Commission of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs.


The commission explained that since the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 occupied, the Israeli occupation has arrested 50,000 Palestinian children, and that the occupation targets Palestinian children, like adults, without regard to their privacy or the protection they enjoy under international humanitarian law.


On the Palestinian Child’s Day, which falls on the 5th of April every year, the CIR said: “These violations against our children constitute ongoing war crimes at time when “Israel” is trying to market itself as an oasis of democracy and human rights in the region.”


The Council called on the international community to intervene to stop these serious violations, to exert maximum pressure on the occupation and to impose sanctions on it in order to retract these criminal policies.

CIR welcomes UNHRC report accusing “Israel” of apartheid

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the report issued by The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, concluding that the situation in Israel and the occupied territories amounts to apartheid.

In a statement issued, Thursday, the CIR stressed the importance of the report, which is added to many reports issued by international organizations accusing the occupying power of committing the crime of apartheid.

The council considered the report a victory for the Palestinian right, and a victory for the victims of the continuous daily Israeli aggression in the Palestinian territories.


“The importance of this report is that it was issued by the largest international organization in the world. The report boosts the global campaign to end Israeli apartheid, up to the moment of a comprehensive boycott of the occupying power, similar to the boycott of the apartheid regime in South Africa,” the council added.


The Council called on the international community to take a decisive and bold decision to adopt these reports, and to impose sanctions on the occupying power to reverse its criminal policies, end the occupation and give the Palestinians their rights.


In a 19-page report submitted on Tuesday, Michael Lynk said Israeli Jews and Palestinians lived “under a single regime which differentiates its distribution of rights and benefits on the basis of national and ethnic identity, and which ensures the supremacy of one group over, and to the detriment of, the other”.

CIR denounces Israeli decision not to allow UN human rights probe into Gaza

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) denounced the Israeli occupation decision not to allow a special commission formed by the United Nations’ top human rights body to the Palestinian Territories to investigate the crimes committed in the aggression on the Gaza Strip in May 2021


In a statement issued Saturday, the Council considered this ban as an attempt to abort the work of the commission and obstruct international efforts that seek justice for the victims, hoping that this ban would not cause the commission to find out the whole truth in unconventional ways.


The CIR pointed out that this new old position, where the occupation prevented many commissions before that, expresses the fear of the Israeli occupation and its criminal leaders from the work of these commissions, and exposes its ongoing crimes against the Palestinians, which leads to holding it accountable for them according to United Nations standards.


The Council called on the United Nations to declare its official position clearly towards the occupation’s obstruction of the commission’s work and to hold it responsible for impeding international efforts to investigate its crimes.


The Gaza-based body also called on the Human Rights Council, which formed this commission, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to exercise the necessary international pressure so that the commission can reach the Gaza Strip and begin its work from the scene of the crime.

CIR welcomes Amnesty report, calls for imposition of int’l sanctions on Israeli occupation

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the report issued today by Amnesty International, in which it said Israeli policies against Palestinians amount to apartheid.


The CIR said in a statement issued Tuesday, that the Amnesty report cancels the immunity provided by the international community to “Israel” for decades, by turning a blind eye to these crimes and violations it commits on a daily basis.


“”Israel’s” campaign against the report prior to its issuance is a failed attempt to cover up its crimes”, The council added, “the Israeli war against human rights and legal organizations has become visible, a war that aims to obscure any evidence of violations of the occupation.”


The Council stated that the successive reports of human rights organizations accusing “Israel” of being an apartheid state requires international recognition of this reality in the Palestinian territories, and to stop turning a blind eye to it.


The Gaza-based body called on the international community to impose sanctions on the apartheid “Israel”, similar to the actions done against the apartheid regime in South Africa. The CIR called on as well the Arab countries to stop the wave of normalization with this fascist racist entity.


“Israel” is carrying out “the crime of apartheid against Palestinians” and must be held accountable for treating them as “an inferior racial group”, Amnesty International says in a new report, joining the assessment of other rights groups.


Released on Tuesday, the 280-page report by the leading rights group details how Israeli authorities enforce a system of oppression and domination against the Palestinians.

CIR offers condolences on death of Desmond Tutu, prominent figure in struggle against injustice and apartheid

Council on International Relations-Palestine offered its deepest condolences to the family of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as to the government and people of South Africa on his death.


In a statement of condolence, the Council said that Tutu, a former South African Archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Nelson Mandela’s companion, was a stubborn campaigner for human rights and a symbol of support for Palestine and the rights of its people in South Africa and around the world.


Council head Dr. Bassem Naim said: “We have learned with great sadness and sorrow the death of Archbishop Tutu. He had firm positions in support of the Palestinian cause, and I call on his lovers and supporters to follow his path in support of the Palestinian people.”


Archbishop Tutu was one of the most vocal critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and he compared between the apartheid regime in South Africa and the apartheid regime in Israel.


Tutu once said Palestinians are paying the price of the West’s guilt, and that “Israel” will never obtain security through walls and guns.


The South African Nobel Peace Prize winner had expressed his regret for the “silence and complicity” of the international community regarding the situation in Gaza, which he considered a “disgrace” for this group.


Desmond Tutu, the cleric and social activist who was a giant of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90.

CIR: Palestinians to keep following Mandela lead against apartheid

On his 8th death anniversary,

CIR: Palestinians to keep following Mandela lead against apartheid

Council on International Relations – Palestine said on the 8th death anniversary of the iconic fighter Nelson Mandela that his struggle continues to inspire the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and independence.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Council added that Mandela’s history and struggle charted a way to freedom for all oppressed peoples around the world, who still remember to this day his contribution to the struggle against apartheid, oppression and colonialism.

“We highly appreciate the position of South Africa, which continues to support the Palestinian people in the footsteps Mandela, and appreciate the successive stances issued by them, which confirm the depth of the relationship between South Africa and Palestine”, the CIR said.

The Gaza-bases body concluded its statement by reminding that the Palestinian people have not and will not forget Mandela’s historic saying: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

Today, December 5, marks the 8th anniversary of the death of the spiritual leader and fighter against apartheid South Africa, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), at his home in Johannesburg, after suffering from a lung disease.