CIR praises Irish Parliament’s motion to declare Israeli settlements as de facto annexation

Council on International Relations – Palestine praised passing a motion by the Irish parliament tabled by Sinn Fein to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexation.

The Council said the motion is an advanced position issued for the first time by a European country, and reflects the change imposed by the peoples supporting the Palestinian cause.

“The motion confirms “Israel’s” violation of international law, by continuing its settlement policies and forced displacement of the Palestinian population, the latest of which was the attempts to forcibly evict the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem”, the CIR noted.

The Council called on all European countries to take adopt similar motions, especially in light of the war crimes “Israel” committed in its recent aggression on the Gaza Strip, which requires a strong position that deters the occupation from its crimes.

Ireland has become the first EU member state to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexation, after the Dáil on Wednesday night passed a motion tabled by Sinn Fein.

CIR Deplores European Parliament Adoption of Resolution Condemning UNRWA

Council on International Relations – Palestine deplored the European Parliament’s adoption yesterday of a resolution condemning the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) under the pretext of teaching hate and violence.

In a statement issued Friday, the council said the decision follows continuous Israeli incitement against the Palestinian curricula, indicating that the occupation is the most prominent manifestation of incitement and its crimes only lead to more violence and instability.

The Council noted that the Israeli education curricula and media are full of racism, hatred and detracting from the humanity of others, especially Arabs and Palestinians, and full of distorting their image and denying the existence of the Palestinian people.

Promoting national identity in the Palestinian curricula and being not bias towards the occupation is not incitement, but rather a duty UNRWA must continue to reinforce, the CIR said, adding that since the UNRWA is committed, according to the mandate, to adhere to the national curricula in the regions in which it operates.

The Council called on the European Parliament to stop these double standards in dealing with the Palestinians and revoke its decision, and not to rely on the Israeli narrative. “The Parliament should monitor the Israeli education curricula to end the racism and violence that our people suffer from through the daily practices of the occupation”, the CIR added.

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning “UNRWA” for teaching “hatred and violence against Israel” through Palestinian schoolbooks as mentioned in the resolution.

CIR welcomes HRW report on Israeli apartheid

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, in which it says Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.

The report describes the reality that Palestinians have been living for decades, the council said, and it is an important legal document that supports the Palestinian narrative and refutes the false Israeli narrative.

The CIR called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in accordance with international law, and to work to hold the Israeli occupation state accountable for its ongoing crimes, especially supporting the investigation conducted by the International Criminal Court.

“Israel” is committing “crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution” against Palestinians and the international community must reevaluate diplomatic relations with the state, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday.

The 213-page report details how “Israel” has sought to maintain Jewish-Israeli hegemony over the Palestinian people from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

CIR conveys condolences over death of Ramsey Clark, prominent supporter of Palestinian people

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) expressed its sincere condolences over the death of the American human rights activist Ramsey Clark, one of those in solidarity with the Palestinian people and supporter of their rights and the honorary president of The Arab International Forum for Justice for Palestine.

The council said in a statement issued Sunday that Clark played an important role in exposing the influence of the Zionist lobby on decision makers and decision-making in the USA.

Clark visited the besieged Gaza in 2011 in solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people following brutal Israeli aggression, denouncing the USA’s policies to intervene to thwart international prosecutions aimed to bring Israeli leaders to trial for war crimes committed during the aggression. Clark stressed that Washington stands as an obstacle to the application of international law and justice for the persecuted.

The CIR sent its sincere condolences to Clark’s family, friends and loved ones, stressing that the Palestinian people will not forget his honorable stances.

CIR welcomes US restoration of support to Palestine refugees

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the announcement made by the United States that it is restoring its humanitarian aid assistance to Palestine refugees across the Middle East.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Council said that this decision is a correction of a mistake committed by the Trump administration, calling on Biden administration to also move politically to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop its aggression against the Palestinian people represented by the continuation of the occupation, settlements and siege.

The CIR stressed the importance of financial support for UNRWA, which provides services to millions of Palestinian refugees until they return to their homes from which they were expelled. The right of return is a key issue within the conflict that has plagued the region for more than 70 years, the CIR added.

The Council urged countries that have reduced their funding for UNRWA to backtrack on their decisions, and the international community and donor countries to increase support for the UN agency, especially in light of the current crises, especially the COVID-19 crisis that has greatly affected the region.

Remarking on the US announcement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said ‘The United States is pleased to resume support for UNRWA’s services, including an education for over 500,000 Palestinian boys and girls, thereby providing hope and stability in UNRWA’s five fields of operation in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.’

CIR: ICC decision to investigate Israeli war crimes is step forward to justice

Calling on the court to resist US and Israel pressures,

CIR: ICC decision to investigate Israeli war crimes is step forward to justice

 

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the decision of the International Criminal Court to launch a formal inquiry into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The council said, in a statement issued Thursday, that the decision is an additional step forward on the path of achieving justice for the victims of the Palestinian people and bringing the Israeli war criminals to justice.

The CIR called on the court to resist the US and Israel’s pressures and its lobbies, and not to retreat from this important step.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Wednesday she launched a formal inquiry into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Fatou Bensouda said in a statement the inquiry will be conducted “independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favour”.

CIR: AU statement thwarts Israeli attempts to penetrate global solidarity with Palestine

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the statement of the 34th African Union summit condemning the continued Israeli occupation of Palestine and its crimes against the Palestinians.

The council said Tuesday the AU statement is firm evidence of the failure of Israeli attempts to penetrate African solidarity with the Palestinians and the continuation of the historical African solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle against the occupation.

“The statement comes at a time when some Arab countries are rushing to normalize with the occupation. All occupation attempts to gain legitimacy at the expense of the rights of our people and without ending the occupation of our lands and the return of refugees will ultimately fail”, the CIR pointed out.

At the 34th African Union (AU) Summit that was held virtually over the weekend, African leaders reaffirmed the continent’s support for the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation, and strongly condemned Israel’s violence against Palestinians; its construction of illegal settlements; and attempts at colonizing East Jerusalem.

CIR welcomes WHO rejecting of Israeli proposal to cancel item on health situation in Palestine

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed World Health Organization Executive Council rejection of a proposal submitted by the Israeli occupation to cancel an item entitled “the health situation in the Occupied Palestinian lands and Occupied Syrian Golan” from the agenda of the upcoming WHO session.

The decision thwarted, the CIR said in a statement Thursday, the Israeli attempt to evade its responsibilities, including the health responsibility, as an occupying power.

The Council thanked the member states that voted against the draft resolution, stressing the importance of the role of international organizations in confronting this occupation and its attempts to exterminate the Palestinian people by all means, including leaving it vulnerable to a deadly epidemic.

The Council called on international organizations worldwide to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to force it to assume its responsibilities toward the Palestinian people and supply it with all its health needs. This includes, the CIR added, the coronavirus vaccination, especially at this time when the Palestinian territories are exposed to deadly attacks from the epidemic in light of the limited capabilities.

World Health Organization Executive Council rejected a proposal submitted by the Israeli occupation to cancel an item entitled “the health situation in the Occupied Palestinian lands and Occupied Syrian Golan” from the agenda of the upcoming WHO session. The proposal failed to get the majority votes with 15 countries opposing it.

CIR mourns minister Jackson Mthembu, reminds of his stances in support of Palestinians

Council on International Relations – Palestine expressed its sincere condolences to the South African president, government and people over the death of minister Jackson Mthembu.

In a condolence sent to the SA Consul in Palestine, the Council said: “The Palestinian people will not forget the positions of Minister Mthembu in support of their rights and their struggle against the occupation and racism and his support for the BDS.”

Minister Mthembu is considered one of the prominent figures in support of Palestinian rights. He once said his famous line: “When People are killed, mowed down in Palestine, we are reminded of what happened to us during Apartheid”.

” Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, kids and broader family during this extraordinarily sad time”, the CIR concluded.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed in an announcement on Thursday the passing of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu at 62 — from complications related to COVID-19 which he contracted on January 11.

CIR: “Israel” faces demographic threat by bringing in non-Jewish immigrants

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that the number of Jewish immigrants to “Israel” over the course of 2020 hit a record low, with only 33.8% of the usual number of new immigrants.

For the first time in Israeli history, the Jewish population of the country has dropped below 74 percent, according to the IPC.

Dr. Basem Naim, head of Council on International Relations – Palestine said that these data indicate that the occupation state is exploiting the claim that any Jew around the world has the right to immigrate to the “Promised Land”, which is unfortunately supported by the international community unlawfully, to confront the demographic threat that threatens it by bringing non-Jewish immigrants to Palestine, at a time when the occupation expels Palestinians from their lands, demolishes their homes, and deprives them of their basic rights.

This behavior, Naeem indicated, not only confirms the racism and fascism of this entity and its creed, but rather “Israel” uses religious arguments to pass colonial political projects and consolidate its control over Palestinian land.

Naim noted that these facts undermine the idea that many in the international community, especially in the West, rely on regarding the right of Jews around the world to immigrate to Palestine, at a time when the international community is unable to enforce international legitimacy by enabling the Palestinians to return to their homes from which they were forcibly displaced. Head of the CIR called on the international community to reconsider its stances towards the historical injustice that befalls the Palestinian people.