CIR: Ongoing Failure of Int’l community to resolve UNRWA crisis to lead to dire consequences

Commenting on UNRWA Commissioner-General speech before the UNGA,

CIR: Ongoing Failure of Int’l community to resolve UNRWA crisis to lead to dire consequences


Council on International Relations – Palestine warned of dire consequences if the international community and donors continued to fail to fundamentally solve the financial crisis that UNRWA is going through.

Commenting on the speech of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Mr. Philip Lazzarini, to the United Nations General Assembly, the Council said that the speech contained dangerous points that should be taken into account.

The CIR noted that the seriousness of the situation in the five areas of the agency’s operations in general and in the Gaza Strip, as indicated by Lazarini, unlikely bears other crises in light of the blockade, the spread of Covid-19 and the collapse of the infrastructure, warning that things will explode if these crises continue.

The Council called on the international community to intervene urgently to solve the financial crisis of the Agency, as it is responsible for providing services to millions of Palestinian refugees, and to pressure donors to fulfill their pledges.

In the same context, the Council affirmed that the financial agency crisis is artificially made by some parties, foremost of which is the USA and Israel, to pave the way for ending the institution, to prepare the atmosphere for liquidating the Palestinian refugee issue, the essence of the conflict with the occupation.

The CIR thanked the Agency’s management for the efforts making to resolve the crisis, stressing that the Palestinians would stand by it until they overcome this crisis.

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Philip Lazzarini, delivered a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday in which he referred to the lack of funding that the agency suffers from, calling on the international community to fulfill its promises.

CIR Conveys Condolences on Nagia Death, Key Supporter of Palestine in SA

CIR Conveys Condolences on Nagia Death, Key Supporter of Palestine in SA


Council on International Relations-Palestine (CIR) extended its sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Anwah Nagia and his loved ones, as well as to the Government and people of South Africa after he passed away of COVID-19.

In a statement of condolence issued Tuesday, the Council said that Nagia had been one of the prominent human rights fighters and a key supporter of Palestine and the rights of its people in South Africa and around the world.

Head of the Council, Dr. Basem Naim said: “We have learned with all sorrow and pain the death of the human rights activist Dr. Anwah Nagia, one of the leading figures in supporting Palestine in South Africa”, calling on beloved ones and supporters to follow his path in supporting the Palestinian people.

The CIR added that Dr. Nagia had been one of the most eminent lovers of Palestine and the founder of Palestine Museum in Cape Town. By his death, the Palestinian people lost a committed struggler for Palestinian rights.

The founder of Palestine Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, Anwah Nagia passed away Monday following his recent struggle with COVID-19.

CIR calls on UN to obligate Israel to international resolutions or cancel membership

On its 75th anniversary,
CIR calls on UN to obligate Israel to international resolutions or cancel membership

Council on International Relations – Palestine congratulated the United Nations on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, noting its important role in spreading international peace and security throughout these years.

The council said in a statement issued Wednesday: Although the organization has achieved many achievements at the level of international peace and security around the world, it has failed to achieve justice and the rule of law, for which the organization was founded at the San Francisco conference in 1945, especially in the Palestinian issue.

The Palestinian people have been subjected to Israeli terrorism and aggression for seven decades, and the organization has not been able to protect them or help them get rid of the occupation and achieve their goal of freedom and independence, the CIR added.

The Council added that the UN is still required to shoulder its responsibilities towards the decades-old issue of the Palestinian people, and it must work diligently until the Palestinian people obtain their full rights.

The Council called on the organization to oblige “Israel” to abide by the international resolutions or to cancel its membership.

The Council indicated that “Israel” Is still violating the conditions stated in the decision to accept it as a member of the United Nations, namely the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes from which they were forcibly displaced.

The CIR warned that the continuation of the Zionist occupation and terrorism is one of the most important causes of instability and chaos in the region.

Stability and development will not be achieved without ending the occupation and empowering the Palestinian people with their basic rights, foremost among which is their right to independence and self-determination, the most important foundations of the organization’s philosophy, the Gaza-based body added.

The United Nations celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, at a time when the world is witnessing great turmoil that is exacerbated by an unprecedented global health crisis, and unresolved issues, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue.

CIR urges int’l community to help Gaza survive impending disaster

Council on International Relations – Palestine urged the international community to urgently help the Gaza Strip survive an impending disaster, after cases of Coronavirus registered for the first time among the community.

The Council said in a statement issued, Wednesday, that the crime of the strict Israeli siege imposed on Gaza for 14 years destroyed the health and service sectors, leading to a serious disaster.

The CIR called on international institutions to speed up the rescue and help the Strip with the supplies necessary to face the crisis in light of the crumbling health system due to the Israeli siege.

The Council called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift this siege, especially in these critical circumstances that the Strip is going through, and to shoulder its responsibility towards the area it occupies.

“We warn of the consequences of the spread of the virus in the Gaza Strip, and hold the Israeli occupation fully responsible for any catastrophe that afflicts the Gaza Strip”, the Council warned.

The Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday registered cases from the coronavirus pandemic for the first time among the community. The authorities in the enclave imposed a two-day lockdown as part of measures to stem the virus’ spread.

CIR Confirms Right of Palestinians to Jerusalem Will not be Nullified by Occupation, its Supporters Steps

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) affirmed that the right of the Palestinian people to have Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state is their absolute right according to United Nations resolutions.

The CIR said in a statement issued Friday the measures taken by the Israeli occupation since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967 are invalid and will not nullify the right of the Palestinian people to it.

In its statement, the Council indicated that the decisions of some countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of the occupation state are null decisions according to Security Council Resolution 478, calling on these countries to retreat these illegal steps.

It has been 40 years ago since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 478 which reaffirms that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible.

CIR condemns attacking UNRWA school in Gaza by Israeli air raids

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) condemned the Israeli occupation’s attack on an UNRWA school at Thursday dawn today, which caused damage to the school and put hundreds of students at risk.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, the Council said that attacking civilian institutions, including international institutions operating in the Gaza Strip, is a war crime added to the ongoing war crimes committed by the occupation against the Palestinian people and their rights, including the right of return for refugees.

The CIR stated: “This attack is not the first of its kind, as the occupation has always been used to attacking these institutions as it realizes the importance of their role in being witness to the tragedy of the Palestinian people and the ongoing occupation crimes.”

The Council called on the international community to denounce this crime and hold the occupation accountable by suspending international support for it, boycotting it and imposing sanctions on it, stressing the importance of continuing to support UNRWA to ensure the continuation of providing its services to Palestinian refugees.

The Ministry of Interior and National Security in the Gaza Strip, Thursday, announced that an Israeli warplane, at dawn, fired a missile at a school belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, “UNRWA”, in Al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City, no injuries reported.

Israeli warplanes and artillery fired this morning several missiles and shells at various targets in the north and south of Gaza Strip causing heavy damage to the sites and buildings nearby but no injuries.

International Relations Council accuses U.S congress of ‘consolidating’ Israeli illegal occupation

The Palestinian Council on International Relations accused the U.S Congress of encouraging “Israel” in its violations and disregard for International law after approving a $38 billion package of military aid for Israel over the next 10 years.

In a press statement issued today, the Council said that such a decision is in the interest of the steps taken by U.S President Trump aimed at consolidation of “Israel”’s illegal occupation and crushing the Palestinians’ dream of self- determination and building their own independent and sovereign State.

The Council warned of the devastating consequences over this decision on the region’s stability, noting that U.S continued support encourages the occupation to continue its savage aggression against regional countries, which could lead to endless crisis.

The Palestinian Council on International Relations urged the U.S congress to listen to all of “the wise voices” calling upon keeping up the pressure on “Israel” to abide by the international law and stop their continuing violations against the Palestinian people.

The U.S Senate moved on Friday $38 billion to “Israel” in military assistance for a whole decade. The decision also included a million dollars fund for the State Department’s ant-Semitism observer office, which is double the current amount.

CIR welcomes Belgian parliament resolution urging gov’t to countermeasure Israeli plan

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the Belgian Federal Parliament’s vote Friday in favor of a draft resolution calling on the Belgian government to condemn any decision taken by “Israel” to annex Palestinian lands.

The council said in a statement issued, Friday, that the decision strengthens successive international opposing positions to the Israeli annexation plan, and it puts increasing pressure on the Israeli occupation to revoke this scheme.

The issuance of positions opposing the Israeli annexation plan from countries that stood by the occupation in most of its policies demonstrates the erosion of the Israeli position on the international level because of its violation of international law and international agreements, the Council pointed out.

The CIR called on the Belgian government to implement what came in the draft resolution, impose sanctions on the Israeli occupation state and not to allow it to implement its criminal policies without a strong international response.

The Belgian federal parliament adopted a resolution on Friday urging the government to prepare a list of countermeasures against “Israel” in case it annexes the occupied Palestinian territories.

The resolution was proposed by the Green party, and passed with 101 votes in favor and 39 abstentions.


During a meeting with Latin American figures ..


The Brazil Palestine Institute organized the remote meeting, with the participation of Palestinian community officials in Latin America, to discuss the annexation plan and how to confront it.


The meeting was opened by Dr. Ahmed Shehada, the president of the institute, who confirmed that the meeting comes in the context of confronting the annexation plan and uniting the community’s efforts for the sake of joint work, and that the meeting will be the beginning of a series of meetings to coordinate these efforts.


For his part, Dr. Bassem Naim, President of the Council on International Relations – Palestine, said that the Palestinians are going through a historic moment in their just cause, and I am the Israeli annexation plan, which is a new catastrophe that they must confront vigorously.


Naim said during a meeting organized by the Brazil Palestine Institute with Latin American figures that the American administration and the Israeli occupation seek to completely eliminate the Palestinian issue through three tracks, namely Judaizing Jerusalem, liquidating the refugee issue and keeping the Palestinians in cantons and legitimizing the occupation.


Regarding confronting these plans, Naim indicated that what is required at the Palestinian community level is the formation of national fronts in the form of lobbying governments, parliaments, councils of elders, politicians and parties to announce a clear and explicit stance against these plans.


Naim called on the communities to urge friendly peoples to go out on the street and protest, as well as to strengthen the boycott movement and move legally to obtain laws to prosecute and hold Zionist war criminals accountable.


The President of the Council stressed the need to use the media, especially social media, to target global public opinion and expose the occupation’s plans, calling on those outside to communicate with the Palestinians inside and enhance their resilience.

For their part, the attendees praised what was stated in the council’s speech, stressing the necessity to work with the data on the ground, given that the Latin continent has a strategic stockpile and people supporting the Palestinian people, pointing to the need to unite efforts and joint work in order to address the Zionist plans to resolve the issue.


At the end of the meeting, the attendees stressed the need to repeat such meetings to coordinate the community’s efforts and continuous communication with the Palestinian interior, expressing their readiness to cooperate among the community’s people to serve the Palestinian cause.


CIR Demands LGPS divests of firms complicit in Israeli violations

Council on International Relations – Palestine called on The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to stop investing over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes, including those blacklisted by the UN.

The CIR referred to the information revealed by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in Britain, which showed that LGPS invested over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israeli war crimes.

The council demanded LGPS in a letter sent Monday to stop such investments. “For that reason and as a matter of urgency, we demand that Israel be excluded from all your investments”, it demanded.

The CIR said in the letter: “We demand to hold to account those responsible for these investments. We demand support for Palestinian institutions concerned with human rights and supporting Palestinian communities suffering from Israel’s illegal military regime.”

The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has revealed that The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) invests over £2 Billion in companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes, including those blacklisted by the UN.