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CIR welcomes remarkable statements of Human Rights Commissioner

Council on International Relations welcomed the statements made by the Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, which shed light on the ongoing violations of the Israeli occupation.

The council said in a statement issued Thursday that Bachelet’s statement is a serious indication and warning of the dangerous level of the violations committed against the Palestinian people.

“Bachelet’s statement is added to many UN and international reports that clearly shed light on the crimes of the occupation, whether by annexing the lands of the West Bank and Jerusalem, and the violence of settlers in them, or the severe siege of Gaza, or the harassment of human rights activists,” the statement said.

The Council was shocked by the continued silence of the international community towards these violations, warning at the same time of the explosion of the situation if the occupation is not deterred from its crimes.

The CIR called on all parties who wish to see calm and peace in the region to pressure the occupying power to stop its crimes, abide by international law and recognize the rights of the Palestinians.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said Tuesday that the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has become “disastrous”, with severe infringements occurring affecting some four million people.

CIR condemns Israeli decision, shows solidarity with Palestinian human rights orgs

Council on International Relations – Palestine condemned the Israeli occupation’s decision to designate six Palestinian human rights and civil institutions as “terrorist organizations”.

The CIR considered the decision fully consistent with the mentality of the racist occupier by trying to cancel everyone who resists it even by peaceful means.

“This decision comes in the context of the Israeli dream of besieging the Palestinians and breaking their will to resist the occupation and struggle from for freedom and independence.” The CIR said in a statement on Saturday.

The council said the decision is an explicit declaration of war against Palestinian civil society, which directly contributed to exposing the occupation and its crimes on the international scene.

The Gaza-based body noted that the Israeli “anti-terrorism” legislation is a racist tool “Israel” uses to thwart any attempts to hold it accountable and expose its racist and criminal policies against the Palestinian people.

“We show solidarity with the designated Palestinian institutions, and we call on the international community to take bold steps to punish the occupation for this racist behavior and work hard to stop its crimes against our people and its sanctities.” The CIR concluded.

“Israel” has issued a military order designating six prominent Palestinian human rights groups as “terrorist organisations”. The designated groups include Al-Haq, a human rights group founded in 1979, the Addameer rights group, Defence for Children International-Palestine, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees.

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 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: “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.

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 UNESCO decisions on Palestine, thanks countries voted in favor

Council on International Relations welcomed the two decisions on Palestine issued unanimously by the Executive Council of the “UNESCO” without any amendments.

The Council said in a statement issued Tuesday that the members ’unanimous vote on the two resolutions is an affirmation of the isolation of the occupation and the erosion of international support for it in light of its repeated violations of international law.

The Council thanked the Arab countries that submitted the draft resolutions, noting that this honorable position is the expected one to counter the Zionist projects.

The CIR called on UNESCO to continue to resist American and Israeli pressure, to continue to stand by international law and not to allow the occupying power to take advantage of global crises to legalize the theft of Palestinian lands and antiquities.

UNESCO’s Executive Committee adopted Monday two resolutions on Palestine. Item 24 stated that All actions taken by Israel which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of Jerusalem are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith. The same item deeply deplores the ongoing military development around the Gaza Strip and their heavy toll of civilian casualties and reaffirms that the two Palestinian sites of Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi and the Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque are an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

In item 25, UNESCO shows deep concern about the Israeli censorship of the Palestinian curricula of schools and universities in East Jerusalem and Deeply regrets the destruction by the Israeli authorities of schools.

On 10th anniversary of Marmara massacre, CIR reiterates call to hold Israeli occupation accountable

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) called for holding the Israeli occupation accountable for the massacre committed on this day ten years ago in which 9 Turkish solidarity activists were killed on the Freedom Flotilla.

The council said in a statement issued Sunday that the world must not allow the occupation to escape with impunity for the war crimes it committed that will not fall under a statute of limitations.

“The world must honor the memory of these heroes by working to achieve the goal for which they sacrificed: lifting the siege on Gaza”, the council added.

The CIR saluted all the people in solidarity with the Palestinian people around the world, stressing that history will never forget their positions for freedom and human dignity, and that the criminal will be held accountable sooner or later.

Ten years ago, on Sunday, Israeli forces stormed the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-owned vessel that was part of a flotilla seeking to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza by delivering aid and humanitarian support.

Eight Turkish nationals and an American-Turkish activist were shot dead during the raid, while another Turkish man later succumbed to his injuries. Dozens were injured in the attack.

CIR welcomes British politicians letter, calls on all countries to stand firm against Israeli crimes

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the letter of 130 British politicians to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which they called for imposing tough sanctions on “Israel” if it annexed territories in the West Bank.

The CIR said in a statement issued Saturday the message expresses a courageous stance of the politicians who stand beside international laws and United Nations resolutions, which explicitly reject continued Israeli crimes.

The Council called on all countries to stand firmly in the face of the Israeli annexation plan supported by the current American administration within the framework of the so-called deal of the century that will inevitably lead to disruption of stability and security in the region and internationally, and will end any opportunity for a political solution to the conflict.

130 British politicians have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging the government to warn Israel annexation of occupied Palestinian territory could lead to the imposition of sanctions.

“government must now make clear publicly to Israel that any annexation will have severe consequences including sanctions. Words are not enough”, the politicians said in the letter.

CIR: Israeli occupation exploits Corona crisis, approves appropriation of Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said the Israeli occupation has violated international law by expropriation of Palestinian land adjacent to the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied West Bank city of Hebron using them for the benefit of Judaization projects under the pretext of expansion and development.

the council warned against exploiting the current coronavirus crisis in the world by the Israeli occupation to implement plans that it failed to do for decades.

Condemning this crime, the CIR affirmed that the Ibrahimi Mosque and its endowments are pure Islamic property that will not be changed by invalid decisions and that the Palestinian people and Muslims around the world will make every effort to abort it.

The Council was surprised by the Arab and Muslim silence towards these crimes against Islamic sanctities, adding: “What is happening today in Hebron will happen in the rest of the Islamic and Christian sanctities, if we accepted these crimes against our history and cultural heritage. We are all individuals and groups, factions and institutions required to do everything we can prevent it. ”

In its statement, the council warned of the danger of this step that could destabilize the region, noting that it is a prelude to implementing the rest of the plan that Israel intends to implement, with the encouragement of the extremist American administration, to annex the Palestinian territories in the West Bank.

The Council called on the international institutions, particularly UNESCO, to take all necessary measures to prevent this encroachment on Islamic sanctities and the rights of Muslims, warning at the same time of the danger of these steps in destabilizing the region.

Israeli government’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit yesterday approved the expropriation of Palestinian land adjacent to the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied West Bank city of Hebron.