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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: The Palestinian people will continue their struggle until they achieve their rights and end the occupation

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,

CIR: The Palestinian people will continue their struggle until they achieve their rights and end the occupation

 

Council on International Relations – Palestine “CIR” said the world celebrating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People requires more solidarity and support for this people and their continuous struggle to achieve their rights.

 

In a release Sunday, The CIR said: “As we pass through this day, our Palestinian people continue to live under the Israeli occupation, which continues to intensify 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 Council stated that the solution to the Palestinian issue would only come through giving the Palestinians their rights and establishing their independent and fully sovereign state, with Jerusalem as its capital.

The CIR added: “the attempts of some countries to criminalize the Palestinian resistance will not succeed in depriving the Palestinian people of their rights guaranteed in international law.”

 

“The attempts of the occupation to search for other solutions through normalization with some Arab countries and imposing plans to settle the core issues of the conflict will not succeed and will not push the Palestinians to abandon their rights”, The Council noted.

 

The CIR added that the Palestinian people will continue their struggle and resistance to the occupation until liberating the entire Palestinian land and achieving their rights undiminished, using all means available and legitimate.

 

The world celebrates on the 29th of November every year the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which coincides with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 1947, No. 181, known as the “partition plan”.

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

On its 76th 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 76th anniversary, noting its important role in spreading international peace and security throughout these years.

The council said in a statement issued Sunday: 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 in the Palestinian case.

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

 

CIR welcomes UK’s Liberal Democrats vote in favour of Palestine

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed the Liberal Democrats party overwhelmingly vote in favour of a ban on UK trade with illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and to allow visa-free travel for Palestinians.

 

The council said in a statement issued Wednesday this vote reflects the growing British trend against the crimes of the Israeli occupation and the increase of support and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

 

The CIR said: “The vote in favour of these decisions is a great symbolic step that gives hope to the Palestinian people for international solidarity in their march towards liberation, independence and self-determination.”

 

The Council called on all British parties to take similar decisions in support of the historical Palestinian right and a correction of the historical mistake made by Britain against the Palestinian people.

 

The British Liberal Democrats, a major party, have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ban on UK trade with the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The motion that was passed by the party at its annual conference included its “commitment to immediate recognition of Palestine as a sovereign independent state by the UK government based on the 1967 lines.”

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: 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 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.

CIR warns of UAE-sponsored schemes to undermine UNRWA

Council on International Relations – Palestine warned of UAE-sponsored schemes to undermine the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, according to the French Le Monde.

The council said in a statement issued Saturday that these media leaks come within the plan that the American administration and the Israeli have been working on for a long time to end the work of UNRWA.

The Council noted that any schemes to undermine the agency, end its mandate, or change its function are a flagrant violation of international laws and decisions, which guaranteed the Palestinians return to their homes.

“Such schemes would not achieve any stability or peace, but rather would spread chaos, destruction and instability in the region, and would not deter the Palestinians from sacrificing to obtain their rights”.

The council was surprised by the UAE’s support for this scheme, noting that it was more appropriate for it to support the agency as the rest of the countries do, and not seek to undermine it.

Latest Issue by The French Le Monde said Thursday that the UAE is considering a plan presented by the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies and the Emirates Center for Policies that aims to permanently liquidate the refugee issue, by ending UNRWA’s work and canceling the mandate given to it by the UN General Assembly Seventy years ago.