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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.

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: UK to designate resistance movements “terrorist” violation of international law

Council on International Relations – Palestine expressed its strong condemnation of the British Home Secretary’s decision to designate Hamas movement as terrorist, in clear violation of the right of peoples to resist occupation.

 

In a statement issued on Saturday, the council said that Minister Priti Patel’s decision stood by the occupation, injustice and apartheid the Palestinian people have been suffering for decades.

 

Instead of retracting and apologizing for the Balfour Declaration, the council added, the UK insists on moving forward with the entrenchment of the Israeli occupation, thwarting any attempts to reach a solution to this conflict.

 

The Council called on the UK Parliament not to ratify this resolution, but rather to recognize the Palestinian state and the right of the Palestinian people to resist occupation, as confirmed by international conventions and laws.

 

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is pushing to ban the Palestinian movement under the Terrorism Act. Hamas responded in a statement, saying: “Instead of apologising and correcting its historical sin against the Palestinian people … [Britain] supports the aggressors at the expense of the victims.”

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 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: female prisoners’ situation in Israeli prisons violates international, humanitarian laws

Council on International Relations – Palestine confirmed that the Israeli occupation is committing grave violations against Palestinian female prisoners in its prisons, violating international humanitarian law.

 

The Council pointed out in a statement issued today, Sunday, to the suffering of the prisoner Israa Jaabis who suffers from serious injuries and from first and third-degree burns on 60 percent of her body as well as suffering from constant fever, and her treatment requires years of physical and psychological rehabilitation.

 

The CIR noted that detaining Jaabis in a prison outside the occupied territories is a flagrant violation of international and humanitarian laws, in particular the Third Geneva Convention, in which Article 30 states: “The costs of treatment, including those of any apparatus necessary for the maintenance of prisoners of war in good health, particularly dentures and other artificial appliances, and spectacles, shall be borne by the Detaining Power.”

 

“The Israeli occupation continues to detain 40 female prisoners, including 11 mothers, most of whom are in Damon prison, and deprives them of their children, not to mention the harsh conditions of their detention”, the council said.

 

The Gaza- based institution called on the international community and human rights organizations to pressure the Israeli occupation to release all female prisoners, mothers and patients in particular, calling on the International Criminal Court to hold “Israel” accountable for its war crimes.

CIR: Labour Party motion historic, undermines Zionist efforts to whitewash occupation

Council on International Relations – Palestine welcomed backing a motion in Labour conference to demand sanctions against Israel for its illegal actions under international law, to stop the UK’s arms trade with Israel, and end trade with illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

The council said in a statement issued, Monday, that this motion is a pivotal shift in the history of Britain’s relationship with the Palestinian issue, especially that it comes from a major party that may form the government in the coming period.

Regarding the tireless Zionist efforts to distort the Palestinians, the council said that these attempts will not succeed in changing the facts and the Labour Party’s recent motion is the best evidence.

“We welcome this motion, and we thank everyone who voted yes, and we consider the motion a significant addition to the international consensus that is forming and sees that “Israel” is practicing apartheid that must be fought”, the CIR added.

The Council called on all British parties to take the same decisions that are in line with international law and the will of free peoples, and that express solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of the occupation and its crimes.

Labour conference has backed a motion for the party to demand sanctions against Israel for its illegal actions under international law, to stop the UK’s arms trade with “Israel”, and end trade with illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

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 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.’