Palestine Update 505
International Law Expert Francesca Albanese Speaks to The Palestine Chronicle on the Banning of Six Palestinian Groups
Israel’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, has de facto outlawed six prominent Palestinian Human Rights groups, by declaring them to be ‘terrorist organizations’ “secretly linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The designated groups including Al Haq, Defence for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on October 21 has de facto outlawed six prominent Palestinian human rights groups, by declaring them to be ‘terrorist organizations’\
To better understand the reasons behind Israel’s decision, as well as the impact it could have on the critical work of the Palestinian NGOs, I spoke with Francesca Albanese, International lawyer and researcher, and the author of numerous publications on the question of Palestinian refugees, including ‘Palestinian Refugees in International Law’, co-authored with Lex Takkenberg.
EU enables Israeli attack on Palestinian groups
Reactions have continued to pour in. On Monday, two dozen human rights organizations in Israel jointly condemned the move as an “act of cowardice” that is “characteristic of repressive, authoritarian regimes.” They called on the “the international community to oppose this decision unequivocally…This designation is a frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere,” a dozen UN special rapporteurs stated. The independent experts, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor a range of issues, warned that the Israeli designation would effectively ban the work of the human rights groups. It provides a pretext for Israel to arrest their staff, close their offices and seize their property.
Israel’s designation of six major Palestinian rights groups as “terrorist” organizations on Friday elicited an immediate and strong response from human rights defenders. Reactions have continued to pour in. On Monday, two dozen human rights organizations in Israel jointly condemned the move as an “act of cowardice” that is “characteristic of repressive, authoritarian regimes. “They called on the “the international community to oppose this decision unequivocally…This designation is a frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere,” a dozen UN special rapporteurs stated on Monday as well. The independent experts, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor a range of issues, warned that the Israeli designation would effectively ban the work of the human rights groups. It provides a pretext for Israel to arrest their staff, close their offices and seize their property.
Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association
On Palestinian Prisoner’s Day Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association stands in honor of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees held arbitrary in Israeli prisons and detention centers, for their lifetime of resilience in the face of the Israeli apartheid regime.
By the end of March 2021, the number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees reached 4,450, including 37 women, 140 children, and 440 administrative detainees. Among them are 15 journalists, hundreds of university students, and ten Palestinian Legislative Council members.
As the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor confirms its initiation of an investigation over crimes committed in the Situation in Palestine since 13 June 2014, we call upon the Office of the Prosecutor to look into war crimes committed by Israeli military courts.
SIGN, JOIN AND SHARE OUR PETITION calling the ICC Office of the Prosecutor to look into and investigate the war crime of intentionally denying Palestinian prisoners their right to a fair trial as part of the Israeli apartheid regime, and further call for the end of prosecuting Palestinian civilians in Israeli military courts
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David Miller was cleared of Anti-Semitism, leaked document shows
A lawyer hired by the UK’s University of Bristol to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism against Professor David Miller concluded that the academic had “no case to answer,” a leaked document shows. The document, obtained by The Electronic Intifada, shows the investigation concluded that, “there is no basis for any disciplinary action against Professor Miller.” Despite this, the university fired Miller on 1 October, citing unspecified “standards of behavior.”
Miller has been the target of a long-running and ferocious campaign to have him sacked, run by the Israel lobby and backed by the state of Israel itself. The university’s statement firing Miller earlier this month stated only that an independent report by a leading lawyer had “found that Professor Miller’s comments did not constitute unlawful speech.”
Washington ‘strongly opposes’ West Bank settlement expansion
The US has voiced “strong” opposition toward the Israeli government’s push to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, as Tel Aviv placed tender for 1,300 new homes and is expected to green light a further 3,000. The US Department of State condemned the new push by Tel Aviv to expand its settlement program, stating the move undermines peace efforts and makes prospects of ever reaching a two-state solution even bleaker. “We are deeply concerned about the Israeli government’s plan to advance thousands of settlement units tomorrow, many of them deep in the West Bank,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told a press briefing. We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements, which is completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tensions and to ensure calm, and it damages the prospects for a two-state solution.
Washington’s rebuke of Israeli settlement activities comes as Tel Aviv put a new plan to expand its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories into motion. On Sunday, the country’s authorities published a tender for over 1,300 new houses for Israeli settlers.
Palestinian journalist racks up international photography awards
A Palestinian photojournalist from the Gaza Strip recently won two European awards for her pictures that depict life under siege and conflict in the coastal enclave.
“In the Gaza Strip, there are five women currently working in the field of photojournalism. They have enormous capabilities that enable them to outperform many women both in Europe and around the world,” 24-year-old Fatima al-Zahra Shbair told Al-Monitor.
On Sept. 29, Shbair received the German Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from by the International Women’s Media Foundation, becoming the youngest journalist to win the prize since its creation in 2015. The award recognizes female photographers who put themselves at risk to convey the news through photographs. In late August, Shbair won the French Rémi Ochlik Award, which honors young photographers from around the world, for the best conflict photography of the year. The two European awards were not Shbair’s first. She won the National Geographic Abu Dhabi Award in 2017 as well as other local honours.