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20 Dec 2021

Author:
Addameer

Israel: Targeted Palestinian human rights defenders launch joint website

"HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS TARGETED BY ISRAEL LAUNCH JOINT WEBSITE: ONLINE HUB PROVIDES INFORMATION AND CALLS TO ACTION AIMED AT REVERSING BAN ON SIX PALESTINIAN NGOS", 14 December 2021

The Palestinian civil society organizations (CSOs) targeted by the Israeli government alongside partners have launched a new website www.PalCivilSociety.com as part of their #StandWithThe6 campaign. This follows Israel's escalation of its systemic efforts to shrink civic space, defund, criminalize human rights defenders (HRDs) and civil society.

This culminated in Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz outlawing the six organizations on 19 October 2021...

In response to the designation, the international community, including world leaders, UN representatives, celebrities, funders, and international NGOs, have condemned the designation as a blatant threat to human rights. However, Israel continues to firmly maintain its unlawful designation, and by not calling for an immediate reversal of this policy, governments are allowing this dangerous attack to go unchallenged, putting all HRDs at risk in Palestine and globally.

The website consolidates the efforts of the six Palestinian CSOs and partners and provides resources for supporters outlining the full context of Israel's ongoing harassment campaigns to silence and diminish Palestinian civil society overall. The website will be a central space where supporters can mobilize in solidarity with civil society, starting by sending emails to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, asking them to take decisive action to force Israel to reverse the unlawful designation...

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