Israel declares 6 Palestinian civilian groups to be “terrorists”

So, now, it’s OK for the Israeli government to act like terrorists

The Israeli Defense Ministry on 19 October 2021 issued a military order declaring six Palestinian civil society organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to be “terrorist organizations.”…The designation…effectively outlaws the activities of these civil society groups. It authorizes Israeli authorities to close their offices, seize their assets and arrest and jail their staff members, and it prohibits funding or even publicly expressing support for their activities.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, who work closely with many of these groups, said in a joint statement:

“This appalling and unjust decision is an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement. For decades, Israeli authorities have systematically sought to muzzle human rights monitoring and punish those who criticize its repressive rule over Palestinians. While staff members of our organizations have faced deportation and travel bans, Palestinian human rights defenders have always borne the brunt of the repression. This decision is an alarming escalation that threatens to shut down the work of Palestine’s most prominent civil society organizations.

I expect the Cold Warriors in Washington, DC. will say they’re shocked and amazed. And do little else until they’ve at least had a chance to check in with polling specialists on the payroll. Isn’t that usually how “principled decisions” are arrived at in Congress and the White House?

5 thoughts on “Israel declares 6 Palestinian civilian groups to be “terrorists”

  1. p/s says:

    Why is Israel labelling Palestinian rights groups ‘terrorists’?
    Rights advocates say Israel’s move is a dangerous escalation in its campaign to silence Palestinian civil society. https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/10/28/why-israel-is-labelling-palestinian-rights-groups-terrorists
    On Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet described the decision as an “attack on human rights defenders, on freedoms of association, opinion and expression and on the right to public participation, and should be immediately revoked”.
    “Counter-terrorism legislation must not be applied to legitimate human rights and humanitarian work,” Bachelet said, adding that the groups “face far-reaching consequences as a result of this arbitrary decision, as do the people who fund them and work with them.” https://www.un.org/unispal/document/un-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-bachelet-calls-israels-terrorism-designation-an-unjustified-attack-on-palestinian-civil-society-press-release/
    In a statement on Wednesday signed by more than 250 local, regional, and international rights groups, the signatories said the Israeli move “comes in the context of the continuation of the occupation and apartheid state’s attacks on the rights of the Palestinian people, especially their right to struggle, in all forms, for freedom, return, self-determination, and building their independent Palestinian state”. https://addameer.org/news/4549

  2. Update says:

    “New platform documents digital censorship of Palestinians : Groups say online tool is more relevant now than ever in light of recent mass censorship of Palestinian content in May.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/2/palestinians-launch-tool-to-document-digital-abuses-against-them
    “Social media giant Facebook came under fire by users in May after their Palestine-related content, including on Instagram which it owns, was taken down without prior notice or a reason provided, while accounts were suspended or shut down. Others, including influencers, reported a significant drop in the number of views on stories, or participants on lives, when they posted content on Palestine or used viral hashtags such as #SaveSheikhJarrah.”
    Re: Sheikh Jarrah see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Jarrah

    • Update says:

      Sheikh Jarrah families reject ‘unjust’ deal with Israeli settlers : Palestinians facing forced displacement from a flashpoint neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem have rejected a deal that would have seen them accept the temporary ownership of their homes by an Israeli settler organization. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/2/sheikh-jarrah-palestinians-reject-deal-with-israeli-settlers
      In October, Israel’s Supreme Court proposed a deal that would have seen four Palestinian families remain in their homes for 15 years as “protected tenants” while paying rent to settlers who have claimed the land.
      The court gave the families until November 2 to decide whether to accept.
      A statement from the families in Arabic and English was circulated on social media, saying the Israeli judiciary is forcing them to “choose between our own dispossession or submitting to an oppressive agreement”.

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