Civil Society and the Question of Palestine

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6 February 2020

Middle East

  • On 7 February, Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association published the paper “Arrests on Charges of ‘Incitement’ on Social Media Platforms and Israeli Government Policy: A Facebook Case Study”. Addameer highlights escalating systematic and repeated arrests targeting Palestinians exercising their right to freedom of expression on social media platforms like Facebook, and analyzes the laws defining incitement in the Israeli penal code and the Israeli military orders imposed on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
  • On 4 February, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a press release condemning ongoing Israeli attacks against Palestinian fishermen sailing within the allowed fishing area off Gaza and called the Israeli Naval Forces to release those arrested and compensate them for the damage to their property resulting from these attacks.
  • On 3 February, Gisha – Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement criticized the decision of the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) to freeze trader permits issued to Gaza residents allowing them to exit from the Gaza Strip. The NGO called on Israel to recognize its obligations towards residents of Gaza and stop using their fundamental rights as bargaining chips.
  • On 30 January, Ir Amim published the position paper “From Creeping to Formal Annexation: Israel’s Actions under American Auspices to Actualize ‘Greater Jerusalem’”, which warned against Israel’s “Greater Jerusalem” policy that will not only affect the future of Jerusalem, but also the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict and “will consign both Israelis and Palestinians alike to an accelerating permanent apartheid reality.”
  • On 28 January, Al-Haq submitted its recommendations to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in connection with the Committee’s first periodic review of the State of Palestine. The Al-Haq report highlighted the issues of arbitrary detention of children, domestic and societal violence against children, and issues related to alternative care institutions, the juvenile justice system, child registration and family reunification in East Jerusalem.

Europe

  • On 28 January, the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) issued a statement on the US Plan for the Middle East, rejecting and condemning the initiative as an endorsement of “Israeli apartheid, military occupation and settler colonialism.” PRC also condemned the UK Government for welcoming the proposal, which goes against the UK official position of support to a two-State solution based on the 1967 borders and its rejection of annexation. PRC also rejected the proposal’s compensation framework and the creation of a “Palestinian Refugee Trust” and reiterated that Palestinian refugees will continue to demand return and their legitimate rights until they are implemented.

North America

  • On 11 February, The SETA Foundation in Washington, D.C., will host an event to discuss the US Plan, with a panel including Lara Friedman (Foundation for Middle East Peace) and Khaled Elgindy (Middle East Institute).
  • On 4 February, Human Rights Watch issued a report on IDF and Palestinian armed groups’ strikes in 2019, which led to civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip and shared the results of its investigations which covered different sites including Al-Zeitoun, Deir al-Balah and Al-Shaaf neighbourhoods. Human Rights Watch underlined that international law prohibits indiscriminate attacks not directed against a military objective and requires combatants, when targeting military objectives, to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian casualties.

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