Civil Society and the Question of Palestine – NGO Action News – 13 January 2022 – Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Middle East

  • January 11, 7amleh published its seventh annual “Hashtag Palestine” report, highlighting violations of the “digital rights” of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian defenders online, at the hands of the authorities as well as different social media companies in relation to the escalations and developments in the field . The report says Palestinians also face internal societal challenges, such as hate speech and misleading information, which impact their activity in the digital space and their digital participation.

  • On January 11 and 12, several organizations including the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Al-Haq and Addamer condemned the arrest of several students on the Birzeit University campus, considering it an attack on Palestinian trade unions and civil society organizations. According to reports from these organizations, Israeli security forces arrested several student representatives on January 10 while attending a meeting of student unions.

  • January 11, Gisha published the report “Red Lines, Gray Lists — Israel’s dual-use policy and the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism”, which indicates that Israel considers thousands of items to be “dual-use”, i.e. civilian goods that could also be used for military purposes, even if these items are not defined as dual-use according to international standards. Gisha further exposed the impact on the reconstruction of Gaza of the restrictions imposed by Israel on the entry of construction materials, raw materials, chemicals, equipment and spare parts into Gaza necessary for industry, health sector and civil infrastructure.

  • January 10, Addamer released a statement from the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) to express its solidarity with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) after the Dutch government decided to end its funding for the UAWC, following the designation by the Israeli authorities in October 2021 of this organization as a “terrorist organization”. PNGO argues that the decision to end funding came despite an external review of the organization finding UAWC’s organizational independence and calling on organizations to protest the decision.

  • January 6th, Adalah published an article informing that the Israeli authorities have refused to reveal any evidence against the six Palestinian organizations designated as “terrorist organizations”, while the military prosecutor, responding to a letter sent on December 16, 2021 by the organizations’ legal teams, said he would allow the groups to review only unclassified information that underlies the basis for the designations. The article further stated that the deadline for filing an appeal against the decision declaring them “illegal associations” had been extended until January 18, 2022.

North America

  • On January 24, the Columbia University Center for Palestinian Studies will host an event to discuss with Kareem Rabie his new book “Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World Is Invited: Capital and State Building in the West Bank”. In this book, the author examines the impact of the first-ever Palestine Investment Conference of 2008, which was designed to kick-start the process of integrating Palestine into the global economy, reflecting the belief that a thriving private economy would lead to a free economy and functioning Palestinian state. The author argued that these investment-based policies maintained the status quo of occupation and the subordinated and suspended political and economic relationship of Palestine with Israel.

  • On January 12, the Middle East Peace Foundation (FMEP) released the podcast “Gaza, Apartheid, and Challenging Israel Impunity”. In this episode of the “Busy Thoughts” series, FMEP spoke with Nuriya Oswald (International Advocacy Manager at the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights) and Yael Stein (Research Director for B’Tselem) about the protests of what they see as Israeli apartheid. regime towards the Gaza Strip, both generally and specifically in the context of the Great March of Return.

  • On January 7, the American Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) issued a statement urging members of the US Congress not to co-sponsor or vote for HR 2748/S. United States. The USCPR pointed out that while the bill seeks to advance regional cooperation, including on respect for human rights, technological innovation, health care, climate and water scarcity , it actively ignores Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

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