Over 150 Organizations Demand International Community Stand Against Raids and Closures of 7 Palestinian Organizations

Amid Israel’s escalating attacks targeting their work, a group of more than 150 Palestinian,
regional, and international organizations express our full solidarity with the designated seven
leading Palestinian civil society organizations, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights
Association, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man (Al-Haq), Bisan Center for Research and
Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), Health Work Committees
(HWC), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian
Women’s Committees (UPWC).
On the morning of 18 August 2022, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) raided and sealed the
doorways into the offices of the seven Palestinian organizations. The IOF also confiscated
documents and equipment and destroyed items in the offices. On the doors of the organizations,
military orders were left behind ordering the closure of the offices under Article 319 of the
Emergency Regulations of 1945. This development follows the 19 October 2021, Israeli Defense
Minister Benny Gantz designation of six leading Palestinian civil society organizations as
terrorist organizations under Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Law (2016), which was then extended to the
West Bank on 3 November 2021 by a military order that outlawed the same organizations.
We urge the international community to unequivocally condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinian
civil society and tactics to further repress of freedom of expression. States must take all
necessary action to support and protect Palestinian human rights defenders and ensure the
continuation of their invaluable work.
These raids and closures represent the latest escalation in Israel’s widespread campaign aiming
to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organization that dares to seek
accountability for Israel’s grave human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against
humanity. The “persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental
rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid” is a method used by Israel, amounting to
acts of apartheid prosecutable under the Rome Statute, to maintain its domination and oppression
over the Palestinian people.
The organizations remain at an additional risk of closure of bank accounts, travel bans and
movement restrictions, and the arrest and detention of staff members for their work. Israel’s
attacks against these organizations pose an existential threat to independent Palestinian human
rights organizations and civil society who work to monitor and document violations of human
rights and provide basic services to the Palestinian people.
We call upon the international community to demand that Israel immediately revoke its
designations of Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist
organizations,” reverse the military orders designating the organizations and closing their offices
and repeal its Anti-Terrorism Law (2016) as it does not meet basic human rights standards.
Moreover, we call on the international community to take effective measures to end all other
actions that deny Palestinians their inalienable human rights.

Lastly, we call on the members of the international community to continue their support and
increase funding to the organizations and engage with financial institutions to ensure the transfer
of funds to the organizations.
1. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
2. 11.11.11
3. Abductees' Mothers Association
4. Academic Program for Studies of Arab and Muslim Communities in Diaspora
5. ACAT-France
6. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
7. Advokatfirmaet Roli
8. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
9. Al-ataa Benevolent Association
10. Aldameer association for human rights
11. Al-Haq
12. Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society
13. Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies
14. Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ)
15. ARTICLE 19
16. Artists for Palestine UK
17. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
18. Asociacion Palestina Biladi
19. Association Belgo-Palestinienne
20. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine
21. Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression
22. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)
23. Aswat Nissa
24. Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children'
25. Australian Centre for International Justice
26. Basmeh & Zeitooneh for Relief and Development
27. Baytna
28. Bds Maroc
29. BDS Netherlands
30. BDS Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
31. Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
32. Bytes For All, Pakistan
33. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
34. Center for Constitutional Rights
35. Center for Strategic Studies to Support Women and Children

36. Centre for Global Education
37. Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales
38. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
39. CNCD-11.11.11
40. Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
41. Comhlamh Justice for Palestine
42. Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East, Luxembourg
43. Committee for Justice
44. Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network (CEMSOJ)
45. Conectas Human Rights
46. Cultura è Libertà, una campagna per la Palestina
47. DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
48. Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish Voice (Belgium)
49. Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms
50. Egyptian Front for Human Rights (EFHR)
51. Egyptian Human Rights Forum
52. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
53. El Nadim Center For Management & Rehabilitation of victims of violence
54. ESCR-Net, International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
55. EuroMed Rights
56. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine - ECCP
57. European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
58. European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine
59. FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), within the framework of the
Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
60. Financial Justice Ireland
61. Foundation for Middle East Peace (Washington, DC)
62. Front Line Defenders
63. Fundación Mundubat
64. Gaza Action Ireland
65. Global NPO Coalition on FATF
66. Herbst Law PLLC
67. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”
68. Human Rights for All (HR4A) Saskatchewan
69. Human Rights in China
70. Human Rights Watch
71. Human Security Collective
73. International Accountability Project
74. International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

75. International Commission to support Palestinian People’s Rights
76. International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
77. International Service for Human Rights
78. International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
79. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
80. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - UK
81. Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
82. Just Words Limited
83. Justice for Palestinians Calgary
84. Justitia Center for legal protection of human rights in Algeria
85. Kairos Ireland
86. Kenya Human Rights Commission
87. League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)
88. Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS)
89. Makan
90. MakeShiftPublishing
91. MENA Rights Group
92. Muslim Peace Fellowship
93. Mwatana for human rights
94. Nederlands Palestina Komitee
95. New Weapons Research Groups
96. Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine Israel
97. North Bronx Racial Justice
98. Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO-Norway)
99. Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
100. NOVACT Institute for Nonviolent Action
101. Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
102. Palestina Solidariteit vzw Belgium
103. Palestine Solidarity Alliance
104. Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
105. Palestine Solidarity Network - Edmonton
106. Palestine Solidarity, St. John's, NL
107. Palestine Solidary Organisation at Nelson Mandela University
108. Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)
109. Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)
110. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
111. Pan African Palestine Solidarity Network
112. Paz con Dignidad
113. Peace and Building Foundation
114. Physicians for Human Rights Israel

115. Platform of French NGOs for Palestine
116. Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
117. Project South
118. Riposte Internationale
119. Sadaka-the Ireland Palestine Alliance
120. Sadaqa
121. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
122. Scottish Friends of Palestine
123. Sexual Rights Initiative
125. Solsoc
126. South African BDS Coalition
127. South African Jews For a Free Palestine
129. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
130. Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights
131. Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice
132. The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies
133. The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
134. The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine
135. The Canadian BDS Coalition
136. The civic coalition for Palestinian rights in jerusalem
137. The Danish House in Palestine
138. The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
139. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA
140. The Norwegian Initiative DEFEND INTERNATIONAL LAW
141. The Palestine Committee of Norway
142. The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy
143. The Palestinian Human Rights Organization "PHRO"
144. The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy -
145. The Rights Forum
146. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)
147. Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA (Australia)
148. United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)
149. University Network for Human Rights
150. University of KwaZulu-Natal Decoloniality Action Group
151. US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
152. Visualizing Palestine
153. Viva Salud

154. Vrede vzw
155. West African Human Rights Defenders Network
156. Women in Black Vienna
157. Women Now for Development
158. Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
159. World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the
Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

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