Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently criminalized six prominent Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations in order to shut down their vital work. The organizations targeted are Bisan Center for Research and Development, Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC), and Defense for Children International-Palestine.

In response to this decision, 304 U.S-based social justice groups called on the Biden administration to immediately condemn the Israeli government’s criminalization of these human rights organizations. In their letter to the Biden administration, these U.S-based social justice groups pointed out that this designation is dangerous, as these organizations expose the human rights violations committed by the Israeli government.

The letter was initiated by USCPR, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, Adalah Justice Project, and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Executive Director Ahmad Abuznaid commented in a statement, which was quoted in Common Dreams:

“Israel’s authoritarian attack on these six leading Palestinian human rights organizations is designed to stop their work exposing Israel’s government for what it is: a separate-and-unequal apartheid regime engaging in ongoing settler-colonial violence against the Palestinian people.”

 

You can read the “Letter to Secretary Blinken from U.S. Orgs & Leaders in Solidarity with Palestinian Civil Society” here.

 

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US Coalition Calls on Biden to Denounce Israel’s Crackdown on Palestinian Rights Groups” by Kenny Stancil in Common Dreams.