Israeli Occupation Prevents Urgent Medical Equipment Entering Gaza

Source PALESTINE ON LINE

Besieged Gaza (Palestine Online)- The Ministry of Health called on all concerned parties to pressure the Israeli occupation to let diagnostic medical devices, which have been held for months, into the Gaza Strip.

The Ministry said during a press conference held at the Government Information Office headquarters this morning, on Wednesday, that the Israeli occupation continues to perpetuate its inhuman and immoral practices against patients in the Gaza Strip, by depriving them of their treatment rights by various means that increase the suffering of patients.

Patients are prevented from reaching hospitals and all medical aid and services are prevented from entry.

It added that getting in diagnostic medical devices and spare parts and getting out other devices to complete the urgent necessary maintenance for them are also prevented. These devices are used in governmental and non-governmental health sectors, such as the CT scan, fluoroscopy device, mammography device, and two X-ray devices.

The Ministry pointed out that at a time when the world is on alert to confront the new mutated Corona virus, the Israeli occupation is committing crimes by impeding the entry of several diagnostic and medical devices that help enhance the readiness of the health system in the Gaza Strip, which is on the verge of the fourth wave.

The Ministry explained that the Israeli occupation continues to prevent the entry of eight mobile x-ray machines for the second time in a year, and they are devices granted by the Kuwait Fund and delivered by the Palestinian Development Council “PECDAR”. The devices are important because they provide diagnostic services to patients in different departments, including critical departments such as care departments and children’s nurseries.

In its statement, the Ministry added that the Israeli occupation has been reluctant in introducing special devices to the oxygen generating station and kidney pumps and is preventing the repair of many medical devices in the governmental and non-governmental health sectors, which include MRIs, CT scans, regular rays, and mobile devices, as well as preventing the entry of spare parts needed to repair these necessary devices.

The Ministry explained that the occupation deliberately delays the entry of spare parts for medical devices and taking other devices outside the Gaza Strip for maintenance, such as surgical endoscopes, air treads used to stabilize complex fractures, spent ray tubes, and calibration devices for medical imaging.

The Ministry of Health renewed its call to international and humanitarian health institutions to pressure the Israeli occupation to introduce diagnostic medical devices in light of their urgency as part of the efforts to maximize preparedness to confront the Covid-19 pandemic and to renew health facilities.

The Ministry noted that it has provided all international health and humanitarian institutions, led by the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross, with all the reports that prove that the occupation is deliberately not allowing these devices and spare parts in.

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WHY GAZANS ARE DENIED MEDICAL PERMITS

  According to data provided by the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), a staggering 90% of permit applications for travel outside of Gaza for medical treatment have not been assigned a clear reason for their rejection. This figure is taken from a report compiled by the Knesset Research and Information Center (RIC) at the behest of MK Mossi Raz and in coordination with PHRI.  

In recent years, PHRI has submitted several freedom of information requests to COGAT. The responses have been persistently lacking, riddled with missing or partial information. The RIC report revealed a policy of red tape and a lack of transparency with respect to data collection at COGAT. The report reveals two key issues:

Lack of transparency with respect to reasons for denial
The most commonly listed reason for denying applications made by Gaza and West Bank residents for medical treatment outside their area of residence was listed as “other”. In Gaza, 90% of rejected applications between 2016 and 2020 were denied under the classification of “other”. In 2020, the number was even higher; 93% of refusals were listed as “other”. A similar pattern was observed in the West Bank figures.

Listing “other” as the reason for application denials is a non-transparent practice that hinders external evaluation of how the permit regime works. It is worth noting that the rejection letters received by the patients themselves normally do list a reason for the denial; therefore, this points to an inconsistency in COGAT’s data collection and/or documentation.

Denials on the grounds that treatment is available in the patient’s area of residence
Palestinians in need of treatment outside the Gaza Strip may apply for a permit only if the treatment sought is “life-saving or crucial to the quality of life” and unavailable in Gaza. Figures provided by COGAT show that between 2016 and 2020, at least 1,500 patients from Gaza were denied permits on the grounds that the treatment was available to them locally.

Based on PHRI’s monitoring of such cases, we have observed that COGAT rejects most of these cases on the basis of incorrect information, and contrary to the professional opinion of the local physicians. There is a lack of transparency in regards to COGAT’s decision making and determination process concerning the availability of treatment in Gaza.

For instance, PHRI has documented many cases in which COGAT presented details of a specialist doctor or medical center in Gaza as proof that the treatment was indeed available locally. However, when PHRI reached out to the doctor or institution in question, we were told they could not provide the essential treatment. In practice, this tedious bureaucratic process delays the provision of medical treatment unnecessarily.

The RIC report exhibits a pattern of extraneous interference with the functioning of the Palestinian health care system by Israel, and a lack of transparency that conceals the effects the permit regime has on the everyday lives of Palestinians living in the oPt.

Sincerely,
Arel Jarus-Hakak
Projects and Research Coordinator
Palestinians in the OPT & The Mobile Clinic Department
Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI)

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GAZA CORONAVIRUS UP TO JANUARY 21-2022

Source: Ministry of Health, Gaza

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AID FOR GAZA

In a letter addressed to the leader of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former presidential candidate, suggested that if America funds Israel’s Iron Dome “defense” system to the tune of $1 billion, the same amount of money should be transferred in the form of aid to Gaza.

What kind of aid
Do you think Gaza needs?

Do you think a child
who walks in the street,
while a drone carrying rockets
hovers over her head,
wants or even needs
handouts of food and clothing,
what you call humanitarian aid?
What she wants,
what she needs
is safety and security.

Do you think an old man leaning on his cane
at a check point,
struggling to seek treatment
for his swollen feet and screaming knees,
his dignity in tatters,
wants a box of sugar and flour?
What he wants,
what he needs,
is expert Palestinian heath care
close to home.

Do you think a mother who lost her son to war,
waking up every day to only the memory of his voice
before she remembers he is gone,
before the ashes of what was once her heart
stir with the fatigue of loss,
needs humanitarian aid?
What she wants,
what she needs
is the knowledge that
his home, her home
is theirs,
free from the threat of invasion
and strangulation.

Do you think Palestinian youths
looking longingly over the border
gazing at the photos of other lands
on Instagram and Facebook
need humanitarian aid?
What they want,
what they need,
what I long for
is the freedom to fly,
to travel,
just because I want to,
to see the world.

What they want
what they need
is true for us all:
Dignity
Independence
Freedom.

Posted: October 13, 2021

Mentor: Pam Bailey– See more at: https://wearenotnumbers.org/home/Story/Aid_for_Gaza
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Israeli occupation forces prevented the entry of medical devices to the Gaza Strip

Days of Palestine – Gaza

Israeli occupation forces prevented the entry of medical devices to the Gaza Strip in light of the suffocating siege imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007 depriving Gaza patients of their right to treatment the Health Ministry said.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Gaza said that the Ministry held a meeting with representatives of human rights organizations to shed light on preventing the occupation from entering medical equipment and spare parts.

MOH official added that while the world is confronting the new variant “Omicron”, the Israeli occupation is hindering the entry of several diagnostic and medical devices that help to reinforce the health system in the enclave, which is on the doorstep of the fourth wave of COVID-19 new variant.

The Ministry indicated that most of the x-ray machines, CT and MRI diagnostic radiology machines in Gaza’s hospitals, which are vital in diagnosing patients with cancer and strokes, are malfunctioning.

MOH stressed the lack of oxygen-generating devices, which are important devices for ICU patients.

Meanwhile, the patients with kidney failure who suffer due to the deterioration of dialysis devices are also struggling with their lives, the Ministry affirmed during the meeting.

The Ministry of Health indicates that it is in constant contact with international and humanitarian entities, led by the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has been provided with the reports that prove that the occupation is deliberately preventing the entry of these devices and spare parts.

MOH calls on human rights organizations defending the patients’ rights to redouble efforts and voices pressing the occupier to let these important devices enter the enclave as soon as possible.

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COVID OMICRON VARIANT IN GAZA STRIP

Days of Palestine – Gaza

Cautioning that some cases of Omicron infection have been reported in the Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry on Monday warned a fast-spreading of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

In light of the continued obstruction of the entry of necessary medical devices by the Israeli occupation, the Ministry said in a statement that the fears lie in the recording of a large number of cases of the new COVID-19 mutation, which needs health care above the level of medical capabilities.

The Ministry appealed to human rights and international organizations to intensify their pressure on the occupation to allow the entry of the necessary medical devices and equipment to confront the new mutator.

It is noteworthy that the “Omicron” mutant was discovered for the first time in South Africa, in late November 2021, and it continues its rapid spread in the countries of the world, becoming the dominant one in “Corona” cases instead of the “Delta” mutant.

In late December 2021, the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced the first case of Omicron coronavirus variant had been identified in the coastal enclave.

“We are on the brink of difficult days. We will certainly see a fourth wave, and as in the rest of the world, we believe it will be a severe one,” senior Gaza health official Majdi Their said.

According to Dheir, the infected Gazan had not recently traveled outside the enclave — meaning the variant was likely already beyond their capacity to contain.

“This means that the strain is here and spreading in Gaza right now,” Dheir said.

In the West Bank, Palestinian Authority health officials have identified 23 cases of the Omicron variant. Neither the West Bank nor Gaza has yet seen a corresponding rise in active infections, however, which have hovered around 4,000 for the past few weeks.

The Omicron strain has sent infections shooting up around the world, grounding flights and returning tighter restrictions on gatherings.

Israel and Egypt have imposed a brutal blockade on Gaza Strip since 2007, which is one of the most densely populated places on earth.

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coronavirus gaza update 06-01-22

Source: Ministry of Health, Gaza

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primo caso di positività a variante OMICRON nella STRISCIA di GAZA

The Israeli occupation continues to prevent the entry of important equipment that works to confront the coming wave into the Gaza Strip.

L’occupazione israeliana continua a impedire l’ingresso di attrezzature importanti che potrebbero essere utilizzate per affrontare l’imminente nuova ondata  nella Striscia di Gaza

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Gaza: l’U.E. deve agire immediatamente e senza condizioni per eliminare il blocco

1. L’aggravarsi della crisi di Gaza: un disastro umanitario, economico e ambientale

english version

https://www.eccpalestine.org/gaza-eu-must-act-to-stop-the-blockade-immediately-and-unconditionally/

La Striscia di Gaza, un’enclave di 365 chilometri quadrati, è sotto il blocco di Israele dal 2007 via terra, aria e mare. Mantenendo il controllo totale sulla terra e su tutti gli aspetti della vita palestinese a Gaza, Israele esercita lì la sua forma più estrema di occupazione. In questa zona densamente popolata circa 2 milioni di persone sono state tenute prigioniere, private dei diritti umani fondamentali per 15 anni.

Questo blocco ha un impatto su tutti gli aspetti della vita quotidiana della popolazione e consolida la frammentazione territoriale e politica della Palestina, minando la possibilità di una vita dignitosa e l’autodeterminazione del popolo.

Le severe restrizioni alla libertà di movimento di persone e merci, la perdita di terreni agricoli per via di una “zona cuscinetto”, arbitrariamente dichiarata, e rigide restrizioni sulla zona di pesca hanno gravemente colpito le attività economiche e gettato l’economia di Gaza in un forte declino senza alcun mezzo per riprendersi e svilupparsi. Le restrizioni da parte dell’Egitto al confine con Gaza hanno reso il blocco ancora più rigido. La maggior parte delle persone a Gaza ha perso il proprio sostentamento (1). Gli agricoltori e i pescatori vengono regolarmente colpiti mentre cercano di accedere alla loro terra e al loro mare.

Questa terribile situazione è aggravata da periodiche offensive militari. Quattro grandi attacchi (2008-2009, 2012, 2014 e 2021) hanno causato un’incredibile perdita di vite umane ed enormi danni materiali (allegato). I diritti umani più elementari, come il diritto alla vita, alla libertà e alla sicurezza, sono negati alla popolazione di Gaza. Il tributo umano e la distruzione dei mezzi di sussistenza, delle infrastrutture civili come centrali elettriche, strutture idriche e igienico-sanitarie, abitazioni e attività commerciali, incidono su ogni aspetto della vita quotidiana dell’intera popolazione, portando al collasso i servizi essenziali (come l’assistenza sanitaria e l’istruzione), del tenore di vita e dell’ambiente. L’impatto combinato di un periodo di blocco senza precedenti, aggravato da cicliche offensive militari, è stato catastrofico sugli aspetti economici, sociali e ambientali della vita. Questo disastro è stato documentato in numerosi rapporti dell’ONU e di varie ONG. Già nel 2015 le Nazioni Unite avevano avvertito che Gaza sarebbe stata inabitabile entro il 2020 (2).

Tutte queste conseguenze non sono state casuali per il governo israeliano, che persegue apertamente una politica sistematica per mantenere la frammentazione politica e territoriale della Palestina (3). Ciò fa parte della strategia di “ingegneria demografica” di Israele per ottenere il dominio ebraico nel resto della Palestina storica: eliminando virtualmente Gaza, dove la concentrazione di palestinesi è estremamente alta, si può ottenere una maggioranza di popolazione ebraica in Israele (59/41) (4).

L’attacco del maggio 2021 è stato particolarmente devastante, poiché ha colpito Gaza che stava già lottando con la pandemia del COVID-19 in sofferenza per i precedenti attacchi distruttivi. Gli ospedali erano già messi a dura prova da una cronica carenza di medicinali, attrezzature, risorse e formazione. Numerosi rapporti sottolineano gli effetti cumulativi di traumi prolungati, in particolare quelli inflitti ai bambini che costituiscono il 50% della popolazione di Gaza. Le agenzie umanitarie, inclusa la Banca mondiale, hanno rilasciato dichiarazioni senza precedenti che richiedono sforzi politici sistematici (5), un chiaro segno che è urgentemente necessario un nuovo approccio politico.

2. Crimini di guerra e crimini contro l’umanità

Il blocco e gli attacchi militari indiscriminati a Gaza costituiscono una punizione collettiva, un crimine di guerra ai sensi della Convenzione di Ginevra del 1949, proibito dal diritto internazionale (1977 Protocollo aggiuntivo II). È parte integrante della politica israeliana perpetuare il dominio etnico, definito come un crimine di apartheid e di persecuzione, che rientrano entrambi nella categoria dei crimini contro l’umanità e sono documentati in recenti rapporti di organizzazioni per i diritti umani (6,7).

Durante le quattro operazioni militari sono stati presi di mira anche ospedali, scuole, personale medico e giornalisti, il che costituisce un crimine di guerra. Oltre a queste grandi offensive, i manifestanti disarmati che chiedevano la fine del blocco (dal marzo 2018 alla fine del 2019) sono stati oggetto di una brutale repressione militare, che ha provocato ancora un elevato numero di morti e feriti, compresi, ancora una volta, bambini, donne, anziani, personale medico e giornalisti (8). Queste accuse di crimini di guerra sono documentate in volumi di rapporti, inclusi quelli delle Nazioni Unite (9). La Corte penale internazionale (ICC) sta attualmente indagando su queste numerose accuse (10). A ciò si dovrebbe aggiungere il disprezzo da parte di Israele del suo obbligo, in quanto potenza occupante, di garantire la sicurezza delle persone sotto occupazione.

Israele cerca di giustificare la sua politica citando “preoccupazioni per la sicurezza”. Tuttavia privare 2 milioni di civili dei loro diritti umani fondamentali, distruggere infrastrutture pubbliche e proprietà private, sparare a manifestanti, agricoltori e pescatori non hanno nulla a che fare con la sicurezza, ma sono chiaramente intesi come misure punitive. La narrativa israeliana di “autodifesa” non è supportata da alcuno standard legale. Le norme internazionali sui diritti umani vietano l’uso della forza letale tranne nelle situazioni in cui è necessario prevenire un’imminente minaccia di morte o lesioni gravi (11). Attacchi aerei indiscriminati su aree residenziali, attacchi mirati a civili e infrastrutture civili, uccisioni di manifestanti disarmati (anche persone disabili) durante le proteste popolari, medici e giornalisti al lavoro, che sono chiaramente contrassegnati come tali, non possono essere giustificati come “autodifesa”.

Non c’è alcuna giustificazione per questi crimini di guerra e crimini contro l’umanità commessi da Israele contro i palestinesi. Tutte queste sono chiare violazioni del diritto internazionale. Tuttavia il governo di Israele e i diretti responsabili della perpetrazione di questi crimini odono di un’impunità totale. Questo status quo di ingiustizia e blocco non può continuare dopo 15 anni.

3. Un urgente bisogno di un cambio di prospettiva da parte della comunità internazionale

Queste condizioni allarmanti, che sono state finalmente riconosciute come impossibili da riparare sotto il blocco, hanno bisogno di un cambio di prospettiva, da un “sostegno di emergenza” ad hoc a una riqualificazione sostenibile. L’attuale circolo vizioso della distruzione da parte di Israele e della ricostruzione d’emergenza da parte dei donatori internazionali si è rivelato inutile e equivale a una continua negazione della libertà e dell’autodeterminazione della popolazione.

Sebbene necessari, i soccorsi di emergenza da soli non possono garantire la fattibilità e la ricostruzione a lungo termine. Peggio ancora, rendono i donatori internazionali un partner involontario nel crimine, contribuendo alla perpetuazione di questo ciclo assurdo pagando per la ricostruzione delle strutture solo per vederle nuovamente distrutte. Le istituzioni delle Nazioni Unite, i relatori e numerose ONG hanno espresso la necessità di “affrontare la causa principale”, identificata nel blocco e nella distruzione incessante, e hanno chiesto “un serio sforzo politico” (12, 13).

L’intollerabile sofferenza inflitta ai palestinesi tenuti prigionieri a Gaza ha raggiunto il punto di rottura. L’urgenza è fondamentale e non c’è giustificazione per ulteriori ritardi nel prendere decisioni politiche per revocare il blocco. La retorica israeliana di incolpare convenientemente “i terroristi” non cancella queste accuse di crimini di guerra.

È passato il tempo in cui la comunità internazionale possa accettare ciecamente la scusa ingannevole della “Sicurezza” priva di qualsiasi base giuridica (11). La sicurezza di Israele potrà essere raggiunta solo quando sarà garantita anche la sicurezza dei palestinesi. Questo implica la fine dell’ingiustizia e della repressione. 15 anni di fallimento riguardo a Gaza (o 54 anni per quanto riguarda il territorio palestinese occupato) costringono la comunità internazionale ad adottare un cambiamento di paradigma radicale guidato dai principi del diritto internazionale. Questa è la strada suggerita anche dal gruppo di esperti dell’ONU (14).

4. Le nostre richieste e raccomandazioni all’UE e agli Stati membri

Chiediamo che l’UE e i suoi Stati membri rispettino i loro obblighi morali e legali e si adoperino per la revoca immediata e incondizionata del blocco guidata dai principi del diritto internazionale, e quindi:

  1. Riconoscano un cambiamento di paradigma riguardo al blocco di Gaza: la situazione del popolo palestinese a Gaza è così catastrofica che nessuna condizione può essere accettata dalla potenza occupante, Israele, affinché possa revocare il blocco. È necessario ricordare che il blocco non ha portato alcuna sicurezza, né per Israele né per i palestinesi.

  2. Richiedano che il governo di Israele, in quanto potenza occupante, rimuova immediatamente e incondizionatamente il blocco, includendo:

    1. passaggio illimitato di persone e merci tra Gaza e la Cisgiordania e il resto del mondo,

    2. rimozione della zona cuscinetto e delle restrizioni sulle zone di pesca.

  3. Includano tali richieste come condizioni in tutti gli accordi nel campo delle relazioni politiche, diplomatiche, culturali ed economiche con Israele. Predispongano una tempistica obbligatoria per la completa rimozione del blocco con passaggi intermedi verificabili; adottino il principio delle sanzioni in caso di mancato rispetto del termine.

  4. Invitino le autorità egiziane a porre fine alle misure restrittive alla circolazione di persone e merci.

  5. Stabiliscano canali di discussione di dialogo diretto con tutte le controparti palestinesi per facilitare l’avanzamento del processo.

  6. Sostengano la Corte penale internazionale e tutte le indagini sui crimini di guerra e sui crimini contro l’umanità, comprese quelle dei relatori delle Nazioni Unite e della commissione speciale dell’UNHRC.

RIFERIMENTI:

  1. https://unctad.org/system/files/official-document/a75d310_en_1.pdf

  2. https://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/tdb62d3_en.pdf

  3. https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Netanyahu-Money-to-Hamas-part-of-strategy-to-keep-Palestinians-divided-583082

  4. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/sharon-maintains-control-in-face-of-demographic-shift-1.482484

  5. https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/westbankandgaza/publication/the-gaza-2021-rapid-damage-and-needs-assessment-june-2021

  6. https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution

  7. https://www.btselem.org/publications/fulltext/202101_this_is_apartheid

  8. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwj1j8fn-urzAhXkCmMBHSE8CV4QFnoECAIQAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unrwa.org%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fcontent%2Fresources%2Fgaza_gmr_one_year_on_report_eng_final.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1Elmxwvz5mbJodpGS4keA9

  9. https://www.un.org/unispal/document/two-years-on-people-injured-and-traumatized-during-the-great-march-of-return-are-still-struggling/

  10. https://www.icc-cpi.int/Pages/item.aspx?name=210303-prosecutor-statement-investigation-palestine

  11. https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/03/israel-gaza-killings-unlawful-calculated

  12. https://unsco.unmissions.org/sites/default/files/security_council_briefing_-_30_august_2021_0.pdf

  13. https://www.amnesty.org/en/petition/end-the-violence-in-occupied-palestinian-territories/

  14. https://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=27102&LangID=E

ALLEGATO

Sintesi degli attacchi militari su Gaza

Dicembre 2008-Gennaio 2009

Novembre 2012

Luglio -Agosto 2014

Maggio 2021*
Durata(giorni)

22

8

55

12

Palestinesi uccisi

1,409

167

2,251

254

Palestinesi civili disarmati uccisi

1,172

87

1,462

Almeno 129

Bambini palestinesi uccisi

348

32

551

66

Palestinesi feriti

5,380

5,000

11,231

2.212 (610 bambini, 398 donne)

Militari israeliani uccisi

10

Na

67

na

Israeliani civili uccisi

3

Na

6

12 (2 children)

Case danneggiate/distrutte a Gaza

14,000

2,174

18,000

2.000/15.000

Persone sfollate

28,000

10,000

500,000

107,000

Persone senza accesso all’acqua municipale

Na

Na

450,000

800,000

*https://www.ochaopt.org/content/gaza-strip-escalation-hostilities-10-21-may-2021

fonte: E.C.C.P.

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letter to Borrel

Brussels, 25 November 2021
Dear High Representative,
As organisations based in Europe, we would like to alert you to the extremely serious situation created by the slander of the State of Israel against six of the most important and internationally renowned Palestinian human rights organisations: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al Haq – Law in the service of men, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International – Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.
After their classification as “terrorists” on 22 October, and with the subsequent military banning order on 7 November, they are in great danger: their premises may be invaded or closed down, their equipment confiscated, their leaders and staff arrested and their funding is put in danger. The protection services they provide to the Palestinian population, as well as their ability to inform international bodies about human rights violations in Palestine, are themselves jeopardised by this decision. The European Union must remain true to its own values; it must protect them.
The statement by the EEAS Spokesperson on October 28 was not commensurate with the gravity of this threat. By stating that the EU “takes such allegations extremely serious” and by “engaging Israeli authorities for more information”, it gives weight to allegations against partners that the European Union has known perfectly well for years, and it legitimises the idea that the State of Israel would have a legitimate reason to take up the issue. This is doubly false: firstly because these organisations are subject to Palestinian law, and the State of Israel has no business declaring them as unlawful, and secondly because the Israeli leaders who accuse them are the same ones who could be implicated by the ICC procedures, which themselves could be based on the information and investigation files provided by these NGOs.
We therefore ask you first of all for a much clearer public statement on this issue. In particular, we ask you to:
 clearly reject the Israeli allegations and question their legitimacy,
 publicly renew your confidence in these human rights organisations, which are doing
remarkable and indispensable work on the ground,
 formally ask the Israeli government to reverse its decisions to designate and subsequently ban
them,
 inform all donors and financial intermediaries of your rejection of the decisions taken by the
State of Israel and of your confidence in the NGOs in question,
 officially receive, at your level, the leaders of these NGOs and assure them of your full
support,
 publicly and financially support the action of the ICC including the case for Palestine.
Beyond this indispensable statement, it is necessary to take action.
The first act that you can take, together with the European Commission of which you are Vice-President, concerns the agreement to include Israel in the Horizon Europe research and development programme. While one can imagine that even the simple respect of the July 2013 guidelines was not frankly approved by Israel, the Commission probably wanted to make a “positive gesture” towards Israel by declaring on 18 October that the negotiations were over. We know the result: four days later, the State of Israel launched the most serious offensive in history against Palestinian human rights organisations. And a few days later, on 30 October, the Israeli ambassador tore up the report of the
UN Human Rights Committee at the UN.
In such a context, the signing of this agreement, scheduled for 9 December, would be a disgrace for Europe. We ask you, Mr. High Representative, to take the necessary measures to suspend the signing of this agreement. This is a simple measure of decency. Beyond that, more binding measures will have to be taken if the State of Israel persists in its position.
Sincerely,
1. European Coordination of Committees and Association for Palestine (ECCP) – Europe
2. Fédération Internationale pour les droits humains – FIDH
3. Trócaire – Ireland,
4. Sinn Féin – political party – Ireland,
5. Europe Ecologie Les Verts – political party – France,
6. Confédération générale du travail (CGT) – trade union – France,
7. FIOM-CGIL – trade union – Italy,
8. Irish Congress of Trade Unions – trade union confederation,
9. Unite the Union, Ireland Region – trade union,
10. Unison Northern Ireland – trade union,
11. People Before Profit – political party, Ireland,
12. Parti Communiste Français (PCF) – political party – France,
13. Parti de Gauche – political party – France
14. Ensemble! – political party – France,
15. BIJ1 (Political party) – Netherlands,
16. Mouvement des Jeunes Communistes de France – political party, France
17. Confédération Paysanne – trade union- France,
18. Fórsa/SENO branch – trade union – Ireland,
19. Belfast and District Trades Union Council – trade union – Ireland,
20. Trade Union Friends of Palestine – Ireland,
21. MOC – Movement of Christian Workers – trade union – Belgium,
22. Union syndicale Solidaires – trade union – France,
23. Craigavon Council of Trade Unions – trade union – UK,
24. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) – MENA
25. European Coordination Via Campesina – Europe
26. European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine – Europe
27. Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance,
28. Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH) – France,
29. Suomen Rauhanpuolustajat – Finnish Peace Committee,
30. Defence for Children International – Switzerland,
31. Defence for Children International – Belgium,
32. Students for Justice in Palestine Dublin City University – Ireland,
33. Fédération Syndicale Unitaire (FSU) – France
34. MRAP – France,
35. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign,
36. The Rights Forum – Netherlands
37. Jewish Voice for Just Peace Ireland,
38. Centre for Global Education – Ireland,
39. Cairde Palestine Belfast – Ireland,
40. Gaza Action Ireland,
41. Academics for Palestine- Ireland,
42. MENA GROUP/Rete in difesa di (diritti umani e chi li difende) – Italy,
43. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS),
44. Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique (UPJB) – Belgium
45. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
– France,
46. British Committee for the Universities of Palestine – UK,
47. Plateforme des ONGs Françaises pour la Palestine – France,
48. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Finland,
49. Humanitas-Centre for global learning and cooperation – Slovenia,
50. Association Belgo-Palestinienne – Belgium,
51. France Palestine Mental Health Network – France,
52. Viva Salud – Belgium,
53. Union Juive Française pour la Paix – France,
54. ICAHD Finland,
55. Deutscher Koordinationskreis Palastina Israel(KOPI) – Germany,
56. European Legal Support Center – Netherlands,
57. Comite Pour Une Paix Juste Au Proche Orient – Luxembourg,
58. Cultura è libertà, una campagna per la Palestina – Italy,
59. AssopacePalestina – Italy,
60. docP – BDS Nederland,
61. Nederlands Palestina Komitee,
62. Buendnis fuer Gerechtigkeit zwischen Israelis und Palaestinensern e.V. BIPGermany,
63. BDS Berlin, Germany,
64. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society,
65. Association pour le jumelage entre les camps de réfugiés palestiniens et les villes françaises
(AJPF) – France,
66. Pand – Performars and Artists for Peace, Finland,
67. Društvo UP Jesenice – Slovenia,
68. Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI),
69. Mouvement de la Paix – France,
70. Une Autre Voix Juive – France,
71. Association des Travailleurs Maghrébins de France,
72. Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine, France,
73. Fédération des Tunisiens pour une Citoyenneté des deux Rives (FTCR), France
74. Vrede vzw – Belgium,
75. Dynamo International – Belgium,
76. Les Femmes en Noir – France,
77. Rete Romana di Solidarietà con il Popolo Palestinese – Italy,
78. Rete Antirazzista – Firenze, Italy,
79. Association France Palestine Solidarité Nîmes, France,
80. Association “Pour Jérusalem” – France,
81. Odv Salaam Ragazzi Dell’Olivo Comitato Di Tireste – Italy,
82. Forum Palestine Citoyenneté – France,
83. Comité de Vigilance pour une Paix réelle au Proche-Orient – France
84. Assopace Palestina Firenze – Italy,
85. Chrétiens de la Méditerranée – France,
86. Associazione Cinema e Diritti – Italy,
87. Associazione di Amicizia Italo-Palestinese NLUS – Italy,
88. Comitato Pistoiese per la Palestina – Italy,
89. Donne in nero Italia – Italy,
90. COSPE – Italy,
91. CRED – centro di ricerca ed elaborazione per la democrazia – Italy,
92. Campagna Ponti e non Muri di Pax Christi Italia – Italy,
93. Giuristi Democratici – Italy,
94. CPPI Saint-Denis [ Collectif Paix Palestine Israël] – France,
95. New Weapons Research Group – Italy,
96. Women in Black Vienna – Austria
97. Slovene Philanthropy, Slovenia,
98. Not in Our Name – For a Just Peace in the Middle East, Czech Republic
99. Collectif Faty Koumba – France,
100. La Courneuve Palestine – France,
101.Comité pour le Respect des Libertés et des Droits de l’Homme en Tunisie, France
102.BDS Italia
103.Stichting – Groningen-Jabalya – Netherlands
104.UK-Palestine Mental Health Network – UK,
105.Wilpf – Finland,
106.Ipri-ccp – Italy,
107.Comunità delle Piagge – Italy,
108.Aderisco a nome del Comitato varesino er la Palestina – Italy,
109.Pro Palestina – Italy,
110.Stradafacendo – Italy,

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