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Israel: Zochrot stands in solidarity with the crucial Palestinian organizations that are undergoing a campaign of slander and intimidation

Wednesday 27 October 2021, by siawi3

Source: email 27.10.21


Zochrot stands in solidarity with the crucial Palestinian organizations that are undergoing a campaign of slander and intimidation

Statement

The announcement by the Israeli Ministry of occupation (Ministry of Defense), which labeled six Palestinian civil society organizations as “terrorist groups”, should enrage anyone who cares deeply and sincerely about human rights. And yet, while the decision should provoke widespread opposition and firm action to repeal it, it should come as no surprise.

The Israeli colonial regime has never recognized Palestinian civil society nor the basic rights that the Palestinian people are entitled to under international law. The State has been working, from the outset, to crush and suppress Palestinian civil society. This oppression was introduced long before the military occupation of 1967 — it was inflicted upon Palestinians over years of strict military governance and martial law, following the mass expulsion of the majority of Palestinian inhabitants of the land.

Effective resistance to oppression requires us, Israelis who oppose the occupation, to see this process in its entirety: to recognize its ideological foundations rooted in Jewish supremacy and to acknowledge how the mere humanity of Palestinians has been denied for more than a century, as well as their right to exist as a people, and as residents of this land. This is the meaning of the “Ongoing Nakba”. As long as we do not take responsibility within our society, to call out the ideological foundations of this project, the Nakba will continue.

We, at Zochrot, stand in solidarity with the crucial Palestinian organizations that are undergoing a campaign of slander and intimidation; organizations whose opposition to oppression and protection of basic human rights is classified as a terrorist act.

The vital research center Bisan, whose name echos the Nakba; The Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, an organization committed to feminist activism which is critical for building a civil society; The Union of Agricultural Workers Committees which protects Palestinian farmers from repeated land grabs and severe infringement on agricultural lands; The Defense for Children International-Palestine, which documents and brings to light the horrors of occupation and dehumanization that even children are not protected from; Addameer, demanding Palestinian prisoners’ rights; And finally, our friends at Al-Haq, who have been defending basic human rights since 1979.

The criminalization of the above organizations, signed off by a “security” minister who is proud of committing war crimes, is intended to silence those who show the true nature of Israeli colonialism. As long as there are those who see the truth and are willing to tell it as it is, such attempts to silence critics will ultimately fail.