Petition to stand in solidarity with the six Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations designated by the Israeli Defense Ministry as “terrorist organizations.”
By Defense for Children International – Palestine | Oct 29, 2021
We call upon the international community to strongly and swiftly condemn the Israeli government’s actions and urge Israeli authorities to reverse this decision immediately and cease attempts to criminalize lawful human rights and civil society work.
— DCI Palestine Petition
On October 19, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declared six prominent Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations to be “terrorist organizations.” The six organizations are Al-Haq, Addameer, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International – Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees.
These organizations advocate for Palestinian human rights at the local and international levels, provide services and support to women, children, farmers, and prisoners, and collectively support thousands of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
This decision by the Israeli Ministry of Defense puts these organizations and the populations they serve at grave risk, including opening the door to potential mass arrests of staff, freezing organizational assets and bank accounts, and forcing the closure of these important organizations. This repressive act is a serious escalation of Israel’s attempts to criminalize and delegitimize lawful human rights and civil society work aimed at eliminating dissent and avoiding accountability.