(Video) FOSNA Executive Director Jonathan Kuttab, one of the founders of Al Haq, spoke with our National Organizer Rev. Chad Collins about last night’s raids. Watch now to get a clear understanding of what happened and what it means for human rights work in Palestine and around the world.
By Jonathan Kuttab | FOSNA | Aug 18, 2022
To label these organizations “terrorist” is to say that any documentation of or peaceful resistance to the Israeli occupation is illegal and will not be allowed.
Last night, Israeli forces raided the offices of all six civil society organizations that it previously labelled as “terrorist organizations,” including Al Haq. Israel ransacked the offices and then sealed the doors by welding them shut. While Al Haq said nothing of theirs was taken, other NGOs had many of their belongings confiscated. On the doors were left notices declaring that each organization is a terrorist organization and, as such, are no longer allowed to operate. Hundreds of soldiers were involved in this operation and tear gassed everyone who approached the buildings.
The offices of all six organizations are in the midst of Area A, under the hypothetical control of the Palestinian Authority, and they are fully licensed under its laws and regulations. The offices of Al Haq are located on the campus of the St. Andrew’s Evangelical Episcopal Church in Ramallah. To reach the offices, Israeli forces would have needed to break through the church campus.