Protect Palestinian human rights defenders

To: Secretary of State John Kerry

 

CC: Mr. Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary 

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 

US Department of State  

 

Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary 

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs  

US Department of State

 

Dear Secretary Kerry,

We call on the US State Department to make a public statement upholding the rights of peaceful Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders in accordance with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Defenders.

Recent threats against Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders have included such things as:

These are not empty threats: there was an arson attack on the home of a key Palestinian witness in last year's Duma arson attack case, which killed a Palestinian mother and father and their 18-month old son.

The safety of witnesses, whistleblowers, and nonviolent activists must be protected, as well as the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest. Because Israel is the top recipient of US military assistance–– $3.1 billion dollars annually approved by the State Department–– it is incumbent upon the State Department to closely monitor and respond to the human rights situation in Israel/Palestine.

To this aim we call on the US State Department to make clear to its counterparts in Israel, in a written public statement, that the Obama Administration expects the Israeli government to preserve the safety and uphold the rights of Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders. Incitement to violence against human rights defenders must not be countenanced, whether coming from Israeli government officials or lawless right-wing settlers.

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    Tahzeeb Zaidi
  • signed 2016-05-17 16:50:27 -0400
    Let’s stop being a rogue nation and stand for justice for everyone. The Palestinians live under such brutal occupation, it is our moral duty to support this non-violent means of resisting.
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    Stand up for human rights. Freedom of movement is a human right according the UN Declaration of Human Rights of which the US is a signatory! Do what is right and just!
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    The whole world is watching!
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    I am ashamed at the actions of the Israeli government and some of their citizens.
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    It’s time.
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    Palestinians should have the same rights as Israelis.
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