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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Anam El-Jabali
Martin Karcher
Mary Bissell
Janet Weil
May Ebbeni
Bilal Laroui
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  • Carolyn L Knoll
    signed 2016-05-03 12:31:45 -0400
  • Pam Rogers
    signed 2016-05-03 12:16:56 -0400
  • Richard Adams
    signed 2016-05-03 11:40:50 -0400
  • Vincent D. Stravino, M. D.
    signed 2016-05-03 10:50:32 -0400
    I have met Issa twice in Hebron and I respect and support his courageous work. He is a true worker for justice through non-violence similar to Rev. Martin Luther King. He, like all other peace activists in Palestine, deserves international protection especially from our country,the largest supplier of weapons to Israel.
  • Nikki Sachs
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  • Nikki Sachs
    signed 2016-05-03 10:19:58 -0400
  • Mohamed Muslet
    signed 2016-05-03 10:11:08 -0400
  • Huwaida Arraf
    signed 2016-05-03 10:09:55 -0400
  • Daid A. Woolsey
    signed 2016-05-03 09:58:46 -0400
    David A. Woolsey
  • Yeou-Shiuh Hsu
    signed 2016-05-03 09:43:39 -0400
    It’s absolutely horrendous that Israel would target non-violent resistance leaders, and utterly betrays the universal human values that we have created from the ashes of two devastating world wars. If our reputation as an enlightened democracy for freedom and justice is to have any credibility, the United States must emphatically put its foot down when Israel carries out such oppressive, unjust tactics.
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  • Anam El-Jabali
    signed 2016-05-03 09:20:26 -0400
  • Martin Karcher
    signed 2016-05-03 09:11:22 -0400
  • Mary Bissell
    signed 2016-05-02 20:45:15 -0400
  • Janet Weil
    signed 2016-05-02 17:48:40 -0400
    Human rights defenders must be defended as well!
  • Mai Ababneh
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  • Mai Ababneh
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  • May Ebbeni
    signed 2016-05-02 16:46:28 -0400
  • Bilal Laroui
    signed 2016-05-02 14:41:22 -0400
  • Alice O'Malley
    signed 2016-05-02 13:18:14 -0400
  • Albert Sebastian
    signed 2016-05-02 09:02:15 -0400
    Me must honor and protect those who protest in peaceful manners.
  • Bodil Heino
    signed 2016-05-02 06:16:12 -0400
  • Kerry Erle
    signed 2016-05-02 00:42:41 -0400
    Keep up the good work! Palestinians need you!!
  • Jodee Fyfe
    signed 2016-05-02 00:35:27 -0400
  • Kathy Howell
    signed 2016-05-01 20:34:26 -0400
  • cristo manzanilla
    signed 2016-05-01 19:23:52 -0400
  • Emmanuel Krasner
    signed 2016-05-01 19:02:12 -0400
    Emmanuel Krasner
  • Juliette Galant
    signed 2016-05-01 17:52:48 -0400
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