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.

Who's signing

Mildred McDermott
William Fleitz
André Rousseau
Keth Luke
Maryann Staron
Tahzeeb Zaidi
Susan Curtiss
Dina Jacir
jan mallery
Mark Fredericks
Annette Mcmanus
Richard Carlson
Aleid Blink
Matthew Brown
Olga Strickland
Sydda Essop
Sandra Drake
John Davies
Daniela Rossi
p bryer
Ivan Huber
Dave Carter
Judith B Carlson
mauricio carvajal
Jos. A. Mustich
Sheila Sullivan
Doris Katzen
Carol Hammond
bernardo alayza mujica
Dorothy Maddock
2,412 signatures

Will you sign?


  • Mildred McDermott
    signed 2016-05-18 23:12:42 -0400
    We need to protect Palestinians . There are two sides to this.
  • William Fleitz
    signed 2016-05-18 11:34:32 -0400
  • André Rousseau
    signed 2016-05-18 04:32:11 -0400
  • Keth Luke
    signed 2016-05-18 00:25:53 -0400
  • Maryann Staron
    signed via 2016-05-17 18:34:44 -0400
  • Tahzeeb Zaidi
    signed 2016-05-17 17:23:55 -0400
    Tahzeeb Zaidi
  • Susan Curtiss
    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.
  • Dina Jacir
    signed 2016-05-17 15:25:44 -0400
  • jan mallery
    signed 2016-05-17 14:30:35 -0400
    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!
  • Mark Fredericks
    signed 2016-05-17 14:13:24 -0400
  • Annette Mcmanus
    signed 2016-05-17 10:19:12 -0400
  • Richard Carlson
    signed 2016-05-17 10:10:07 -0400
  • Aleid Blink
    signed 2016-05-17 10:06:54 -0400
  • Matthew Brown
    signed 2016-05-17 09:55:41 -0400
  • Olga Strickland
    signed 2016-05-17 08:15:43 -0400
    The whole world is watching!
  • Sydda Essop
    signed 2016-05-17 07:16:06 -0400
  • Sandra Drake
    signed 2016-05-17 05:58:53 -0400
  • John Davies
    signed 2016-05-17 05:29:54 -0400
  • Daniela Rossi
    signed 2016-05-17 02:14:08 -0400
    Daniela Rossi
  • p bryer
    signed 2016-05-17 01:58:24 -0400
  • Ivan Huber
    signed 2016-05-17 01:18:00 -0400
    I am ashamed at the actions of the Israeli government and some of their citizens.
  • Dave Carter
    signed 2016-05-17 01:04:32 -0400
    Dave Carter
  • Judith B Carlson
    signed 2016-05-17 00:46:17 -0400
    Judith Carlson
  • mauricio carvajal
    signed 2016-05-17 00:45:37 -0400
  • Jos. A. Mustich
    signed 2016-05-16 22:39:46 -0400
    It’s time.
  • Sheila Sullivan
    signed 2016-05-16 22:38:03 -0400
  • Doris Katzen
    signed 2016-05-16 22:32:27 -0400
  • Carol Hammond
    signed 2016-05-16 22:29:32 -0400
  • bernardo alayza mujica
    signed 2016-05-16 22:06:32 -0400
  • Dorothy Maddock
    signed 2016-05-16 21:20:36 -0400
    Palestinians should have the same rights as Israelis.

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