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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    Palestinians should have the right to travel to other countries. They should have all the rights we have!
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    Thank you, Code Pink, for doing this. Israel has got to stop, now, and I speak as a Jew.

    Betty
  • signed 2016-05-16 18:19:17 -0400
    I have met Omar Barghouti and know him to be a genuinely gentle and kind person who works and longs for peace between Israel and Palestine. World leaders would do well to listen to him and work with him and the Israeli government in an effort to further the just cause of the Palestinian people. He is not a terrorist requiring elimination. As the world’s self-proclaimed peacekeepers, the US must make it clear to the Israeli government that policies of harrassment and threats to peaceful human rights defenders whether from Israeli government officials or settlers is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
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