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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Amir M. Maasoumi
Markie Hancock
Madeleine Kirkconnell
Bashar Bakir
Carol Gold
Lorena Elletson
Dorli Rainey
Carol Painter PhD
George Mufdi
Valeria Scordino
Joan Agro
Joe Chamy
Elaine Becker
Nahid Azad
Nancy Currah
Letitia Dace
Caryn Graves
John Maxwell
Antonio Cafoncelli
John de Clef Piñeiro, Esq.
Leila Durzi
Doug Paterson
DIanne Rocheleau
cindy curram
Chris Gill
Richard Smith
Michael Garitty
Deborah Peri
Marwa Elbially
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  • Amir M. Maasoumi
    signed 2016-05-16 14:20:11 -0400
  • Markie Hancock
    signed 2016-05-16 14:13:47 -0400
  • Madeleine Kirkconnell
    signed 2016-05-16 14:11:58 -0400
    Madeleine Kirkconnell
  • Bashar Bakir
    signed 2016-05-16 13:56:34 -0400
  • Carol Gold
    signed 2016-05-16 13:52:17 -0400
  • Lorena Elletson
    signed 2016-05-16 13:51:59 -0400
  • Dorli Rainey
    signed 2016-05-16 13:50:02 -0400
    The violation by Israel of UN Human Rights Declarations have to be stopped. America should not be complicit in elimination of Civil Rights of Palestinians.
  • Carol Painter PhD
    signed 2016-05-16 13:47:40 -0400
    Carol J. Painter, Ph.D.
  • George Mufdi
    signed 2016-05-16 13:44:23 -0400
    George & Bennie Mufdi
  • Valeria Scordino
    signed 2016-05-16 13:42:29 -0400
  • Joan Agro
    signed 2016-05-16 13:41:15 -0400
  • Joe Chamy
    signed 2016-05-16 13:41:03 -0400
    Enough is enough. My taxpayer Dollars are supporting an entity that does NOT share our values
  • Elaine Becker
    signed 2016-05-16 13:41:00 -0400
  • Nahid Azad
    signed 2016-05-16 13:40:23 -0400
  • Nancy Currah
    signed 2016-05-16 13:38:43 -0400
    Nancy Currah. Mr Kerry, you know, and we know, these crimes ate being committed against Palestine, NOT POOR Israel. There is ample evidence of ethnic cleansing, land theft and now genocide. The idea that laws can stop the BDS campaign are undemocratic, paranoid and in my opinion against our right to put our money where we want. The proposed law is clearly against the first amendment and will not change any hearts or minds but rather strengthen our views on an out of control Zionist regime using what can only be described as “Nazi tactics” in it’s desperate attempt to continue the illigitimacy that is Israel. You as our representative needs to follow the LAW…of which lately OUR country has a real problem grasping. Mr Kerry, law is there for a reason. Today you pick and choose the laws you will adhere to. You CAN NOT Force the American Tax payers to sponser Nazi’s whether they be in the Ukraine or in someone elses country in the Middle East. Israel needs to follow the LAW to as I am sick and tired of subsidizing an illegal murderous war crime ridden country that shoots children, forces them to drink poison water, illegally walls them into open air prisons, starves them, bombs continually a desperate and mostly defenseless people and screams look what they are doing to poor me. No more Mr Kerry. Your own legitimacy as well as our great Mr Obama’s “hope and change” legitimacy are also on the line.
  • Letitia Dace
    signed 2016-05-16 13:37:07 -0400
  • Caryn Graves
    signed 2016-05-16 13:31:12 -0400
  • John Maxwell
    signed 2016-05-16 13:30:40 -0400
  • Antonio Cafoncelli
    signed 2016-05-16 13:29:47 -0400
    Antonio Cafoncelli
  • John de Clef Piñeiro, Esq.
    signed 2016-05-16 13:29:13 -0400
    John de Clef Pineiro Esq.
  • Leila Durzi
    signed 2016-05-16 13:28:20 -0400
  • Doug Paterson
    signed 2016-05-16 13:26:40 -0400
    Support Palestinian demands for full rights in Palestine and Israel!
  • DIanne Rocheleau
    signed 2016-05-16 13:19:42 -0400
  • cindy curram
    signed 2016-05-16 13:19:41 -0400
  • Chris Gill
    signed 2016-05-16 13:17:15 -0400
    like ‘CodePink’ , Omar Barghouti is a beacon of courage and free speeech and Human Rights. The USA is supposed to be an outstanding champion of these rights. Please show that this is so.
  • Richard Smith
    signed 2016-05-16 13:16:21 -0400
  • Michael Garitty
    @bappo10 tweeted link to this page. 2016-05-16 13:14:06 -0400
    Sign the petition: Protect Palestinian human rights defenders
  • Michael Garitty
    signed 2016-05-16 13:12:55 -0400
  • Deborah Peri
    signed 2016-05-16 13:12:43 -0400
  • Marwa Elbially
    signed 2016-05-16 13:11:58 -0400

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