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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  • mike butkiewicz
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:57 -0400
    Support the human rights of the Palestinians.
  • Glenn Knoblock
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:57 -0400
  • Barbara Bogard
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  • Dietrich Heißenbüttel
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  • Debbie Williamson
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:41 -0400
    Debbie Williamson
  • john anderson dr
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:38 -0400
    We have an obligation to address the serious violations of our “greatest friend” in the middle east, to whom we give the largest amount of foreign aid.
  • Drew Cucuzza
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:16 -0400
  • Rebecca Cohen
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:13 -0400
    Dr Rebecca Cohen
  • Corinne Sutter-Brown
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:10 -0400
  • Donna Bonetti
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:09 -0400
  • Jay Hamburger
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:02 -0400
    It is the RIGHT thing…….very American. Just DO it!

  • Lacey Hicks
    signed 2016-04-07 11:58:00 -0400
  • Donald Hoffman
    signed 2016-04-07 11:57:48 -0400
  • Dorlan Bales
    signed 2016-04-07 11:57:45 -0400
  • Nathan B Harrington
    signed 2016-04-07 11:57:43 -0400
    Nathan Harrington
  • Chandra Talpade Mohanty
    signed 2016-04-07 11:57:41 -0400
  • Steven Goldman
    signed 2016-04-07 11:57:28 -0400
  • Elizabeth Enright
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  • Chet Sygiel
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  • Andy McNutt
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  • Susan Fox
    signed 2016-04-07 11:56:43 -0400
  • Tim McCaskell
    signed 2016-04-07 11:56:41 -0400
    Tim McCaskell
  • Jean Campbell
    signed 2016-04-07 11:56:22 -0400
    Jean Campbell
  • Christel Müller
    signed 2016-04-07 11:56:16 -0400
  • Nawal Tamimi Tamimi
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  • Laura Jaghlit
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    Sign the petition: Protect Palestinian human rights defenders
  • L.J. Goldstein
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  • Merrill Cole
    signed 2016-04-07 11:55:38 -0400
    The apartheid walls in Israel will fall, just as they fell in South Africa. Please joint the right side of history.
  • Laurie Jaghlit
    signed 2016-04-07 11:55:37 -0400
  • Dan Mahoney
    signed 2016-04-07 11:55:12 -0400

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