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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  • Sabina Isil
    signed 2016-04-07 11:35:51 -0400
  • alli mccracken
    signed 2016-04-07 10:59:43 -0400
  • Tekeste Tzeggai Correri
    signed via 2016-04-07 08:55:26 -0400
  • Lisa Cohen
    signed 2016-04-07 01:27:31 -0400
  • james regan
    signed 2016-04-06 15:31:25 -0400
    Hey John: Grow some gonads and be a real American for once!
  • Jeff Stirewalt
    signed 2016-04-06 14:43:00 -0400
  • Russell Ward
    signed 2016-04-06 12:33:48 -0400
    I’ve been horrified by the relentless news of Israeli attacks and incitement against human rights defenders. The US has to do something about it.
  • ❌ Catherine Strout
    @stroutcw tweeted link to this page. 2016-04-06 10:22:07 -0400
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  • Nancy Kricorian
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    signed 2016-04-05 17:29:39 -0400
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  • Ariel Gold
    commented 2016-04-05 14:40:48 -0400
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