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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  • Douglas Fowley
    signed 2016-05-16 13:11:10 -0400
  • Sarah S
    signed 2016-05-16 13:09:31 -0400
  • B R Douglas
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  • Merle Dockendorff
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  • Ziona Schulthess
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  • Patricia Fiedler
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  • Kris Neuhaus
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  • M Montenegro
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  • George Clouse
    signed 2016-05-16 12:58:39 -0400
  • John Peck
    signed 2016-05-16 12:56:29 -0400
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  • Dick Eschleman
    signed 2016-05-16 12:55:54 -0400
  • Judith Deutsch
    signed 2016-05-16 12:55:52 -0400
  • Thomas Rice
    signed 2016-05-16 12:53:45 -0400
    Mr Kerry. As Secretary of State, you already know the atrocities that are happening to the Palestinians. We Americans are not stupid enough to believe everything we read, see or hear on American media. Take a stand and support not just this request but also eliminate israel’s ability to detain Palestinian children in their prisons.
  • Cynthia Heil
    signed 2016-05-16 12:53:14 -0400
  • Pirooz Daneshmandi
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  • Xochilt Arizmendi F.
    signed 2016-05-16 12:51:45 -0400
    Be human…
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  • liz murphy
    signed 2016-05-16 12:48:33 -0400
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  • Diane Hendricks
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  • Anne-Marie Raskinet
    signed 2016-05-16 12:46:27 -0400
  • Gerri matusewitch
    signed 2016-05-16 12:45:41 -0400
  • Dean Stevens
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  • Shrikumar Poddar
    signed 2016-05-16 12:44:17 -0400
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