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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Sabrina Geremia
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Caroline O' Gara
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Debbie Kennedy
Jessica Calosci
Muhammad Kamal
Tammi Burk
charlotte cooper
Sara Brown
natasha salgado
Darren Woolsey
AniMae Chi
adrian pineda
Larry Powell
Kaye Jean Exo
Raul Anorve
Danielle L Greene
Patricia Deluca
Barry Schwartz
Molly Hogan
Jane M Curran
Thomas Milcarek
Annamaria Rizzo
Paul M. McDermott
William A. Mc Guire
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  • Sabrina Geremia
    signed 2019-05-07 10:36:43 -0400
  • Stephen Oviatt
    signed 2019-02-06 15:01:30 -0500
  • Vyonne Jenks Jenks
    signed 2018-10-09 12:12:50 -0400
  • Thomas Rucker
    signed 2018-05-09 11:07:49 -0400
  • Caroline O' Gara
    signed 2017-12-30 20:42:25 -0500
    It’s time to support Palestinian rights
  • Teri Gallardo
    signed 2017-12-01 17:45:04 -0500
  • Debbie Kennedy
    signed via 2017-11-04 10:03:15 -0400
  • Jessica Calosci
    signed via 2017-06-27 23:26:47 -0400
  • Muhammad Kamal
    signed 2017-06-02 04:01:11 -0400
  • Tammi Burk
    signed 2017-05-05 14:10:03 -0400
  • charlotte cooper
    signed 2017-02-14 18:04:25 -0500
  • Sara Brown
    signed 2016-12-06 07:43:49 -0500
    Sara Brown
  • natasha salgado
    signed 2016-11-25 03:10:48 -0500
    natasha salgado
  • Darren Woolsey
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 19:19:10 -0500
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  • Darren Woolsey
    signed 2016-11-24 19:18:41 -0500
  • AniMae Chi
    signed 2016-11-24 17:07:19 -0500
  • adrian pineda
    signed 2016-11-24 14:46:38 -0500
  • Larry Powell
    signed 2016-11-22 01:16:42 -0500
  • Kaye Jean Exo
    signed 2016-11-21 20:42:54 -0500
    If we claim America stands by the rule of law, our most generous aid to Israel should be for abiding by international laws and humanitarian precepts.
  • Raul Anorve
    signed 2016-11-21 19:24:28 -0500
  • Danielle L Greene
    signed 2016-11-21 19:04:54 -0500
    I stand with human rights defender IssaAmro — facing Israeli military court for nonviolent resistance.
  • Patricia Deluca
    signed 2016-11-21 16:17:13 -0500
    Fred Rilling
  • Barry Schwartz
    signed via 2016-11-01 09:16:32 -0400
  • Molly Hogan
    signed 2016-10-26 14:46:17 -0400
  • Jane M Curran
    signed 2016-10-19 19:36:04 -0400
    How can we in the U.S. claim it is a defender of human rights when we don’t defend them here? Picking and choosing. Enough U.S. support of Israel’s outrageous actions against Palestinians.
  • Thomas Milcarek
    signed 2016-10-19 14:15:03 -0400
  • Annamaria Rizzo
    signed 2016-10-17 09:19:39 -0400
  • Paul M. McDermott
    signed 2016-10-13 20:22:57 -0400
    People should be allowed to speak out against injustice.
  • William A. Mc Guire
    signed 2016-10-13 18:37:55 -0400

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