The international community must condemn Israeli raids and closures of Palestinian civil society organizations


Amid Israel’s escalating attacks on their work, a group of more than 150 Palestinian, regional and international organizations express their full solidarity with the seven main designated Palestinian civil society organizations, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association , Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man (Al-Haq), Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), Health Work Committees (HWC), Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) and Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

On the morning of August 18, 2022, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) raided and sealed the doors of the offices of the seven Palestinian organizations. The IOF also confiscated documents and equipment and destroyed objects in the offices. At the gates of the organizations, military orders were left behind ordering the closure of offices under Section 319 of the 1945 Emergency Regulations. This development follows the designation on October 19, 2021, by Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, of six main Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations under Israel’s Counterterrorism Law (2016), which was later extended to the West Bank on November 3, 2021 by a military order that banned same organizations.

We urge the international community to unequivocally condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civil society and tactics to further suppress freedom of expression. States must take all necessary measures to support and protect Palestinian human rights defenders and ensure the continuation of their invaluable work.

These raids and closures represent the latest escalation in Israel’s broad campaign to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organization that dares to demand accountability for serious human rights abuses, war crimes and crimes against humanity. humanity committed by Israel. The “persecution of organizations and individuals, depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, for opposing apartheid” is a method used by Israel, amounting to acts of apartheid punishable under of the Rome Statute, to maintain its domination and oppression over the Palestinian people.

Organizations remain at additional risk of bank account closures, travel bans and movement restrictions, as well as the arrest and detention of staff for their work. Israel’s attacks on these organizations pose an existential threat to independent Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations that work to monitor and document human rights abuses and provide basic services to the Palestinian people.

We call on the international community to demand that Israel immediately revoke its designations of Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations”, rescind military orders designating the organizations and closing their offices, and repeals its Anti-Terrorism Act (2016) because it fails to uphold basic human rights standards.

Furthermore, we call on the international community to take effective measures to end all other actions that deprive Palestinians of their inalienable human rights.

Finally, we call on members of the international community to continue their support and increase funding for organizations and to engage with financial institutions to ensure the transfer of funds to organizations.


  1. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  2. 11.11.11
  3. Association of Abductee Mothers
  4. Academic Program for Arab and Muslim Communities in the Diaspora
  5. ACAT-France
  6. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
  7. Advokatfirmaet Roli
  8. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
  9. Al-ataa Charitable Association
  10. Aldameer Association for Human Rights
  11. Al-Haq
  12. Alrowwad Cultural and Artistic Society
  13. Andalusian Institute for Studies on Tolerance and the Fight against Violence
  14. Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
  15. SECTION 19
  16. Artists for Palestine United Kingdom
  17. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
  18. Palestinian Association Biladi
  19. Belgian-Palestinian Association
  20. Association of Academics for the Respect of International Law in Palestine (AURDIP)
  21. Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression
  22. France Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS)
  23. Aswat Nissa
  24. Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children
  25. Australian Center for International Justice
  26. Basmeh & Zeitooneh for emergency aid and development
  27. Baytna
  28. Bd Morocco
  29. BDS Netherlands
  30. BDS Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
  31. Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
  32. Bytes for All, Pakistan
  33. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
  34. Center for Constitutional Rights
  35. Center for Strategic Studies to Support Women and Children
  36. Global Education Center
  37. Center of Legal and Social Studies
  38. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  39. CNCD-11.11.11
  40. Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
  41. Comhlamh Justice for Palestine
  42. Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East, Luxembourg
  43. justice committee
  44. Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network (CEMSOJ)
  45. Conectas Human Rights
  46. Cultura è Libertà, a campaign for Palestine
  47. DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
  48. Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish voice (Belgium)
  49. Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms
  50. Egyptian Front for Human Rights (EFHR)
  51. Egyptian Human Rights Forum
  52. Egyptian Initiative for Human Rights
  53. El Nadim Center for the care and rehabilitation of victims of violence
  54. ESCR-Net, International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  55. EuroMed Rights
  56. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine – ECCP
  57. European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
  58. European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine
  59. FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
  60. Financial Justice Ireland
  61. Middle East Peace Foundation (Washington, DC)
  62. Front line defenders
  63. Mundubat Foundation
  64. Action Gaza Ireland
  65. Global Coalition of NPOs on the FATF
  66. Herbst Law LLC
  67. Media Center for Human Rights and Democracy “SHAMS”
  68. Human Rights for All (HR4A) Saskatchewan
  69. human rights in china
  70. Human Rights Watch
  71. Human Security Collective
  73. International Accountability Project
  74. International Civil Liberties Watch Group
  75. International Commission in Support of the Rights of the Palestinian People
  76. International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture (IRCT)
  77. International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  78. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia-Pacific
  79. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  80. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – UK
  81. Just Peace Advocates/Just Peace Movement
  82. Just limited words
  83. Justice for Palestinians in Calgary
  84. Justitia Center for the Legal Protection of Human Rights in Algeria
  85. Kairos Ireland
  86. kenya human rights commission
  87. League for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)
  88. Support for local development and small projects (LDSPS)
  89. Makan
  90. MakeShiftPublishing
  91. MENA Rights Group
  92. Muslim Peace Fellowship
  93. Mwatana for human rights
  94. Nederlands Palestine Komitee
  95. New Weapons Research Groups
  96. Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine Israel
  97. North Bronx Racial Justice
  98. Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO-Norway)
  99. Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
  100. NOVACT Institute for Nonviolent Action
  101. Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
  102. Palestina Solidarity vzw Belgium
  103. Palestinian Solidarity Alliance
  104. Palestine Solidarity Campaign United Kingdom
  105. Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton
  106. Palestine Solidarity, St. John’s, NL
  107. Palestine Solidary Organization at Nelson Mandela University
  108. Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)
  109. Palestinian Campaign Against the Apartheid Wall (Stop the Wall)
  110. Palestinian Center for Human Rights
  111. Pan-African Palestine Solidarity Network
  112. Paz con Dignidad
  113. Foundation for Peace and Construction
  114. Physicians for Human Rights Israel
  115. Platform of French NGOs for Palestine
  116. Middle East Democracy Project (POMED)
  117. South Project
  118. International Response
  119. Sadaka-Ireland-Palestine Alliance
  120. Sadaqah
  121. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  122. Scottish Friends of Palestine
  123. Sexual Rights Initiative
  125. Solsoc
  126. South African BDS Coalition
  127. South African Jews for a Free Palestine
  128. STEILAS
  129. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
  130. Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights
  131. Teaching Palestine: pedagogical practice and the indivisibility of justice
  132. The African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies
  133. The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
  134. The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine
  135. The Canadian BDS Coalition
  136. The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem
  137. The Danish house in Palestine
  138. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the USA Presbyterian Church
  139. The Norwegian Initiative DEFENDING INTERNATIONAL LAW
  140. The Palestine Committee of Norway
  141. The Palestinian Institute for Public Diplomacy
  142. The Palestinian Human Rights Organization “PHRO”
  143. The Palestinian Initiative for Promoting Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH
  144. The Rights Forum
  145. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)
  146. Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA (Australia)
  147. United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)
  148. University Network for Human Rights
  149. University of KwaZulu-Natal Decoloniality Action Group
  150. American Campaign for Palestinian Rights
  151. Visualize Palestine
  152. Viva Health
  153. Vrede vzw
  154. West African Network of Human Rights Defenders
  155. Women in Black Vienna
  156. Women Now for Development
  157. Women’s Legal Aid and Counseling Center (WCLAC)
  158. World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

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