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Mehr als 100 Gewerkschaften, politische Parteien und Menschenrechtsgruppen wenden sich mit einem Schreiben zur Verteidigung von 6 palästinensischen Menschenrechtsorganisationen an die EU

Mehr als 100 europäische politische Parteien, Gewerkschaften, Menschenrechtsorganisationen und zivilgesellschaftliche Gruppen haben in einem Schreiben an den Hohen Vertreter der EU für für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, Josep Borell, ihre große Besorgnis über die Entscheidung Israels zum Ausdruck gebracht, sechs palästinensische Menschenrechtsorganisationen als “terroristische Organisationen” einzustufen.

In dem Schreiben wird konstatiert, dass die EU nicht genug getan hat, um diese palästinensischen Gruppen zu schützen. Es wird eine klare Ablehnung dieser Einstufung durch die EU gefordert. Die EU wird aufgefordert, die Aufnahme Israels in das äußerst lukrative Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprogramm Horizon Europa auszusetzen.

Zu den Unterzeichner-Organistationen des Schreibens gehören politische Parteien wie Sinn Féin (Irland), Europe Ecologie Les Verts (Frankreich), Parti Communiste Français (PCF), People Before Profit (Irland), BIJ1 (Niederlande) sowie Gewerkschaften, darunter große Gewerkschaftsverbände in Irland, Italien und Frankreich.

Hier Wortlaut des Schreibens mit den Unterzeichner-Organisationen:

Dear High Representative,

As organisations based in Europe, we would like to alert you to the extremely serious situation created by the slander of the State of Israel against six of the most important and internationally renowned Palestinian human rights organisations: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al Haq – Law in the service of men, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International – Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

After their classification as “terrorists” on 22 October, and with the subsequent military banning order on 7 November, they are in great danger: their premises may be invaded or closed down, their equipment confiscated, their leaders and staff arrested and their funding is put in danger. The protection services they provide to the Palestinian population, as well as their ability to inform international bodies about human rights violations in Palestine, are themselves jeopardised by this decision. The European Union must remain true to its own values; it must protect them.

The statement by the EEAS Spokesperson on October 28 was not commensurate with the gravity of this threat. By stating that the EU “takes such allegations extremely serious” and by “engaging Israeli authorities for more information”, it gives weight to allegations against partners that the European Union has known perfectly well for years, and it legitimises the idea that the State of Israel would have a legitimate reason to take up the issue. This is doubly false: firstly because these organisations are subject to Palestinian law, and the State of Israel has no business declaring them as unlawful, and secondly because the Israeli leaders who accuse them are the same ones who could be implicated by the ICC procedures, which themselves could be based on the information and investigation files provided by these NGOs.

We therefore ask you first of all for a much clearer public statement on this issue. In particular, we ask you to:

  • clearly reject the Israeli allegations and question their legitimacy,
  • publicly renew your confidence in these human rights organisations, which are doing remarkable and indispensable work on the ground,
  • formally ask the Israeli government to reverse its decisions to designate and subsequently ban them,
  • inform all donors and financial intermediaries of your rejection of the decisions taken by the State of Israel and of your confidence in the NGOs in question,
  • officially receive, at your level, the leaders of these NGOs and assure them of your full support,
  • publicly and financially support the action of the ICC including the case for Palestine.
  • Beyond this indispensable statement, it is necessary to take action.

The first act that you can take, together with the European Commission of which you are Vice President, concerns the agreement to include Israel in the Horizon Europe research and development programme. While one can imagine that even the simple respect of the July 2013 guidelines was not frankly approved by Israel, the Commission probably wanted to make a “positive gesture” towards Israel by declaring on 18 October that the negotiations were over. We know the result: four days later, the State of Israel launched the most serious offensive in history against Palestinian human rights organisations. A few days later, on 30th October, the Israeli ambassador tore up the report of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN.

In such a context, the signing of this agreement, scheduled for 9 December, would be a disgrace for Europe. We ask you, Mr. High Representative, to take the necessary measures to suspend the signing of this agreement. This is a simple measure of decency. Beyond that, more binding measures will have to be taken if the State of Israel persists in its position.


  1. European Coordination of Committees and Association for Palestine (ECCP) – Europe
  2. Fédération Internationale pour les droits humains – FIDH
  3. Trócaire – Ireland
  4. Sinn Féin – political party – Ireland
  5. Europe Ecologie Les Verts – political party – France
  6. Confédération générale du travail (CGT) – trade union – France
  7. FIOM-CGIL – trade union – Italy
  8. Irish Congress of Trade Unions – trade union confederation – Ireland
  9. Unite the Union, Ireland Region – trade union – Ireland
  10. UNISON Northern Ireland – trade union – Ireland
  11. People Before Profit – political party – Ireland
  12. Parti Communiste Français (PCF) – political party – France
  13. Parti de Gauche – political party – France
  14. Ensemble! – political party – France
  15. BIJ1 (Political party) – Netherlands
  16. Mouvement des Jeunes Communistes de France – political party – France
  17. Confédération Paysanne – trade union – France
  18. Fórsa SENO Branch – trade union – Ireland
  19. Belfast and District Trades Union Council – trade union – Ireland
  20. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Ireland
  21. Trade Union Friends of Palestine – Ireland
  22. MOC – Movement of Christian Workers – trade union – Belgium
  23. Union syndicale Solidaires – trade union – France
  24. Craigavon Council of Trade Unions – trade union – Ireland
  25. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) – MENA
  26. European Coordination Via Campesina – Europe
  27. European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine – Europe
  28. Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance – Ireland
  29. Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH) – France
  30. Suomen Rauhanpuolustajat – Finnish Peace Committee – Finland
  31. Defence for Children International – Switzerland
  32. Defence for Children International – Belgium
  33. Students for Justice in Palestine Dublin City University – Ireland
  34. Fédération Syndicale Unitaire (FSU) – France
  35. MRAP – France
  36. The Rights Forum – Netherlands
  37. Jewish Voice for Just Peace Ireland – Ireland
  38. Centre for Global Education – Ireland
  39. Cairde Palestine Belfast – Ireland
  40. Gaza Action Ireland – Ireland
  41. Academics for Palestine – Ireland
  42. MENA GROUP/Rete in difesa di (diritti umani e chi li difende) – Italy
  43. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS) – France
  44. Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique (UPJB) – Belgium
  45. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP) – France
  46. British Committee for the Universities of Palestine – UK
  47. Plateforme des ONGs Françaises pour la Palestine – France
  48. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Finland
  49. Humanitas-Centre for global learning and cooperation – Slovenia
  50. Association Belgo-Palestinienne – Belgium
  51. France Palestine Mental Health Network – France
  52. Viva Salud – Belgium
  53. Union Juive Française pour la Paix – France
  54. ICAHD Finland – Finland
  55. Deutscher Koordinationskreis Palastina Israel (KOPI) – Germany
  56. European Legal Support Center – Netherlands
  57. Comite Pour Une Paix Juste Au Proche Orient – Luxembourg
  58. Cultura è libertà, una campagna per la Palestina – Italy
  59. AssopacePalestina – Italy
  60. DocP – BDS Nederland – Netherlands
  61. Nederlands Palestina Komitee – Netherlands
  62. Buendnis fuer Gerechtigkeit zwischen Israelis und Palaestinensern e.V. BIP – Germany
  63. BDS Berlin – Germany
  64. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society – Finland
  65. Association pour le jumelage entre les camps de réfugiés palestiniens et les villes françaises (AJPF) – France
  66. Pand – Performars and Artists for Peace – Finland
  67. Društvo UP Jesenice – Slovenia
  68. Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI) – Belgium
  69. Mouvement de la Paix – France
  70. Une Autre Voix Juive – France
  71. Association des Travailleurs Maghrébins de France – France
  72. Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine – France
  73. Fédération des Tunisiens pour une Citoyenneté des deux Rives (FTCR) – France
  74. Vrede vzw – Belgium
  75. Dynamo International – Belgium
  76. Les Femmes en Noir – France
  77. Rete Romana di Solidarietà con il Popolo Palestinese – Italy
  78. Rete Antirazzista – Firenze, Italy
  79. Association France Palestine Solidarité Nîmes, France
  80. Association “Pour Jérusalem” – France
  81. Odv Salaam Ragazzi Dell’Olivo Comitato Di Tireste – Italy
  82. Forum Palestine Citoyenneté – France
  83. Comité de Vigilance pour une Paix réelle au Proche-Orient – France
  84. Assopace Palestina Firenze – Italy
  85. Chrétiens de la Méditerranée – France
  86. Associazione Cinema e Diritti – Italy
  87. Associazione di Amicizia Italo-Palestinese NLUS – Italy
  88. Comitato Pistoiese per la Palestina – Italy
  89. Donne in nero Italia – Italy
  90. COSPE – Italy
  91. CRED – centro di ricerca ed elaborazione per la democrazia – Italy
  92. Campagna Ponti e non Muri di Pax Christi Italia – Italy
  93. Giuristi Democratici – Italy
  94. CPPI Saint-Denis [ Collectif Paix Palestine Israël] – France
  95. New Weapons Research Group – Italy
  96. Women in Black Vienna – Austria
  97. Slovene Philanthropy – Slovenia
  98. Not in Our Name – For a Just Peace in the Middle East – Czech Republic
  99. Collectif Faty Koumba – France
  100. La Courneuve Palestine – France
  101. Comité pour le Respect des Libertés et des Droits de l’Homme en Tunisie – France
  102. BDS Italia – Italy
  103. Stichting – Groningen-Jabalya – Netherlands
  104. UK-Palestine Mental Health Network – UK
  105. Wilpf – Finland
  106. Ipri-ccp – Italy
  107. Comunità delle Piagge – Italy
  108. Aderisco a nome del Comitato varesino er la Palestina – Italy
  109. Pro Palestina – Italy
  110. Stradafacendo – Italy

More than 100 trade unions, political parties and human rights groups send letter to EU in defence of 6 Palestinian human rights organisations
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