Moroccan and Arab organizations denounce the closure of Palestinian civil institutions by Israel

More than three hundred Moroccan, North African and Arab human rights associations circulated a joint statement condemning “the closure of the occupation and apartheid authority, 7 Palestinian civil and human rights institutions and the threat of their directors”, and appealed to “ the free people of the world to support the Palestinian people in their struggle to regain their rights.”

And in six languages, namely Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese, this statement included Moroccan organizations, including: the Moroccan Coalition of Human Rights Bodies, the Women’s Action Union, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights Human Rights, the Moroccan League for the Defense of Human Rights, the Moroccan Commission for the Support of National Affairs, and the Moroccan Association of Progressive Women, the Shumoua Association for Equality and the BDS/Morocco movement boycott Israel.

The declaration was also signed by the Moroccan Democratic Network of Solidarity with the Peoples, the Social Responsibility Network in Morocco, the Human Rights Center for Memory and Archives, the Moroccan Forum for Truth and Equity, the African Organization for the Human Rights Monitoring-Morocco, the Organization for Freedom of Media and Expression (Hatem), the Press Club and the Moroccan Commission for Human Rights.

The joint statement denounced “the brutal assault by the occupation and apartheid authority in Palestine, whose forces stormed and closed the headquarters after confiscating the contents of 7 Palestinian civil and human rights organizations: Al-Haq, Bisan, Addameer, Agricultural Work , the Union of Women’s Committees, Health Work and the Palestinian branch of the International Movement for the Defense of Children.” except for their classification as institutions that support (terrorism).”

The joint statement continued: “This illegal intrusion took place shortly after midnight, in the absence of the officials of these institutions (…) and a week after the European Union announced the resumption of support for these organizations.”

The same source recalled the joint declaration of ten European foreign affairs ministries that support Palestinian civil society because “there is no valuable information about what Israel has provided that requires a review of the relations of those countries with Palestinian institutions,” the document compiled by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Maghreb and Arab human rights organizations considered the Israeli incursion into these Palestinian institutions as “one more in the chain of continuous and systematic acts of aggression practiced by the occupying authorities against the Palestinian people and their national and civil institutions that operate in accordance with Palestinian law, and gain national and international respect and prestige.”

The organizations considered this attack “part of the occupation’s policy against the Palestinian narrative, given its important role in the Palestinian community and civil work and in exposing and prosecuting the crimes of the occupation and confronting its racist policies and uprooting”.

The organizations described the intrusion as a “flagrant violation of the Universal Declaration for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders issued by the United Nations in 1998”, and went on to comment: “This would not have happened without the immunity granted by the superpowers to the defenders. occupants. power, especially the United States.

It is an “immunity” that continues despite the “occupation state” continuing its aggression and siege of the Gaza Strip, the extrajudicial executions that have claimed the lives of more than 80 Palestinians, including children, crimes of aggression and desecration of religious places, and crimes of forced displacement against the Palestinian people”.

The organizations asked the United Nations and the European Union, which announced its rejection of the Israeli measures, to “impose sanctions and restrictions on trade and an arms embargo on the occupying country, and not settle for verbal condemnation.”

The same organizations also called on the “free peoples of the world” to “support the Palestinian civil and human rights institutions and the Palestinian people in general who continue their resistance to the Zionist entity that has usurped their land, for seven and a half decades.” , to protect and restore their legitimate and inalienable rights, chief among which is their right to independence from Zionist colonialism and the return of refugees.” self-determination and the establishment of an independent and democratic Palestinian state on its national soil, with Jerusalem as its capital.