Over 200 Organizations Demand International Community Stand Against Raids and Closures of 7 Palestinian Organizations

In Arab Countries, International Advocacy Program by CIHRS

Amid Israel’s escalating attacks targeting their work, a group of more than 200 Palestinian, regional, and international organizations express our full solidarity with the designated seven leading 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), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

On the morning of 18 August 2022, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) raided and sealed the doorways into the offices of the seven Palestinian organizations. The IOF also confiscated documents and equipment and destroyed items in the offices. On the doors of the organizations, military orders were left behind ordering the closure of the offices under Article 319 of the Emergency Regulations of 1945. This development follows the 19 October 2021, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz designation of six leading Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations under Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Law (2016), which was then extended to the West Bank on 3 November 2021 by a military order that outlawed the same organizations.

We urge the international community to unequivocally condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civil society and tactics to further repress of freedom of expression. States must take all necessary action 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 widespread campaign aiming to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organization that dares to seek accountability for Israel’s grave human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The “persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid” is a method used by Israel, amounting to acts of apartheid prosecutable under the Rome Statute, to maintain its domination and oppression over the Palestinian people.

The organizations remain at an additional risk of closure of bank accounts, travel bans and movement restrictions, and the arrest and detention of staff members for their work. Israel’s attacks against these organizations pose an existential threat to independent Palestinian human rights organizations and civil society who work to monitor and document violations of human rights and provide basic services to the Palestinian people.

We call upon the international community to demand that Israel immediately revoke its designations of Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations,” reverse the military orders designating the organizations and closing their offices and repeal its Anti-Terrorism Law (2016) as it does not meet basic human rights standards.

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

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


          1. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
          2. 11.11
          3. Abductees’ Mothers Association
          4. Abs Development Organization for Woman& Child
          5. Academic Program for Studies of Arab and Muslim Communities in Diaspora
          6. ACAT-France
          7. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
          8. Advokatfirmaet Roli
          9. Africa4Palestine
          10. Ahel Organization
          11. Ahel Organization
          12. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
          13. Al Tawasol Forum Society (TFS)
          14. Al-ataa Benevolent Association
          15. Albanian Human Rights Group
          16. Aldameer association for human rights
          17. Al-Haq
          18. Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society
          19. Amnesty International
          20. Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies
          21. Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
          22. Arab Institute for Human Rights
          23. Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development
          24. Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)
          25. ARTICLE 19
          26. Artists for Palestine UK
          27. Asha Parivar
          28. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
          29. Asociacion Palestina Biladi
          30. Association Belgo-Palestinienne
          31. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
          32. Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression
          33. Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE)
          34. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)
          35. Association Tunisienne des Femmes Democrates
          36. Aswat Nissa
          37. Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children’
          38. Australian Centre for International Justice
          39. Basmeh & Zeitooneh for Relief and Development
          40. Baytna
          41. Bds Maroc
          42. Bds México
          43. BDS Netherlands
          44. BDS Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
          45. Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
          46. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
          47. Bytes For All, Pakistan
          48. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
          49. Center for Constitutional Rights
          50. Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
          51. Center for Strategic Studies to Support Women and Children
          52. Centre for Global Education
          53. Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales
          54. Charity & Security Network
          55. Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy
          56. Child Rights Connect
          57. Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
          58. Citizen News Service (CNS)
          59. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
          60. CNCD-11.11.11
          61. Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
          62. Comhlamh Justice for Palestine
          63. Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East, Luxembourg
          64. Committee for Justice
          65. Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
          66. Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
          67. Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network (CEMSOJ)
          68. Conectas Human Rights
          69. Cooperation Jackson
          70. Cultura è Libertà, una campagna per la Palestina
          71. Defence For Children International
          72. DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
          73. Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
          74. Dibeen for Environmental Development
          75. Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE)
          76. Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish Voice (Belgium)
          77. Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms
          78. Egyptian Front for Human Rights (EFHR)
          79. Egyptian Human Rights Forum
          80. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
          81. El Nadim Center For Management & Rehabilitation of victims of violence
          82. Elseidi law firm
          83. Endorois Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (EIWEN)
          84. Endorois Welfare Council
          85. Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network
          86. Equality Labs
          87. ESCR-Net, International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
          88. EuroMed Rights
          89. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine – ECCP
          90. European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
          91. European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine
          92. FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
          93. Financial Justice Ireland
          94. Foundation for Middle East Peace (Washington, DC)
          95. Foundation for the Conservation of the Earth, FOCONE
          96. France Palestine Mental Health Network
          97. Front Line Defenders
          98. Fundación Mundubat
          99. Fundacion Promocion Humana
          100. Gaza Action Ireland
          101. Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ)
          102. Global Focus
          103. Global NPO Coalition on FATF
          104. Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
          105. Grassroots International
          106. Guardians of the right to life
          107. Herbst Law PLLC
          108. Het Actiefonds
          109. Housing and Land Rights Network; Habibat International Coalition
          110. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”
          111. Human Rights for All (HR4A) Saskatchewan
          112. Human Rights Funders Network
          113. Human Rights in China
          114. Human Rights Watch
          115. Human Security Collective
          116. ICAHD-USA
          117. Indiana Center for Middle East Peace
          118. International Accountability Project
          119. International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
          120. International Commission to support Palestinian People’s Rights
          121. International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
          122. International Service for Human Rights
          123. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
          124. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
          125. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
          126. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – UK
          128. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
          129. Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
          130. Just Words Limited
          131. Justice for Palestinians Calgary
          132. Justitia Center for legal protection of human rights in Algeria
          133. Kairos Ireland
          134. Kenya Human Rights Commission
          135. La araña Feminista/MarchaMundial de las Mujeres Venezuela
          136. L’aasociation ACDA (Agir pour le changement et la démocratie en Algérie)
          137. l’association joussour de citoyenneté
          138. Law for Palestine Organisation
          139. League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)
          140. Libyan Organization for Legal Aid
          141. Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS)
          142. Lok Shakti Abhiyan
          143. MADRE
          144. Makan
          145. MakeShiftPublishing
          146. Manushya Foundation
          147. MENA Rights Group
          148. Muslim Peace Fellowship
          149. Mwatana for human rights
          150. National Lawyers Guild
          151. Natural Resource Women Platform
          152. Nederlands Palestina Komitee
          153. New Weapons Research Groups
          154. Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine Israel
          155. North Bronx Racial Justice
          156. Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO-Norway)
          157. Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
          158. NOVACT Institute for Nonviolent Action
          159. Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
          160. Palestina Solidariteit vzw Belgium
          161. Palestine House
          162. Palestine Solidarity Alliance
          163. Palestine Solidarity Campaign Cape Town
          164. Palestine Solidarity Campaign Gauteng
          165. Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
          166. Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton
          167. Palestine Solidarity, St. John’s, NL
          168. Palestine Solidary Organisation at Nelson Mandela University
          169. Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)
          170. Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)
          171. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
          172. Palestinian People’s Support Commission – URUGUAY
          173. Pan African Palestine Solidarity Network
          174. Paz con Dignidad
          175. Peace and Building Foundation
          176. Peace Development Fund
          177. PeaceWomen Across the Globe
          178. PEN International
          179. People’s Budget Orange County
          180. Physicians for Human Rights Israel
          181. Platform of French NGOs for Palestine
          182. Poetic Justice Foundation
          183. Potchefstroom Free Palestine Committee
          184. Progressive Technology Project
          185. Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
          186. Project South
          187. Refugee Welfare Association Cameroon (REWAC)
          188. Riposte Internationale
          189. Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
          190. Sadaka-the Ireland Palestine Alliance
          191. Sadaqa
          192. Sagner Family Foundation
          193. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
          194. Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine
          195. Scottish Friends of Palestine
          196. Sexual Rights Initiative
          197. Socialist Party (India)
          198. SOLIDAR
          199. Solsoc
          200. South African BDS Coalition
          201. South African Jews For a Free Palestine
          202. Southern Maine Workers’ Center
          203. STEILAS
          204. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
          205. Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights
          206. Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights
          207. Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice
          208. The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies
          209. The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
          210. The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine
          211. The Canadian BDS Coalition
          212. The Carmack Collective
          213. The civic coalition for Palestinian rights in jerusalem
          214. The Community Action Center / Al-Quds university
          215. The Danish House in Palestine
          216. The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians
          217. The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
          218. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA
          219. The Norwegian Initiative DEFEND INTERNATIONAL LAW
          220. The Palestine Committee of Norway
          221. The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy
          222. The Palestinian Human Rights Organization “PHRO”
          223. The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH
          224. The Rights Forum
          225. The Southwest Coalition for Palestine
          226. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)
          227. Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA (Australia)
          228. United Methodists for Kairos Response
          229. United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR)
          230. United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)
          231. Unites States Food Sovereignty Alliance
          232. University Network for Human Rights
          233. University of KwaZulu-Natal Decoloniality Action Group
          234. US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
          235. USA Palestine Mental Health Network
          236. Visualizing Palestine
          237. Viva Salud
          238. Vrede vzw
          239. West African Human Rights Defenders Network
          240. Women in Black Vienna
          241. Women Now for Development
          242. Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
          243. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
          244. World March of Women – Philippines
          245. World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

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