02 september 2020

London - The international platform of NGOs working for Palestine "iPalestine" expressed its strong condemnation after the Israeli authorities continued their systematic plan to target Palestinian civil society organizations and institutions through campaigns of incitement, demonization and arbitrary systematic decisions, considering that the aim of these campaigns is to weaken these organizations, silence their voices, suspect their credibility and to delegitimize it. In an attempt to undermine the role of these organizations in supporting Palestinian citizens Israel tends to obstruct their efforts to support Palestinian causes, and to expose racist occupation practices.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, iPalestine pointed out that the past years have witnessed the use of all possibilities and resources by the Israeli authorities to hinder the work of these organizations distorting their image by fabricating events and accusations, and adopting stories that is not related to reality at all. Additionally, this has expanded to include carrying out many systematic campaigns to incite these organizations through institutions and organizations that adopt the Israeli narrative in fighting any entity that supports the rights of the Palestinian people, in addition to deliberately attacking the employees of the organizations directly through spreading lies and fake stories with posting them on social media. Stressing that they used diplomats and Israeli ambassadors to attack Palestinian civil society organizations, highlighting that they deliberately used the term terrorism as a pretext to incite organizations; this is evidenced by the statement of Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador in the United Nations, who fabricated the lies during a press conference at UN headquarters in 2017, accusing al-Haq and the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights ,who are recognized for their integrity, objectivity and impartiality, of involving in terrorism.

iPalestine stressed that Israel's actions against civil society organizations form a fundamental challenge to their freedom of action, and are aimed primarily at pressuring donors and financiers, whether state or institutional, to stop funding Palestinian civil society organizations.

From his part, the Chairman of iPalestne “Khaled Al-Turani said that "since the founding of iPalestine, we have worked to take care of and promote Palestinian civil society organizations by coordinating and activating all local and international efforts to serve and strengthen these organizations independently and without being constrained by any political or regional agenda”, stressing his rejection of any attempt by the Israeli authorities to cast doubts about the independence and neutrality of his organization and to putting into a political party framework in order to wrest legitimacy from the essence of its work.

iPalestine also stressed that it will continue its work as a Palestinian civil society organization that aims to provide all forms of legal and professional support to the relevant Palestinian organizations. It emphasized that its vision and discourse are based on the set of international resolutions and charters issued by the United Nations and the Security Council that recognized the rights of the Palestinian people and the justice of their cause in many international resolutions and events, assuring that their activities are in accordance with their obligations to stand up to all violations carried out by Israel without prejudice or political organization.

At the end of its statement, iPalestine expressed its sincere gratitude to all funders and donors for standing against the pressures of the Israeli authorities, urging them to continue their support for Palestinian civil society organizations, and called on the international society to take all possible measures to protect these organizations from Israel’s distortion and incitement campaigns by exerting the necessary pressure on those authorities, and to urgently take action to provide support to organizations serving the Palestinian people.