In a written statement from the OHCHR Palestine Office, it was stated that “anti-terrorism legislation should not be used to restrict legitimate human rights and humanitarian work.”
In the statement, it was stated that Israel listed “extremely vague and irrelevant reasons, including peaceful and legitimate activities”, as the reason for the said decision.
In addition, Israel was called upon to respect its rights to freedom of association and expression, and not to interfere in any way with these organizations and their employees.
Israel blocks human rights work in Palestinian territories
On the other hand, in a written statement from the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Organization (Euro-Med), it was pointed out that Israel hinders human rights work in the Palestinian territories.
In the statement, it was stated that Israel’s decision is a new attempt to undermine the work in the field of human rights in the Palestinian territories.
The organization also called on the international community to pressure Israel to end its policy of suppressing voices critical of violations in the Palestinian territories.
Prime Minister İştiye: We reject Israel’s decision
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtiyya also made a statement on the subject and stated that Israel’s decision was a serious violation of international law and they rejected the said decision.
İştiyya called on the international community and all human rights organizations around the world to condemn the decision.
The Israeli government announced that it has listed 6 Palestinian human rights organizations that it claims to be affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) as terrorist organizations.
According to the news of Israel’s Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Ministry of Justice, Zamir Prisoner Protection Agency, Law Al-Haq for Human Rights, Bisan Research and Development Center, Samidun Palestinian Prisoners Defense Network, Agricultural Labor Committees Union and the Palestinian Branch of the International Child Rights Defense Movement illegally had declared.
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