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Israel Moves to Silence the Stalwarts of Palestinian Civil Society

El 19 de octubre, usando evidencia secreta, y por lo tanto insuficiente, el Ministerio de Defensa de Israel acusó a seis de las organizaciones más prominentes de derechos humanos y de la sociedad civil de Palestina de ser organizaciones “terroristas” vinculadas con un grupo militante. Tan solo unos días después, Israel aprobó la construcción de más de 3000 nuevas unidades de asentamientos en el territorio ocupado de Cisjordania y anunció planes para duplicar la población judía-israelí en el Valle del Jordán para 2026.

La criminalización real de las instituciones palestinas y la expansión de los asentamientos son dos lados de la misma moneda.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israel Moves to Silence the Stalwarts of Palestinian Civil Society

On Oct. 19, the Israeli Ministry of Defense singled out six of the most prominent Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations, using secret, and thus far insufficient, evidence to accuse them of being “terrorist” organizations with links to a militant group. Just days later, Israel approved the construction of more than 3,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank and announced plans to double the Jewish-Israeli population in the Jordan Valley by 2026.

The effective criminalization of Palestinian institutions and the expansion of the settlements are two sides of the same coin. The goal is clear: to silence the independent monitoring of Israel’s human rights violations that stand between total annexation of the occupied West Bank and international accountability.…  Seguir leyendo »

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Jan. 22, 2020. President Abbas said “a thousand no’s” to President Trump’s peace plan. Credit Majdi Mohammed/Associated Press

Palestinians have remained glaringly absent throughout the grand unveiling of President Trump’s “deal of the century.” As Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel — one facing impeachment, the other indictment — laid out the conditions for Palestinian submission last Tuesday in Washington, the Palestinian leadership, in the form of President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, rejected the plan with “a thousand no’s.”

Mr. Abbas, who had not even been consulted during the drafting of the plan, declared on Saturday that his government would end all relations with the United States and Israel. This included a decision to end the authority’s security coordination with Israel.…  Seguir leyendo »