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23 August 2022

Over 190 Organizations Demand International Community Stand Against Raids and Closures of 7 Palestinian Organizations

Amid Israel’s escalating attacks targeting their work, a group of more than 190 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.


Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies


Abductees’ Mothers Association

Abs Development Organization for Woman& Child

Academic Program for Studies of Arab and Muslim Communities in Diaspora


Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Advokatfirmaet Roli


Ahel Organization

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Al Tawasol Forum Society (TFS)

Al-ataa Benevolent Association

Aldameer association for human rights


Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society

Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies

Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)

Arab Institute for Human Rights


Artists for Palestine UK

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Asociacion Palestina Biladi

Association Belgo-Palestinienne

Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)

Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression

Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)

Aswat Nissa

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children’

Australian Centre for International Justice

Basmeh & Zeitooneh for Relief and Development


Bds Maroc

BDS Netherlands

BDS Vancouver Coast Salish Territories

Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)

Bytes For All, Pakistan

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)

Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

Center for Strategic Studies to Support Women and Children

Centre for Global Education

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales

Charity & Security Network

Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation


Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

Comhlamh Justice for Palestine

Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East, Luxembourg

Committee for Justice

Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network (CEMSOJ)

Conectas Human Rights

Cultura è Libertà, una campagna per la Palestina

Defence For Children International

DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)

Dibeen for Environmental Development

Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish Voice (Belgium)

Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms

Egyptian Front for Human Rights (EFHR)

Egyptian Human Rights Forum

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

El Nadim Center For Management & Rehabilitation of victims of violence

Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network

ESCR-Net, International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

EuroMed Rights

European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine – ECCP

European Legal Support Center (ELSC)

European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine

FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Financial Justice Ireland

Foundation for Middle East Peace (Washington, DC)

Foundation for the Conservation of the Earth, FOCONE

Front Line Defenders

Fundación Mundubat

Fundacion Promocion Humana

Gaza Action Ireland

Global Focus

Global NPO Coalition on FATF

Grassroots International

Herbst Law PLLC

Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”

Human Rights for All (HR4A) Saskatchewan

Human Rights in China

Human Rights Watch

Human Security Collective


International Accountability Project

International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

International Commission to support Palestinian People’s Rights

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

International Service for Human Rights

International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – UK


Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste

Just Words Limited

Justice for Palestinians Calgary

Justitia Center for legal protection of human rights in Algeria

Kairos Ireland

Kenya Human Rights Commission

L’aasociation ACDA (Agir pour le changement et la démocratie en Algérie)

League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)

Libyan Organization for Legal Aid

Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS)

Lok Shakti Abhiyan



Manushya Foundation

MENA Rights Group

Muslim Peace Fellowship

Mwatana for human rights

Natural Resource Women Platform

Nederlands Palestina Komitee

New Weapons Research Groups

Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine Israel

North Bronx Racial Justice

Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO-Norway)

Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees

NOVACT Institute for Nonviolent Action

Oakville Palestinian Rights Association

Palestina Solidariteit vzw Belgium

Palestine House

Palestine Solidarity Alliance

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Cape Town

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Gauteng

Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK

Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton

Palestine Solidarity, St. John’s, NL

Palestine Solidary Organisation at Nelson Mandela University

Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)

Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Pan African Palestine Solidarity Network

Paz con Dignidad

Peace and Building Foundation

PeaceWomen Across the Globe

PEN International

Physicians for Human Rights Israel

Platform of French NGOs for Palestine

Potchefstroom Free Palestine Committee

Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Project South

Riposte Internationale

Sadaka-the Ireland Palestine Alliance


Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Scottish Friends of Palestine

Sexual Rights Initiative



South African BDS Coalition

South African Jews For a Free Palestine


Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)

Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights

Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice

The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)

The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine

The Canadian BDS Coalition

The civic coalition for Palestinian rights in jerusalem

The Community Action Center / Al-Quds university

The Danish House in Palestine

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA


The Palestine Committee of Norway

The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy

The Palestinian Human Rights Organization “PHRO”

The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH

The Rights Forum

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)

Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA (Australia)

United Methodists for Kairos Response

United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)

University Network for Human Rights

University of KwaZulu-Natal Decoloniality Action Group

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

USA Palestine Mental Health Network

Visualizing Palestine

Viva Salud

Vrede vzw

West African Human Rights Defenders Network

Women in Black Vienna

Women Now for Development

Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders