Suppression of Palestinian Civil Society

Suppression of Palestinian Civil Society

Shrinking spaces for Palestinian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), particularly Human Rights Organizations (HROs), has a dual approach in that it is being directly implemented by Israel and discursively imposed by the international donor community. Israel targets Palestinian CSOs through laws and policies designed to strain or sever their relations with foreign funding partners, while the international donor community imposes political conditions on funding. Palestinian civil society is thus left unable to properly meet the needs, nor vindicate the rights, of the Palestinian people. All of these accumulated policies and practices are not only inconsistent with the principles of humanitarian action, but also with the Palestinian people’s basic and inalienable rights, as recognized under international law, including the right to self-determination, and the right to resist by any legitimate means foreign oppression, colonization and apartheid.

 

 

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