Palestinian NGOs brief UK parliamentarians on Israeli attacks on Palestinian civil society

The Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group hosted an online briefing on Monday 8 November which discussed the attacks on Palestinian civil society - hearing from three of the six Palestinian civil society organisations designated by Israel on 22 October. Also on the call were representatives from other international and UK human rights organisations who have worked with the organisations concerned.

Parliamentarians heard from Sahar Francis, General Director Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Susan Power, Head of International Advocacy at Al Haq and, Khaled Quzmar General Director of Defense for Children International - Palestine. It was chaired by co-chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, Julie Elliott MP.

This designation really ramps up the (genuine) risks of detention and harassment for these human rights defenders, and international attention and support is really essential. It would be impossible to understand what is going on for Palestinians if it weren't for these organisations - which many parliamentarians have met on delegations and received briefings from (as have governments and parliamentarians from across Europe too). Their role in Palestinian society and among human rights defenders more generally, is absolutely integral.

Representatives from Al Haq, Defence for Children International Palestine and Addameer spoke at this briefing. They are three of the six organisations (the others being the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees) which have been designated.

You can watch the briefing in full here: