Closure of Palestinian NGOS Poses “Existential Threat”

Omar Shakir, Israel-Palestine director of Human Rights Watch, discusses Israel’s Aug. 18 closure of seven leading Palestinian human rights organizations and the threat this poses to Palestinian human rights and to Palestinian civil society in general. The shuttering of these organizations follows Israel’s charge in October, 2021, that six of the seven groups have ties to terrorists, a charge the organizations deny and which UN experts and the European Union have found unsubstantiated after examining the evidence. The U.S. has taken no position on the charges, though the CIA is also reported to have found the evidence Israel supplied unconvincing. Shakir says the international community, including the United States, must forcefully condemn Israel’s effort to silence Palestinian criticism of its policies and demand Israel reverse its closure of these organizations.

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