The Recent Criminalisation of 6 NGOs - What Palestinians have to say about it.

On 19 October 2021, Israeli Minister of Defence, Benny Gantz, announced outlawing six prominent Palestinian civil society organisations under Israel’s “Anti-Terrorism” law of 2016. This is a dangerous escalation of Israel’s existing systemic efforts to silence Palestinian voices, and to limit their international support and funding based on unfounded accusations. The six targeted Palestinian human rights organisations are Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Al-Haq Organization; Bisan Center for Research and Development; Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P); the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC); and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC). 

Below are Palestinian takes following the criminalisation: 

Increasing shrinking space under the Israeli regime:

Israel’s repression of civil society to escape accountability and ensure impunity:

Gaslighting: Revising facts and failing to provide evidence:

This is more than just eavesdropping, it’s terrifying. The spyware takes complete control over the phone. It can make calls to anybody, send messages and it can download content“ says Ubai Aboudi, the Director of Bisan

The extent of Israel’s mass surveillance techniques demonstrate the length they are willing to go to sensor Palestinian human rights:

Plea bargains as a tool in arbitrary military courts to fabricate indictments:

Palestinian human rights defenders are exposing internationally, Israel’s systemic and decades-long denial of our basic rights. It is for this very reason that Israel is actively harrassing and attacking Palestinian civil society manipulating facts and without evidence.

As we will continue resisting these attempts to be silenced, we will keep you updated on how to take concrete action and mobilise.