In light of the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, (“U.S. Ambassador”), current visit to Israel, Palestine and Jordan, and following statements reporting that the Ambassador will not meet with representatives of the six targeted Palestinian Civil Society organizations (“CSOs”), and the pledged normalization by the U.S. Ambassador, the undersigned organizations issue the following statement.


London-based “Alquds Alarabi” newspaper, reported a State Department official, whose name and title were kept anonymous, stated that: “Ms. Thomas-Greenfield will not meet any of the representatives of the Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations which Israel had recently designated as ‘terrorist’ organizations.” The official resumed "we will announce the other civil society organizations that the Ambassador will meet with during her visit, but meeting civil society organizations in general is important for us."


On 15 November 2021, the U.S. Ambassador provided her remarks to the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, before their meeting in Jerusalem, confirming US support for the “Abraham Accords” and for Israel’s normalization agreements with countries in the region. In the light of the abovementioned, and the stated purpose of Ms. Greenfield’s visit, we, the undersigned Palestinian civil society organizations, declare the following:


1-  We highly value the position of all States, as well as international, regional, national and multilateral organizations, who have condemned the Israeli designation of the six Palestinian CSOs as “terrorist organizations”. We refer in particular to the positions of Ireland in rejecting these designations, and Norway in calling for a reversal of these unlawful actions. The designations disregard the basic human rights to freedom of expression, and are tantamount to inhumane acts of apartheid intended to erase and silence Palestinian civil society.

2-  In addition, our organizations stress and share the position declared by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet: "Claiming rights before a UN or other international body is not an act of terrorism, advocating for the rights of women in the occupied Palestinian territory is not terrorism, and providing legal aid to detained Palestinians is not terrorism." 

3-  Further, we recall the joint position of the UN Special Rapporteurs who condemned the designations stating: “This designation is a frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere… Silencing their voices is not what a democracy adhering to well-accepted human rights and humanitarian standards would do. We call upon the international community to defend the defenders.” Further the UN special rapporteurs explained that “anti-terrorism legislation is designed for a specific and restricted purpose, and must not be used to unjustifiably undermine civil liberties or to curtail the legitimate work of human rights organizations”.

4-  Israel’s defamation of Palestinian CSOs is not new. Attacks against Palestinians CSOs have been on the rise for more than 15 years, since the Durban Conference against Racism, and intensified following increasing demands to sanction Israel. Israeli attacks against Palestinian civil society especially heightened following the accession of the State of Palestine to the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court. They further escalated with the Office of the Prosecutor's subsequent decision to open an investigation into the Situation in Palestine, into war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed by the Israeli authorities and Israeli Occupying Forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

5-  Critically, Israel’s settler colonial policies and practices alongside it’s institutionalized and discriminatory apartheid regime continue to threaten the Palestinian people’s enjoyment of their basic human rights, including their inalienable right to self-determination, permanent sovereignty over natural and national resources, and collective right of return to their homes, which together form the primary obstacle to a viable contiguous independent Palestinian State. Further, the prolonged nature of the military occupation, now in its 54th year, has been maintained through the orchestration of grave violations of international law including war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed by Israeli individuals with impunity.

6-  The main task of our institutions and of Palestinian human rights defenders is to work towards an end to the occupation, the dismantling of the apartheid regime and towards the realization of our collective human rights to self-determination and the right of return.

7-  The purpose of the visit, has been to reportedly, "explore ways of strengthening normalization agreements such as the “Abraham Accords. Our organizations stress that economic benefit and “peace in the region” are merely a fig leaf. “Peace” which does not include the realization of the rights of all Palestinians will be one without justice, and so will be no peace at all. Our organizations restate the words of Al-Haq General Director Shawan Jabarin that, “It is now time, for the international community and the Palestinian people to collectively rise up and resist this egregious regional normalization, to ensure the realization of our people to self-determination and permanent sovereignty, and to prevent Israeli and regional measures towards the erasure of our people, culture, lands and home.”

8-  The undersigned organizations therefore declare that they will not meet with the U.S. Ambassador. We further call upon all other Palestinian organizations to adopt a similar position and demonstrate their clear and principled refusal to refuse the normalization of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

9-  Let this be a clear- the Israeli attack on the six Palestinian civil society organizations is an attack on Palestinian civil society as a whole.  The U.S. Ambassador’s unwillingness to meet with the representatives of the six CSOs on her visit only reinforces Israel’s attack which aims to undermine and delegitimize the human rights work of Palestinian civil society. We further call on diplomatic missions, parliamentary representatives, and international organizations to reject and condemn the unlawful designation of the six Palestinian CSOs, to pressure the United States to condemn Israel’s designation and call for its rescission.



The undersigned:

  1. Al Haq Organization - Law in the Service of Mankind
  2. ADDAMEER Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
  3. DCI - Defense for Children International - Palestine
  4. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center
  5. Aldameer Association for Human Rights
  6. Hurryyat - Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights
  7. Treatment & Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC)
  8. The Civil Institute for Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law – ISTIQLAL
  9. Women's Studies Centre
  10. Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society
  11. MA'AN Development Center 
  12. The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD)
  13. Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association
  14. Rural Women's Development Society 
  15. Y.W.C.A
  16. Arab Agronomists Association 
  17. Afkar for Educational and Cultural Development
  18. Land Research Center
  19. Palestinian Counseling Center  
  20. Arab Center for Agricultural Development
  21. Marsad Arabi for Democracy and Elections (Al Marsad)
  22. Sharek Youth Forum
  23. Filastiniyat
  24. Miftah - The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy
  25. Teacher Creativity Center 
  26. The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession 
  27. Aman-Transparency Palestine
  28. The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and local Development - REFORM
  29. Burj Al-Luqluq Social Center 
  30. Palestinian Medical Relief Society
  31. The Community Action Center-Al Quds University
  32. Mothers School Society  
  33. Union of Agriculture Work Committees 
  34. Al-Awda Childhood and Youth Rehabilitation Center
  35. Sareyyet Ramallah
  37. Abdel ـ Shafi Community Health Association ( ACHA)
  38. Al Najda Social Association
  39. Al Sattar Garbee Association for Developing Countryside and Farmer
  40. Al Tawasol Forum Society (TFS)
  41. Al-Dar Rural Association
  42. ALFoukhary Association For Development and Culture
  43. AL-Karmel Cultural and Social Development Association
  44. Almanal Society for Developing the Rural Women
  45. Basma Society for Culture and Arts
  46. Deir El Balah Social & Cultural Center
  47. Deir El-Balah Rehabilitation Society
  48. El Wafaa Charitable Society
  49. Gaza Culture & Development Group
  50. Gaza Urban Agriculture Platform
  51. General Union of Workers of Agriculture and Food Processing
  52. Ghassan Kanafani Development
  53. Jabalia Rehabilitation Society
  54. Labor Resources Center
  55. National Society for Rehabilitation
  56. Palestinian Center of Organic Agriculture
  57. Palestinian Farmers Union
  58. Palestinian Woman’s Union
  59. Rural Women’s Development Society
  60. The Assembly Benevolent of Operation
  61. The Eastern Association for Agriculture
  62. The National Society for Democracy and Law
  63. The Palestinian Hydrology Group /Gaza
  64. The Palestinian Institute for Communication and Development
  65. Union of Health Care Committees
  66. Union of Health Work Committees
  67. Union of Palestinians Women's Committees
  68. Wefaq Society for Woman & Child Care
  69. Women's Affairs Center /Gaza
  70. Youth Development Foundation