UK government must condemn Israel’s targeting of human rights defenders in Palestine and the UK
On 7 January 2018 the Israeli government released a list of 20 charities and human rights organisations that it will block from entering Israel. War on Want is on the list.
This ban is a piece of a much larger system of repression against human rights defenders, targeting Palestinians and others who stand up in support of Palestinian rights. Israel conducts intense surveillance, harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention, and militarised repression against Palestinians who protest their oppression. Palestinians identified with the BDS movement, including our patron Omar Barghouti, have been recently targeted with smears, travel bans, and threats.
Now Israel is using travel bans to target charities like War on Want who speak out against these abuses and in support of human rights. Attacking those who stand up for human rights is a way Israel tries to isolate Palestinians and to keep others from supporting them. This tactic is used by other regimes as well, and it invariably backfires as grassroots movements for justice refuse to be silenced.
The UK government should take a stand in support of Palestinian human rights defenders and those who work to support them. Instead, it is further incentivising Israel’s repression by continuing with ‘business as usual’, trading arms with Israel and enabling its oppression to continue.
Please write to the UK government to demand that it condemns Israel’s repression, and that it ends its complicity with Israel’s violations of international law!