Civil Society and the Question of Palestine – NGO Action News – 22 October 2020

  • On 14 October, Yesh Din[7] published the article “A World Turned Upside-Down: The Residents of Burqa’s Struggle to Return to their Land, Where the Evacuated Israeli Settlement Homesh Once Stood” to denounce how Palestinian residents in the northern occupied West Bank are denied unrestricted access to their privately-owned land in a former Israeli settlement. Yesh Din lamented that the settlers continue to enter the are and occupy it, after it was evacuated and Palestinians, in contrast, are denied or restricted access to their private property because of arbitrary army restrictions on farmers or settler violence.
  • Europe

    • On 21 October, the Palestinian Return Centre[8] organized a digital seminar under the title “The History of Palestine and the Right of Return” as part of a virtual student conference held in London. The seminar, which saw the participation of researchers and academics including Ilan Pappe, Hosni Hammouda and activist Farah Qateina, provided an overview of the Nakba, the repercussions of the Israeli occupation and mass displacement waves that occurred in 1948.
    • On 15 October, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)[9] issued a statement informing about the investigation of a UK-based construction equipment company “JCB” , in relation to the use of its heavy machinery in Israel’s illegal demolitions and settlements in the OPT, potenrially resulting in serious human rights violations, after a UK government body found that key aspects of a human rights complaint by the NGO are “material and substantiated.” LPHR informed it had submitted evidence showing JCB’s machinery was being used to demolish homes and other structures in Area C.

    North America

    • On 20 October, the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)[10] held the webinar “A Founding Generation of Looters: New Research on Israeli Theft of Palestinian Property in 1948” with Adam Raz (Akevot) and Yousef Munayyer (Arab Centre Washington DC). The event served to discuss Israeli historian Adam Raz’s research “The Conspiracy of Silence”, which sheds light on the phenomenon of widespread theft by Israel’s founding generation and the political impact it has on Israel’s relations with Palestinians and the fate of Palestinian refugees.
      United Nations

    • On 12 November, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People[11] will hold the virtual event “International Parliamentarians and the Question of Palestine”. The event will highlight the work of parliamentarians from three different continents – Africa, Europe and North America – in support of the attainment of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people while promoting a just resolution of the question of Palestine and leading to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in peace and security. It will highlight how efforts within national constituencies have translated into concrete actions at the national and international levels while identifying impediments to moving forward.
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