Statement of solidarity: Israeli human rights and civil society organisations condemn attacks against Al-Haq

Israeli human rights and civil society organisations condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing anonymous attacks against Palestinian human rights organisations, and more recently against Al-Haq. As Israeli organisations, we express our solidarity with our Palestinian counterparts.

Al-Haq has indeed been faced with increasing pressure, which started with anonymous emails to staff and donors of the organization, citing non-existent fraud investigations, continued with daily calls from blocked numbers meant to intimidate the staff, and culminated in death threats to a staff member and to its General Director, Shawan Jabarin. These recent threats were directly connected to Al-Haq’s ongoing work before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

These disturbing intimidation attacks against various groups and activists are clearly aimed at undermining their work and credibility. They are carried out against the backdrop of recurring attempts to undermine and harm the legitimacy and the efforts of all those who are fighting against the occupation.

We call upon the relevant authorities to identify the source of these threats and bring them to justice.

The continuous witch hunt that aims at intimidating and weakening us will not succeed. Together, we are determined to continue exposing the daily violations that stem from the occupation.

Signatories:

ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel), Adalah, Akevot, Bimkom, B’Tselem, Coalition of Women for Peace, Gisha, Hamoked:  Center for the Defence of the Individual, Human Rights Defenders Fund, Kav LaOved, Machsom Watch, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, Yesh Din