Joint statement by 23 Israeli civil society organizations against the decision to deport HRW representative from Israel

November 6, 2019. Twenty-three Israeli civil society organizations issued a joint statement against the decision to deport human rights defender Omar Shakir from Israel:

The Supreme Court not only approved the deportation of human rights defender Omar Shakir, country representative of Human Right Watch, but also severely harmed us all, Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists who oppose the occupation. The Supreme Court continues to legitimize the Israeli government’s policy to silence criticism of its human rights violations in the oPt. Israel is trying to hide the occupation from view, but we will continue, together with Omar Shakir, to support peace activists and human rights activists who strive to expose the injustices of the occupation and bring it to an end.

List of organizations:
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel; Adalah; Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research; Amnesty International – Israel; B’Tselem; Bimkom; Breaking the Silence; Coalition of Women for Peace; Combatants for Peace; Emek Shave; Gisha; HaMoked; Haqel; Human Rights Defenders Fund; Ir Amim; New Israel Fund; Peace Now; Physicians for Human Rights Israel; Public Committee Against Torture in Israel; Rabbis for Human Rights; Torat Tzedek; Yesh Din; Zazim – Community Action