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Palestine NGOs call for boycotting meetings with US envoy

US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and President of the Security Council speaks during a press conference for the Security Council programme of work in March at the UN Headquarters in New York on 1 March 2021. [TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images]
US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and President of the Security Council speaks during a press conference for the Security Council programme of work in March at the UN Headquarters in New York on 1 March 2021. [TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images]

Palestinian NGOs yesterday called for boycotting American envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield over her decision not to meet with represenatives of the six Palestinian NGOs banned by Israel, a statement said.

This came as Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported an American official saying: "Thomas-Greenfield will not meet any of the representatives of the Palestinian civil society and human rights organisations which Israel had recently designated as 'terrorist' organisations."

In their statement, the NGOs said: "The Israeli attack on the six Palestinian civil society organisations is an attack on Palestinian civil society as a whole. The US Ambassador's unwillingness to meet with the representatives of the six NGOs reinforces Israel's attack which aims to undermine and delegitimise the human rights work of Palestinian civil society."

Thomas-Greenfield, they added, aimed to "explore ways of strengthening normalisation agreements such as the 'Abraham Accords.'"

It added: "Our organisations stress that economic benefit and 'peace in the region' are merely a fig leaf.

'Peace' which does not include the realisation of the rights of all Palestinians will be one without justice, and so will be no peace at all.

They called on other NGOs not to meet with the US envoy "to demonstrate their clear and principled refusal to reject the normalisation of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people."

"We further call on diplomatic missions, parliamentary representatives and international organisations to reject and condemn the unlawful designation of the six Palestinian NGOs, to pressure the US to condemn Israel's designation and call for its rescission."

Shawan Jabarin, the General Director of Al Haq, one of the six organisations banned by Israel, said: "It is now time, for the international community and the Palestinian people to collectively rise up and resist this egregious regional normalisation, to ensure the realisation 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."

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