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Attacks on Palestinian civil society organizations in occupied East Jerusalem

Freedom of expression, association and assembly are generally understood to be the basis
of the full enjoyment of other individual rights and a cornerstone of democratic societies.
For peoples under colonial rule or foreign occupation, such as the Palestinian people,
these fundamental freedoms are also inherently connected with their collective right to selfdetermination,
i.e., the right to “freely determine their political status and to freely pursue
their economic, social and cultural development”.(1) Freedom of expression, association
and assembly in this context stand for the right of the people to debate, organize, mobilize
and develop the institutions required for ending foreign domination, and for exercising the
right to self-determination.
In occupied East Jerusalem, however, Palestinians have faced a systematic attack on their
institutions by Israeli authorities since Israel’s military conquest of the city in 1967. In the
past decade, EU heads of mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah, for example, have repeatedly
stated concern about Israel’s crack-down on Palestinian political institutions that has had
serious negative effects of on “all spheres of life of Palestinians in East Jerusalem (political,
economic, social and cultural), contributing to a growing fragmentation of society on all levels,
isolation of local Palestinian communities, and a weakening of collective sense of identity.”
In this context EU heads of mission have also alerted of Israel’s attack on Palestinian civil
society organization that play a vital role in filling the institutional vacuum.

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Report- Attacks on Palestinian civil society organizations-PNGO