Al-Haq Sends Letters to EU: Immediate and Effective Steps to Ensure Israel Respects Palestinian Elections
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On April 5, 2021, Al-Haq sent letters to member states of the European Union (EU) regarding Israel’s attempts to undermine and undermine the prospect of holding free national presidential, legislative and Palestinian elections, fair and simultaneous violation of the Palestinians’ inalienable right to self-determination and freedom of expression. The letters urged EU member states to intervene immediately and take effective measures to ensure that Israel respects the democratic process of Palestinian elections.
In particular, the letters described how the Israeli intelligence services contacted, called and summoned the Palestinians to their offices; threatening to arrest them if any of them decided to run for office or participate in any relevant activity. Using a different intimidation tactic, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), accompanied by Israeli intelligence agents, continued to attack Palestinian homes and threatened potential candidates not to stand or participate in the Palestinian electoral process.
The letters highlighted Israel’s previous attacks on the democratic process before, during and after the 2005/2006 elections. As Palestinians continue to endure the policies of displacement, dispossession, fragmentation and refusal to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, inherent in the colonial and apartheid regime of Israel on the Palestinian people as a whole , Al-Haq warned that given its current policies and abusive practices during the electoral process, there is an increased risk that Israel will continue to interfere with the democratic process in Palestine throughout the election and thereafter.
The letters urged EU member states to take immediate and effective action to prevent Israel from attacking democracy and its ongoing intimidating and harassing actions and policies against the Palestinian people. In so doing, Israel, as the occupying power, not only sabotages the electoral process, but also undermines the efforts of the international community and third states to ensure free and fair elections in Palestine.
Emphasizing that these attacks are carried out against all Palestinians and their right to self-determination, the letters urged states to reaffirm their commitment to the protection of human rights and the rule of law in the State of Palestine. ; in particular by calling on Israel to put an end to all its actions and interference aimed at hindering and diminishing the process of Palestinian elections; and, therefore, enable Palestinians to hold free and fair elections in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
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