Monday, 22 July. 2024
Your Key to Palestine
The Palestinian Initiatives for The Promotoion of Global Dialogue and Democracy

The undersigned Palestinian civil society organizations vehemently denounce and reject the shameful statement made by the EU Commission President, in which she celebrated Israel’s “Independence” day by using racist anti-Palestinian tropes and denying Palestinian history and the atrocities of the Nakba. These remarks depart from basic political and diplomatic principles and shamelessly favor the occupying power, which engages in persecution, aggression, and state terrorism against the Palestinian people.

In her speech, Ursula von der Leyen claimed that Israel has made “the desert bloom”, utilizing a colonial remark that greenwashes Israel’s settler-colonial project, and its displacement of the indigenous Palestinian people and the illegal confiscation of their land. We further reject Ms. von der Leyen’s use of biblical references that align with the Israeli occupier’s narrative that erases the Palestinian people and denies their deep roots in the land and their inalienable right to self-determination. This forms the foundation for the racist so-called “Nation State Law” that Israel is now using to entrench colonization and complete annexation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

The horrific events of the Palestinian Nakba which paved the way for the foundation of Israel; including displacing over 750,000 Palestinians and rendering them refugees to this day, razing hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns, and committing dozens of massacres, continue to manifest today through different ways yet with the same overall aim of displacing the indigenous Palestinian people and replacing them with Jewish Israelis across historical Palestine through ethnic cleansing.

The European Union’s failure to hold Israel accountable for its countless crimes and human rights violations, including the crime against humanity of apartheid, fuels the culture of impunity that Israel enjoys as it escalates its aggression against the Palestinian people and their land, especially in light of the new extremist Israeli government. Instead of contributing to ending Israeli violations and delivering long-awaited justice to Palestine, the EU continues to reward Israel, the occupying power, with more political, economic, and technological support and cooperation.

We urge the European Union to assume its responsibility, by refraining from such inflammatory and objectionable language as well as from employing double standards in dealing with issues related to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, as guaranteed by all relevant international laws and agreements. We call on elected European officials to muster the courage and political will to pressure Israel into abiding by international law by holding it accountable with concrete and effective measures that align with existing European Union laws and international obligations and principles.

Finally, we thank our friends and allies across Europe for speaking out and rejecting this overt anti-Palestinian racism and urge them to hold their officials accountable. Like all other forms of hate and discrimination, anti-Palestinianism must not be tolerated.


  1. Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
  2. The Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO)
  3. AMAN Coalition
  4. Al-Haq, Law in the service of man
  5. The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH
  6. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Gaza (PCHR)
  7. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights
  8. Abdel ـ Shafi Community Health Association (ACHA)
  9. Adam association for the development of family society
  10. Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
  11. AFKAR Organization for Educational and Cultural Development
  12. Agricultural Development Society
  13. Aisha Association for Woman & Child Protection
  14. Al Adham for Development
  15. Al Ataa' Charitable Society
  16. Al Awda Health and Community Association
  17. Al Nahda Association for Development and Growth (NADG)
  18. Al Najda Social Association
  20. Al Sattar Garbee Association for Developing Countryside and Farmer
  21. AL-Foukhary Association For Development and Culture
  22. Almanal Society for Developing the Rural Women
  23. Alnajda Developmental Forum
  24. Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society
  25. Altaghreed Association For Culture And Development
  26. Al-Tawasol Forum Society
  27. Alternatives Forum - Palestine
  28. Amwaj Association for Community Development and Improvement
  29. Arab center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) /Ramallah – Gaza
  30. Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor (Al Marsad)
  31. Association for Visually Impaired Graduate League
  32. Basma Society for Culture and Arts
  33. Beit Lahia Youth Center Association
  34. Bisan Center for Research and Development
  35. Brilliant Tomorrow for Homes Sons Society
  36. Center for Defense of Liberties & Civil Rights “Hurryyat”
  37. Center of Women's Legal Research, Counseling and Protection
  38. Central Blood Bank Society
  39. Centre for Culture and Development
  40. Charitable Family Development Association
  41. Community Action Center / Al-Quds University
  42. Community Media Center
  43. Defense for Children International – Palestine
  44. Disability Representative Body Network
  45. Dr. Haidar Abdelshafi Centre for Culture and Development
  46. El Amal Rehabilitation Society - Rafah
  47. El-Braem Development Society
  48. Faisal Husseini Foundation
  49. Federation of Woman Action Committee
  50. Filastiniyat
  51. Future Association for Development and Environment
  52. Future Charity Association
  53. Gaza Community Mental Health Programme - GCMHP
  54. Gaza Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) | Gaza, Palestine
  55. General Union of Cultural Centers
  56. Ghassan Kanafani Development
  57. Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”
  58. Jerusalem Human Rights Consortium (JHRC)
  59. Jerusalem Legal Aid Center (JLAC)
  60. Khuzaa permaculture association center
  62. Land Research Center (LRC)
  63. Local Association For Social Services
  64. MA'AN Development Center
  65. Mabarret Palestine Society for Caring (MPC)
  66. Milad Association for Youth Development
  67. Mothers School Society
  68. National Center for Rural Development Association
  69. National Society for Rehabilitation
  70. Nawa for Culture and Arts Association
  71. Palestine Amputee Football Association
  72. Palestinian Agricultural Development Association
  73. Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)
  74. Palestinian Center of Organic Agriculture
  75. Palestinian Crescent Society for Relief and Development
  76. Palestinian Developmental Women Studies Association
  77. Palestinian Farmers’ Union
  78. Palestinian Health Work Committees (HWC)
  79. Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
  80. Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)
  81. Palestinian Non–Governmental Organization against Domestic Violence against Women (Al Muntada)
  82. Palestinian Social Forum (PSF)
  83. Palestinian Youth Union
  84. PALTEAM Association for Community Development
  85. Public Aid Society - Gaza
  86. Remedial Education Center - REC
  87. Rural Women Development Society (RWDS)
  88. Science and Culture Center
  89. Teacher Creativity Center
  90. The Assembly Benevolent Of Operation
  91. The Civil Commission for the Independence of Judiciary and Rule of Law “Istqlal”
  92. The Culture and Free Thought Association
  93. The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development-REFORM
  94. The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession MUSAWA
  95. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Gaza (PCHR)
  96. The Palestinian Development Women Studies Association
  97. The Palestinian Institute for Communication and Development PICD
  98. The Palestinian Women’s Coalition for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
  99. The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD)
  100. The Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation- PYALARA
  101. The Society of Women Graduates in Gaza Strip
  102. The Women’s Studies Centre
  103. Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)
  104. Union of Health Care Committees (UHCC)
  105. Union of Palestinian Women Committees (UPWC)
  106. Wasel Center for Youth Development
  107. WEFAQ Society for Women and Child Care
  108. Women Media and Development
  109. Women’s Affairs Technical Committee
  110. Women’s Studies Centre
  111. Women's Action Association for Rehabilitation Women & the Child
  112. Women's Affairs Center /Gaza
  113. Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)
  114. Youth Development Association
  115. YWCA of Palestine
  116. Zeina Women's Society

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