The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Arab NGOs want Israel out of UN

A coalition of Arab human rights organizations are starting a movement to freeze Israel's UN membership. I looked quickly through the list, and while some major ones are missing, the list does contain some of the most courageous rights groups in the region. Here's an excerpt from their statement, and links to download the press release containing the full list of NGOs.

It is not longer possible that Arab human rights organizations ignore the governmental approach, both Arab and western, towards the Israeli practices considering them in isolation and overlooking the systematic policy they follow.
It is time we consolidate a more progressive and positive approach towards those practices and the continuous violations by the successive Israeli governments throughout their history.
We look forward to serious and tangible actions that aim to expose this Israeli state, isolate it and work towards freezing its membership in the UN.
We realize that this is a difficult and long term task that has to being by simple and slowly mounting, although clear and solid, actions.
We take this statement to be an initial and simple step on the way towards this achievement of this task. We wish it to be the beginning of an international campaign that may involve, among others, regional and international meetings and joint actions.
I leave it to readers to debate whether this is useful or not. You may want to keep in mind the current situation in Gaza.

It is time to freeze Israel's membership in the UN (1)-1.doc

تجميد عضوية اسرائيل-1.doc