In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,023), we will interview Aseel AlBajeh, Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq organization in occupied Palestine. Al-Haq is one of six organizations Apartheid Israel had labeled as terrorist organization in 2021, and a few days ago, on August 18, 2022, Israeli occupation forces stormed the offices of the six Palestinian civil rights organizations, Al-Haq, Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defence for Children International-Palestine, Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Womens Committees (UPWC). The IOF also raided the offices of the Health Workers Committees. Israeli occupation forces ransacked the offices, stole documents and equipment from them, and welded their doors shut in an attempt to shut them down and prevent them from doing any work.
We will speak with Aseel about the Israeli designation of the six Palestinian groups as "terrorist" groups, the Israeli closure of their offices in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli threats to arrest and imprison the organizations' staff, the reaction to the Israeli actions from various organizations and governments, actions that must be taken urgently, and more.
We will also listen to statements from Shawan Jabarin, General Director of Al-Haq, Sahar Francis, General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Farhan Haq, UN Spokesperson, and US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
Released on 08-24-2022