Statement in Support of Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967

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This past week saw a concerted attack on Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, regarding a social media post made in 2014. These assaults coincide with the Special Rapporteur’s publishing of a robust report addressing a number of serious human rights violations and concerns in the OPT, specifically on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, calling attention to the wider context of the settler-colonial underpinnings of the prolonged Israeli occupation.

The accusations against Albanese are those frequently weaponized against organizations and individuals calling attention to Israel’s transgressions against Palestinian rights and flagrant violations of international law, including against established NGOs, such as al-Haq, B’Tselem, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and others. The accusations do not address the substance of the arguments, but rather use ad hominem attacks to undermine any criticism of Israel and advocacy for the rights of Palestinians.

Conflating criticism of Israeli policies, and support for those policies by other states and lobby groups, with antisemitism and bias is meant to silence meaningful conversation about Palestinian rights and distract from genuine forms of antisemitism.

Albanese has a mandate to “investigate Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law.” We, members of the Global Network on the Question of Palestine and others, stand in solidarity with Francesca Albanese and her unwavering commitment to human rights. We are alarmed by the smear campaign against her and condemn the attacks to repress her mandate. We call on all states, and especially the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to support the Special Rapporteur in her efforts to fulfill her mandate with integrity.

Organizations

American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

Arab-American Community Development Corporation

AMR

Aidoun Europe

Aidoun Lebanon

Aidoun Syria

Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man

AssoPacePalestina

BADIL - Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

Belgian Academics and Artists for Palestine (BA4P)

Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)

Boycott from Within (Israeli Citizens for BDS)

Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East (CPJPO) – Luxembourg

Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic, Al-Quds University

Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)

docP-BDS Netherlands

European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)

European Legal Support Centre (ELSC)

The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD)

Community Action Centre (CAC), Al-Quds University

Finnish-Arab Friendship Society

Free Speech on Israel

International Action Center

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – UK

Jewish Network for Palestine (JNP)

Jewish Voice for Labour – UK 

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

Jews 4 Palestine-Ireland (J4P-I)

Law For Palestine (L4P)

MC Helpline

Muslim Democratic Caucus of Texas

National Lawyers Guild

Nederlands Palestina Komitee

New Weapons Research Groups Onlus odv. Italy

Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace

Promotion of Global and Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH

Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

Richmonders for Peace in Israel-Palestine (RPIP)

Rights Forum (The)

SE London & Lewisham Friends of Palestine mobilisation

Students for Palestine – The Hague

Students4Change

Texas Arab American Democrats

UK-Palestine Mental Health Network

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

US Palestine Council

Virginia Coalition for Human Rights

Visualizing Palestine

Women in Black Vienna, Human Rights Initiative

Workers World Party

Members of the Global Network on the Question of Palestine

Åge Tiltnes

Anis F. Kassim

Asem Khalil

Dalaal Jaber

Daoud Kuttab

Emilio Dabed

Ghada Karmi

Hanan Ashrawi

Hassan Ben Imran

Ihsan Adel

Jinan Bistaki

Lena El-Malak

Lex Takkenberg

Luisa Morgantini

Issam Adwan

Jamal Atamneh

Kjersti Berg

Mandy Turner

Mick Dumper

Mouin Rabbani

Munr Nuseibah

Musaab Balchi

Mutaz Qafisheh

Nadim Shehadi

Nicholas Morris

Nur Masalha 

Oraib Al-Rantawi

Oroub El-Abed

Ralph Wilde

Rami K. Adwan

Randa Farah

Rania Hammad

Rania Madi

Rania Muhareb

Rosemary Sayigh

Rex Brynen

Riccardo Bocco

Richard Falk

Rosemary Sayigh

Sam Bahour 

Sara Roy

Sara Troian

Sari Hanafi 

Yusuf Mansur

Others

Ahmad Abuznaid

Ahmed Abbes

Alessandra Mecozzi

Amos Goldberg

Anat Matar

Angela Waldegg

Anne Gray

Aulikki Ansamaa

Avi Shlaim

Avinoam Shalem

Avner Ben-Amos

Barbara Iqbal

Bashar Fteiha

Bedt Dawn Chatty

Bernard Spiegal

Bob Brecher

Bram Wispelwey

Carole Travis

Cecilia Dalla Negra

Christer Lindholm

Christian Henderson

Cindy Corrie

Craig Corrie

Rabbi Brian Walt, West Tisbury, Ma

David Cannon

Deborah Darnes

Deepa Govindarajan Driver

Diana Neslen

Elaine C. Hagopian

Eleanor Stein, Esq.

Elsa Auerbach

E. Natalie Rothman

Egbert Harmsen

Erica Lang

Fahed AbuAkel (Rev.), Presbyterian minister Atlanta, GA

Francesca Viceconti

Ghislain Poissonnier

Haim Bresheeth-Žabner 

Hanna Hanania

Herman De Ley

Huwaida Arraf

Ilene Cohen

Iman Abu Zueiter

Jacques Fröchen

James Dickins

James Godfrey

Jess Bier

Jocelyne Talbot

John Garrett

John Womack

Jonathan Hempel

Josh Reubner

Kamal Aranki

Kathleen Christison

Kirsti Honkasalo

Leah Levane

Les Levidow

Liisa Kaikula

Lowkey

Lynne Jones 

Manu Pineda

Maria Eugenia Rodríguez Palop

Marisa Matias

Mary Pampalk

Melissa Parke 

Michael J. Caht

Michael Sapir

Mieke Zagt

Miguel Urban Crespo

Mike Cushman

Mohsen N. Harakeh

Mona Khalidi

Muna Kaldawi Killingback

Nada Pretnar

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Nahida Halaby Gordon

Nancy Wein

Nira Yuval-Davis

Nancy Murray

Noam Chomsky

Nozomi Takahashi

Osama Abuirshaid

Paul Noursi

Paul Wimpeney

Peter Slezak

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi

Ralph Goossens

Rania Batrice

Rashid Khalidi

Rela Mazali

Richard Seaford

Richard Kuper

Richard Silverstein

Robyn Dasey

Roger Waters

Ruth Divon

Sadanand, Nanjundiah 

Sai Englert

Saif al-Kassis

Sara Banu

Sean Clinton

Seppo Rinne

Sergeiy Sandler

Sheryl Nestel

Simone Sibilio

Sirkku Kivistö

Sonia Fayman

Susan Abulhawa

Tamar Berger 

Tom Asher

Triestino Mariniello

Vanessa Farr

Yael Politi

Yasin Abu Awwad

Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison

Zeina Azzam