Before the Palestine 6, There Were the Holy Land 5: A Discussion on “Terror” Designation of Human Rights Groups in Palestine and the U.S.
Last October, the world was outraged when the Israeli authorities designated six human rights organizations in Palestine to be “terrorists.”
But this is not new. For over a decade, the U.S.-based Holy Land Foundation Five have been in U.S. federal prisons because of similar allegations from the Israeli authorities: Bush Administration prosecutors cited Israeli military claims and witnesses to shut down the Holy Land Foundation, seize its $15 million dollars in charity for Palestine and other suffering communities, and jailed their leaders using the same spurious reasoning that was used to shut down the Six. CCF and allies are now spearheading an effort calling on the Biden Administration to release the Holy Land Foundation Five as the Israeli military’s accusations of terrorism against charities and human rights defenders plummet in credibility.
Join CCF as we discuss the criminalization of charity and human rights by Israel and the United States with Miko Peled, author of Injustice: Story of the Holy Land Foundation, Omar Shakir, head of Human Rights Watch’s Israel / Palestine Department who was targeted for deportation by Israel, and Asma Elashi, daughter of Holy Land Foundation co-founder Ghassan Elashi.