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Twenty Israeli civil society organizations against the deportation of HRW from Israel: The occupation cannot be hidden

Ahead of tomorrow’s 9:00 a.m. hearing at the High Court of Justice of an appeal by HRW against Israel’s intention to deport its country representative, Omar Shakir, 20 civil society organizations from Israel are publishing a joint declaration of solidarity with HRW and with Shakir, and protest the intention to deport him:

"We stand with our colleagues at Human Rights Watch and their Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir, and protest Israel's plan to deport him. An appeal against this is to be heard this week by the Supreme Court.

Israel doesn't want its citizens nor the world to see how it operates and what it does, but the occupation cannot – and will not – be hidden.

Closing the borders to human rights organizations and activists, and other measures the government is taking against those who criticize its polices, will not stop us or our colleagues around the world from continuing to expose human rights abuses in the Occupied Territories and fighting to end them – until the occupation ends."

List of organizations:
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel; Adalah; Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research; B’Tselem; Bimkom; Breaking the Silence; Coalition of Women for Peace; Emek Shave; Gisha; HaMoked; Human Rights Defenders Fund; Ir Amim; Peace Now; Physicians for Human Rights Israel; Public Committee Against Torture in Israel; Rabbis for Human Rights; Sikkuy; Standing Together Movement; Yesh Din; Zazim – Community Action (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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