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Check @GiovanniFassin4's op-ed in @MiddleEastEye on the attempts to chill Palestinian rights advocates in The Netherlands. 🇳🇱🇵🇸

#SilencingPalestineNetherlands 1/5… @PAXforpeace @TheRightsForum @EAJGnieuws @SOMO @oxfamnovib
"Although such attacks - which can include smear campaigns, attempts at preventing access to event facilities, pressure to terminate funding, and threats of lawsuits - do not always achieve their objective, they create a chilling effect on freedom of expression." 2/5
"The recent decision by the Israeli government to designate six leading Palestinian NGOs as "terrorist" organisations is directly linked to the pressure put on European governments, including the Dutch government, to defund Palestinian NGOs." 3/5

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1/5 #SilencingPalestineNetherlands
@docP_ launched an online action calling upon the public to complain to Dutch authorities against the Israel Product Center (IPC) for violation of EU law and possible tax fraud by labelling wines from illegal Israeli settlements.
2/5 Within a week, they received a letter from a lawyer demanding that DocP stop the campaign and remove the call from its website, and threatening to sue the association for defamation.
3/5 With the help of a lawyer and the @elsclegal DocP sent letters to the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation and the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, customs (NVWA), explaining the legal basis of its accusation of mislabelling.
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1/10 🚨The @elsclegal released today a report revealing a pattern of attempts to silence Palestinian rights advocates in the Netherlands. It monitored 76 incidents of suppression that happened between 2015 and 2020.
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2/10👥Attacks and incidents targeted mostly individuals (activists, NGO staff, students, academics, journalists, politicians) and civil society organisations expressing legitimate and lawful criticism of policies or undertaking solidarity initiatives with #Palestine.
3/10 Cases in the report show various tactics to try to silence advocates:
❌smear campaigns
❌denial of space
❌restriction of academic freedom
❌threats with violence, spying and cyber-attacks
❌threats with lawsuits
❌denial of access to the OPT
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