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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2/10đź‘ĄAttacks 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
4/10 These have immediate impacts on the targeted people’s reputation, mental health, resources etc. and create a chilling effect on advocates. #SilencingPalestineNetherlands
A scholar testified:
5/10 “As scholars, we often find that our battle is not against the people doing the actual intimidation, but against the institution who is supposed to defend us but often does not [...] This has led to self-censorship on a high level."
6/10 "This becomes even more problematic if one belongs to a minority group such as Muslims or migrants from an Arab country [...] If one’s name is smeared, will you still be invited to a television show?"
7/10 "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will they still invite you to hear your opinion after you get slandered? So, in the end, you want to organize academic activities that don’t attract too much controversy."
8/10 The report finds that if the attacks are led by only a few actors (#Israel-advocacy groups, specific media, right-wing and Christian parties), they are mostly enabled by a larger group of actors including mainstream media and centrist parties that amplify the disinformation.
9/10⚖️This is interfering with the fundamental right to freedom of expression of individuals, groups and organisations. The Dutch authorities have a positive obligation to protect civic space and favour participation to public debate.
10/10 Read the report here➡️ bit.ly/silencepal

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12 Oct
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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11 Oct
1/6 UK National Contact Point dismisses as unfounded a complaint by UK Lawyers for Israel against PwC Palestine. UKLFI made inflammatory allegations about PwC’s failure to expose the links between 2 Palestinian NGOs and a proscribed organisation in the UK. bit.ly/3FAuLEN
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13 May
In an important decision, the General Court of the EU recognized that the European Commission infringed the EU citizens’ rights when it refused to register the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). THREAD 1/9 elsc.support/cases/the-euro…
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More than ever Palestinian rights advocates - whether in Palestine, Europe or other parts of the world - should be able to speak and protest freely. 1/6
For days, Palestinians have been peacefully demonstrating in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East-Jerusalem against the forced transfer of 4 Palestinian families from their homes being taking over by Israeli settlers with the help of soldiers and Israeli courts. 2/6
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