IDF launches ‘Voice of Palestine’ campaign
Israel launched an initiative on Sunday aimed at fostering the voice of Palestinians in the occupied territories, while urging Israelis to continue to live with peace, in a bid to counter the growing pressure to boycott the region.
The Voice of Palestine campaign, which was launched with the help of the United Nations, calls on Israeli authorities to use their authority to stop Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, as well as to support Palestinian political institutions, such as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which is backed by the United States.
Israel has been the target of international condemnation for its alleged use of disproportionate force against Palestinians during the 2016 war in Gaza, which claimed more than 1,200 lives.
The war has also drawn condemnation from international bodies, including the UN, the European Union and other major international bodies.
“The voice of the Palestinian people is an integral part of our struggle to secure justice for all the Palestinians,” said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in announcing the initiative.
“Our message to the world is clear: The voice of Palestinian people must continue to be heard, even at the cost of our own lives.”
The Voice, which aims to provide Palestinian voices in the Israeli and international media, aims to “create a dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian officials and the international community, so that Israelis can see the suffering of Palestinians, the rights of Palestinians and the legitimacy of their right to self-determination,” it said.
According to the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Palestinian Authority is the world’s biggest humanitarian humanitarian organization.
The Palestinian Authority, which has been governed by Abbas since 1994, received more than $6 billion in foreign aid between 2011 and 2020, and received $7 billion from international donors in the first half of 2018.
The US is one of the most important donor countries to the Palestinian state.
The PA also receives aid from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The UN also noted that in addition to the current peace process, the Israeli occupation also imposes restrictions on the right to freedom of movement, travel and movement in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, and denies Palestinians access to basic services such as electricity, water, sanitation, healthcare and transportation.
Palestinian rights groups and international rights groups have also called on the Israeli government to lift restrictions on Palestinians.
Israel imposed an Israeli blockade on Gaza in 2008 and launched the blockade against the Palestinian territories in 2014, after a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlement expansion in the territories.
Palestinians accuse Israel of continuing the blockade on the territory, which Israel denies.
According a 2017 report by Human Rights Watch, “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become a defining issue for the international political arena.
Despite Israel’s claims to be committed to the rights and freedoms of the Palestinians, its conduct is deeply harmful to the health and wellbeing of Palestinians across the region.”
The report said that in the past 10 years, Israel imposed more than 300 restrictions on Palestinian people, including restrictions on their movement, access to schools, healthcare, housing and public transportation, and restricting access to land and water.
Israel, which annexed the West Jerusalem and East Jerusalem holy sites in 1967, also imposed a ban on the movement of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a UN tribunal which investigates war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed in the Middle East.