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Labels and Laws: Silencing the Voices of Justice
Israel's Orwellian lawfare protects crimes against humanity, criminalizes human rights, and perverts the course of justice

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On January 12, 2022, United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR) and Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will present a webinar on one of 2021’s biggest developments in Israel/Palestine, at 1:00 pm Eastern time (US and Canada), 6pm GMT, and 8pm in Palestine.

In October 2021, Israel shocked the world by officially designating six outstanding, respected Palestinian organizations as "terrorists," making them vulnerable to all the legal ramifications of that label, including Israel's draconian 2016 Counter-Terrorism law. 

That outrageous action was just the latest assault in a long history of lawfare against those who defend Palestinian human rights: manipulating legislation, political labels, and Israel's judicial system to violate international law with impunity and hide the reality of Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

This revealing and highly informative panel discussion will look at the history and latest developments in the legal warfare being waged against these organizations and the bigger picture of Israeli lawfare against other prominent human rights defenders and humanitarian organizations.

Our panel includes three of the world’s leading defenders of Palestinian rights:

Sahar Francis has been the General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association since 2006. Addameer provides legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. An attorney by training, Sahar has over sixteen years of human rights experience, including human rights counseling and representation. Ms. Francis served on the Board of Defence for Children International – Palestine Section for four years and currently sits on the Board of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees.

Brad Parker is the Senior Adviser for Policy and Advocacy at Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP). He specializes in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and leads DCIP’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights, as well as the No Way to Treat a Child campaign. Before joining DCIP, Brad worked as a legal advocacy coordinator and staff attorney at MADRE, a New York-based international women’s rights nonprofit organization.

Jonathan Kuttab is a co-founder of the prominent Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq and of Nonviolence International. He is an international human rights attorney practicing in the US, Palestine and Israel. Jonathan serves on the Board of Bethlehem Bible College and as President of the Board of Holy Land Trust. He headed the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO. After graduating with his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Virginia Law School, and practicing a couple of years in New York, Jonathan returned home to Palestine and became a resident of East Jerusalem. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).

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