Calls to Boycott Palestinian Prisoners Conference in Baghdad

 

Calls to Boycott Palestinian Prisoners Conference in Baghdad

London, (Pal Telegraph) – An International Conference of “Solidarity with the Palestinian & Arab Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Occupation Jails”, sponsored by the League of Arab States and hosted by the Republic of Iraq, will be held on 11 & 12 of December 2012 in Baghdad. Many lawyers, intellectuals, artists and activists in the Arab countries have signed a petition condemning the attempt by the Government of Iraq to exploit the suffering of the Palestinians at the hand of the Israelis. After the US-led invasion in 2003, Palestinians in Iraq were subject to discrimination, sectarian violence and ruthless killing by the Iraqi government and various militia groups. Under these circumstances it would be hypocritical to organize a conference” in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails”. The Iraqi government should first come to terms with its criminal behaviour against its own Palestinian refugee population. That’s why I am seeking your support to boycott this conference and to discourage anyone from attending. You find more information about this conference on the website of the BRussells Tribunal. Read more about reasons of Boycot:   Why do we call the Iraqi government hypocrite and why do we ask You to boycott the conference?

by Sabah Al-Mukhtar and Dirk Adriaensens on 29/11/2012

 

An International Conference of “Solidarity with the Palestinian & Arab Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Occupation Jails”, sponsored by the League of Arab States and hosted by the Republic of Iraq, will be held on 11 & 12 of December 2012 in Baghdad.

Many lawyers, intellectuals, artists and activists in the Arab countries have signed a petition condemning the attempt by the Government of Iraq to exploit the suffering of the Palestinians at the hand of the Israelis.
  After the US-led invasion in 2003, Palestinians in Iraq were subject to discrimination, sectarian violence and ruthless killing by the Iraqi government and various militia groups. Palestinian neighbourhoods such as al-Doura, al-Hurriyya and al-Baladiyyat in Baghdad were also bombarded and attacked. A report by the UNHCR in 2007 provided details of the violence and persecution against Palestinians in Iraq, which included abductions, attacks, torture by both unknown militia groups and the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior, and the deaths of many Palestinian women, men and children. Under the elected Iraqi government, Palestinians were stripped of their residency permits and made to register at the Ministry of the Interior each month. This has proven extremely dangerous, and the fear of being shot upon entering or leaving the ministry deterred many Palestinians from obtaining their right to residency in Iraq. The mass killings and death threats put the Palestinian community in a ‘state of shock’ and forced thousands to leave the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Despite the admirable generosity and hospitality of Syria and Jordan towards thousands of Iraqis, and their large and well-integrated populations of Palestinians, both countries closed their borders to Palestinians coming from Iraq. As a result, many have been left stranded in squalid conditions within border camps such as Al-Waleed or Al-Karama, both of which are situated in ‘No Man’s Land’ near the borders of Syria and Jordan. Under these circumstances it would be hypocritical to organize a conference” in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails”. The Iraqi government should first come to terms with its criminal behaviour against its own Palestinian refugee population. That’s why I am seeking your support to boycott this conference and to discourage anyone from attending.