These threats are part of a systematic and planned campaign that began in mid-2015, with the intent to disrupt the work of organizations, defame them, and impact their funding. The attacks come as a result of the organizations' work to ensure accountability for Israel's grave violations of international law. Notably, attacks escalated following the organizations’ submission to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine.
PHROC calls on relevant local and international authorities to conduct immediate investigations into the serious threats against human rights organizations and their staff members in OPT and abroad. PHROC will follow up on this matter by reaching out to representative offices, UN bodies, and local and international partners in order to combat such threats and ensure the safety of its staff. PHROC affirms that it will continue its work at the ICC in order to ensure accountability for crimes committed in the OPT.
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council