Mondoweiss Editors

Palestinian Kindergarten teacher wearing a face mask and gloves, play with children after the decision to open schools across the Gaza Strip, in Gaza City, on June 2, 2020. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

With the state of emergency lifted across the West Bank and Gaza, the coronavirus pandemic appears to be winding into a new phase, one of social distancing but inevitable crowds as shops and mosques reopen.

BDS activists in New York City (Photo: Joe Catron)

In a statement launched today, tens of Palestinian civil society organizations, professional associations, unions, human rights and advocacy groups, and networks, representing an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society, called on governments to adopt “effective countermeasures, including sanctions” to “stop Israel’s illegal annexation of the Occupied West Bank and grave violations of human rights.”