Israel designates Palestinian civil society group as terrorist, UN “alert”

File Photo: A girl wearing a protective face mask and a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) headband solidarity with a Palestinian prisoner Maha Al-Akras on a hunger strike detained in Israel during a rally. Is shown. October 12, 2020 in Gaza City. REUTERS / Mohammed Salem

October 22, 2021

By Rami Ayyub

Tel Aviv (Reuters) -Israel accused six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organizations on Friday for pouring donor aid into a move that has been criticized by the United Nations and human rights watchdogs.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense said the group was associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP). This is a left-wing faction with armed wings that made a deadly attack on the Israelis.

This group includes the Palestinian human rights groups Addameer and Al-Haq, documenting allegations of infringement by both Israel and the Western-supported Palestinian Autonomous Government on the west bank of the occupied Jordan River.

The Pentagon said, “The declared organization used a variety of counterfeiting and deception to receive large sums of money from European countries and international organizations,” claiming that the money supported PFLP’s activities.

Watch Dogs’ Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement that the designation would allow Israeli authorities to close the group’s offices, seize assets and arrest West Bank staff. Stated.

Defense for Children International – Palestine, a separate group from Addameer, rejected the accusations as an “attempt to eliminate Palestinian civil society.”

The United Nations Human Rights Department of the Palestinian Territory said it was “warned” by the announcement.

“Anti-terrorism laws should not be used to constrain legitimate human rights and humanitarian activities,” he added, adding that some of the reasons given seemed vague or irrelevant.

“These designations are the latest developments in long-stigmatized campaigns against these and other organizations and undermine their ability to perform important tasks,” he said.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that Israel’s ally, the United States, had not been given advance warning of the move and would work with Israel on details on the grounds for the designation.

“We believe that respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and strong civil society are very important for responsible and responsive governance,” he said.

However, the Israeli Ministry of Defense said: However, they serve as a cover for “Popular Front” promotion and financing. “

PFLP officials on the U.S. and European Union terrorist blacklists did not completely deny relationships with the six groups, but maintained relationships with civil society organizations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Said.

“This is part of the fierce battle Israel has launched against the Palestinian people and civil society groups to exhaust them,” said Cade Arghul, a PFLP official.

“The decision is a disturbing escalation that could disrupt the activities of Palestine’s most prominent civil society organizations,” said Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. Palestinians are seeking territory for future nations.

(Report by Rami Ayyub in Tel Aviv, Ali Sawafta in Ramallah, Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza, additional report by Stephen Farrell in Jerusalem, edited by William Maclean and Mark Porter)

Israel designates Palestinian civil society group as terrorist, UN “alert”

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