Nine EU states reject 6 Palestinian NGOs as Israeli terrorist groups

Nine EU states reject 6 Palestinian NGOs as Israeli terrorist groups

On Tuesday, nine European Union states refused to identify six Palestinian organizations in Israel as terrorist groups and said they would continue their funding and operations.

A joint statement from Belgium, Denmark and France stated that “no significant information has been received from Israel that would justify our policy review of the six Palestinian NGOs based on Israel’s decision to identify these NGOs as ‘terrorist organizations’.” , Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced last October that half a dozen Palestinian civil society groups have been designated as terrorist organizations affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which itself has been designated as a terrorist group by both the EU and the United States. Behind the terrorist attacks for decades.

“If evidence is found to the contrary, we will act accordingly,” the countries said on Tuesday. “In the absence of such evidence, we will continue our cooperation and strong support for civil society in the Palestinian territories.”

Supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) gather at a rally in Gaza City on December 13, 2021 to mark the 56th anniversary of the movement’s foundation.

“A free and strong civil society is essential for the promotion of democratic values ​​and for a two-state solution,” the statement said.

At the time, Israeli security sources said the connection between the human rights group and the PFLP terrorist group was “light-hearted” and contained “unequivocal evidence that includes video footage, photos, payment receipts that bind these groups to support terrorist activity.”

Israel has accused six groups, including Adamir, al-Haq, the Defense for Child Palestine, the Union of Agriculture Work Committee, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestine Women’s Committee, for funding the terrorist aid channel.

Among the evidence provided was footage of leading figures from four organizations at a PLFP event, including senior PFLP member Rabah Muhanna, who helped find Adam, UHWC and UAWC.

UAWC finance director Abdul Rajek Farraj was accused of leading a terrorist cell responsible for an attack in October 2019 that killed Israeli teenager Rina Shanarb and injured more members of her family.

The complaint also mentions Ubayy al-Aboudi, a PFLP member who served as UAWC’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer until April 2019.

The United States then sought an explanation for Israel’s actions. Far-left Democrats, including squad members Rashida Tlaib (D-Mitch), Ilhan Omar (D-Min), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), pushed a House resolution condemning Israel over the title.

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