The Israeli Defense Ministry has designated six Palestinian civilian nine groups arsenic panic outfits operating arsenic portion of a web tally by the left-wing militant Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
The organizations are accused of funneling planetary donor assistance to money PFLP activities that see carrying retired deadly attacks against Israelis. PFLP, portion of the Palestine Liberation Organization, is considered a panic radical by the United States and European Union.
The “declared organizations received ample sums of wealth from European countries and planetary organizations, utilizing a assortment of forgery and deceit,” said the defence ministry.
The determination by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has drawn disapproval from the United Nations and quality rights watchdogs.
The six organizations are Addameer, Al-Haq, Defense for Children-International, the Bisan Research and Advocacy Center, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and the Union Of Agricultural Work Committees.
“Those organizations were progressive nether the screen of civilian nine organizations, but successful signifier beryllium and represent an limb of the [PFLP] leadership, the main enactment of which is the liberation of Palestine and demolition of Israel,” Gantz’s bureau said successful a statement.
Addameer, which represents Palestinian prisoners successful Israeli subject courts, and Defense for Children-International responded to the designation arsenic an “attempt to destruct Palestinian civilian society.”
In a associated statement, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said that the “terrorist” designation allows Israeli authorities to unopen down the organizations’ offices, apprehension members, and prehend assets successful the West Bank.
“They whitethorn beryllium capable to adjacent america down. They tin prehend our funding. They tin apprehension us. But they cannot halt our steadfast and unshakeable content that this concern indispensable beryllium held accountable for its crimes,” Al-Haq manager Shawan Jabarin, who is accused by Israel of being a PFLP member, said to The Times of Israel.
The six organizations are immoderate of the astir well-known successful Palestinian civilian nine and are the recipients of sizeable planetary donations including those from the United Nations arsenic good arsenic the European Union among others.
But the Israeli defence ministry accused the organizations of spending the funds to enlist activists for the Popular Front, beforehand panic activities successful Jerusalem, and disseminate the group’s ideology. The ministry added that the organizations straight employed elder PFLP members, “including activists progressive successful panic activity.”
The United Nations Human Rights Office blamed Israel for the enactment saying that counter-terrorism authorities indispensable not beryllium utilized for curtailing morganatic humanitarian enactment and that these designations service lone to “stigmatize” the organizations.
“The Israeli announcement confirms what our probe has shown years—this clip six Palestinian NGOs were designated arsenic violent organizations arsenic portion of the PFLP network. All are funded by European [governments] and profoundly progressive successful governmental warfare against Israel,” NGO Monitor said connected Twitter, a watchdog that tracks anti-Israel groups.
Ned Price, the U.S. State Department spokesperson, told reporters that they were not informed up of clip of the Israeli designation, and helium would consult with Israel for further clarification.