Israel labels six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist

Israel has labeled six Palestinian organizations as terror. This will allow Israel to search their offices, seize possessions, arrest employees and ban statements of support to the groups, say Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

According to Israel, the organizations have ties to the Peoples Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a movement on the terror list in many Western countries. According to Israel, the groups are in fact under the control of PFLP leaders.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are said to fund terrorism and, according to Israel, received โ€œlarge sums of moneyโ€ from European countries and international organisations.

Grant

Among the organizations placed on the terrorism list by Israel are Lake Addam, Defense for Children International-Palestine and Al-Haq. The latter group received a grant from the Netherlands in the past.

The UAWC (Union of Agricultural Work Committees) is also on the list. The Netherlands temporarily stopped granting a grant to this organization last summer because they employed two terror suspects. It is not clear whether the UAWC is getting back to the grant by now.

Conviction

The organizations contradict Israels accusations and see it as โ€œan attempt to eliminate the Palestinian civil movementโ€. The UN human rights organization in the Palestinian Territories says it has been โ€œalarmedโ€ by the announcement.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the move. โ€œThis terrible and erroneous decision is an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement,โ€ both organizations say.

Al-Haqs director speaks of dangerous development, Palestinian media reports. He says it is a tactic by Israel to stop the organizations and allow their financial resources to dry up.

The United States does not say it has been notified in advance by Israel. Foreign Minister Price says the US will call on โ€œits Israeli partnersโ€ for more information.