European rejection of Israeli accusations against Palestinian NGOs

Nine European countries said in a statement that they see no “substantial evidence” to support Israel’s claims that six Palestinian NGOs are terrorist organizations and said they would not change their policy on supporting these organizations.

A statement released by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden said that “allegations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups should always be taken seriously”, emphasizing that “no substantive information has not been received from Israel, justifying a review of our policy towards six Palestinian NGOs.” Based on Israel’s decision to classify these NGOs as terrorist organizations… If there is evidence to the contrary, we will act on that basis. “

The statement was released ahead of US President Joe Biden’s scheduled arrival in the Middle East for a visit that is expected to include meetings with Palestinian civil society, though he is unlikely to meet with any of the groups targeted by Israel. .

Last October, Israel designated civil society organizations on its list of terrorist organizations, accusing them of acting as fronts for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a left-wing movement with a political party and an armed wing that carried out bloody attacks against Israelis. decades ago.

Organizations on the Israeli blacklist of terrorist organizations include the Al-Haq Foundation, the Addamir Foundation, Child Protection International/Palestine, the Bisan Research and Development Center, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and the Union of Agricultural Working Committees.”

Source: AP

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