Nine EU States Reject Israel’s Designation of Palestinian NGOs as Terrorist Organizations

Nine European Union states on Tuesday said they would continue cooperation with six Palestinian human rights that Israel designated them as terrorist organizations last year.

The foreign ministries of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in a joint statement said that accusations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups must always be treated with the “utmost seriousness.”

“The designations needed therefore to be assessed carefully and extensively. No substantial information was received from Israel that would justify reviewing our policy towards the six Palestinian NGOs on the basis of the Israeli decision to designate these NGOs as terrorist organizations,” it added.

In October 2021, Israel designated six Palestinian civil society organizations, including Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, which documents alleged rights violations by both Israel and Palestinian Authority as terrorist organization, accusing them of funneling donor aid to militants.

“Should evidence be made available to the contrary, we would act accordingly. In the absence of such evidence, we will continue our cooperation and strong support for the civil society in the oPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories).”

The statement further said that a free and strong civil society is indispensable for promoting democratic values and for the two-state solution.


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