Israel Today recently reported that there has been international outrage following the designation of six Palestinian NGOs as terror organizations. The six so called humanitarian nonprofits listed are the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, ADDAMEER-Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Bisan Center for Research and Development; Al Haq Organization; and Defense for Children International (DCI).
While Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, B’Tselem, and numerous other actors in the international community and the foreign media were highly critical of the decision, much of this criticism is unfounded. Yona Schiffmiller, head of research at NGO Monitor, an organization that monitors anti-Israel NGOs, indicated in an interview with Israel Today that much of this criticism is based upon inaccurate information: “I think there is a wealth of publicly available information on the links between these groups and the PFLP.”
“We had EU investigations into the terror financing of these organizations,” he noted. “The PFLP itself has made a number of statements stating...
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