An Israeli defense official on Saturday disputed American claims that the United States was not informed of a highly contentious decision by Jerusalem to label six Palestinian so-called ‘human rights organizations’ as terror groups, insisting Washington had been told in advance.
Times of Israel “Officials in the American administration were updated in advance of the intention to make this declaration and they received intelligence information about the matter,” the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. (And why does the U.S. even have to be informed about domestic security issues involving Israel?)
On Friday afternoon, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that half a dozen Palestinian civil society groups — including highly prominent ones with significant backing and oversight from the European Union and other international bodies — were being designated as terror organizations, asserting that they worked on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group.
PFLP terrorists also carried out the brutal 2014 massacre of worshippers in a Har Nof, Jerusalem synagogue, which killed six.
Amjad Awad and Hakim Awad, the terrorists responsible for the 2011 attack in Itamar, in which Ehud and Ruth Fogel, and three of their six children – the youngest being three months old – were savagely murdered in their home, were affiliated with PFLP.
The list consisted of: Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees; ADDAMEER — Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Bisan Center for Research and Development; al-Haq Organization; Defense for Children International — Palestine (DCI-P); and the Union Of Agricultural Work Committees.
NGO Monitor has identified a network of 13 NGOs (including the six in question) linked to the PFLP. In May 2019, nine European-funded NGO officials attended a PFLP event, four have since been arrested for terror activity. European governments still deny the connections between the NGOs they fund and the PFLP terror group.
“Those organizations were active under the cover of civil society organizations, but in practice belong and constitute an arm of the [PFLP] leadership, the main activity of which is the liberation of Palestine and destruction of Israel,” Gantz’s office said in a statement. According to the Defense Ministry, all six organizations employed senior PFLP members, “including activists involved in terror activity.”
The below video on this topic is from Turkish State media, known for its relentless anti-Israel coverage.