By ARIE EGOZI
Tel Aviv: Israel rejects any attempt of the US to change its decision to designate six Palestinian organizations as ones involved in terror. On Friday, the Israeli minster of defence Benny Gantz declared six organizations of “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” as terror organizations.
In a joint activity of the General Security Service (GSS) and Israel’s National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing (NBCTF), an activity which began in early 2021 and was approved by the legal factors; six organizations belonging to the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” were declared as terror organizations because they constitute a network of organizations active undercover on the international front on behalf of the “Popular Front”, to support its activity and further its goals. These six organisations are Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC), 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 (UAWC).
These organizations were active under the cover of “Civic Society Organizations,” but in practice belong and constitute an arm of the Organization’s leadership, the main activity of which is the liberation of Palestine and destruction of Israel. The declared organizations are controlled by the senior leaders of the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” and employ many Popular Front activists in field and management positions, including activists who participated in terror activity.
These organizations present themselves as acting for humanitarian purposes; however, they serve as a cover for the “Popular Front” promotion and financing. Moreover, following the Organization’s headquarter instructions, their ascription to the Organization is concealed for security reasons related to the apprehension that enforcement steps against them will be initiated by security organizations in Israel and the world.
From financing aspects, those organizations, controlled by the Popular Front, serve as a central source for the financing of the Organization’s activity in general and take a significant part in building the Organization’s force and the growth of the terror organization. In addition, the declared organizations received large sums of money from European countries and international organizations, using a variety of forgery and deceit ways. The funds received from various sources served the Popular Front for payments to security prisoners’ families and the “Shaheeds,” wages for activists, enlistment of activists, promotion of terror activity and strengthening, promotion of the Popular Front activity in Jerusalem, and distribution of the Organization’s messages and ideology.