Israel's Move Against Terror NGOs

(JNS) Melanie Phillips - The Americans say they have found no evidence that six NGOs closed down by Israel are connected to terrorism. In fact, there's copious evidence. An Israeli security official told N12 news last October that the NGOs provided a funding "lifeline" for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), employed PFLP terrorists, and that PFLP terror operatives used their offices for meetings. Since 2007, NGO Monitor has published numerous reports based on open sources that have documented the close connections between these NGOs and the PFLP. The U.S. Agency for International Development described the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees as the "women's organization" of the PFLP, and described the Union of Agricultural Work Committees as the PFLP's agricultural arm. Unlike the EU, the U.S. hasn't funded any of the NGOs in question. So why has it called into question Israeli intelligence? The president of NGO Monitor, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, notes that the groups in question are heroes to progressives, and to acknowledge the reality would create a major backlash from those for whom the Palestinians can do no wrong and Israel can do no right. In reality, the EU funds many groups that operate against Israel in the diplomatic sphere, as well as helping fund illegal Arab settlements in the disputed territories and in the Negev. The writer is a columnist for The Times-UK.

2022-08-29 00:00:00

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