JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel is drawing criticism from within and without for its decision to designate six Palestinian rights organizations as “terrorist organizations.” The US, along with Israel and its allies, consider the group to be a terrorist organization.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense says the six groups operate as an organized network under the leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian (PFLP), which Israel considers to be a terror entity. The six organizations are: Al-Haq, Addameer, Defense for Children International-Palestine, Bisan Center, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and Union of Agricultural Work Committees.
“The decision was made on a factual and legal basis after this issue was examined in the Ministry of Justice, and in this sense, it relies on a solid basis,” said Gideon Saar, Israel’s Minister of Justice.
The PFLP is a Palestinian-Marxist organization known for planning and carrying out terror attacks. In 2019, the group was linked to the bombing attack that killed a 17-year-old girl and wounded her father.
The Palestinian Authority condemned the designation and Palestinian activists from the groups called on the international community to help reverse the decision.
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