Oct 25, 2021 07:13 UTC
  • Arab League denounces Israeli 'terror' designation of Palestinian rights groups

Arab League has condemned Israel for placing six Palestinian human rights groups on the regime’s so-called terror list, stressing that the move proves once again the “racist and terrorist nature” of the occupying regime.

Israel’s Ministry of Military Affairs on Friday said in a statement that it had designated six civil society groups of Addameer, al-Haq, Defense for Children Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees as “terrorist organizations.”

The decision will authorize the regime to effectively outlaw the activities of these civil society groups, close their offices, seize their assets, and arrest and jail their staff members. Furthermore, Tel Aviv will also prohibit funding or even publicly expressing support for the groups’ activities.

Israel’s Ministry claims the groups have ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), a Palestinian resistance movement, alleging that they are funneling donor aid to anti-Israel resistance groups.

On Sunday, the General Secretariat of the Arab League lambasted in a statement the Israel’s decision, stressing that such a move “affirms the colonial, racist, and terrorist nature of the Israeli occupation, its policies, and practices”, Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported.

The Arab League also denounced the decision as “another link” in the chain of undermining the right to civil and human rights work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

While condemning Israel’s policies and practices, the pan-Arab body stressed that such practices, including the regime’s recent decision against human rights defenders and organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, aim to halt human rights work and impede the monitoring and documentation of ongoing violations in the Occupied Territories.