9 European countries refuse to end cooperation with Palestinian NGOs – Middle East Monitor

Nine European countries have expressed their refusal to stop cooperating with six Palestinian NGOs that the Israeli occupation labeled terrorist organizations in October, due to lack of evidence to support the claim.

In a joint statement, the spokespersons for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and of Sweden said: “Allegations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups should always be treated with the utmost seriousness. Designations therefore had to be assessed carefully and thoroughly.”

The countries noted in their statement that they had not received substantial information from the Israeli occupation authorities justifying the revision of the countries’ policies towards the six Palestinian NGOs based on the Israeli decision to designate these NGOs as organizations. terrorists.

“If evidence to the contrary were to be provided, we would act accordingly. In the absence of such evidence, we will continue our cooperation and strong support for civil society” in the West Bank and Gaza. The statement also added, “A free and strong civil society is indispensable for promoting democratic values ​​and for the two-state solution.”

On October 22, the Israeli occupation government labeled six Palestinian non-governmental organizations working in the field of human rights and prisoners’ rights as terrorist organizations, claiming that they were linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), while the Palestinian Authority and international organizations, including the UN, criticized the decision. Israel has provided no evidence to support its claims.

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Joan J. Holland