The classified dossier Israel created to identify six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations reportedly lacks any evidence or other justifications to support the claim.
The document, which bears the logo of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service, is the result of its inquiry into six West Bank civil society groups accused of securing foreign funding for a Palestinian militant group.
Israel is yet to release evidence supporting its decision to label the NGOs terrorist organizations despite the seriousness of the accusations. International backlash ensued last month when Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, placed terror designations on six organizations based on the Shin Bet investigation.
The Intercept, Israeli outlets +972/Local Call examined the dossier to discover that the data was primarily based upon interrogations with two accountants of a Palestinian NGO, Health Work Committees. It was also classified as a terrorist organization last January.
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The accountants’ lawyers told the outlets that Israeli authorities had “distorted”The testimonies of the victims were collected under threat to their family members and using harsh interrogation methods. “torture.”
Shin Bet allegedly used one accounting statement, concerning forging false receipts for Health Work Committees. This was to accuse other organizations of participating in a similar scheme for financing the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. They described several educational and humanitarian projects that might be associated with the organisation as “PFLP activities,”But they didn’t describe financing violent activity.
Sources claimed that no receipts or documentation were available to back up the statements in the 74-page document. The dossier appeared to have been delivered to EU countries who had funded these organizations in May. Independent audits were conducted and criticisms from the public by ministers from the Netherlands and Belgian, who claimed that the claims did not exist. “even a single concrete piece of evidence.”
“Since the Europeans didn’t buy the allegations, [Israel] used unconventional warfare: declaring the organizations terrorist groups,”The Intercept was told by Michael Sfard (an Israeli human rights lawyer who represents Al-Haq), that he is representing Al-Haq. The charges are a he said. “political [attack] under the guise of security.”
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Meanwhile, senior officials from two unspecified European countries told the outlet that since Gantz’s announcement, Israel has ignored all requests for more information. The Israeli Ministry of Defense declined to comment. However, sources from the US told outlets that similar documents had been presented by an Israeli delegation on Capitol Hill.
The six NGOs accused by Israel are Al-Haq, Addameer, Bisan Center, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Defense For Children International-Palestine and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.
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