Israeli Officials to Share With U.S. 'Unequivocal' Intel Against Palestinian NGOs

The State Prosecutor's Office gave the green light to the Israeli Defense Ministry's decision to dub the six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups after it reviewed evidence

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Offices of Palestinian NGO, Addameer, on Sunday.
Offices of Palestinian NGO, Addameer, on Sunday.Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN / REUTERS

A security source in Israel said on Sunday that there is clear-cut evidence, including footage and receipts, against the six Palestinians NGOs classified by the Defense Ministry as terror groups.

The official added that representatives from the Shin Bet security service and the Defense Ministry will fly to Washington to present the evidence to the Biden administration.

The intel "is unambiguous and cast in concrete. It proves a direct link between the organizations and their associates to the terror organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine," the official said.

In addition, the source said that all the government's actions on the matter were coordinated between the Prime Minister's Office, the Justice Ministry and the Defense Ministry.

On Sunday, it was also revealed that the State Prosecutor Amit Aisman approved the Defense Ministry's decision to classify six Palestinian NGOs as terror organizations after the Shin Bet presented "extensive and convincing" evidence linking them to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, according to a further source.

The evidence apparently showed how funds were transferred to the PFLP under the guise of human rights and civil society activities, in some cases even without the knowledge of field activists but with the knowledge of the organizations' management. 

Despite the supposed evidence, which remains classified, there are no plans yet for a criminal investigation against the members of the organizations.

The six civil society organizations are Addameer, Al-Haq, the Bisan Center, Defense for Children International Palestine, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees.

Earlier Sunday, the Palestinians' UN observer mission asked the Security Council to condemn Israel's designation of the groups as terror organizations, calling it "false and libelous slander."

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, the groups themselves, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and several human rights organizations have similarly condemned the move by Gantz. The United States has said that Israel failed to warn it about the decision.

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