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Israel in its new move has issued a military order that designates six prominent Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations, which is condemned by the Palestinian Authority, rights groups, and the United Nations. On Friday, the Israeli Ministry of Defense claimed that the groups had links with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a left-wing movement with a political party, as well as an armed wing that has carried out deadly attacks against Israelis. The ministry said the humanitarian groups “constitute a network of organizations active undercover on the international front on behalf of the Popular Front.” They are ‘controlled by senior leaders’ of the PFLP and employ its members, including some who had “participated in terror activity”, it said. It also accused the groups of serving as a ‘central source’ of financing for the PFLP and of having received “large sums of money from European countries and international organizations,” without elaborating. The groups in question The designated groups include Al-Haq, a human rights group founded in 1979, the Addameer rights group, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. The PA condemned what it said was an ‘unhinged assault’ on Palestinian civil society. “This fallacious and libelous slander is a strategic assault on Palestinian civil society and the Palestinian people’s fundamental right to oppose Israel’s illegal occupation and expose its continuing crimes,” it said. The US Department of State spokesperson Ned Price said his office had not been given advance warning of the designation. “We will be engaging our Israeli partners for more information regarding the basis for the designation,” Price said on a telephone briefing with reporters in Washington. In a joint statement, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch noted that the military order “effectively outlaws” the activities of the six groups. A systematic assault As a consequence, Israeli security forces are authorized to close the groups’ offices, seize their assets, and arrest and jail their staff members. Funding or even publicly expressing support for their activities is also prohibited. “This appalling and unjust decision is an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement,” Amnesty and HRW said. Israel and Palestine director at HRW Omar Shakir said that Israel’s move was part of a “systematic assault on human rights advocacy”. Shakir said, “I think this is a reaction to the Israeli government’s recognition that there is growing awareness about their grave abuses, including crimes against humanity, apartheid, and persecution against millions of Palestinians.” “It’s really an alarming development and it’s a test of the international community’s resolve to protect human rights defenders in the face of sustained assault.” Shakir, who now resides in Jordan, said he was the target of punitive action when he was deported by Israel two years ago for his work in documenting human rights abuses. Condemnation by United Nations The United Nations Human Rights Office in the Palestinian territories said it was “alarmed” at the announcement. “Counter-terrorism legislation must not be used to constrain legitimate human rights and humanitarian work,” it said, adding that some of the reasons given appeared vague or irrelevant. “These designations are the latest development in a long, stigmatizing campaign against these and other organizations, damaging their ability to deliver on their crucial work.” Mary Lawlor, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said in a tweet that she was alarmed by the news. Shawaan Jabareen, who heads one of the now-outlawed groups, Al-Haq, told the AFP news agency that the designation was a “political decision” that had nothing to do with security matters but was aimed at “stopping the work of these organizations”. Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has called the government’s declaration “an act characteristic of totalitarian regimes, with the clear purpose of shutting down these organizations”. “B’Tselem stands in solidarity with our Palestinian colleagues, is proud of our joint work over the years – and is steadfast to continue so.” Hagai El-Ad, the organization’s executive director, tweeted in support of Jabareen. The Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian advocacy organization based in the US, said it was concerned for the safety of those working for the designated organizations.

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