Nine European governments rejected on Tuesday an Israeli decision to class six Palestinian organizations as terrorist entities.
The foreign ministries of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden said in a joint statement that Israel’s October 2021 designation of the Palestinian “civil society organizations” as terrorist organizations was not supported by substantial evidence.
“Should evidence be made available to the contrary, we would act accordingly. In the absence of such evidence, we will continue our cooperation,” said the governments, adding that a “free and strong civil society is indispensable for promoting democratic values and for the two-state solution.”
Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, said in response: “When European officials say they see ‘no evidence’ of the terror links of their Palestinian NGO clients, they are ignoring numerous open source verifiable examples. There is no excuse for this blind abuse of taxpayer funds. NGO Monitor will continue to research and publish details on the links between the PFLP and its European NGO network.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations released a report on Monday according to which 78 Palestinian minors and 982 maimed by Israeli security forces in 2021. Israel “should be added to a U.N. blacklist if its violence against Palestinian children is repeated this year,” said U.N. secretary-general António Guterres in response to the report, according to Middle East Eye.
The annual Children and Armed Conflict report said the highest verified violations against children included Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.