- A secret document distributed by Israel to justify its terrorist designations of six prominent Palestinian human rights groups offers no evidence of any involvement in violent activities.
- “Since the Europeans didn’t buy the allegations, they [Israeli authorities] used unconventional warfare: declaring the organizations terrorist groups,” said Michael Sfard, an Israeli human rights lawyer representing Al-Haq.
- “So when the Israelis show up in D.C. and say they have evidence, the Americans don’t know any better,” said Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
“A secret document distributed by Israel to justify its terrorist designations of six prominent Palestinian human rights groups shows no concrete evidence of involvement in violent activities by any of the groups.
The designation of the Palestinians groups, which was met by international outrage from defenders of human rights, was announced on October 22 by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Gantz cited alleged links between the groups and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, or PFLP, a left-wing Palestinian political party with its own military wing.
Despite the severity of the declaration, Israel has yet to publicly present any documents directly or indirectly linking the six groups to the PFLP or to any violent activity.
The secret document, a dossier containing the purported justifications were obtained by +972, Local Call, and The Intercept along with a raft of ancillary documents. The dossier, which was prepared by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security force, was marked as classified by the Israeli government but widely distributed. The dossier is largely based on interrogations of two accountants working for a seventh Palestinian civil society group that was declared a terrorist organization last year; a lawyer for one of the accountants said the testimonies were gathered under duress…”
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