US Seeks Answers from Israel over ‘Terror Designations’ for Palestinian NGOs

US State Department’s spokesman Ned Price. (Photo: via Wikimedia Commons)

The United States is seeking answers from Israel over its decision to designate six Palestinian rights groups as ‘terror organizations’, the State Department’s spokesman said on Friday.

The measure applies to Addameer, a detainees’ rights organization, Defense for Children Palestine, legal NGO Al-Haq, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees and the Bisan Center for Research and Development.

Speaking in a telephone briefing on Friday, State Department Spokesman Ned Price told reporters that Washington will “be engaging our Israeli partners for more information regarding the basis for these designations”.

“The Israeli government did not give us advance warning” of the move, he added.

“We believe respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and a strong civil society are critically important to responsible and responsive governance,” Price said.

Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civil society groups effectively outlaws their activities, threatens jail time for employees, volunteers and donors and allows for the seizure of assets.

The move drew a wave of condemnations on Friday, from local and international rights groups, as well as world bodies.

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2 Comments

  1. And what about B’Tselem (Israel’s most prominent human rights organization), who frequently speaks out against Israel’s endless campaign of terror against the Palestinians, and also defines Israel as being an apartheid state? Does the Israeli government also plan to designate it as a ‘terror organization’?

  2. It’s rather bizarre that the U.S. government is showing concern about all of this. On the other hand, it certainly did not show any concern after Bezalel Smotrich (the head of the genocidal Religious Zionist Party) delivered a speech in the Israeli parliament, expressing regret that the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians had not been completed:
    http://www.israelpalestinenews.org/israeli-lawmaker-regrets-ethnic-cleansing-palestinians-not-completed-smotrich/

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