NGO Monitor November 14, 2016
European Funded NGOs linked to PFLP Terror Network
European countries are funding a network of NGOs with ties to the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a recognized terrorist
organization, according to a unique research report published today by NGO
Monitor. Some have direct affiliations with the PFLP, while others have
employees and key officials linked to the PFLP.
NGO Monitor found that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including
Addameer, Al-Haq, Alternative Information Center (AIC), Defense for
Children International- Palestine (DCI-P), Health Work Committee (HWC),
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Stop the Wall, and the Union of
Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) are either directly affiliated with the
PFLP or have a substantial presence of employees and officials connected to
the terrorist group.
According to Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, “The clear
affiliation between these NGOs and the PFLP requires immediate attention and
concrete measures on the part of European funders. Any continued funding
raises serious questions about due diligence and evaluation on the part of
European governments and the UN, as well as compliance with domestic and
The NGO ties to the PFLP range from establishment and operation of NGOs by
the PFLP itself to NGO officials and staffers being convicted of terrorism
charges by Israeli courts. Examples include Abdul-latif Ghaith , chairperson
and co-founder of the official PFLP “affiliate” Addameer, as well as Al
Haq’s General Director, Shawan Jabarin. On July 7, 2008, the Israeli Supreme
Court noted that Jabarin is “among the senior activists of the Popular Front
terrorist organization. A June 2007 decision by the Israeli Supreme Court
called Jabarin a “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” a human rights campaigner by day
and a PFLP activist by night.
The PFLP is designated as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, Canada,
and Israel and is involved in suicide bombings, hijackings, and
assassinations, among other terrorist activities targeting civilians.
Prof. Steinberg concluded, “Distributing large amounts of European tax-payer
money into the hands of individuals affiliated with a recognized terrorist
group and hoping for the best does not benefit either Israeli or Palestinian
and instead further enables the prolongation of the conflict. Until
independent reviews of the processes that allowed funding for these NGOs can
be conducted, funding to these organizations with terror ties should be
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