Israel’s defamation of Palestinian NGOs isn’t a first and won’t be the last

Brum2Jerusalem Blog

First published by TRT World on 26/10/2021

Who next will Israel label as “antisemitic” or “terrorist” in its attempts to silence its critics and to impede the work of human rights in the territory it controls?

Israel’s ongoing attempts to label its critics as either “antisemities” or “terrorists” took a new turn when its Defence Minister, Benni Gantz, recentlydeclaredsix prominent Palestinian human rights groups as “terrorist” organisations.

Gantz accuses Al-Haq, Addameer, Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees of being fronts for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The decision was condemned widely.International human rights watchdogscalled it «appalling and unjust.» This move constitutes «an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement,» said Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in…

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