If Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer the head of the Israeli government, his policies and methods endure. The current Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, is in the lineage of the one who was his mentor for many years. It multiplies the coercive decisions with regard to the Palestinians, whether they are in the occupied territories or in Israel. Six Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have thus just been placed on the list of “terrorist organizations” because they are “part of a network of organizations which, under the guise of international activities, depend on the PFLP ( Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – Editor’s note) to support its objectives and promote its activities, ”according to the statement issued by the office of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz. The latter had for a time been presented as the best alternative to Netanyahu. But the former Israeli army chief of staff, the one who led the murderous offensive against the Gaza Strip in 2014, has never disarmed.
A long campaign of stigma
There is no coincidence in the decisions: among these six Palestinian NGOs are the human rights organizations al-Haq, Addameer, which supports Palestinian prisoners in Israel, the Bisan Research and Development Center, International Defense of Children-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Labor Committees (UAWC) and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC). “These organizations are linked to the leadership of the PFLP, which calls for the destruction of Israel by terrorist acts” and they “benefit from aid from European states and international organizations obtained fraudulently,” Benny Gantz believes. . It is therefore indeed a massive attack against the PFLP, the party of the Marxist left. Israel has free rein, especially since the European Union, against all political logic, considers the PFLP (member of the PLO) as a terrorist organization. Likewise, the announcement last week of the Interior Minister’s decision to revoke the residency status in Jerusalem of Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, who works for Addameer, is in this context. same logic.
The Shin Bet, the Israeli internal intelligence service, had started the pump in May by accusing NGOs in the occupied West Bank of having embezzled funds from “several European countries”, including Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Great Britain, for the benefit of the PFLP. An Israeli security official then assured that “tens of millions of dollars” had been transferred without “any government knowing where the money was going.” Yet, as Tom Bateman, British BBC Middle East correspondent, notes on his Twitter account, “when asked if he would provide his evidence behind the terrorism list of six Palestinian NGOs, the ministry Israeli Defense Force declared that all documents were classified ”. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Palestinian territories accuses Tel Aviv of leading “a long campaign stigmatizing these organizations and other” NGOs by restricting “their ability to carry out their crucial tasks”. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch also denounced the “alarming” decision. The Israeli anti-colonization NGO B’Tselem, for its part, deemed the decision of the Israeli authorities “worthy of totalitarian regimes”.