Three German organizations finance Palestinian group employing terrorists
Former senior official of terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, now leads Al-Haq, Palestinian human rights NGO.
German humanitarian organizations and a powerful Green Party think tank provide funds to a Palestinian NGO that employs a convicted PFLP terrorist and advocates a boycott of the Jewish state.
The startling revelations were disclosed in an Israeli government report last week titled: “The Money Trail: European Union Financing of Organizations.Promoting Boycotts against the State of Israel.” The 22-page study was released by the Strategic Affairs Ministry.
The Palestinian human rights NGO Al-Haq in Ramallah “is led by a former senior official of the EU-designated terror organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Shawan Jabarin, Director-General of Al-Haq, served three years in prison for terrorist activities, and currently employs former PFLP activists, who were also incarcerated due to involvement in terror, ” the report stated. The United States also considers the PFLP a terrorist organization.
The German organizations Bread for the World, World Peace Service ,and the Green Party’s Heinrich Boll Foundation supply funds to Al-Haq, according to the donor section of Al-Haq’s website. World Peace Service is a German government agency.
Olga Deutsch, the vice president of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor organization, told the Jerusalem Post that the “German government should immediately stop funding the group [Al-Haq]. More importantly, Germany should work towards developing funding guidelines and selection criteria.”
She added that “especially governmental agencies that channel tax payers’ money should not be funding Al-Haq. Under the guise of promoting human rights Al-Haq promotes extreme rejectionist agendas and even had ties to the PFLP terrorist organization, which is designated as such by the EU.” World Peace Service declined to answer email and telephone calls from the Post. Deutsch urged the Boll Foundation and Bread for the World to pull the plug on their funding streams for Al-Haq.
The Strategic Affairs Ministry report noted that Al-Haq “promotes boycotts against the State of Israel, and has taken action against the State of Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC).”
The ministry detailed a running list of Al-Haq BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activity against Israel. Al-Haq worked to pressure “the United Nations Human Rights Council to publish a ‘Black List’ of companies with some connection to Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.”
According to the report, “Al-Haq, along with several French organizations, published a report regarding a transportation infrastructure project, urging companies involved in the project to cancel their contracts with Israel’s authorities, and to declare their refusal to take part in any project directly or indirectly contributing to communities within the Judea and Samaria regions.”
“In June 2018, Al-Haq published a statement calling for sanctions against the State of Israel.”
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head of the Jerusalem office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Post: “Every possible effort should be made to halt EU funding for any organization or NGO of any sorts which support boycotts of Israel. Support for boycotts of Israel are essentially a new form of anti-Semitism, which the EU purports to oppose.”
According to the Strategic Affairs Ministry report, Al-Haq’s funding amounts €296,600 in “Direct Multi-Year Financing of Organizations Promoting Boycotts against the State of Israel.”