February 1, 2019 | The Jerusalem Post

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.
February 1, 2019 | The Jerusalem Post

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 convicted PFLP terrorists and advocates a boycott of the Jewish state.

The revelations were disclosed in an Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry 22-page report issued last week titled: “The Money Trail: European Union Financing of Organizations Promoting Boycotts against the State of Israel.”

The German organizations Bread for the World, World Peace Service and the Green Party’s Heinrich Boll Foundation supply funds to Ramallah-based Palestinian human rights NGO Al-Haq, according to the donor section of Al-Haq’s website. World Peace Service is a German government agency.

According to the report, Al-Haq “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 United States also designated the PFLP a terrorist entity.

The Strategic Affairs report noted Al-Haq “promotes boycotts against the State of Israel and has taken action against the State of Israel in the International Criminal Court and the United Nation Human Rights Council.”

The ministry detailed a running list of Al-Haq BDS activity against Israel. Al-Haq worked to pressure the UNHRC “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.”

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 toward developing funding guidelines and selection criteria.”

She added that “especially governmental agencies that channel taxpayers 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, a terrorist organization designated as such by the EU.” World Peace Service declined to answer Post email and telephone calls. Deutsch urged the Boll Foundation and Bread for the World to pull the plug on their funding streams for Al-Haq.

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head of the Jerusalem office of the international human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Post that “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 antisemitism, which the EU purports to oppose.”

According to the Strategic Affairs report, Al-Haq’s funding amounts €296,600 in “direct multi-year financing of organizations promoting boycotts against the State of Israel.”

Al-Haq attacked Israel’s financial system, the ministry wrote, by co-publishing a report titled: “The Dangerous Liaisons of French Banks with the Israeli Occupation.” The pro-BDS report urges “French banks to withdraw direct or indirect financing of Israeli companies and banks which contribute to the development of the ‘settlements.”

In May, 2018, the organization UK Lawyers for Israel announced that credit card companies Visa, Mastercard and American Express pulled the plug on services to Al-Haq because of a link to a terrorist organization.

In addition to Jabarin, the convicted PFLP member who oversees Al-Haq, the group employs PFLP operatives who were incarcerated in Israel because of terror-related activities. The Strategic Affairs Ministry listed the men as Ziyad Muhammad Shehadeh Hamedian, who works as Al-Haq’s director of training. He was held in custody in 1996 and 2005-2007 due to terrorist activities carried out on behalf of the PFLP.

The report cited Zahi Abd-Al-Hadi Muhammad Jaradat, “who serves as “the director of Operations, Management and Donations, and oversees the organization’s budget. During 1988-1992, Jaradat was held in custody numerous times due to terrorist activities carried out on behalf of the PFLP.”

It also mentions Majed Omar Daud Abbadi, who worked for “Al-Haq as its director of Planning and Projects until 2016. He was arrested numerous times by Israeli security forces in the early 1990s for terrorist activities carried out on behalf of the PFLP.”

PFLP terrorists murdered five Israelis in a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014. An additional seven worshipers were injured in the terrorist attack, including a rabbi who went into coma and died of his wounds months later. A total of five rabbis were killed and an Israeli police officer.

Renate Vacker, a spokeswoman for Bread for the World, told the Post, “We emphasize once again that we do not promote organizations that challenge Israel’s right to exist, call for boycotts of goods from Israel or express antisemitism.”

Benjamin Weinthal is a European correspondent at The Jerusalem Post and a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 

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