Meretz Minister criticizes designation of PFLP affiliates

Minister Tamar Zandberg says her party will demand clarifications on designation of PFLP-affiliated organizations as terror groups.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Tamar Zandberg
Tamar Zandberg
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Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) on Saturday night criticized the Defense Ministry’s decision to designate six organizations affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) as terrorist organizations.

Speaking in an interview on Kan 11, Zandberg said that this is a serious decision and that Meretz will demand clarification.

Zandberg added that "three of the organizations are long-standing and well-known human rights organizations. Many times, human rights, the left and opposition to the occupation are linked to terrorism - this is not the case."

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Friday designated the following PFLP-affiliated groups as terrorist organizations: Union of Palestinian Women's Committees (UPWC), ADDAMEER - Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Al-Haq Organization, Defense for Children International–Palestine (DCI-P), and the Union Of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC).

The US State Department later said it was not notified in advance of Israel’s decision and would seek clarifications from Israel on the basis for this decision.

“We will be engaging our Israeli partners for more information regarding the basis for the designation,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters in a briefing.

"Israel didn't give us prior warning about this designation," he added.

Israeli Defense officials responded to the statement and said that US administration officials were given information about the decision beforehand and that the relevant intelligence was shared with the US by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).