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EU voices concern over Israel’s raids and shutdown of 7 Palestinian NGOs

RAMALLAH, Saturday, August 20, 2022 (WAFA) – Nabila Massrali, EU spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, expressed yesterday the EU’s concern over the raids and measures taken by Israeli occupation forces on 18 August against seven Palestinian Civil Society Organizations in Ramallah, in Area A of the occupied West Bank.

Massrali said in a statement, “Some of the Organizations affected had been listed as ‘terrorist organizations’ by the Israeli Ministry of Defense in 2021. The EU always treats accusations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups with the utmost seriousness, and has been in touch with the Israeli authorities seeking substantial information regarding the designations.”

“On the basis of information provided thus far, allegations of misuse of EU funds by these organizations have not been substantiated,” she added.

The EU official continued, “A free and strong civil society is indispensable for promoting democratic values and for advancing towards the two-state solution. The EU is committed to its continued support to civil society that contributes to this purpose and to confidence building between Israelis and Palestinians.”

“It is essential that such organizations are allowed to pursue their legitimate and peaceful activities. As stated before, it is crucial to ensure that anti-terrorism legislation does not lead to undermining civil society and its valuable work and contributions to building fairer and more peaceful societies.”

Massrali stressed that the EU will continue to support civil society organizations that seek to promote respect for international law, human rights, and democratic values.


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