The abuse of these civil society organizations in conflict zones is a constant global concern. NGOs face significant challenges in achieving their humanitarian goals in areas controlled by terrorist organizations.
A newly released report by NGO Monitor shows that some organizations funded by European countries and the EU are directly affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), while others have indirect links vis-à-vis a substantial presence of employees and officials linked to the PFLP.
Governments around the globe should join forces in addressing this disturbing phenomenon, as is needed given the revelation that NGOs with ties to the PFLP are recipients of European funding. Transparency and accountability on part of both NGOs and their donors are essential, as are regulations that will prevent future misuse and misconduct.