On May 6, 2010, Ittijahs head Amir Makhoul was arrested for allegedly spying on behalf of Hezbollah. Ittijah played a prominent role in the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference. The organization supports anti-Israel boycotts and advocates for the Palestinian "right of return."
Whitewashing “Resistance” – Human Rights Funding to Organizations Blurring the Lines between Violence and Nonviolence
A number of government-funded Palestinian and European NGOs repeatedly manipulate human rights through the use of “resistance” rhetoric, blurring the lines between violence and nonviolence, denigrating security concerns, and legitimizing attacks against civilians. Some of these groups also have ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – a designated terrorist organization by the EU, U.S., Canada, and Israel.
NGOs played a central role in disseminating the 2017 PLO Prisoner Day propaganda, including using social media to share Marwan Barghouti's New York Times op-ed. The Times fails to inform readers that Barghouti was the leader of the armed wing of Fatah and a founder of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and was convicted in 2004 on five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
UHWC itself is a PFLP-affiliated health committee active in Gaza, as identified by USAID and in Palestinian documents. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.
The Swiss government is again reportedly directly involved in reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas. This is not the sole example of the Swiss government partnering with anti-Israel NGOs to legitimize Hamas.
The French government's funding of groups that support BDS campaigns and with alleged ties to terror groups casts doubt upon its ability to serve as an impartial host of an upcoming summit dedicated to peace.