On October 22, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) designated 6 Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations.  According to the MoD, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Al-Haq, Addameer, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC), and Bisan were included on Israel’s list of terrorist organizations because they are operated by and for the benefit of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), designated as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.1

NGO Monitor has published numerous reports, based on open sources, documenting the close connections between the PFLP and Palestinian NGOs, including the six newly-listed NGOs.

Our research and expertise have been widely featured in media stories about the announcement:

NGO Monitor in the Media


  1. Israel labels six Palestinian civil society groups ‘terrorist,’ setting challenge for international donors, CNN
  2. US slams Israel for declaring Palestinian NGOs arms of terror group, Jerusalem Post
  3. Shin Bet to defend banning 6 Palestinian NGOs in Washington, Jerusalem Post
  4. Israel stifles civil and human rights work in the Palestinian territories amid absence of international response, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor
  5. Gantz declares six Palestinian rights groups ‘terror organizations’, Times of Israel
  6. Israel’s peace activists must back terror tags for Palestinian rights groups, YNet
  7. Israel designates 6 Palestinian rights groups as terrorist organizations, irking US and infuriating human rights orgs, JTA
  8. Israeli Defense Minister Gantz Outlaws Prominent Palestinian NGOs for Ties to PFLP Terrorist Organization, Algemeiner
  9. Palestinian Rights Groups That Document Israeli Abuses Labeled “Terrorists” by Israel, The Intercept
  10. Gantz names six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups, US asks Israel to clarify, JNS
  11. Gerald Steinberg interview, Kan
  12. Israel’s “terrorist” designations aim to suppress Palestinian organizing: Confront them with action and resistance!, Samidoun
  13. Rabbis Condemn Decision to Label Palestinian Human Rights Groups as Terrorists, Truah
  14. Israel declares war on Palestinian rights groups, Electronic Intifada
  15. Persecution and Termination Next: Israeli Occupation Designates 6 Pioneering Palestinian Organizations Terrorists, Palestinian Center for Human Rights
  16. In apparent ‘payback,’ PLO designates 2 Israeli NGOs as terrorist entities, Israel Hayom (Click here for Hebrew)
  17. Israeli dossier on rights groups contains little evidence, AP
  18. Opinion – Israel Moves to Silence the Stalwarts of Palestinian Civil Society, New York Times
  19. Palestinian NGOs: Human rights workers or agents of terror?, Jerusalem Post


  1. Gerald Steinberg interview, Kan
  2. ארה”ב רוצה הבהרות מישראל בעניין ההכרזה על שישה ארגונים פלסטיניים כארגוני טרור, YNet
  3. לא ארגוני זכויות אלא מחבלים בחליפות, YNet
  4. השר גנץ הכריז: שישה גופים השייכים ל”החזית העממית” – ארגוני טרור, Israel Hayom
  5. שר הביטחון הכריז על 6 ארגונים של החזית העממית כארגוני טרור, Globes
  6. במקום לאיים במשבר, היה ראוי שממשלות המערב יגלו יושרה בסיסית, Makor Rishon
  7. Itai Reuveni interview, 103FM
  8. Olga Deutsch interview, Galatz Israel Radio
  9. Gerald Steinberg Interview, Galatz Radio


  1. En classant six ONG parmi les « organisations terroristes », Israël frappe au cœur la société civile palestinienne, Le Monde
  2. La messa al bando di sei ong palestinesi è diventata un caso in Israele, La Repubblica
  3. Israel: Menschrechtler oder Terroristen?, Arte TV


  1.  “غانتس” يقرر إعلان 6 مؤسسات فلسطينية كـ”منظمات إرهابية”, PFLP
  2. الأورمتوسطي» يدين إغلاق إسرائيل 6 مؤسسات فلسطينية بذريعة الإرهاب, Al-Masry Al-Youm
  3. إسرائيل تضع على قوائم {الإرهاب} 6 منظمات مجتمع مدني فلسطينية, A-Shark-el-Awsat

Persian (Iranian)

  1. تل‌آویو 6 مؤسسه حقوقی فلسطینی را تروریستی اعلام کرد, Fars News (State-run news agency)