On May 8, 2023, Israel announced that it had arrested a six-member cell from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) responsible for manufacturing and planting a bomb on a bus in the town of Beitar Illit, on March 9, 2023. Authorities named the six suspects: Mohammad Al-Barq, Wisam Owainah, Ahmed Abu Naima, Mazen Abdallah, Rami Al-Ahmar, and Nour Mahmoud – all members of the PFLP’s student organization.

Based on open-source information, NGO Monitor has determined that at least two members of the cell have ties to European-funded NGOs. Mohammad Al-Barq volunteered at the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), and Wisam Owainah participated in a project organized by ActionAid. Notably, both previously expressed public support for PFLP terrorists and terrorism, an obvious indication to both the NGOs and their donors that these are terror-supporting individuals. 

These links add to the approximately 50 PFLP-linked NGO board members, officials, and employees named in NGO Monitor’s February 2023 report, “Clear and Convincing: The Links between the PFLP and the European Government-funded NGO Network.”

Mohammad Al-Barq

According to the open source information, as of April 2023, Mohammad Al-Barq had been an active member at PMRS since at least December 2017. As documented by NGO Monitor, PMRS officials have participated in PFLP events, among other links. 

On April 3, 2023, PMRS President Mustafa Barghouti wrote that “the prisoner volunteer Mohammad Al-Barq’s family” was honored and invited to the PMRS’ celebratory Iftar dinner, which Baraghouti himself also attended.

Al-Barq (circled in red) with PMRS President Mustafa Barghouti to his right.

Supporting Terrorists

Al-Barq has expressed his support for terrorists and their actions on multiple occasions. For example:

  • On August 23, 2021, Al-Barq shared a poster featuring Walid Hanatshe, Yasan Majamas, Samer Arbid, and Qassem Shibli – PFLP members who are accused of perpetrating the August 2019 bombing that murdered 17-year-old Rina Shnerb and injured her father and brother.  Al-Barq wrote, “On August 23 we say our thanks to those who restored the memories, restored our heads high and appreciation for the most devine legacy. Long live the anniversary [of the attack].”]

Al-Barq shared a poster featuring Hanatshe, Majamas, Arbid and Shibli and lauded the August 2019 attack that resulted in the murdering 17-year-old Rina Shnerb

Wisam Owainah

According to ActionAid, in 2021, Wisam Owainah participated in its “Civil and Democratic Participation of Palestinian Youth” program, which aims “to promote the  civil and democratic participation and empowering them [youth] to influence the decision makers in the fields of democracy and recognition and claiming their rights according to International Law.” 

During the program, Palestinian youths met with Amir Makhoul, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2010 after pleading guilty to delivering sensitive information to the Hezbollah terror group.

The program was in partnership with Alternative Information Center (AIC), Masarat, and 7amleh, and funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

Wisam Owainah taking part in ActionAid’s “Civil and Democratic Participation of Palestinian Youth” program.

Supporting the PFLP

Owainah openly expressed his support for and affiliation with the PFLP terror group on numerous occasions. For example:

Owainah (circled in red) participating in a PFLP rally in front of a mural of PFLP founder George Habash.

  • On June 2, 2022, Owainah shared photos from the funeral of PFLP member Ayman Muheisenkilled by Israeli forces after hurling an explosive device at them. Owainah wrote, “…The martyrs are the beautiful birds of the world…they are those who love freedom the most…They [the Israelis] do not hit us to kill us, they hit us so they can kill the freedom that hides within us…”

Owainah shared photos from PFLP member Ayman Muheisen’s funeral, who attacked Israeli forces and lauded him.

PMRS Ties to Terrorist Organizations 

This is not the first time that PMRS  has been linked to terrorist organizations: 


Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)

Since 2020, PMRS has received funding from Italy, the EU, Sweden, the UN, and France. 


Since 2020, South-African based ActionAid has received funding from Italy, Denmark, the EU, the UK, Australia, the UN, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.