NGO Monitor has identified a network of 13 NGOs linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and funded by European, and in some cases, other governmental frameworks. As of September 1 2021, we have also identified over 70 staff and board members, as well as other officials who hold positions in both the NGOs and the PFLP. This document contains information about 36 of those individuals. The information below is based on open sources, including social media posts.

  1. Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)
  • Identified by Fatah as an official “affiliate” and by USAID as the “agricultural arm” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
  • Staff:
    • Abdul Razeq Farraj was UAWC’s Finance and Administration Director at the time of his arrest in 2019 for aiding an attempt to cause death and recruiting new members of the PFLP.
    • Samer Arbid, UAWC’s accountant from 2016-2019 at the time of his arrest in 2019. Israel indicted him on 21 counts, including commanding a PFLP terror cell that carried out a bombing, murdering an Israeli civilian, and injuring her father and brother.
    • Ubai Aboudi – “M&E [Monitoring and Evaluation] Officer” — was sentenced by Israel in June 2020 to 12-months for recruiting PFLP activists.
  • Funding: France, Netherlands, Spain (AECID), Norwegian People’s Aid, Medico, Grassroots International, Oxfam Solidarité, UN OCHA.
  • For more info on UAWC’s ties to the PFLP, click here.
  1. Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P)
  1. Health Work Committees (HWC)
  • Staff:
  • Funding: Austria, European Union, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, NGO Development Center, Diakonia, DanChurchAid, ICCO (Netherlands), Medical Aid for Palestinian (MAP), SODePAZ, MIFTAH, Oxfam, and the United Nations.
  • For more info on HWC’s ties to the PFLP, click here
  1. Union of Health Workers Committees (UHWC)
  1. Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC)
  1. Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
  • Staff:
  • Funding: European Union, Ireland, Spain, France (Consulate General), Open Society Institute, Christian Aid (UK), DanChurchAid (Denmark), Grassroots International, Kvinna Till Kvinna (Sweden), Trocaire (Ireland), Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), Misereor (Germany), and the United Nations (OCHA, OHCHR, UNDP, UN Women).
  • For more information on PCHR’s ties to the PFLP, click here.
  1. Al-Dameer
  1. Addameer
  • A PFLP “affiliate.”
  • Staff:
  • Funding: Ireland, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the Heinrich Boll Foundation (Germany). Also received funding from the now-defunct Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat.
  • For more info on Addameer’s ties to the PFLP, click here.
  1. Al-Haq
  • Staff:
    • Shawan Jabarin, Al-Haq’s General Director, convicted in 1985 for recruiting and arranging training for PFLP members. In 2008, referred to by Israel’s Supreme Court as a “senior activist” in the PFLP.
  • Funding: European Union, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Italy, France, and Spain.
  • For more info on Al-Haq’s ties to the PFLP, click here.
  1. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  1. Bisan Center for Research and Development
  • Staff:
    • Ubai Aboudi, Bisan’s Executive Director, was sentenced in 2020 to 12 months for membership in the PFLP from 2016-2019, was responsible for recruiting activists to the organization and strengthening its infrastructure.
    • Itiraf Hajaj (Rimawi) – Bisan’s previous Executive Director. In 2019, Rimawi was arrested as responsible for clandestine PFLP operations; in 2020, sentenced to 42 months. Additionally, a 2016 Israeli High Court of Justice decision [HCJ-2524/16] referred to Rimawi as a “PFLP member” who “posed a security threat.”
  • Funding: European Union, European Commission, Belgium, Italy, and Spain.
  • For more information on Bisan, click here, here, and here.
  1. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights
  • Staff:
    • Kamal El-Sharafi, Chairman of Al Mezan’s Board, participated in the memorial service for prominent PFLP figure Ali Darwish in 2019.
    • Jamil Sarhan, Al Mezan’s Treasurer – member of the DULJ (see Al-Dameer above).
    • Hussein Hammad, Al Mezan’s North Gaza District Officer and Delegate to the Mobilization and Technical Assistance Unit. According to the PFLP website, he joined “the PFLP at the beginning of the First Intifada… and participated in many military operations that hurt the enemy [Israel]….”
  • Funding European Union, Netherlands, Save the Children Norway, Diakonia (Sweden), UN-OCHA, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Medico International (Germany). Until 2017, Al Mezan received funding from the now defunct Human Rights and International Law Secretariat.
  • For more information on Al Mezan’s ties to the PFLP, click here.
  1. Abdel Shafi Community Health Association (ACHA)

Formerly the Red Crescent Society for the Gaza Strip (RCS4GS)

  • Staff:
    • Bakr Abu Safiya – former ACHA board member who, as of August 2020, held the role consultant surgeon at UHWC’s Al-Awda hospital; listed 9th on the PFLP electoral list, “The People’s Pulse”, for the Palestinian Legislative Council.
    • Tariq Abu al-Khair, ACHA board member as of June 2020; 2016-2018 Chairman of Board of Directors of the PFLP-linked UHWC.
    • Hashem Thalathini, ACHA’s “treasurer,” listed as a board member of the PFLP-linked PCHR.
  • Funding: European Union, World Bank, UNDP.
  • For more information on ACHA’s funding and ties to the PFLP, click here, here, and here.