Samer Arbid’s Alleged Terror Activities, Arrests, and NGO Affiliations

According to Israeli security officials, on August 23, 2019, Samer Arbid commanded a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror cell that carried out a bombing against Israeli civilians, murdering 17-year old Rina Shnerb, and injuring her father and brother.  According to the Israel Security Agency (Shabak), Arbid prepared and detonated the explosive device.

Ties to PFLP-linked NGOs

Arbid worked for Addameer – a Palestinian NGO closely linked to the PFLP, 1 which listed him as the organization’s accountant for several years.

In addition to his work for Addameer, Arbid appears to have worked for another NGO with ties to the PFLP, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC).  According to Samidoun, yet another PFLP-linked NGO, Arbid was the “financial director of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in the West Bank” in 2016.

Prior Arrests

  • In an Addameer-produced video from April 2013, Arbid describes his numerous arrests. He states that he was arrested at the beginning of 2003 and sentenced to two and a half years in prison, and served an additional year in administrative detention.
  • According to Samidoun, Arbid was placed in administrative detention from March 2007 to August 2008.
  • Similarly, Samidoun reported that Arbid was arrested on September 23, 2013 and placed in administrative detention.
  • According to Samidoun, Arbid “was ordered to an additional three months’ administrative detention” on March 12, 2016.

While the NGOs do not publish funding details, data from donor governments provides the following partial information:

Government Funding to Addameer

GovernmentFunderDirect vs. Indirect FundingYear(s)Total
GermanyHeinrich Böll FoundationIndirect2016*N/A
IrelandIrishAid2016€75,000
IrishAid2017€75,000

Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the NetherlandsHuman Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat2014-2017$498,700
SwitzerlandSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 2018CHF 118,280
NorwayNorwegian Ministry of Foreign AffairsDirect2016-2015NOK 1,800,000
SpainBasque GovernmentDirect2017-2019€180,000
2015-2019€199,988
SODePAZ via Provincial Council of GipuzkoaDirect2016-2018€81,248
Municipality of BarceloneDirect2017€162,712
2016€57,436
Autonomous community of Navarre2019€158,486
2018€153,486
2017€153,486
Municipality of Vitoria-GasteizDirect2016-2017€68,332
Municipality of Rivas-VaciamadridDirect2016€22,630
Municipality of San SebastiánDirect2016-2018€66,489
2015-2017€69,429

Funding to Addameer Based on the UN’s Financial Tracking Service

Project
Partners
GovernmentDonorYear/sGrant
Amount
Project
Description
Addameer, B’Tselem, DCI Palestine, Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, War Child HollandJapanUNICEF2017$114,144Informing humanitarian programmatic and advocacy response through documentation of grave violations against children affected by armed conflict
DCI Palestine, War Child Holland, Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, Addameer, B’TselemUNICEFUNICEF2016$205,028Informing humanitarian programmatic and advocacy response through documentation of grave violations against children affected by armed conflict.

Government Funding to UAWC

GovernmentDonorDirect vs. Indirect FundingYear(s)Amount
Belgium Oxfam SolidaritéIndirect2018€25,848
2017€260,154
France AFD Direct2019€232,000
GermanyMedico InternationalIndirect2017N/A
ItalyAssociazione Di Cooperazione E SolidarietaIndirect2018-2021€527,102
Organizzazione Per Lo Sviluppo Globale Di Comunita’ In Paesi Extraeuropei Onlus Indirect2018-2020€241,471
NetherlandsMinistry of Foreign AffairsDirect2019€1.67 million
2018€2.58 million
2017€3.81 million
2016€3.81 million
NorwayNorwegian People’s AidIndirect2018NOK 13,155,986
2017NOK 13,398,655
2016NOK 12,355,023
SpainAECIDDirect2016€290,086
€472,668
2017€386,422

Funding to UAWC Based on the UN’s Financial Tracking Service

Project
Partners
GovernmentDonorYear/sGrant
Amount
Project
Description
UAWCOccupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian FundOxfam Novib2018$400,000Urgent support for the most vulnerable families in Gaza Strip.
ACAD, RWDS, Deir Al Balah Wadi as Salqa Al Walaa Association, Khan Younis Abassan Al Kabira, Future House Association, Khan Younis Khuzaa, Qaa Al Qurain Association, Khan Younis Al Fukhari, Maryam Al Azraa, Rafah, UWAC, PARCOccupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian FundPremière Urgence Internationale2018$300,000Protect fragile livelihoods of farmers affected by the Great March of Return in the access restricted area (ARA) through urgent livelihood support to restore their agricultural production capacity.
UAWC, Juzoor, Hayat Center, MOHGermanyMédecins du Monde France2018$968,915
Occupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian Fund$400,000
UAWCOccupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian Fund2017$248,941The provision of rehabilitation for the open field land in Gaza strip
UAWCOccupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian Fund2017$230,585Emergency support for greenhouse and poultry farmers to overcome the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip

Footnotes

  1. According to Fatah, Addameer is an affiliate of the PFLP, designated as a terror organization by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.  Several of Addameer’s current and former employees, as well as lawyers that work for Addameer, have links to the PFLP. Addameer lawyers regularly defend PFLP terrorists in court.