On November 10, 2021, Juanna Sanchez Rishmawi, a fundraiser from 1993 for the West Bank-based NGO Health Work Committees (HWC), pled guilty to “carrying out services on behalf of a banned organization,” the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). This case is part of wider allegations regarding the systematic diversion of European government funds that were provided to Palestinian NGOs for human rights and humanitarian work.
As Israeli government frameworks reveal more information on the connections between European funded Palestinian NGOs and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group, European government bodies have launched investigations into this funding.
In 2014-2021, the Belgian government allocated approximately €23 million in aid to “NGOs and Civil Society” in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
Olga Deutsch analyzes how even though governments have vetting procedures that should prevent the abuse of taxpayers’ funds, time and again, evidence emerges showing that they cooperate with entities linked to terror groups.
In October 2020, NGO Monitor sent a letter to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Al Mezan's Ties to Terror.
With considerable assistance from European governments, PCHR has played an instrumental role in pressuring the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into Israel.
Al-Haq and GLAN’s Not-So-Subtle BDS Agenda: Analysis of Submission on “Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory”
On April 27, 2020, Al-Haq and Global Legal Action Network (GLAN, Ireland) published, “Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory: A Guidance for Upholding Human Rights" that attempted to mainstream BDS against Israel in a UN framework
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Irish BDS bill
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
- Richard Falk
Submission to UNHRC 45th Session - Protecting International Assistance from Terror-Linked UN Partners
Until the UN system at large, and OCHA-oPt and UNICEF Palestine specifically, cease their engagement with terror-linked actors, lawmakers and diplomats should institute appropriate measures to safeguard taxpayer money.