Palestinian President condemns Israel’s interference in NGO’s work

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned Israel for interfering in the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the West Bank.

Abbas told representatives of the NGO in his office here that Israel’s decision was rejected and condemned, Xinhua news agency quoted a WAFA report. He said that all Palestinians stand on the side of NGOs. They are documenting and exposing Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has ordered the designation of six Palestinian NGOs in the West Bank as terrorist organizations on 22 October.

The decision has been widely condemned by the Palestinians and the European Union.

Israeli media had reported that Gantz had designated six NGOs as terrorist organisations, adding that they had effectively worked for the Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Gantz’s office said in a statement that the organizations were active under the guise of civil society organisations, but in practice are and constitute a branch(s) of the PFLP, whose main activity is the destruction of Israel.

According to the WAFA report, Abbas told representatives of NGOs that the Palestinian side is officially working to confront Israel’s decision on the international stage.

Delegates told Abbas that his organization would do its duty and face Israel’s decision, which violates international law.

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