Pro-Palestinian protesters march outside the White House

Germany criticizes Israel outlawing of Palestinian NGOs

Berlin says Jerusalem's blacklisting over alleged ties to terror group PFLP will have 'broad political, legal and financial implications', adds it's waiting for further information justifying move

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Published: 10.27.21, 16:19
The German government said Wednesday it was "very concerned" by Israel's designation of six leading Palestinian civil society groups as outlawed "terrorist organizations", in a move also criticized by the UN.
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  • The Jewish state said its decision last week was due to their alleged financing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist group sanctioned by Israel as well as several Western governments.
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    Pro-Palestinian protesters march outside the White House
    Pro-Palestinian protesters march outside the White House
    Pro-Palestinian protesters march outside the White House
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    Israel accused the six of working covertly with the leftist militant group, which pioneered plane hijackings in the 1970s to highlight the Palestinian cause.
    "We are very concerned by the Israeli decision," a German foreign ministry spokeswoman told reporters, saying that the groups' placement on a terror list would have "broad political, legal and financial implications" for them.
    The German government routinely conducts "reviews of accusations and indications of connections of possible partners to terrorist organizations", she added.
    "We are waiting for further information from the Israeli government" on its justification for the move, the spokeswoman said.
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    Palestinians participate in a rally marking the 52nd anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in Gaza City
    Palestinians participate in a rally marking the 52nd anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in Gaza City
    Palestinians participate in a rally of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in Gaza City
    (Photo: AP)
    Germany and Israel forged strong diplomatic ties in the decades after World War II, with Berlin committed to the preservation of the Jewish state in penance for the Holocaust.
    Throughout her 16 years in power, Chancellor Angela Merkel has described Israel's national security as a crucial priority in German foreign policy and vowed continuity by future governments on a visit to Jerusalem this month.


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