France and partners continue support for civil society in Occupied Palestinian Territories

Israel/Palestinian Territories – Joint statement by the spokespersons of the foreign ministries of France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden

12 July 2022

On 22 October 2021, Israel designated six Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations. Accusations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups must always be treated with the utmost seriousness. The designations needed therefore to be assessed carefully and extensively.

No substantial information was received from Israel that would justify reviewing our policy towards the six Palestinian NGOs on the basis of the Israeli decision to designate these NGOs as ‘terrorist organizations’. Should evidence be made available to the contrary, we would act accordingly.

In the absence of such evidence we will continue our cooperation and strong support for the civil society in the OPT. A free and strong civil society is indispensable for promoting democratic values and for the two-state solution./.

Published on 13/07/2022

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