Israel raids NGOs

IssueOctober - November 2022
News by David Polden

On 18 August, Israeli troops raided the offices of six Palestinian human rights groups in the occupied West Bank, confiscating computers and other equipment.

The six groups, which Israel labelled terrorist organisations in 2021, were: al-Haq (the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists); the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees; the Union of Agricultural Work Committees; the Bisan Centre for Research and Development; and Defence for Children International – Palestine.

The offices of a seventh Palestinian group, Health Work Committees, also seem to have been raided.

EU countries, for the most part, do not accept the Israeli claim that the six are front groups for the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which has a paramilitary wing.