Adalah: ‘Israel’ refuses to provide evidence for outlawing 6 Palestinian NGOs

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Six Palestinian human rights groups that was outlawed in October by ‘Israel’ demanded the occupation state to reveal all of the evidence forming the bases of the designations.

The legal team representing the six organizations sent a letter last week to the Israeli security authorities demanding that they reveal all of the evidence forming the bases of the designations, saying that “there is no justice, fairness or due process for the organizations, without access to these materials in their entirety in order to defend themselves.”

In a statement issued on December 27 by Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, the group said that the six organizations “have repeatedly and publicly demanded the materials, with no response whatsoever.”

The six groups are currently represented by Adalah, Attorney Michael Sfard, and Attorney Avigdor Feldman.

Adalah added that Israel’s outlawing of the six human rights groups aims to “delegitimize and discredit the work of these groups, placing the organizations, their staff, and their supporters in danger of criminal charges.”

“The organizations did not receive any information prior to the issuance of the designation orders, and no warnings despite the immediate and severe implications of the designations.”

“To date, they have had no meaningful opportunity to review and challenge the bases of the designations, as no evidence has been provided to them,” Adalah noted.

On 19 October 2021, Israeli War Minister, Benny Gantz, designated six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organizations” under Israel’s domestic Counter-Terrorism (Anti-Terror) Law (2016).

The six groups are: Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

The Israeli military commander also outlawed all six groups under the 1945 Emergency (Defense) Regulations, declaring them “unlawful associations”.

In its statement, Adalah said that the six organizations “remain steadfast in their efforts to fight against Israel’s illegal and illegitimate attack to silence the Palestinian people and their struggle for justice.”

Several UN human rights experts, civil society and development organizations, academics and more from around the world have condemned, over the past two months, Israel’s designations, standing in solidarity with the six Palestinian groups and increasing their support for the Palestinian cause.

(Source / 30.12.2021)

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