The Israeli army this Sunday certified the designation of six Palestinian NGOs as “unauthorized organizations” – the official name the military uses to describe terrorist groups – which already enables their troops to conduct operations against members of these groups within the country West Bank perform.
The decision was initially made by the Israel Defense Ministry last month, but it is only now that the army has confirmed the practical application of the term.
It must be remembered that the Ministry of Defense, as a division of the Israeli government, had no real powers to take action against these NGOs, which operate mainly in the West Bank. All of this changes with the military designation. The Central Command of the Israel Defense Forces has the ability to decide operations and can now intervene against these groups.
The army makes this decision after “receiving extensive, varied and reliable information indicating that these organizations are in fact a faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP),” according to the Times of Israel Explanation ‘.
Organizations include Al Haq and Defense for Children International, a self-help group for Palestinian children. According to the Israel Defense Ministry, the six organizations employ senior PFLP members, “including activists involved in terrorist activities”.