Report: Palestinian Terror Group PFLP Siphoned Millions in European Donations to Affiliated Charities and NGOs
Reuters: “Among their donors are Spain, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, the EU and Switzerland.”
The Israeli security services have uncovered a terrorism financing network tying European governments and charities to a leading Palestinian terrorist group.
The terrorist outfit Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) diverted millions of euros from European donors, Israel’s Shin Bet agency uncovered. “Among their donors are Spain, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, the EU and Switzerland,” the Reuters reported citing Israeli sources.
The money given to PFLP-run charities and NGOs ended up recruiting, arming and bolstering the terrorist infrastructure. “The European funds were used to fund attacks and buildup of forces, subsidize families of PFLP terrorists, pay salaries to activists, expand recruitment activities, and promote the group’s ideology,” the Jerusalem Post revealed.
The PFLP, a Palestinian Marxist-Leninist group, first gained notoriety in the 1970s for carrying out a series of deadly aircraft hijackings — often in collusion with leftwing German terrorist groups. The outfit continues to carry out terror attack against Israel civilians and military personnel. The PFLP is designated as a terrorist organization by governments around the world, including the United States and the European Union.
The Jewish News Syndicate reported the details of the Israeli investigation:
Israel’s Shin Bet announced that it has uncovered a financing network for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) where the terror group stole millions of euros from European aid organizations and governments to fund terrorist activities.
“PFLP institutions deceived aid organizations in Europe through a number of methods—reporting on fictitious projects, transferring false documents, forging and inflating invoices, diverting tenders, forging documents and bank signatures, reporting inflated salaries and more,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.
The money, operating under the guide of humanitarian assistance under a “Health Committee,” was used to pay families of slain terrorists, recruit new operatives and spread its messaging throughout the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem, according to the Shin Bet. (…)
According to NGO Monitor, between 2014 and 2021, the governments of Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland Germany, France, Norway, Switzerland and the European Union provided more than €200 million (more than $240 million) to the PFLP NGO network, including to the Health Work Committees.
NGO Monitor’s chief Gerald M. Steinberg, whose organization is dedicated to exposing foreign funding going to Palestinian terrorist groups, wrote an op-ed in an Israeli newspaper highlighting Europe’s appalling track record of financing terrorism:
The arrest and indictment of a number of four individuals with high-level positions in the benignly named Health Workers Committee, who are charged with diverting NGO funds directly to terror groups, shines a bright spotlight on this core dimension of the NGO industry. After many years of hiding the details and denying the extensive evidence of links published in NGO Monitor research reports, it will now be harder for the European officials in charge of the funding to continue to claim “we did not know”, “the evidence you provide is not absolute proof…”, or “we do not need to examine the recipients because other countries and the UN are funding the same groups.” (Israel Hayom newspaper, May 9, 2021)
The mass-scale European funding for Palestinian terrorist groups should not come as surprise to anyone. In recent years, Jerusalem has repeatedly pleaded with the EU and European governments to stop financing terrorism against its citizens.
In January 2020, the than-Israeli Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, wrote a letter urging Brussels to stop funding terrorism-linked front groups and NGOs. The minister explicitly mentioned the PFLP as one of the chief beneficiary.
“The EU has given in to the Palestinian steamroller of pressure. Millions of euros that went to Addameer show the real threat posed by the EU decision. This is a dangerous precedent,” Minister Erdan said in a press conference in May 2020.
The PFLP has made substantial inroads into U.S. and European academia, including anti-Israel boycott movement, or the BDS, on college campuses. Convicted PFLP terrorist, Rasmea Odeh, is a highly sought-out speaker for anti-Israel groups on Western campuses. Odeh masterminded the 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two Hebrew University students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner.
The damning revelations once again expose Europe’s criminal neglect when it comes to financing Palestinian terrorist groups. With the rise of Islamic terrorism in the continent — thanks largely to the EU’s open door immigration policies, it cannot be in Europe’s self-interest to keep rearing these Palestinian and jihadi terrorist outfits, and their front groups.
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