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Israeli Minister Erdan: ‘BDS masquerade is ending’, New report reveals over 100 different links between terror groups and organizations promoting anti-Israel boycotts 

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“Terrorist groups and the anti-Israel boycott campaign have united in their goal of wiping Israel off the map. Terrorist groups view boycotts as a complementary tactic to terror attacks. Following the exposure of over 100 links between terrorist groups and leading BDS organizations, I urge all governments and financial institutions to investigate the activities of these BDS organizations, and immediately end all funding and support which they provide to them.”

Examples of terrorists working in support of organizations that promote the boycotting of Israel include Laila Khaled and Mustafa Awad.

JERUSALEM—A new report published the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs  reveals over 100 different links between terror groups and organizations promoting anti-Israel boycotts, including the employment of 30 current and “retired” terror operatives by the BDS movement.

Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan declared: “Terrorist groups and the anti-Israel boycott campaign have united in their goal of wiping Israel off the map. Terrorist groups view boycotts as a complementary tactic to terror attacks. Following the exposure of over 100 links between terrorist groups and leading BDS organizations, I urge all governments and financial institutions to investigate the activities of these BDS organizations, and immediately end all funding and support which they provide to them.”

Thz report, titled  “Terrorists in Suits” reveals over 100 links shared between the internationally-designated terrorist organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) with at least 13 anti-Israel BDS promoting NGOs.

The report reveals how Hamas and the PFLP are utilizing a network of NGOs promoting boycotts against Israel as an additional tactic in their ultimate goal of dismantling the State of Israel. These organizations have successfully placed over 30 of their members, 20 of which have served time, including for murder, in senior positions within BDS-promoting NGOs.

The report documents how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel, and showcases that contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial, and active ties with terrorist groups.

The Israel-boycott organizations in question were also shown to have received millions of euros in funding from European countries and philanthropic foundations, while gaining access to additional funds through financial, crowdfunding and banking systems.

Examples of terrorists working in support of organizations that promote the boycotting of Israel include Laila Khaled and Mustafa Awad.

Khaled became infamous after participating in the hijacking of two civilian airliners, flights TWA 840 and El Al 219, and still remains active in the PFLP. She has fundraised for and promoted, anti-Israel boycott NGOs both in Europe and South Africa. In 2011 she was found to have taken part in the coordination of a terrorist cell planning on attacking sites in Jerusalem.

Furthermore, in October 2018 Khaled was quoted in an interview saying that “Palestine will be liberated through resistance in all its forms, first and foremost through armed struggle.”

Awad is currently serving time for his involvement in several terrorist organizations, including serving as a member of the PFLP and receiving training from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group. He also represented Samidoun in Brussels, an organization known for promoting boycotts against the State of Israel and advocating for the release of Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails, including those convicted of murdering civilians in terrorist PFLP attacks.

Another instance includes the BDS National Committee (BNC), the Ramallah-based leader of global boycott movements against Israel, which consists of 28 Palestinian boycott groups. The lead member of this coalition is the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces (PNIF), which includes five internationally-designated terrorist organizations including Hamas, the PFLP and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The American fundraising platform Donorbox recently suspended the BNC’s account after finding the group did indeed maintain ties to terrorist groups.

Over the past year, and following Israel’s activities to expose NGO terror ties, several

European countries have announced the reexamination and decrease in funding granted to organizations which promote boycotts against the State of Israel.

The report also showed how operatives in terrorist-organizations operate under the guise of “boycott activists” to gain access, and meet with, senior Western government officials and exert pressure to release convicted terrorists held in Israeli prisons.

The report stated that its purpose is to “remove the mask of NGOs promoting BDS by exposing in an in-depth study the true nature of this scheme.”

Lasty month, another extensive report published by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs showed that the European Union is still financing anti-Israel BDS groups, despite Israel’s request that it ceases to do so.

Israeli Minister Gilad Erdan has  dispatched a missive to Frederica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in which he demanded that the EU act on its statements opposing boycotts on Israel and stop financing organizations that promote them.

This letter was a follow-up for a similar letter Erdan sent Mogherini in May 2018 following the publication of an Israeli report detailing EU funding for NGOs involved in promoting BDS, some of which are connected to EU-designated terror organizations.

Questioned about this report, an EU spokesperson told European Jewish Press that ‘’allegations of the EU supporting incitement, terror, antisemitism or BDS actions are unfounded and unacceptable.’’

 

’”As we have done in the past, we will thoroughly analyse also the present report. We have offered to the Israeli government (Minister Erdan) to engage in a serious and constructive dialogue with us. We have not received a reply so far, but our offer still stands,’’ the spokeperson said.

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