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Major banks stop money transfers to Palestinian NGO after pressures from pro-Israeli lobby group

By Alicia Ramos Perez - July 03, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [PFLP]

On June 26, the pro-Israeli lobbying group UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) claimed 'success’ for stopping Citibank and the Arab Bank from allowing donations to be transferred to a NGO Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI-P). 

The lobbying group alleged that DCI-P is “closely linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group, and can no longer receive donations in US Dollars, Euros and Sterling Pounds via bank transfers from Citibank and Arab Bank.”
Caroline Turner, the director of UKLFI stated; “I am extremely pleased that we are succeeding in shutting down the transfer of donations to this terror linked NGO”.
UKFLI hailed the move from the banks, as they claimed that DCI-P had members who were connected in some way with PFLP.
PFLP is considered as a terrorist group by Israel, United States, Canada, Australia and the European Union. However, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) back in 2017 stated to the UN that “Hamas and the PFLP were not terrorist organisations.”
Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the PLO also stated that Hamas and PFLP are a Palestinian political party.
The Defence for Children International Palestine is an NGO that is committed to secure a just and viable future for Palestinian children in the oPt.
They do so by delivering advocacy and free legal aid for the Palestinian children that have been arrested by the occupation forces. It also documents the human rights violations committed by Israel.
Established over 20 years ago, the DCI-P holds consultative status on the UN Economic and Social Council, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
The group has long stood with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This is not the first time a pro-Israel lobby groups have been taking such an action of convincing policymakers and businesses.
Any attempt of Palestinian resistance, which includes non-violent BDS movement or advocacy for the Palestinian cause can be deemed as terrorism by the groups.
In May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Director for Palestine and Israel, Omar Shakir, was expelled from Israel under the grounds that he allegedly supported BDS predating his role in HRW.
In 2017, the Israeli government pressured Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen to stop funding Palestinian NGO’s that promoted BDS campaigns against Israel.

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