Netherlands ends funding to Palestinian agricultural NGO outlawed by Israel

A man wearing UAWC t-shirt harvest an olive tree in occupied West Bank Facebook
A man wearing a Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) t-shirt harvest an olive tree in a Palestinian village occupied West Bank, October 2020 (credit: Facebook)
Fallout continues for non-profit groups that Israel has outlawed.

By Mustafa Abu Sneineh | Middle East Eye | Jan 6, 2022

“From the onset, this investigation was politically motivated and responded to pressure of the Israeli government and malign organizations affiliated with it,”
— Union of Agricultural Work Committees

The Dutch government has ended its funding for Palestine’s Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), one of six non-profit groups recently outlawed by Israel.

In October, Israel designated the Palestinian human rights groups “terrorist organizations,” saying that they acted as “part of a network of organisations operating under cover in the international arena” on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

On Wednesday, UAWC said it was “shocked and saddened” by the Netherlands’ decision to stop its funding.

“With this fateful decision, the Dutch government is not just abandoning UAWC, but Palestinian civil society at large,” the statement said.

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