Visa of Palestinian office to Israel delayed amid expectations of diplomatic tiff https://t.co/fp7eWmPzj1 — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) September 20, 2018
The Israeli Foreign Ministry will issue a “Black List” of Palestinian civil society groups Friday, according to media reports, putting each on a list of designated terrorists.
Announcing the six entities Friday morning on Facebook, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “the Israeli government is committed to thwarting the provocations and genocidal aims of Hamas and its supporters.”
He added that “we will do whatever it takes to maintain our sovereignty and our security, while recognizing the right of our neighbors to exist in peace and security.”
Netanyahu did not make clear whether he intends to either re-deploy Palestinian authority-run Palestinian territories or to block Palestinian Authority schools and institutions from operating in Israel in an effort to cripple the financial support of terrorist organizations, according to The Times of Israel.
Netanyahu’s office had sought to unblock the visas of the civil society organizations in hopes of improving ties with the Palestinians.
Palestinians not participating in terror activities will not be forced to “bow to international pressure to disband,” Israeli Spokesman Nir Hefetz told Israel Radio, referring to the civil society groups on the list.
Immediately after the news of the “Black List” came to light on Thursday, the United States’ Palestinian Human Rights Commissioner, Sarah Leah Whitson, responded in a statement that the Israeli measures are “outrageous” and that “Palestine’s supporters are worried that another punitive and unnecessary step is being taken towards Palestinian civilians at this crucial moment.”
LIST: Palestinians targeted for move to White House https://t.co/8Ky0W7G3bW via @HuffPost — Sarah Leah Whitson (@SarahAW) September 20, 2018
Israel Press release on Palestinian boycott list: “this list is expected to eventually comprise about 100 persons…” in the end, a list featuring more than 3,300 Palestinian names: from Hamas to youth clubs and scientific institutions in Gaza, and universities and hospitals in the West Bank/East Jerusalem — Barrie Zwicker (@bzwicker) September 20, 2018
Barbra Goldberg, an Israeli political commentator for Haaretz who was one of the first to report the move to the name of the group, told The Jerusalem Post that “‘blacklisting’ civil society organizations is the continuation of Israel’s freeze of the Palestinian Authority.”
She continued, “‘Israel is once again using civil society as a tool against its neighbor. Civil society is the Middle East’s most politically vulnerable target. Israel is inflicting more pain by scaring them into submission.’”