GOVERNMENT German very concerned about determination Israel out of six civil society groups Palestine important as a banned terrorist organization. This decision has also been criticized by the United Nations.
The Jewish state said its decision last week was due to its alleged funding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He accused six people of secretly working with the left-wing militant group, which pioneered hijacking in the 1970s to highlight the Palestinian cause and has been blacklisted by several Western governments.
“We are very concerned about Israel’s decision,” a spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The inclusion of the group on a terrorist list would have considerable political, legal and financial implications for them.
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The German government regularly examines allegations and indications of possible partner links with terrorist organizations. “We are awaiting further information from the Israeli government on its justification for this decision,” the spokesperson said.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called Israel’s decision an attack on freedoms of association, opinion and expression, as well as the right to public participation. Germany and Israel forged strong diplomatic relations in the decades following World War II, with Berlin pledging to preserve the Jewish state as a penance for the Holocaust.
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During her 16 years in office, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Israel’s national security a top priority in German foreign policy. He vowed he would be sued by future governments when he visited Jerusalem this month. (AFP / OL-14)