Protest in support of Palestine in Sydney. (Green Left)

West throws Palestinian rights groups to the wolves

Israel’s criminalisation of Palestinians resisting foreign domination did not begin with the  declaring six prominent groups “terror organisations”.

This dangerous development is only the logical outcome of decades of impunity and repression against any Palestinian assembly that challenges Israel’s regime of apartheid, occupation and colonisation.

One of the groups targeted by Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz’s “terror” designation order is , which was founded in 1979 and is one of the oldest Arab human rights organisations.

Now Israel is applying a draconian 2016 anti-terror law for the first time, accusing Al-Haq and five other groups of operating as covert arms of the , a leftist political party and resistance organisation.

That group is banned by Israel as well as the United States and the European Union because it refuses to go along with the Oslo accords surrender – refuses to recognise Israel and renounce armed resistance.

International law recognises the  in anti-colonial and anti-occupation struggles against foreign domination.

Criminalising resistance groups like the PFLP serves the oppressor.

Israel has repeatedly jailed lawmaker and human rights defender  based on her membership with the PFLP without meaningful protest from Washington and Brussels.

Governments have criminalised the Palestinian movement for national liberation by designating the PFLP and other factions that reject normalisation with their oppressor as terror organisations.

Read the article by Maureen Clare Murphy in Green Left.