Israel brands Palestinian fund terrorist organisation

Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently detained in Israeli prisons, according to Palestinian rights groups. 

Published: 17th March 2017 02:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2017 02:13 AM   |  A+A-

Israeli Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman (AP)

By AFP

JERUSALEM: Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday labelled the Palestinian National Fund, which provides assistance to Palestinians held in Israeli jails, a "terrorist organisation", his office said.

In a statement, it said the decision "stems from (the fund's) continuing and ongoing activity in providing massive support for elements responsible for committing severe acts of terrorism against Israel". 

Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently detained in Israeli prisons, according to Palestinian rights groups. 

Lieberman's office said the fund acts "as a significant financial pipeline for tens of millions of shekels that are transferred on a monthly basis to security prisoners held in Israel for committing acts of terrorism and to members of their families.

"As of today, all necessary actions will be taken in Israel and overseas in order to seize and confiscate property and assets designated for, or belonging to, the fund," it added.

Based in Amman, the fund is operated by Mahmud Abbas' Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

Hardliner Lieberman, defence minister since May, has been a fierce critic of the Palestinian president, regularly accusing Abbas of supporting extremism.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp