Sunday, February 18, 2018

Israel dissolves 7 NGOs for backing outlawed Islamic Movement - Yair Altman

by Yair Altman

Groups claiming to be raising funds for educational, social and cultural projects are liquidated after it emerges that they are affiliated with the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch, which was outlawed in November 2015 over its support for terrorism.

Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement's 
Northern Branch
Photo: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch

The Israeli government dissolved seven nongovernmental organizations and associations in 2017 after it was proved they were affiliated with the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch, which was outlawed in November 2015 over its support for terrorism.

Among the seven were QPress, which purported to provide professional services to legal institutions and associations to promote and market public projects, the Almasra Association, which claimed to raise funds for educational and cultural projects, and the El-Assara Association for the Development of Society, which engaged in fundraising for NGOs.

Liquidation proceedings are ongoing for another NGO also believed to be associated with the Islamic Movement.

The Registrar of Associations in Israel headed the proceedings against all the NGOs, which were put on notice. The decision to ask the courts to dissolve them was made in conjunction with the Israeli Corporations Authority's Enforcement Division and the Justice Ministry.

Another NGO, Al-Akara, which claimed to promote higher education in the Arab sector, was dissolved in 2016.

In January, the Lajnat al-Amal al-Zarai, or the Committee of Agricultural Work, was dissolved after evidence suggested it funneled millions of dollars to the Gaza Strip-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Yair Altman


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