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EU declares support for Palestinian NGOs after Israeli raid on rights group

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks at the Palestinian Al-Haq Foundation in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Israel raided and closed an entrance to their offices, on August 18, 2022 (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks at the Palestinian Al-Haq Foundation in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Israel raided and closed an entrance to their offices, on August 18, 2022 (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

The European Union responds to the Israeli raid on Palestinian human rights groups in the West Bank that Jerusalem has branded terrorist organizations.

“Past allegations of misuse of EU funds in relation to certain Palestinian civil society organizations have not been substantiated,” EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell’s spokeswoman Nabila Massrali says when asked about the Ramallah raids.

“The EU will continue to stand by international law and support civil society organizations,” she adds.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh vows solidarity with Al Haq and the other non-governmental organizations raided overnight.

“This is not only an NGO, but this is also a State of Palestine institution –- therefore as long as they work within the law, we will stand solid with them,” Shtayyeh says as he visits the Al Haq offices.

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