Wed, 26 Jan 2022

RAMALLAH, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Palestine on Monday slammed the Netherlands' decision to halt financial aid to a Palestinian NGO blacklisted by Israel.

In an official statement, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that it summoned the Netherlands' representative Kees van Baar to express opposition to the "unjust and biased" decision to halt aid to the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) that operates in the West Bank and Gaza.

"The decision would negatively and directly affect tens of thousands of families with income based on agricultural activities, and thousands of acres of agricultural land in the areas threatened to be seized by Israel," the statement said.

Undersecretary of the Palestinian Foreign Ministry Amal Jadou informed van Baar that the Dutch government must withdraw its decision, "which is a dangerous precedent in undermining the work of civil society institutions," according to the statement.

The UAWC was outlawed by Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz in October last year.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that it had decided to cut off funding to the UAWC after finding some of its members were affiliated with the militant group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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