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Military court says Spaniard accused over NGO fundraising not tied to groups

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Published: 19 November 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

After ministers say woman's plea deal proves designation of six Palestinian groups as terror groups was justified, court reaffirms she had no ties to them

A MILITARY COURT has refuted a claim by the defence and foreign ministries that the government hoped to use as justification for its labelling of six Palestinian organisations as terror groups.

The Spanish woman convicted of fundraising for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, whose case Israel planned to cite as evidence that its decision was valid, was unaware of and did not take part in the six organizations' activities, the military court said on Tuesday at the Ofer military base.

The court was making a clarification at the request of Spanish citizen Juana Rashmawi's lawyers, after Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid issued a joint statement linking Rashmawi to the six groups by name.

FULL STORY Spaniard Israel claimed was tied to six blacklisted Palestinian NGOs is not, military court says (Haaretz)

Photo: Juana Rashmawi in custody, last week (Hagar Shezaf)

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