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Arab League designates 60 Israeli organizations as terror entities

In this photo released by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delegates and foreign ministers of member states convene at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, ON May 7, 2023.

The Arab League has designated 60 Israeli organizations and far-right settler groups as terror entities over their involvement in recurrent incursions into the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds and illegal settlement expansion activities across the West Bank.

The decision was taken during a meeting, where the league also approved a list of 22 Israeli figures implicated in “endorsing the genocide” against the Palestinian people, setting the stage for legal actions against them.

Additionally, the Arab League agreed to boycott 97 companies and institutions operating within Israeli settlements, in line with the Human Rights Council's database. The Arab League now anticipates member states to implement these resolutions promptly.

The regional organization also repudiated Israel's systematic incitement campaigns against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), urging countries that have cut their funding to the relief and human development agency to reconsider.

Canada, Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Japan, Austria and Romania have joined the United States in freezing aid to UNRWA after several of its staff were accused by Israel of involvement in the October 7 Operation Al-Aqsa Strom against the occupying regime.

The Arab League further called on Arab ministries and bodies related to childhood and motherhood to coordinate with international counterparts to provide medical and humanitarian aid to thousands of Palestinian children, especially those amputated or orphaned due to “Israeli aggression and massacres.”

Condemning the continuous Israeli crimes against Palestinians, targeting over 100,000 civilians resulting in deaths and injuries, and the ongoing lethal siege and systematic destruction in Gaza, the Cairo-based political organization highlighted the dire situation in Rafah.

It warned against the forced displacement of nearly 1.5 million Palestinians to the southernmost parts of the Gaza Strip, close to the Egyptian border, as a systematic Israeli aggression, terming it an “assault on Arab national security."

The league called on the UN Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to halt Israeli aggression and forced displacement against Palestinians, ensure the flow of relief aid throughout Gaza, enforce the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice, and fully implement related Security Council resolutions on the Palestinian issue, specifically Resolutions 2720 and 2721. 

Since early October, Israel has killed more than 28,500 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the besieged territory. The regime was caught off-guard by Operation Al-Aqsa Storm conducted by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on October 7.

The Israeli campaign has devastated large swathes of Gaza, destroyed hospitals and displaced half of its population of 2.4 million. 

Israel has also imposed a “complete siege” on Gaza, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the people living there.

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