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Israel designates Palestinian fund as terror group, but it might be just a first step

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman recently declared the Palestinian National Fund a terrorist organization for its “continuing and ongoing activity in providing massive support for elements responsible for committing severe acts of terrorism against Israel.” The designation was groundbreaking, but it might be just the first step in thwarting the fund’s influence.

A statement released by Israel’s Defense Ministry affirmed, “As of today, all necessary actions will be taken in Israel and overseas in order to seize and confiscate property and assets designated for, or belonging to, the fund.”

According to Israeli counter-terrorism expert Boaz Ganor, founder of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), defining an entity as a terrorist organization allows a government to prosecute the group’s members, confiscate its funds and take over its facilities and properties.

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