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Banks withdraw services from terror linked NGO

UKLFI has succeeded in preventing Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI-P), a terrorist linked NGO, from receiving foreign currency donations by bank transfers from Citibank and Arab Bank PLC.

DCI-P, which has close links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group, can no longer receive donations in US Dollars, Euros and Pound sterling via bank transfers from Citibank and Arab Bank.

UKLFI wrote to Citibank and to Arab Bank in May 2018,   highlighting DCI-P’s links to the terrorist groups, and requested that Citibank and Arab Bank withdraw their banking services to DCI-P.  Now these banks no longer provide banking services to the terror linked NGO.

On 22 May 2018,  it was possible to send donations in US Dollars to DCI-P via Arab Bank PLC in Ramallah, or via Citi Bank in New York. .Now these banks no longer appear on DCI-P’s “other ways to give” website page.

Caroline Turner, director of UKLFI said “I am extremely pleased that we are succeeding in shutting down the transfer of donations to this terror linked NGO”.

DCI-P’s links to the PFLP

  1. Several of DCI-P’s board members have ties to the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). This is a terrorist organisation, designated as such by the UK and other countries including the US, EU, Canada and Israel. The goal of the PFLP is the destruction of the State of Israel.
  2. Mahmoud Jiddah, who was elected to the DCI-P board in May 2012, is reported to be a PFLP member. He was imprisoned by Israel for 17 years for carrying out grenade attacks against Israeli civilians in Jerusalem in 1968.
  3. Hassan Abed Aljawad, another DCI-P board member up to 2018, is described as a PFLP activis or leader representing the PFLP at public events.
  4. Shawan Jabarin, an alleged PFLP activist was a member of DCI-P’s board of directors from 2007 to 2014. Jabarin is Al Haq’s General Director. Jabarin was convicted in 1985 for recruiting members for the PFLP and arranging PFLP training outside Israel. In 1994 Jabarin was again arrested for PFLP links and placed in administrative detention for 6 months.  Israel’s noted in its submission that he “had not discontinued his terrorist involvement and maintains his position in the leadership of the PFLP.”
  5. Nassar Ibrahim and Dr Majed Nassar, who are alleged PFLP affiliates, were also on DCI-P’s board.
  6. DCI-P’s ’s latest published annual report for 2014 is dedicated to Hashem Abu Maria, one of its employees killed during a riot on 25 July 2014. DCI-P also posted a news alert on its website mourning the death of Abu Maria. However, Abu Maria was a member of the PFLP.   His obituary featured on the PFLP website and in its Facebook postings, where he was described as a fighter commander.