The terrorist accused of killing an Israeli teen by planting a bomb at a popular hiking spot worked for a European-funded NGO that has ties to BDS, according to an Israeli organization.
NGO Monitor reported on Wednesday that Samer Arbid, a leader of a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist cell, was listed as an accountant for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, an NGO that represents Palestinians detained in Israel.
Arbid is accused of detonating the bomb that killed 17-year-old Rina Shnerb in August.
This is not his first arrest. During the second Intifada he was arrested for preparing explosive devices for the PFLP. He was arrested on Sunday and is in critical condition at an Israeli hospital after his interrogation by Israel’s Shin Bet.
The organization Addameer, and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) — where Arbid has also worked — have received funding from numerous European governments. Both organizations have ties to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
“Our reports on the group, which previously identified Arbid by name, leave no doubt that European governments and UN agencies should immediately cease funding Addameer and launch a thorough investigation of how taxpayers’ funds were disbursed to a group with a clear, terror-linked record,” —Gerald Steinberg, founder and president of NGO Monitor.
“For years, we have been warning about the phenomenon of European governmental support for Palestinian civil-society organizations linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an internationally-designated terror-group,” Steinberg said. “This week’s announcement makes clear that the PFLP remains active and deadly.”