Abbas, Fayyad ban 103 charities in crackdown on Hamas

The "caretaker" government of Acting Palestinian PM Fayyad published a list of some 103 Palestinian NGOs, which were outlawed under a decree issued by President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas, Fayyad ban 103 charities in crackdown on Hamas
The "caretaker" government of Acting Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad Thursday published a list of some 103 Palestinian non-governmental organizations, which were outlawed under a decree issued by President Mahmoud Abbas.

The list, published in the Ramallah-based, semi-official al-Ayyam daily, contained many NGO's which were either related to Hamas or Islamist.

The NGO's were closed down for "technical reasons", including lack of proper registration, officials in Ramallah claimed.

But Hamas slammed the move and the published list as an attempt to crack down on it.

Abbas issued the decree shortly after the Islamic movement violently seized sole control of the Gaza Strip from his Fatah-dominated security forces in mid-June.

Hamas also charged that Abbas coordinated the move with Israel.

"This decision was coordinated with Israel and the US Administration and aims to weaken Hamas and uproot it," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told reporters in Gaza Thursday.

Fadwa Shaer, the director general of NGOs in the interior ministry in Ramallahsaid the decision to shut down the charities or freeze their bank accounts "was based on precise and intensive review which showed that these organisations did not abide by the law and some existed only on paper."

But the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) too critized the move.

"PCHR is extremely concerned by the decision" to dissolve 103 NGO's, it said in a statement, adding it feared the step was another restriction civil society imposed as part of the state of emergency declared by Abbas on June 14.


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