State Department Spokesperson Ned Price noted that Israel did not consult with the U.S. in advance of its decision
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price in June.Credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/ REUTERS
WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department on Friday said it will seek clarification from Israel over its decision to declare six civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations, in perhaps the Biden administration's harshest public rebuke of Israel since taking office.
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price noted that Israel did not consult with the U.S. in advance of its decision.
Price added that the U.S. believes human rights organizations and civil society are of critical importance for good governance.
Earlier on Friday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has signed an order declaring six civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations.
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A statement by the Defense Ministry said that the organizations operate in a network run by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group.
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