NETHERLANDS - Government Admits to Paying Terrorists

Arno Froese

Dutch civil servants took a picture with one of the terrorists charged with killing 17-year-old Rina Schnerb, The Jerusalem Post has learned, despite their government’s denial of any known connection between organizations they fund and terrorist groups.

The photograph from 2017, which can be found on the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah’s Facebook page, features Dutch officials, including Head of Cooperation in Ramallah Henny de Vries, and leaders of the Palestinian-run organization Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), to which the Dutch representative in Ramallah pledged nearly $20 million in 2013-2021.

Among the UAWC officials in the photo—though not named in the Facebook post—is Abdul Razeq Farraj, the NGO’s Finance and Administration director and who was indicted in October 2019 on four counts, including aiding an attempt to cause death in the terrorist attack on the Shnerb family that year and holding a position in a terrorist organization. 

Palestinian terrorists killed Shnerb on August 23, 2019, in a bombing attack at a spring near Dolev, injuring her father Rabbi Eitan Shnerb as well as her brother Dvir.

The commander of the PFLP terror cell that prepared and detonated the bomb was Samer Arbid, an accountant for UAWC at the time of his 2019 arrest.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and Development Minister Sigrid Kaag admitted to parliament that the Netherlands paid part of the salaries of terrorists involved in killing Shnerb last year.

In immediate response, the Netherlands suspended its donations to UAWC indefinitely, pending an investigation.

NGO Monitor said: “We sent letters to Dutch ministers of foreign affairs and development in late 2019 and in June this year, specifically about UAWC. The decision to freeze the funding and open an investigation is extremely important and shows accountability, but we hope it will also set a precedent and serve as an example for others like the EU, Germany, France and Italy who all have supported or still support UAWC.”, 23 July 2020

Arno's commentary

The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) is headquartered in Ramallah. Wikipedia states the “non-profit organization was established in 1986 to improve the performance and professionalism of Palestinian farmers.” Yet, within this organization, as is evident, members of terrorist organizations are placed in high positions; thus, they are co-responsible for terrorist activity. Finally, Dutch foreign minister Blok admitted that part of the salary of terrorists originated with Dutch foreign aid to Palestinians. The issue is clear: Europe, the world’s largest foreign aid contributor, rightfully supports the UAWC. But as this article shows, closer investigation is essential when it comes to avoiding part of the aid going to terrorists.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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