Global Coalition letter to FATF on Israeli designation of 6 NPOs citing FATF requirements

The Global NPO Coalition has sent a letter to the FATF President on the misuse of FATF Recommendation 8 as part of the Israeli government’s effort to justify its 22 October terrorism designations of six Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations. On 1 November Ambassador Gilhad Erdan, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, wrote a letter to the President of the UN Security Council that describes the designations of the Palestinian groups, citing and extensively quoting FATF Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note: implying that the designation of these groups was necessary to meet international requirements, including FATF standards. 

The Coalition is concerned about the politicization of the FATF process, which will in turn weaken support for FATF’s recommendations and implementation of the risk-based approach in line with international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law.

The Global NPO Coalition has, therefore, urged the FATF to disavow Israel’s attempts to justify its actions by claiming they somehow are necessary to implement Recommendation 8.