NGOs focused on Palestine are unfairly over-scrutinised.
From discriminatory audits to investigating allegations of terrorism financing to discriminatory revocations, the disproportionate burden of proof often falls unfairly on NGOs and charities today.
Instead of using established sources of reliable information and consulting reliable experts who: (1) actually speak Arabic; or (2) have expertise in the history or politics of the region; or; (3) have actually visited the region for research purposes, government agencies and banks lazily rely on biased opinions of media sources and fake “terrorism” experts that have a history of pushing disinformation, anti-Palestinian stereotyping and alleging links between charities and terrorist organizations around the world.
It is a box-ticking strategy that leads to arbitrariness and little else.
To overcome this, NGOs and charities ought to demand access to risk-assessment documents, which are key to understanding how government departments assesses terrorism-financing risks. To withhold this information from charities best proves this is nothing but a witch hunt against NGOs focused on Palestine, or Muslims.