Designated ‘Palestinian’ terror group to run for German parliament
Unlike the EU more broadly, Germany has not designated the group as a terrorist organizations
A group designated by the European Union as a terror organization is running for the German parliament, it was reported on Wednesday.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is responsible for some of the most horrific attacks on Israeli citizens since the 70s, has reportedly teamed up with Germany’s Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPD), to appear on the ballot come the vote in September.
The German newspaper Jüdische Allgemeinereported Wednesday that the MLPD does not share the EU’s view that its new partner is a terrorist organization. According to the party’s statement, many organizations are wrongly criminalized under the pretext of the fight against terrorism.
“We demand the removal of revolutionary and anti-imperialist organizations from these ‘terror lists’,” read the statement, quoted by the Jüdische Allgemeine.
The party reportedly also plans to continue this partnership after the national vote. In the previous election, the MLPD won 0.1% of the vote, failing to meet the 5% threshold required to enter the German parliament.
The mooted partnership is unlikely to face any obstacles, because in contrast to the EU, Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has no issue with the PFLP, noted the newspaper, because the group has yet to carry out any militant actions on German soil.
It opens the door to the group – responsible for several aircraft hijackings and other deadly attacks on Israeli targets over decades – to receive federal campaign funding after the next election, if the joint list polls more than 0.5%.
German and Israeli politicians recently protested the German policy on the matter, calling German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to ban the activities of the PFLP in Germany, as well as those of Hezbollah.
“It cannot be that terror organizations in Germany advertise events, that such organizations recruit supporters and the responsible authorities do not have the legal possibilities to stop these events. Now it’s time for actions,” read the letter.
“It should not have come to this,” stated German lawmaker Volker Beck, who heads the German-Israeli parliamentary friendship group, following the report. “The Interior Ministry must now act quickly and ban the PFLP,” he added, reminding that the organization was most recently responsible for a knife attack in Jerusalem in June that left one dead and several injured.
“The mistake [to allow the party to register in the election] lies with the Interior Ministry. Even though claiming to have the PFLP in the sights of the security authorities, it avoided instituting a ban. Now there is a new situation. Anyone who gives money to the PFLP, is guilty of supporting terrorism abroad. Now they will receive federal campaign funding.”