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The Case for Designating Samidoun 
a Terror Organization in Europe

Founded in 2012, Samidoun serves as an affiliate for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been designated as a terror group by the EU, as well as the United States, Canada, Israel and others. 

Samidoun claims to be “an international network of organizers and activists working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom.” They operate globally, with a strong presence in Europe and headquarters in Brussels. The reality however is that Samidoun, and key Samidoun leaders, serve as an inseparable arm of the PFLP and are inextricably tied to the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

 In 2021, the Israeli government designated Samidoun a terrorist organization, on the basis of overwhelming and compelling evidence of the group’s connection to PFLP. A 2022 Berlin Appellate court decision reaffirmed the link between Samidoun leader Khaled Barakat and PFLP, a connection he has not denied. 

The key question is for how much longer will the European Union keep turning its back and allow Samidoun to continue operating unabated, while Iran further spreads its tentacles of terror in Europe?

The following report and research by the ILF makes the case for the European Union to take immediate steps to designate Samidoun and key Samidoun leaders to the EU Terror List.

Read our report

A Newsweek Op-Ed by ILF CEO Arsen Ostrovsky and Chair of IMPAC, Patricia Teitelbaum, on how Iran's tentacles are reaching into Europe, through a deep-seated and systematic axis-of-terror with PFLP and Palestinian group Samidoun

ILF CEO Arsen Ostrovsky Addresses European Parliament in Brussels at IMPAC-convened Hearing with Members of Parliament & International Experts on Countering Radicalization and Designating Samidoun as a Terrorist Organization. 


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