On 19 May 2021, the Palestinians in Europe Conference (PEC) launched a campaign urging its Facebook followers to contact European media outlets over their alleged partiality towards Israel in the Middle East conflict. According to the PEC Facebook post:
Days ago, many people around the world went out to demonstrate [peacefully] to express their rejection of the violent attacks and the siege imposed on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. Most European media speaks about the right of [the] Israeli occupation to defend itself. These reports ignore civilian victims on the Palestinian side. [Translated from Arabic using Google.]
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The group called on its followers to take the lead in demanding European media “objectively” report on the conflict, providing a list of email addresses of editors at leading news outlets from countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and France.
The Palestinians in Europe Conference is a group sponsored by the UK-based Palestinian Return Centre, a Palestine advocacy group with ties to both Hamas and the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB). Its recently-elected leader Amin Abou Rashed has also served as leader of the now-defunct Al-Aqsa Foundation, the Dutch member of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities that in 2000 was designated by the United States as a financing entity for Hamas.
Prior reporting by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) about the European Hamas support infrastructure has included:
- A May 2021 report that UK Labour Muslim Network had hosted a “Virtual Iftar” featuring pro-Hamas activists and GMB leaders.
- A May 2012 report that a virtual GMB scholars conference brought together a UN-sanctioned terrorism financier, GMB leaders, and a British organization known to be pro-Hamas.
- A May 2021 report that an Irish MP and a member of the Israeli Parliament were among the panelists of an online roundtable on the topic of Jerusalem that was organized by a coalition of UK Muslim Brotherhood and pro-Hamas groups.
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