Progressives on Friday denounced Israel for classifying six Palestinian human rights groups as \u0022terrorist organizations,\u0022 a move that effectively criminalizes them.\r\n\r\n\u0022There must be immediate consequences from the U.S. and the international community for this brazen act.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe six groups, most of which document human rights violations by Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), are Addameer, AlHaq, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International—Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees.\r\n\r\n\u0022The Israeli defense ministry said they were linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a secular political movement with an armed wing that in the past carried out attacks against Israel,\u0022 reported\u0026nbsp;The Guardian.\r\n\r\nThe Palestinian groups \u0022were active under the cover of civil society organizations, but in practice belong and constitute an arm of the [PFLP] leadership, the main activity of which is the liberation of Palestine and destruction of Israel,\u0022 the Israeli defense ministry said, according to the newspaper, which added:\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\nIt claimed they were \u0022controlled by senior leaders\u0022 of the PFLP and employed its members, including some who had \u0022participated in terror activity.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe groups serve as a \u0022central source\u0022 of financing for the PFLP and had received \u0022large sums of money from European countries and international organizations,\u0022 the defense ministry said.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe well-known human rights groups \u0022have received funding from E.U. member states, the United Nations, and other donors,\u0022 The Guardian noted.\r\n\r\nIn response to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz\u0026#039;s decision, Diala Shamas, an attorney at the U.S.-based Center for Constitutional Rights, said that \u0022after years of unsuccessful efforts to persuade, or bully, European and U.S. donors and allies to defund and discredit Palestinian human rights defenders, the Israeli government [gave] up and just criminalized them under Israeli law.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022This appalling and unjust decision is an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement,\u0022 Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement. \u0022How the international community responds will be a true test of its resolve to protect human rights defenders. We are proud to work with our Palestinian partners and have been doing so for decades. They represent the best of global civil society. We stand with them in challenging this outrageous decision.\u0022\r\n\r\nU.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), former co-chair and current member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC),\u0026nbsp;tweeted that \u0022Israel should rescind their blanket decision to label Palestinian civil rights organizations as terrorist groups.\u0026nbsp;Many of these organizations are working to bring peace in the region and are vocal critics [of] Hamas and the PA.\u0022\r\n\r\nU.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), also a CPC member, concurred, arguing that \u0022labeling effective NGOs \u0026#039;terrorists\u0026#039; is a textbook way to evade accountability for human rights violations—and an affront to everyone who cares about peace.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022There must be immediate consequences from the U.S. and the international community for this brazen act,\u0022 Omar said.