The BDS campaign is directed by a network of NGOs, some of them linked to terrorist organizations such as Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. These terrorist groups understand that armed struggle is not so popular in the west, and concentrate their efforts in apparently innocent civilian actions. Besides, the terrorist organizations use these NGOs to raise the funds they cannot obtain in another way. A detailed investigation by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Information of Israel was able to identify 42 NGOs of a total of 300 organizations in the world that promote delegitimation and boycott the State of Israel. These links can be seen in several levels: joint campaigns, shares operations and financial and logistic aid, among others.
This method that hides the linkages between the NGOs and terrorist organizations has allowed western authorities, mainly in Europe, to consider past and present terrorist operators and these boycott actions as legitimate forms of civilian manifestations. Here is a concrete example. Mohammed Sawalha (alias Abu Abada) was a member of the political branch of Hamas between 2013 and 2017, and a senior military agent of Hamas in Samaria at the end of the 80s. While being investigated by Israeli agents, he flew to Jordan with false documents and then to Great Britain, where he currently lives. Sawalha founded the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and later the British Muslim Initiative (BMI). He had a central role in planning the Mavi Marmara Flotilla in 2010. An example of a pro-terrorist NGO is the British Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA). The main headquarters are in Leicester, with branches in London, Bradford and Glasgow. The founder of this NGO was in the Mavi Marmara, at the same time he was leading land-based campaigns to move funds to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.