BDS IN THE PEWS
Christian Aid (UK)
May 13, 2014
http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/ Christian Aid’s activities date back to the 1940s. The organization
operates in more than 50 countries and is heavily subsidized by the British, Irish, Scottish, U.S., Norwegian, and EU governments. Serves as the official relief, development and advocacy agency of 41
sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland, and is part of the worldwide church community.
Funding: 2012/13 income of £94,445 million. Christian Aid gave
361,839 CHF in 2010 and 224,957 in 2011, and CHF 297,258 in 2012 to the World Council of Churches (WCC). WCC plays a key role in mobilizing the church BDS effort globally.
Political Advocacy: Assumes a highly biased and politicized approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Its publications systematically ignore Palestinian responsibility in the conflict and minimize Israel’s right to self-defense. Partner organizations include some of the most radical NGOs operating in the region:
Sabeel, Zochrot, Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Adalah, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC), Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (PHR-I), Alternative Information Center (AIC), and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
Contributed to the 2013 Zochrot conference, “ From Truth to Redress: Realizing the Return of Palestinian Refugees.” Insisting on a “right of return” for 1948 Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants amounts to a call for the elimination of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. On October 30, 2012, twenty-two NGOs, including Christian Aid, released a report, “
Trading Away Peace: How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli Settlements.” The report repeats the BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) agenda, calling on the EU and national governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel. In June 2011, Christian Aid published “
Locked Out: Palestinian Refugees and the Key to Peace,” a biased report demanding that Israel accept Palestinian positions solely based on the Palestinian narrative and refugee claims. There is no parallel call on the Palestinians to acknowledge Israeli claims and no recognition of the need for mutual compromise. In June 2012 Christian Aid
issued a call for legislation to ban the import of goods to the UK from Israeli settlements. At the Methodist Conference in July 2012 a motion was passed supporting this call. In November 2012, Christian Aid, in partnership with the North East Ecumenical Accompaniers, CAFOD, Friends of Sabeel UK, and others, organized a conference on
Peace and Justice in the Holy Land that took place in Gateshead, England. The conference relied exclusively on the Palestinian narrative and absolved Palestinians from any responsibility in the conflict. In October 2007, Christian Aid was listed as a “
partner" supporting an Ittijah-initiated conference held in Cyprus. The conference included some of the most ardent supporters of BDS, such as the Palestinian Grassroots anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (PGAAWC), Palestine BDS Campaign, and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). The conference’s final statement called upon NGOs to “turn utmost attention to the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign against Israel and pursuing the parastata Zionist organizations worldwide.”
Christian Aid Essentials:
Major UK Churches Adopt Christian Aid's Anti-Israel BDS Agenda, Chanah Shapira, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), November 23, 2011
Christian Aid Palestinian refugees report ' misleading', Jennifer Lipman, The Jewish Chronicle, July 7, 2011 (regarding " Locked Out: Palestinian Refugees and the Key to Peace")
Christian Aid 2008 Update: Promoting Conflict, NGO Monitor Report, November 25, 2008.
Christian Aid denies it is biased in the Middle East, Church of England Newspaper, September 14, 2007.
Christian Aid´s Myopic Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Continues, NGO Monitor Report, August 22, 2007.