Defence for Children International - Palestine Section
March 08, 2011
- Website: http://dci-pal.org/
- Established in 1992, DCI/PS is affiliated with the Geneva-based Defence for Children International, an NGO established in 1979, with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe.
- Mission: “Promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as well as other international, regional and local standards.”
- Does not publish a list of donors. According to its annual report, revenues in 2008 were $1,084,357.
- Known support includes a €600,000 grant from the EU (March 2009 - March 2012) for a project entitled “Promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children affected by armed conflict and occupation.” The NGO is also receiving $639,000 in 2010-2012 from NDC (joint funds from Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, and Netherlands), and £12,500 from the UK. In 2009-2011, the Swedish government is providing 459,000 SEK via Save the Children Sweden to DCI-PS.
- DCI-PS supports BDS campaigns, and is an active participant in boycott efforts in the framework of the UN and other venues. Also lobbies the UN and the EU to promote these campaigns.
- Calls for Israel to “accept historical and legal responsibility for the Nakba, and recognise the principle of the right to return that was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution No. 194 in 1948.”
- Published an ‘urgent appeal,’ calling the UN Human Rights Council members to “endorse all the recommendations contained in the Goldstone report…and submit the report to the General Assembly and the Prosecutor of the ICC for appropriate action.”
- After the “Free Gaza flotilla,” DCI-PS joined other NGOs in petitioning “the international community as a whole,” to “enforce sanctions against Israel until such time as ends the siege of Gaza and the occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories.” The same letter urged the EU to “suspend or cancel the EU-Israel Association Agreement” and demanded that “the UN  act immediately to implement the recommendations of the Goldstone report.”
- Accused Israel of “deliberate targeting of civilians” in Lebanon, “terrorizing the civilian population” in Gaza, and “collective punishment,” and referred to the Gaza conflict as Israel’s “illegal act of aggression.”
- Published a list alleging that 352 children died “as a direct result of Israel's military offensive” in the Gaza war. (PCHR claimed that 313 children were killed during the fighting.) Some of the individuals on DCI-PS’ list, such as Ibrahim Mostafa Fraih Sa’id and Ibrahim Abed al-Rahim Rajab Suliman, have been identified by B’Tselem and PCHR as combatants. In these instances, DCI-PS wrote, “Despite DCI-Palestine’s best endeavours to collect affidavits from eyewitnesses to [the child’s] death, no reliable evidence could be gathered.”
- DCI-PS continues to promote the libel of a “Jenin massacre” on its website, including a statement on the “horror” of the “Israeli army massacre in Jenin refugee camp.”
- An op-ed published by DCI-PS director Rifat Odeh Kassis (March 1, 2011) on Electronic Intifada promoting the antisemitic canard of dual loyalties against Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal, characterizing him as “so blind, so brazen, so hypocritical and so unjust.”
- Kassis is also the coordinator and spokesperson for the Kairos Palestine document that advocates BDS targeting Israel, noting that “These advocacy campaigns must be carried out with courage, openly sincerely proclaiming that their object is not revenge but rather to put an end to the existing evil.” In addition to BDS, it reflects supersessionist theology, exploits related themes to demonize Israel, denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel, and ignores the extreme harassment and violence committed by Palestinians against Christians.
- DCI-PS’s board of directors includes Shawan Jabarin (director of Al Haq and board member of HRW), who has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan on account of his alleged ties to the PFLP terror group.
- Defence for Children International – Palestine Section (DCI-PS): Summary Report on Political Advocacy and Credibility of Allegations, NGO Monitor Factsheets, August 2, 2012
- Child soldiers of Hamas not the sole victims of a conflict clouded by propaganda, Gerald M. Steinberg, The Australian, December 3, 2011
- NGO and Goldstone Casualty Claims Contradicted, NGO Monitor Reports, December 29, 2010