BDS IN THE PEWS
May 26, 2011
- Based in Germany and Switzerland, with projects in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Asia.
- Mission: “Medico International struggles for the human right to the best possible access to good health. In doing so we support local partners... in their endeavors to create the economic, social and cultural conditions which allow each person to attain the highest health standard possible.”
- Appears to sponsor development programs -- “Campaign for early diagnosis of breast cancer in Gaza Strip”; “Advancement of rural bee-keeping in the Jordan Valley”
- Also funds highly politicized Israeli and Palestinian advocacy NGOs, including Breaking the Silence (BtS), Zochrot, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I), and Al-Mezan. Medico’s program with Zochrot is entitled, “Research about practical aspects in returning back to Israel for palestinian (sic) refugees.”
- MI’s Swiss website features demonizing rhetoric against Israel: “One-and-a-half years after Israeli army perpetrated a massacre upon the population of Gaza, Apartheid Israel commits another crime against partisans of Palestine in international waters.”
- MI’s website includes quotes referring to Israel’s policy as “oppression and strangulation.”
- Israeli director Tsafrir Cohen has urged German politicians to pressure Israel and to “fight against Israeli occupation.”
- Refers to Gaza as the “largest prison in the world,” claims that Israel pursues a “system of continuous violation of the most elementary basic needs,” and demands that “the politicians responsible for the war crimes in Gaza” be “held accountable.”
- Condemned the May 2010 flotilla events: “The shocking and bloody seizure of support ships at sea shows that the Israeli government under its security doctrine is ready to use any military means and to override international law.”
- MI’s 2009 Israel/Palestine budget - €989,551.39. Donors include the European Union (via the European Union Community Humanitarian Office – ECHO), German Federal Foreign Office, and the German Representative Office in Ramallah.
- Advertized a “book presentation” with Breaking the Silence (BtS) in Ramallah on May 17, 2011, to launch “Occupation of the Territories: Israeli Soldier Testimonies 2000-2010.” Following criticism from NGO Monitor, the event was cancelled. MI’s Israel director Tsafrir Cohen claimed that funding for BtS comes from MI’s “own donations, i.e. there are no state or EU moneys involved.”