- Medico International states that it “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.”
- Based in Germany and Switzerland, with projects in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Asia.
- Funds highly politicized Israeli and Palestinian advocacy NGOs, including Breaking the Silence (BtS), Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I), Al-Mezan, Adalah, and Who Profits. (See below for complete funding information).
- Also sponsors development programs such as “Campaign for early diagnosis of breast cancer in Gaza Strip.” Some of these have highly political elements, including “Provision of sustainable energy services in the southern Hebron hills.”
- MI’s 2014 Israel/Palestine budget – €1.9 million (~$2.2 million). Donors include Germany (Federal Foreign Office [AA] and Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development [BMZ]).
- 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.”
- 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.”
|NGO Recipient||Amount||Year||Project Title|
|Who Profits||NIS 48,840|
|Physicians for Human Rights- Israel||NIS 50,000|
|Promoting health rights of residents in the West Bank and the public activity of the NGO|
|Breaking the Silence||NIS 40,000||2014||General support|