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Activity

  • 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.

Funding

  • According to MI’s 2015 annual report, roughly 40% of its income (€4.2 million) comes from government funders. Donors include Germany (through the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)) and the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) of the European Union. Private donors include Brot fuer die Welt, Misereor, Kindernothilfe, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and the United Evangelical Mission. These foundations all receive most of their funding from the German government.
  • Although the majority of MI funds come directly or indirectly from the German government, MI claims in its annual report that its public funding comes from a variety of sources so as not to “jeopardize MI’s independence” (NGO Monitor translation).
  • MI’s 2015 Israel/Palestine budget was €1.8 million. Donors for activities in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza include Germany (AA and BMZ).

Funding for Politicized NGOs

  • Funds highly politicized Israeli and Palestinian advocacy NGOs, including Breaking the Silence (BtS), Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I), Al-Mezan, Adalah, Al-Haq, Who Profits, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS). (See below for complete funding information). Of these, PHR-I, Al-Mezan, Adalah, Al-Haq and Who Profits received core funding in 2015.
    • Both Al-Haq and UAWC allegedly have links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), designated by the U.S., EU, and Israel as a terrorist organization. Shawan Jabarin, Al-Haq’s General Director, has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan due to his alleged ties to the PFLP 1. In 1993, USAID identified the UAWC as “the PFLP’s agricultural organization.” A 2014 report by Israeli NGO Shurat HaDin claims that the UAWC is actually a branch of the PFLP, “founded, staffed, and operated by the terrorist group.”
  • Funds a project titled “EU advocacy & lobbying for a just Middle East politics [sic]” of Brussels-based NGO European Middle East Project (EuMEP). Head of EuMEP, Martin Konecny, wrote an opinion article for Al-Jazeera in June 2016 calling on FIFA “ to exclude settlement clubs from the Israeli Football Association,” as part of a broader campaign against Israel initiated by several pro-BDS groups.
  • MI openly supports political activities and lobbying of its partners. According to MI’s 2015 annual report, “in addition to humanitarian aid, [MI’s local partners] also bring the political crisis into light. They collect material for the International Court of Justice in the Hague and pursue political interventions.” (p.25, NGO Monitor translation)
  • Advertised 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.”

Political Advocacy

  • Regularly publishes politicized content on its website. In a December 2015 article titled “Internal Colonization,” MI Near East Coordinator Riad Othman accuses Israel of “internal and external land grab” and “erosion of democratic values,” describing the Israeli government as “blatantly racist” and claiming that “[i]t is becoming increasingly apparent that democratic values and rights are not intended for all citizens of the country, but for those who belong to the Jewish majority… The actions of the Israeli government demonstrate what MI’s partners in Israel such as Breaking the Silence, Adalah or Physicians for Human Rights have long warned against” (NGO Monitor translation, emphasis added).
  • In an article from July 2016, MI Spokesperson Katja Mauerer describes Israel as a “non-liberal democracy” and claims that “[t]he 1967 occupation has been wiped out of the collective memory, the green line is irrelevant.” The article ends with a plea for donations, on the premise that “[t]he measures with which our Israeli partners try to protect themselves against defamation, attacks and criminalization are costly.” (NGO Monitor translation).

2014-2015 Funding

NGO Recipient AmountYearProject Title
Who ProfitsNIS 48,840
2015
Research
NIS 61,6072014
Physicians for Human Rights- IsraelNIS 50,000
2015
Promoting health rights of residents in the West Bank and the public activity of the NGO
NIS 47,4072014
Breaking the SilenceNIS 42,000
2015
General support
NIS 40,0002014General Support
AdalahNot available
2015
Core Support
NIS 47,7962014
Comet-MENIS 780,3562014

Footnotes

  1. NGO Monitor’s unofficial translation of the ruling by the Israeli High Court of Justice (June 20, 2007).

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