ACAT-L’ong Chrétienne Contre La Torture Et La Peine De Mort (Christian NGO against Torture and the Death Penalty) is a French NGO that is active in anti-Israel campaigns.1
|In their own words||"ACAT aims at fighting cruel, inhumane, and degrading penalties, treatments, torture, judiciary or extra judiciary capital executions, disappearances, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocides around the world.”|
- In 2015, total income was €3.16 million and total expenses were €2.77 million.
- ACAT receives minimal government funding (0.1% of its resources), claiming to maintain “political and financial independence.”
- Received €2.6 million in private donations from the “generosity of members.” ACAT has approximately 30,300 members (average donation of €86).
- In 2015, received €150,000 from the “ACAT Foundation.”
- Operates in approximately 42 countries worldwide.
- Claims to raise awareness and advocate for Palestinian prisoners and against administrative detention.
- Along with French NGOs The Plateform, L’Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS), and La Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), Palestinian NGO and PFLP affiliate Addameer, and Israeli NGO Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), ACAT created a documentary titled Palestine: La case prison. ACAT repeats blatantly false propaganda claims such as that, “In the name of its security, Israel uses prisons as a tool of oppression/ repression aiming at controlling the Palestinian society. Since 1967, more than 850 000 Palestinians have been jailed by Israeli authorities, 20% of the total population and 40% of the masculine population.” It furthers that the documentary is an “exhibit of a massive and generalized violation of human rights.”
- Advocated for Palestinians prisoners in 2015 by arranging for representatives of the Paris Bar, Parliamentarians, and Senators to meet Shawan Jabarin. Jabarin also addressed a group of French Parliamentarians during a documentary presentation at the French National Assembly. Jabarin has alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, and was denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan due to these ties.
- Partnered with the Palestinian NGO Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and the politicized photographers organization Activestills in the creation of a web documentary titled “Obliterated Families.”
- Al-Mezan regularly describes Israel’s policies as “apartheid,” accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “war crimes,” promotes the “nakba” narrative and refers to Israeli security measures as “collective punishment.”
- ACAT refers to a number of Israeli airstrikes during the 2014 Gaza was as having “no military necessity,” regardless of the fact that ACAT lacks the military, legal, and forensic expertise necessary to determine whether a target was within the parameters of international law.
- ACAT refers to the IDF as the “colonial police” and states that “children are treated as adults” when arrested for alleged crimes (such as stone throwing) when, in fact, Israel has a distinct “Juvenile Military Court.” Furthermore, in its discussion of arrests of Palestinian youth, ACAT references testimonies collected by Defense for Children International- Palestine (DCI-P), an NGO with alleged ties with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group.
Observer member of the Plateforme des ONGs Françaises pour la Palestine (The Platform)