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Act for Peace (AFP)

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Country/Territoryaustralia
Websitehttp://www.actforpeace.org.au/
Founded1948, as the aid agency of the Australian Council for the World Council of Churches (WCC) and acts as the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).
In their own words“to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and natural disaster.”

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Activities

  • Most commonly seeks to promote its goals through fund raising, distributing aid to local partners. AFP’s implementing partner in Gaza is the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees, a subsidiary of the WCC.
  • Utilizes highly biased and politicized rhetoric, accusing Israel of “violat[ing] international law,” “continu[ing] to deny thousands of people the basic right to live their lives freely,” and mistreating Palestinian children. AFP distorts the reality of the situation, failing to acknowledge the context of terror against Israeli civilians and Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense.
  • In its 2014 “Gaza Crisis Appeal,” accused Israel of launching a “new offensive… target[ing] agricultural areas and civilian homes, as well as military training sites and government buildings,” without any acknowledgement of Hamas’ exploitation of the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. AFP also blames the “long-standing blockade” for the deterioration and continuation of the conflict, failing to mention that the purpose of Israel’s blockade is to prevent the illegal flow of weapons to Hamas and other terrorist groups.
  • According to its website, AFP “assisted in the deployment of Australians to the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).”
    • Founded by the WCC, EAPPI sends “ecumenical accompaniers” to the Palestinian territories, often instigating confrontations with the Israeli army. EAPPI promotes BDS campaigns; the Kairos Palestine document, which denies Jewish historical connections to Israel; and promotes the Palestinian “right of return,” which would effectually mean the end of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
  • Organized the “#wearehuman” campaign, stemming from “the plea of Dr Wafa Kanaan who works at a health clinic supported by Act for Peace in Gaza.” The campaign, which sought to raise funds for Gaza, utilizes highly emotive language, stating: “We could hear the bombs as she spoke to us while cradling her 11 month old baby that she felt powerless to protect. Thousands of people, mostly civilians including women and children, have been killed, injured or left homeless by the current conflict in Gaza and Israel.”

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