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Addameer

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Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttp://www.addameer.org/
Founded1992
In their own words“Offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners' rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.”

Funding

Activities

  • Addameer is a leader of campaigns in support of Palestinians prisoners convicted of security offenses, referring to them as “political prisoners” and altogether omitting the context of violence and terror.
  • Refers to the Israeli army as the “Israeli Occupying Forces,” and accuses Israel of “collective punishment,” “war crimes,” and a “policy of using Palestinian prisoners as pawns to achieve political and military gains.”
  • Accuses Israel of “committing nothing short of a modern-day ethnic cleansing before our eyes; in the continuing quest for full annexation of Palestinian land and the expansion of Israel’s colonial frontier. The time is more urgent than ever for the international community to hold Israel accountable for its recurring and blatant war crimes against Palestinians.”
  • On February 8, 2017, Addameer released a report accusing Israel of economically exploiting Palestinian “political prisoners” as a “key facet” of “entrenching military occupation and administering a colonial regime to control, exploit and quell rebellion among the subjects.”
  • On July 27, 2016, Addameer called on the “international community to urge Israel…to end the harsh, inhuman and degrading practices that pressure hunger strikers to end their strikes, and to review the continuous and systematic human rights violations of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, especially in regards to the policy of administrative detention.”
  • On July 20, 2016, Addameer released a report sponsored by Heinrich Boll Stiftung accusing “Israeli occupation forces (IOF)” of “intensif[ying] human rights violations against Palestinians in East Jerusalem.”
  • Responding to a wave of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians in 2015, Addameer held “Israeli occupation authorities responsible for the…escalation,” and accused Israel of “oppression and collective punishment against Palestinians.” Reports erased the context of “alleged stabbings” and terrorism, as well as Israel’s right to defend its citizens, in describing steps taken by Israeli security forces as “human rights violations against Palestinians.”
  • Issued an October 2013 press release accusing Israel of “exploit[ing]” Palestinian children for economic gain.
  • Published a November 2008 (updated July 2010) “legal analysis,” funded by the Spanish government, alleging that the “Israeli colonial occupation” uses “administrative detentions “as a means of collective punishment for Palestinians who oppose the occupation.”

Alleged connections to terror groups

  • Addameer is an official PFLP “affiliate.”
  • Addameer’s chairperson and co-founder, Abdul-latif Ghaith, was banned by Israel from travelling internationally due to his alleged membership in the PFLP. He was also banned from entering the West Bank in 2011-2015.
  • Khalida Jarrar, Addameer’s vice-chairperson, is a senior PFLP official. Jarrar was administratively detained on April 1, 2015 by Israeli security forces. On April 15, 2015 she was indicted for various offenses including active membership in a terrorist organization (the PFLP) and inciting violence through a call to kidnap Israeli soldiers to be used as “bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian prisoners.” Jarrar accepted a plea bargain and was reportedly convicted on “one count of belonging to an illegal organization and another of incitement” receiving a 15 month prison sentence with an additional 10 month suspended sentence. She was released from prison on June 3, 2016. According to Addameer, Jarrar was re-arrested in July 2017.
  • Yousef Habash, the public relations officer of the Palestinian Union of Health Work Committees, serves as an Addameer board member, and is apparently the nephew of PFLP founder George Habbash. Israel prevented Habash from leaving the West Bank in 2011-2012. He is also a member of the BDS National Committee.
  • Ayman Nasser, an Addameer researcher, was arrested on October 15, 2012 for alleged links to the PFLP. An indictment was filed attributing a number of offenses relating to membership in the PFLP and activities on behalf of the organization. On June 3, 2013 the Judea Military Court convicted Nasser, who admitted to being a member of an unlawful organization, the PFLP, and for providing services to the organization.
  • Sumoud Saadat, an Addameer staffer, is the daughter of PFLP general secretary Ahmad Saadat who is serving a 30 year prison sentence in Israel due to his terrorist activitiy.
  • Suha Al Bargouti, Addameer’s treasurer, is the wife of alleged PFLP member Ahmed Qatamesh.

BDS Activities

  • In February 2016, Sahar Francis, director of Addameer, was a guest speaker at the opening plenary session of Israeli Apartheid Week in London titled, “Confronting Apartheid at Home and Abroad: Palestine in a Global Context.”
  • Together with Al-Mezan, Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), Badil, and Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), Addameer signed on a “Joint Call to Action: July 2014 – Month against the Apartheid Wall,” stating: “….it is time for a ‘legal intifada’, an intensified popular struggle and more boycotts, divestment and sanctions. It is time for accountability…. to overcome Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation. We ask you to expand and deepen the global BDS movement for justice…”
  • In April 2015 sent a joint letter to the UN Secretary General urging the UN to divest from the British security company G4S as a result of its servicing detention centers known for “widespread torture and mistreatment of Palestinian political prisoners, including children.” An accompanying report alleged that G4S’s activities “represent a clear facilitation and continuation of war crimes against Palestinian prisoners.” According to Sahar Francis, Director of Addameer, “At a time when Israel is stepping up its campaign of mass incarceration as a way of repressing Palestinian society, G4S should immediately end its role in the notorious Israeli prison system, as well as its involvement in securing Israeli checkpoints and illegal settlements.”
  • Between 2013-2015, Addameer participated in the campaign “Love Under Apartheid,” which demonstrates how the “Israeli apartheid system affects individuals by restricting a deeply personal right: their right to love.”

UN Activities

  • Lobbies the UN “to ask them to intervene to hold Israel accountable and pressure it to change its policies and practices.”
  • On May 2-4, 2016, Addameer delivered a statement at the 57th session of the Committee Against Torture “pertaining to the use of administrative detention as a policy practiced by Israeli forces in which Palestinians are held indefinitely with no charge or trial….as a form of psychological torture.”
  • In 2009, provided testimony before the Goldstone commission, alleging Israeli “violations of international law” and “racist Israeli policies” and falsely accusing Israel of using Palestinian detainees as “human shields.”
  • General Director Sahar Francis lobbied a roundtable meeting of the “Committee on the Exercise of the Unalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” in Geneva on April 24, 2014. The roundtable focused on “UN procedures and mechanisms to address the issue of political prisoners” and “International courts and options for the case of Palestinian prisoners and detainees.”
  • In March 2011, participated in a UN-sponsored event, “The Urgency of Addressing the Plight of Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons and Detention Facilities,” accusing Israel of “routine violations of international humanitarian and human rights law” and policies “aimed at intimidating and subjugating the Palestinian population.”

Partners

Addameer Funders

FunderTotalYear(s)
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat$325,0002014-2016
Sigrid Rausing Trust£132,0002014-2017
Norway (Norwegian Representative Office)1,800,000 NOK2015-2016
Ireland (Irish Aid)£75,0002015
£75,0002014
£75,0002013
Christian Aid United KingdomNot disclosed Not disclosed
Christian AId IrelandNot disclosed 2014-2016
ICCO (the Netherlands) Not disclosed Not disclosed
UNDPNot disclosed Not disclosed
HeksEper (Switzerland)Not disclosed Not disclosed
Solidarity InternationalNot disclosedNot disclosed
Grassroots InternationalNot disclosedNot disclosed
Basque Government (Spain)€199,988.212015
Municipality of Vitoria€64,9992015
€97,9472014

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