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Advocacy Project (Washington DC)

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Country/TerritoryUnited States
Websitehttp://www.advocacynet.org/
Founded1998
In their own words"a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, that was created in 1998 to help advocates who are working on the front lines for social justice, peace and human rights."

Funding

  • Donors include: The Ministry of Development Cooperation of the Dutch Government, UNICEF, Amnesty International, The International Coalition of Voluntary Agencies and The Coalition for an International Criminal Court.
  • The Advocacy Project is also sponsored by a number of private funds, including The Catherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation and the Arigatou Foundation.
  • 2012 total income of $287,485, of which $263,484 was provided by grants and contributions.
  • According to its 2012 annual report (latest available, accessed February 12, 2014), AP raised $183,665 for partner organizations, “directly (through grants) and indirectly (through Peace Fellows, who are funded by AP and the Fellows themselves.)”  $6,000 in indirect funding was raised for “Israel/Palestine”.

Activities

  • Works with partner organizations including Grassroots International, a partisan political organization that advocates the Palestinian cause, without attempting to understand the conflict from the Israeli perspective.
  • Articles on website reflect a strong political agenda and anti-Israel ideological emphasis, including amoral equivalence between Palestinian terrorism and Israeli counter-terror measures, accusations of “apartheid” and “racism,” and major distortions in presentations.
  • 2014 fellowships include assisting the Democracy and Workers Right Center (DWRC) to advocate for “workers rights in Palestine” and “helping the Alternative Information Center to research cooperation between peace activists on both sides of the Wall.” The AIC accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing”, minimizes actions of convicted terrorists, and its co-founder, Michael Warschawski, has maintained that “one has to unequivocally reject the very idea (and existence) of a Jewish state, whatever will be its borders.” (The Haifa Conference for the Right of Return, June 2008).
  • Blog posts by AP fellow Nur Arafeh accuse Israel of “racist discourse,” “institutionalization of racist representations of Palestinians,” “brainwashing” Israeli children and “dehumaniz[ing] Palestinians.”
  • Arafeh bases arguments on the distorted assertions of Prof. Ilan Pappe, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, and Nurit Peled-Elhanan, who maintains that Israel teaches school children based on “lying maps and distorted ones.”
  • The AP blog features a cartoon of an Israeli soldier putting “lies” into the ears of the international community while stepping on a Palestinian child who is yelling “Help! Help!”
  • AP Fellow Nikki Hodgson has further maintained that “celebrating Israel for its fight to promote justice, freedom, faith, and ‘human responsibility’ is simply laughable.”

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