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Al Quds Association

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Country/TerritorySpain
Websitehttp://www.alqudsandalucia.org
Founded1999
In their own words“The Al Quds Association was created in Malaga to cover the void of solidarity with the peoples of the Arab world, especially Palestine, with the main objective being the denunciation of the complicity of the International Community in the constant wars and spoils.”

Funding

  • In 2015, total income was €110,126; total expenses were €58,964.
  • In 2015, the Al Quds Association was granted a total of €80,000 by Andalucía Agency for International Development Cooperation-AACID (Spain), all of which was designated for its “2015 PCHR [Palestinian Center for Human Rights] project.” (See below for further information on PCHR.)
  • Al Quds Association received an additional €40,000 from AACID to support an “Andalusian Network of Solidarity with Palestine,” as well as €26,890 designated for “Child Protection in Gaza” and “crossroads of the conflicts in the Arab world” from the municipality of Malaga.
  • The Al Quds Association also funds Health Work Committees (HWC), granting it €12,818 in 2015 originally provided by the municipality of Malaga. (See below for further information on HWC.)

Activities

  • Al Quds Association rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “collective punishment,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
  • On February 7, 2017, Al Quds Association was a signatory on a call to “end the European complicity – marking 100 years of injustice against the Palestinian people” (i.e. since the Balfour Declaration). The call “solemnly reaffirm[ed] that in 2017, after 100 years of dispossession, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.”
  • On May 12, 2016, Al Quds Association held an event together with Amnesty International, featuring Ahmad Jaradat and Sergio Yahni of the Alternative Information Center (AIC), to mark the 68th anniversary of the “Nakba.” As reported on the Association’s website, Sergio Yahni spoke at the event of the “origins of the Zionist regime of the State of Israel,” claiming that a Zionist militia of Jews, “heavily armed, trained and made up of people from Europe” clashed with a Palestinian militia in 1948 that was its inferior “in number, armament and preparation” because Zionists had “killed or imprisoned all of their leaders.” According to Yahni “The colonization process began in 1948, but the Zionist policy of annexation of territories and ethnic cleansing continues ever since… They want to achieve a Great Israel, the dream of the Zionists, and the Palestinians are a stumbling block to be wiped off the map” (NGO Monitor translation, emphasis added).
  • Al Quds Association is listed as an “endorser” of the 2016 Women’s Boat to Gaza, a coalition that claims that Israel has “launched countless attacks against the besieged population, turning their life into a nightmare.”
  • In October 2015, Al Quds Association was a signatory on a call to restaurant chefs to “Take Apartheid off the Menu” and cancel their participation in the Tel Aviv “Round Tables Tour” as Tel Aviv is “the center of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid and deeply complicit in whitewashing Israeli violations of Human Rights and International Law.”

BDS Activities

  • The Al Quds Association promotes BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) as a way to “end the apartheid system.”
  • In September 2016, Al Quds Association was a signatory on a letter to German performers Blixa Bergeld and Teho Teardo titled “Don’t play in Apartheid Israel!” The letter accused Israel of committing “numerous violations of international law in occupied Palestinian territories” and stated that it “would be extremely disappointing if artists of your stature chose to break this call for solidarity with the Palestinian people, particularly at a time when Israel is escalating its daily attacks on them.”
  • In September 2015 sent a joint letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon 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.”
  • In November 2014, the Al Quds Association held a BDS event “against Israeli apartheid” together with AACID, featuring Raji Sourani of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Sergio Yahni of Alternative Information Center, and Spanish politician Teresa Rodriguez.
    • Teresa Rodriguez is a far-left anti-Israel politician who has called on the EU to suspend its Association Agreement with Israel, accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” in the 2014 Gaza war, and compared Gaza to “the Warsaw Ghetto.”
  • In November 2014, Al Quds Association was a signatory on a call to the European Union to “suspend its Association Agreement with Israel until it complies with international law” as the EU is “contributing to the climate of impunity and lack of accountability… the EU is providing material support to Israel’s violations of international law and failing to uphold its own commitments under international law.”

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