|In their own words||“to strengthen the work of the international non-governmental organization community in the oPt in order to better address the rights of the Palestinian people. AIDA does this by being a collective voice of its members and representing their interests to key decision-makers, and by coordinating and facilitating exchange, learning and resource-sharing among its members.”|
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- Active since 1967, AIDA “is a membership body and coordination forum of over 80 international non-governmental and non-profit organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
- Members include: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), CARE International, Caritas, Catholic Relief Services, Dan Church Aid, Diakonia, Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), HEKS-EPER, ICCO, Islamic Relief, Kvinna till Kvinna, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Mennonite Central Committee, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib, Save the Children, World Vision, and others.
- Many of these NGOs are active in BDS and lawfare campaigns, and utilize the Durban strategy to demonize and isolate Israel in the international arena. Examples include:
- EAPPI promotes boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns and utilizes demonizing rhetoric, accusing Israel of “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” and “war crimes.”
- On June 19, 2014, Israel’s Defense Minister declared Islamic Relief Worldwide to be illegal, based on its alleged role in funneling money to Hamas, and banned it from operating in Israel and the West Bank.
- Norwegian Refugee Council engages in lawfare and international delegitimization campaigns against Israel. Under one program funded by the UK, EU, and others, NRC has brought more than 677 lawsuits in Israeli courts against the army and the Israeli government on some of the most contentious and inflammatory security and political issues. The details of this program are largely not transparent. A lawyer affiliated with NRC stated that the objective of these cases are an attempt to “try every possible legal measure to disrupt the Israeli judicial system… as many cases as possible are registered and that as many cases as possible are appealed to increase the workload of the courts and the Supreme Court to such an extent that there will be a blockage.” (emphasis added).
- AIDA engages in international advocacy by acting as “a collective voice of its members and representing their interests to key decision makers.” As a result, policy makers often rely on AIDA’s inaccurate and unverifiable claims without consulting a variety of sources or Israeli perspectives.
- Accuses Israel of “violations of international law,” “collective punishment,” “forcible population transfers,” and using “coercive tactics to heighten the pressure on Palestinian Bedouin communities.” These accusations are part of the broader NGO campaign to demonize and delegitimize Israel in the international arena.
- Regularly places sole blame for the conflict on Israel, omitting Hamas terror against Israeli civilians, Palestinian rejectionism, as well as legitimate Israeli national security concerns.
- Published an April 13, 2015 joint agency briefing paper titled, “Charting a New Course: Overcoming the Stalemate in Gaza,” misrepresenting international law and distorting legal terminology to place primary blame for the 2014 Gaza war on Israel. The paper omits Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel. The paper further encourages contact with Hamas, stating: “Restricted contact can undermine humanitarian access and implementation of humanitarian programmes…”
- Organized a June 14, 2012 campaign to “End the Blockade Now,” accusing Israel of “violation[s] of international law.” Contrary to these claims, the naval blockade is a legal measure used to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Iran and Syria into Gaza by Palestinian terrorist organizations. The campaign “included a media blitz picked up by press from the New York Times to the Oman Observer, private lobbying, and supplying questions to European parliaments.”
- Published a 2011 report, “Failing to Make the Grade: How the EU Can Pass Its Own Test and Work to Improve the Lives of Palestinians in Area C,” urging the EU to use “collective strength and political will” to “change conditions on the ground” in Area C. The report falsely accuses Israel of restricting “children’s access to education” and the Palestinian population’s “access to water.” As with other AIDA publications, the report presents a biased and distorted view of the conflict, grossly misrepresenting the facts, and omitting the context of Palestinian terrorism and internal Palestinian governance issues.