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Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA)

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Country/Territory
Websitehttp://www.aidajerusalem.squarespace.com/
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.”

Funding

Does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.

Activities

Political Advocacy

  • 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.

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