Health Work Committees (HWC)
|In their own words||The Health Work Committees functions in a Rights-Based Approach providing Health Services to all segments of the Palestinian Population, particularly the poor and the marginalized; building development models, and; lobbying and advocating in support of favorable policies and legislations.|
- In 2015, HWC had a reported total income of NIS 19.8 million and expenses of NIS 22.8 million.
- HWC’s 2015 donors and partners include: European Union, Spain (AECID), Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium, Diakonia, Care international, ICCO (Netherlands), UNDP, ACSUR, Intal, Medical Aid for Palestinian (MAP), Oxfam, and DanChurchAid.
- HWC does not publish funding amounts, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
- According to information released by donors, received €476,150 from the European Union for 2014-2016.
- In 2015, HWC received €138,613 and €109.778,25 from Spain (AECID) for two different projects.
- HWC received €12,818 from the Al Quds Association in 2015.
- HWC is a Palestinian health organization that is active in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
- The relationship between HWC and Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC) is unclear, but the two have been referred to as “sister organization[s].” UHWC is a PFLP affiliated health committee active in Gaza, as identified by USAID and in Palestinian documents. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.
- Has stated that it holds “The United States of American and all the supporter of the Zionist terrorist against the Palestinian nation, accountable for what all is happening and we consider it a partner in the crime,” and refers to Israeli actions as “collective punishment.”
- Has accused Israel of a “policy of gradual, systemic ethnic cleaning against the citizens of Jerusalem,” which is “in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”
- Promotes “Nakba” rhetoric and a Palestinian “right of return.”
- In an open letter (titled “Stop the Genocide”) written during the 2014 Gaza war, HWC alleged that, “The innocent citizens of the Gaza Strip have been facing terrifying genocide committed against them by the Israeli occupying forces.” The letter called for the “Palestinian Authority to submit lawsuits to international courts and organizations to bring criminal Zionists to trial.”
- In 2015, Israeli authorities closed an HWC center in Shufat for one year. The decision states that the decision was made to raid and close the center “[u]nder the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1948 and after the conviction that this place is used in terrorist activities.”
- HWC’s Youth Development Program, “A community, cultural, and social development program that provide services to Jerusalemite youth through ‘Nidal Center’ in the old city of Jerusalem,” was closed by Israeli authorities from 2009 to 2012 due to its ties to the PFLP. The Nidal Center encompasses HWC’s Kanan project, a project dedicated to strengthening “the social and political participation channels of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem through enhancing the capacity of the youth…” and implemented by six political NGOs, among them Defense for Children International – Palestine, Alternative Information Center (AIC), ACSUR, and Mundubat.
- Refers to a terror wave that began in October 2015 as “the Jerusalem Uprising ‘Al-Quds’” and called on organizations to “submit lawsuit drafts to the International Criminal Court” against Israel.
HWC Ties to the PFLP
- Former executive director Dr. Majed Nassar has alleged ties to the PFLP. According to a 2007 document, Israel has prevented Dr. Majed Nassar from traveling “since 2001,” a decision upheld by the HCJ.
- Daoud Ghoul, director of development projects and programs in Jerusalem, was convicted by an Israeli court of being a PFLP member. The Israeli High Court of Justice decision on his matter [19274-07-15] states that, “The defendant decided to join the organization [PFLP]… and to this day is a member… according to his actions described above, the defendant was a member of a terrorist organization…Due to the closure of the [Nidal]center, the organization began to operate covertly through the ‘Health union committees – Jerusalem’…On 09/06/15 the defense minister announced that the association is an unlawful association…”
- The late Dr. Ahmad Maslamani, co-founder of the Health Work Committees of the West Bank, was a “Central Committee member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” (as stated by the PFLP itself).
- As stated above, HWC’s Youth Development Program, “A community, cultural, and social development program that provide services to Jerusalemite youth through ‘Nidal Center’ in the old city of Jerusalem,” was closed by Israeli authorities from 2009 to 2012 due to its ties to the PFLP.
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