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International Development of Family Medicine in Palestine (IDFMP)

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Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Websitehttp://idfmp.org/
In their own wordsAn “initiative to support family medicine in Palestine consisting of teaching, mentoring and solidarity for the development of family medicine.”

Funding

According to its website, IDFMP “partners” with and “has received financial support” from Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), the British Council in Palestine, the International Medical Education Trust 2000 (IMET), and others. Does not list an annual income or donation amounts, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.

Activities

  • Aims to “provide international support for the development and implementation of family medicine in Palestine” and “improve the morale and self esteem of Palestinian family medicine health care professionals through provision of solidarity, relief of isolation and involvement in the wider international family medicine community.”

Political Advocacy

  • Refers to the establishment of the state of Israel as a “Nakba” or “catastrophe” and promotes a Palestinian “right of return,” which, if implemented, would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
  • Utilizes biased and politicized language, accusing Israel of “systematic destruction of the Palestinian state and infrastructure,” using “lethal force against citizens,” “forcibly dispossess[ing]” the Palestinian population, and “disrupt[ing] [] health services and medical supplies, particularly in Gaza.”
  • Claims that “Since 2000 life has worsened and become more dangerous for Palestinians. Under the justification of security and protecting Israelis, the Israeli government and military constructed a massive wall around several areas and hundreds of check points.” In suggesting that Israel uses security measures as a pretext to harshen conditions for Palestinians, IDFMP presents a distorted and simplistic narrative, aimed at demonizing Israel and denying the threat posed by terror.
  • Website prominently features “The Lancet series about health in Palestine,” which claims that “[h]ope for improving health and quality of life of Palestinians will exist only once people recognise that the structural and political conditions that they endure in the occupied Palestinian territory are the key determinants of population health.” This places primary blame for the Palestinian population’s poor quality of life on Israel and “political conditions,” omitting internal Palestinian corruption, instability, and inequalities.
  • Website features a series of maps to “illustrate the land situation in Palestine” from the time of the British Mandate to the present day, in an attempt to portray the “loss of Palestinian land” over time. The first map, which claims to show that Palestinians owned almost all of the land before the founding of the State of Israel, does not distinguish between privately owned land and land belonging to the government (Ottoman Empire and then British Mandate). This is deceiving since there was no Palestinian state at the time, and therefore the vast majority could not be described as “Palestinian.” The second map likewise does not reflect land ownership. The third map ignores the reality of 1948-1967: Jordan ruled the West Bank, and Egypt administered Gaza.
  • Regularly partners with Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), including on various health initiatives and “family practice [programs] in Palestine.”
    • MAP regularly promotes distorted and false narratives and demonizing rhetoric under the guise of medical expertise and scientific fact. MAP founder Dr. Ang was one of the main authors of the “Open Letter for the People of Gaza,” published in The Lancet medical journal (July 23, 2014), which accused Israel of “war crimes” and  carrying out a propaganda campaign that “justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre.” Ang promoted an overtly antisemitic video made by American white supremacist David Duke titled “CNN Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix.”
  • Invites interested individuals “to visit some of these external links below that suggest other ways to express solidarity and understand Palestine further, kindly taken from the Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) website.” While claiming not to “take responsibility” for the information provided, the listed organizations promote highly biased and distorted narratives of the conflict, including: Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine Israel (EAPPI), Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), and Christian Peacemakers Teams (CPT).

 

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