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La Cimade

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Country/TerritoryFrance
Websitehttp://www.lacimade.org/
Founded1939
In their own wordsLa Cimade aims at expressing an active solidarity with oppressed and exploited people. It defends the dignity and the rights of refugees and migrants, no matter their origins, political opinions and convictions.

Funding

  • In 20151, La Cimade reported total assets of €8.9 million, with €4.3 million coming from government funding and €4.6 from private donations.
  • In 2016, France (via L’Agence française pour le développement [AFD]) provided La Cimade with €275,000 for a project regarding “migrants in France.”

Activities

  • Although La Cimade claims that it act in “the framework of peace construction,” its activities include support for BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel and other forms of demonization and delegitimization efforts.
  • Promotes BDS campaigns against Israel, regardless of the illegality of such campaigns under French law.
  • Supports the “Made in Illegality” campaign in France, which calls upon France to end its economic relations with Israeli settlements. The campaign’s demands include banning French import of all “settlement products,” discouraging French companies “from investing in settlements,” and preparing information for travelers “to ensure that they avoid supporting companies and tourist sites that are located in the settlements.”
  • In June 2015, La Cimade presented its report titled “Israël-Palestine: l’avenir muré par l’occupation” (The Occupation is walling up the future) to the French Senate. The report quotes many politicized Israeli and Palestinian NGO sources and refers to meetings held with representatives from Addameer, Al-Haq, and Alternative Information Center (AIC). These three NGOs have alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization.
    • La Cimade’s report recommends that France “recognize the legitimacy of….BDS…and put a stop to all legal action against BDS activists in France”; “Denounce the ethnic- nationalist policy…” of the State of Israel; and recommends that the European Union “Suspend all economic aid or cooperation agreements between the EU and the State of Israel contributing directly or indirectly to the maintenance or development of settlements in the occupied territories and in Jerusalem.”
    • One of the report’s co-writers, Alain Bosc, took part in the Freedom Flotilla II, which attempted to break the blockade around Gaza and instigate a confrontation with the Israeli Navy. Referring to the Greece government’s decision to prevent the boats from leaving port, La Cimade stated that “…orders come directly from Tel-Aviv and the world conforms to them.”
    • The report was originally published in June 2014 following a “mission of La Cimade to Israel and Palestine” earlier that year.  Up to €5,000 of the budget of the mission was funded by French senator Claudine Lepage (see Dotation d’action parlementaire (Sénat) 2014, line 4,623).
  • La Cimade takes part in campaigns advocating for Palestinian prisoners convicted of terror offenses, referring to them as “political” prisoners and altogether omitting the context of violence. On this issue, La Cimade supports the “Palestine: la case prison” campaign, a “Documentary showing the systematic use of the prison by the Israeli army as a repression weapon against the Palestinian struggle for their rights and for the creation of a viable and independent Palestinian state. Palestinians are imprisoned for political motives. ”
  • Promotes the agenda of the highly politicized NGO the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). EAPPI’s mission is to “accompany Palestinians and Israelis in their non-violent actions and concerted advocacy effort to end occupation.” In practice, however, EAPPI demonizes Israel, making accusations of “apartheid,” “war crimes,” and “Bantustans.” EAPPI further refers to the security barrier, which has saved countless lives from suicide bombings, as “evil.” In a public May 2016 event held in London, an EAPPI activist included antisemitic comments, referring to the “Jewish lobby” in America and accused Israel of planting knives beside the bodies of Palestinian terrorists.
  • Describes the local committees of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) as “non partisans that resist peacefully,” when in reality PSCC organizes violent protests. (See video of PSCC protests in Hebron, Kfer Qaddum, Nilin, Nabi Saleh and Beituniya that show protestors hurling rocks, throwing sharp objects, trying to destroy the security barrier, and committing arson.)
    • La Cimade promotes the movie “5 Broken Cameras,” which also falsely claims that PSCC’s protests are “peaceful demonstrations against the wall construction and lands confiscations by settlers….” and that there is “…harassment by soldiers of civil demonstrators and pacifists…”

Partners

La Cimade works with multiple partner NGOs including La Plateforme des ONGs Francaises pour la Palestine (The Platform), ACT Alliance EU (previously APRODEV), CCFD- Terre Solidaire, La Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), Médecins du monde (MDM), Secours catholique – Caritas France, Secours Islamique France, and Fondation de France.

Footnotes

  1. All translations in this document were made by NGO Monitor

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