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Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

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Country/TerritoryFrance
Websitewww.msf.org
FoundedParis in 1971, with branches worldwide.
In their own words“[A]n international, independent, medical humanitarian organization” that “deliver[s] emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.”

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Activities

  • MSF claims to provide “emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare… irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.”
  • According to MSF’s Charter, volunteers “observe[] neutrality and impartiality” and “undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic and religious powers.”
  • In practice, however, MSF consistently abuses its status as a humanitarian organization to launch venomous anti-Israel political campaigns.

Political Advocacy

  • MSF rhetoric includes accusing Israel of “collective punishment,” “indiscriminate bombings,” and “wholesale massacres.”
  • In August 2016, MSF celebrated its 20 year anniversary of working in Hebron with a “play which displays the ongiong [sic] struggle in Hebron’s H2 area…[and a] photo exhibition showcasing the psychological effects of occupation and violence on Palestinians.”
  • In December 2015, MSF-France launched an exhibition titled “In Between Wars,” meant to display “the haunting and recurrent side of the violence of daily life under occupation.” The exhibition pays tribute to Palestinian “martyrs” and refers to images of “Palestinian young throw[ing] stones and Molotov cocktails at heavily armed Israeli soldiers” as scenes “iconic of the Palestinian resistance against occupation.” The exhibition was described by the head of MSF-USA as “depicting the humanitarian hardships Palestinians face,” but, in reality, the exhibition served as a showcase for virulent anti-Israel propaganda.
    • Roger Cukierman, head of the Council of Jewish Institutions in France, condemned the display as “an apology for terrorism…that could inflame antisemitic violence.”
    • In 2016, the exhibition was displayed in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
  • In September 2015, MSF-Spain published a short video glorifying 14-year old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, who has engaged in numerous provocations against the IDF. In the video, Tamimi is pictured under posters of family members whom she refers to as “martyrs.” One of them, Muataz Washaha, was a member of the PFLP terrorist organization who reportedly planned and carried out terror attacks against Israelis across the West Bank.
    • The video claims disingenuously that “every Friday the village [of Nabi Saleh] demonstrates peacefully” against Israeli policy, thus omitting the numerous planned, directed and premeditated violent incidents instigated by the villagers, including by Tamimi herself.
  • In a July 7, 2015 opinion piece, MSF-USA Executive Director Jason Cone attacked Israeli security policy while omitting Hamas terror attacks against Israeli civilians, alleging: “Israeli fears of rocket fire from Gaza… and the ongoing threat of tunnel-enabled attacks… cannot justify the devastating medical and psychological consequences for Palestinians of the barriers, checkpoints, bombing campaigns, blockades, and incursions.”
  • In a July 2015 promotional video, Mathilde Berthelot, an MSF program manager, charged that Israel uses Palestinian violence “as an alibi for a policy which is repressive and expansionist.” The video refers to Israeli military operations in Gaza as “wholesale massacres” and claims that Palestinians are subjected to daily “humiliation and oppression.”
  • MSF’s internet campaign, “Occupied Minds,” features emotive stories of Palestinian suffering and blaming Israel for their situations. The narratives often have little or nothing to do with medical issues. Descriptions of Israeli measures are devoid of context and erase Palestinian terror and Israeli self-defense.
  • In July 2014, Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis at MSF, accused Israel of trapping an entire population in “what is essentially an open-air prison. “ He continues to say that “Some of the prisoners have organised into armed groups and resist their indefinite detention by firing rockets over the prison wall.”
  • In July 2010, MSF worked “closely with an Israeli team of burn specialists” to treat victims of a fuel tanker crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to a Haaretz report, one of Israeli doctors described negative interactions with the MSF volunteers, who “did not want to be around him or the other team members.” In a July 28, 2010 article in the Huffington Post, Alan Dershowitz accused MSF of being “bigoted” and refusing to work with the Israeli doctors. In response, MSF denied that “cooperation was difficult due to alleged anti-Israel sentiment from MSF staff,” or that it “places politics above the best interests of our patients.”
  • MSF accused Israel of “devastating disregard” for civilians during the 2009 Gaza war, alleging that Israel conducted “indiscriminate bombings” during the fighting.
  • In 2007, an MSF employee from Gaza was arrested for allegedly plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The NGO responded that “We are very sad for Bashir, but we want to make it very clear that we make a distinction between his professional work and what he does on his personal time. I don’t think our organization can be held liable for every aspect of its staff’s lives.”

2014-2015 Grants Received (amounts in Euro)

DONOR20152014
European Union18,894,00038,912,000
Belgium (AGCD)7,135,0004,852,000
Belgium (Governments)2,000
Belgium (Municipalities and regional council)179,0001,229,000
Canada (International Humanitarian Assistance Department of Foreign Affaires and Trade Development -DFATD-IHA) 8,438,0008,431,000
Canada (Governments)670,000
Denmark (Danish Agency for Development Assistance-DANIDA)4,476,0005,176,000
France (Municipalities and regional councils)150,000120,000
Germany (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)3,850,0003,800,000
Holland (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)5,000,0001,500,000
Ireland (Irish Aid)1,222,0001,213,000
Ireland (Governments)83,000
Italy (Municipalities and regional councils)5,000
Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)1,679,000
Luxembourg (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 1,228,000872,000
Spain (Governments)10,0001,051,000
Spain (Municipalities and regional councils)24,000
Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency -SIDA)1134600015348000
UK (Department for International Development - DFID)622,0003,331,000
Norway (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)5,772,0007,018,000
Norway (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation -NORAD)849,000910,000
Switzerland (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation -SDC)6,562,0006,944,000
Switzerland (Governments – Others)427,000
Switzerland (Municipalities and regional councils)453,0001,138,000
World Health Organization (WHO)83,000
World Food Programme (WFP)322,000

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