Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
|Founded||1984, by Dr. Swee Ang Chai.|
|In their own words||Claims to be “an independent, non-political, nonsectarian humanitarian aid organization” that “works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.”|
- In 2015-2016, had reported income of £4.9 million (~$6.1 million) and reported expenses of £5 million. 42% of “programme expenditure” went to Gaza.
- According to available information, donors include: European Union, UK, Australia, Ireland, Trocaire (Ireland), Netherlands, UNICEF, UN Central Emergency Response Fund, The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), and Big Lottery Fund (Britian). (See funding chart below).
- In October 2002, MAP accepted the proceeds of a book, After the Terror, which argues for the legitimacy of Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli civilians; in November 2008, received proceeds from an anti-Israel Christmas campaign organized by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods; in 2009, enjoyed the profits of Seven Jewish Children, a play that was publicly condemned for antisemitic undertones.
- MAP is a UK based charity working “across the West Bank and Gaza and in the Palestinian refugee working in Lebanon and occupied Palestine.”
- Promotes distorted and false narratives and demonizing rhetoric under the guise of medical expertise and scientific fact.
- Presents political analysis, legal declarations, and speculations regarding Israel’s military operations and weaponry, far beyond the scope of any medical expertise it might possess.
- In November 2012, MAP was one of 22 political advocacy NGOs behind the report “Trading Away Peace: How Europe helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements,” which promoted a BDS agenda. It called on the EU to “ban imports of settlement products,” “prevent financial transactions to settlements and related activities,” and “issue guidelines for European tour operators to prevent support for settlement businesses.”
- MAP utilizes highly biased and politicized language, accusing Israel of “indiscriminate attacks” and “collective punishment” against the Palestinian population while alleging that Israeli defensive measures are “arbitrary.”
- MAP focuses on the “nakba” (catastrophe) as a central theme in its work. For the “65th nakba anniversary” (2013) MAP dedicated newsletters, reflections, and several articles on the topic.
- As a part of the “MAP Films” project, an exhibition, “Whole in the Wall,” by Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar, made its debut performance at London’s Ayyam Gallery. The exhibit aims “to get Westerners to sense the wall’s physical and mental brutality, and to think about its daily impact on life for Palestinians.”
- MAP organizes “fact-finding” visits, together with the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) lobby group, to disseminate an anti-Israel narrative to British parliamentarians, journalists, and EU politicians. During one such visit in 2015, the group met with highly politicized groups, including Breaking the Silence.
- Breaking the Silence promotes “war crimes” charges based on anonymous and unverifiable hearsay “testimonies” of low-level soldiers who have served in the West Bank and Gaza. Despite its claims to address Israeli society, BtS’ lobbying and media advocacy campaigns focus primarily on international audiences.
Lack of Verifiable Sources
- In June 2015, MAP, along with Al-Mezan and Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), released “No More Impunity: Gaza’s Health Sector Under Attack.” The publication alleges the “destruction of and damage to medical infrastructure and loss of life and injury to civilians and medical personnel” during the 2014 Gaza conflict. Like previous publications from these NGOs, “No More Impunity” is characterized by one-sided accounts, a total lack of verifiable sources, and lack of context. In addition, MAP and its partners erase the terror affiliation of three “paramedics” and “medical volunteers” who were killed in an Israeli strike.
MAP and Terrorism
- During a wave of terrorism that began in the end of 2015, MAP’s publications repeatedly criticized Israeli policy and actions, without even mentioning the attacks on Israeli civilians.
- MAP’s “2014 Gaza relief partners” included the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health (MoH) and IDEALS, an NGO funded by Interpal, which the United States has designated a terrorist entity.
- From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Majed Nassar served as Director of Programs in the West Bank for MAP. 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.
- In a 2011 interview with the BBC (part 1 & 2), MAP founder Dr. Swee Ang discussed wearing a “Hezbollah scarf…to get better treatment” in Lebanon, and revealed her support for colleagues from “Medical Aid” who were “defending their camp” through suicide bombings. She then tried to claim that MAP staff’s Palestinian political inclinations have “nothing to do with the charity.”
Dr. Swee Ang
- Founder Dr. Swee 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.” The letter made numerous unsubstantiated allegations, including accusing Israel of utilizing illegal weaponry to deliberately kill civilians and engaging in a “military onslaught on civilians in Gaza under the guise of punishing terrorists.” The letter also denies Israel’s right to self-defense and fails to mention Hamas rocket fire and terror tunnels from Gaza into Israeli territory.
- According to NGO Monitor research, Swee Ang promoted a video made by American white supremacist David Duke, who was expelled from Italy for “allegedly trying to establish a pan-European neo-Nazi group.” The video is described on Duke’s YouTube page as “reveal[ing] how the Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking and how each Part of this Tribalist matrix supports and protects each other!”
- On February 2, 2009, Dr. Swee Ang published the introduction “The Wounds of Gaza” from her book From Beirut to Jerusalem on The Lancet’s “Global Health Network” website. The article remained posted for twenty-eight days until it was removed due to factual inaccuracies.
Grants received 2014-2015
|UN Emergency Response||£118,000||2015
The Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance was launched in 2009 as a partnership between The Lancet, the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, and MAP. LPHA is led by The Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton. The Lancet, partly due to this partnership, has become a platform for MAP’s demonization of Israel.
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