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MRAP (Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples)

Profile

Country/TerritoryFrance
Websitewww.mrap.fr
Founded1949
In their own words“Not all alike, all equal”

Funding

  • MRAP does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.1
  • Independent research shows that MRAP receives French government funding through different governmental bodies.
French Government BodyAmountYears(s)
Ile de France regional council€19,0402014
€19,0402013
French ministries and Reserve Parlementaire (grants from specific French Parliamentarians)€34,0642015
French ministries and Reserve Parlementaire (grants from specific French Parliamentarians)€18,4002014
French ministries and Reserve Parlementaire (grants from specific French Parliamentarians)€29,3642013

Activities

  • The Mouvement contre le Racisme, l’Antisémitisme et pour la Paix (Movement against Racism, Antisemitism and for Peace – MRAP) was established on May 22, 1949. In 1977, the organization changed its name to Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’Amitié entre les Peuples (Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Nations). The organization explains that it removed the word “antisemitism” since “the notion of racism de facto includes antisemitism.”

BDS Activities

  • In October 2014, MRAP called for sanctions against the state of Israel and the suspension of the European-Israeli Association Agreement.

Screenshot, http://ancien.mrap.fr/english/international/proche-et-moyen-orient/palestine, February 16, 2017
Translation: “Occupation is illegal. Don’t contribute to injustice against Palestinians. Don’t buy fruits and vegetables from the Israeli settlements. [The brands] Carmel-Jaffa-Jordan River.

  • In its article “Enough is enough: sanctions against the state of Israel!” MRAP describes Israeli actions during the 2014 Gaza war as “war crimes.”
  • During the 2014 Gaza war, demanded “dissuasive economic pressures on the state of Israel” and promoted a BDS campaign against Israeli products produced on “stolen Palestinian land.”
  • MRAP signed a statement by the organization Collectif National pour une Paix Juste et Durable entre Palestiniens et Israéliens (CNPJDPI), of which it is also a member, which “welcomed the historical decision of the UN General Assembly to admit Palestine as a ‘non-member observer state,’” and simultaneously asked the French government to implement “sanctions against Israel for all its violations of international Law,” to condemn “the illegal siege of Gaza,” and to refuse “to support any French investment, whether in the colonies or …serving the colonization.”
  • In 2012, MRAP denounced the cooperation between the European Union and Israel, describing it as supporting Israeli violations of UN resolutions. MRAP further called the cooperation a “crime towards the Palestinian people.”
  • In 2012, MRAP welcomed the South African government’s decision to label products produced in the West Bank.

Other Anti-Israel Activities

Partners

MRAP is member of La Plateforme des ONG Françaises pour la Palestine (a network-based organization made up of 40 French NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict), Collectif National pour une Paix Juste et Durable entre Palestiniens et Israéliens (CNPJDPI).

Footnotes

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

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