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Movement against Racism, Antisemitism and for Peace (MRAP)

Profile

Country/TerritoryFrance
Websitewww.mrap.fr
Founded1949

Funding

Sources of funding: unknown French Government Funding

Activities

  • The Mouvement contre le Racisme, l’Antisémitisme et pour la Paix (Movement against Racism, Antisemitism and for Peace) was established on May 22, 1949 by members of the National Movement against Racism (MNCR, est. 1941), active in the resistance movement during World War II. In 1977, it changed its name to Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’Amitié entre les Peuples (Movement against Racism and for Friendship among the Nations).
  • Claimed mission: to fight racism, xenophobia, discrimination, intolerance and exclusion, as well as to promote justice, equal rights, respect for human dignity and friendship among the nations.
  • Also to contribute to the resolution of international conflicts and expresses solidarity with “suffering populations”.
  • Its motto is identical to that of the French Revolution: “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.
  • MRAP enjoys consultative status with the UN and is involved with a number of commissions on Human Rights in New York and Geneva.
  • Its official objectives include:
    • Campaigns for the approval of anti-racism laws in the French parliament and is a member of the Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l’Homme (the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights). MRAP also provides legal services to victims of racism.
    • Education against racism in schools through exhibitions, brochures and films.
    • Advocacy for the equal rights of immigrants and foreign residents in France.

Analysis shows that:

  • MRAP’s activities and publications are one-sided against Israel and abuse human rights terminology (“collective punishment”, “war crimes”, “violates international humanitarian law”, etc). MRAP erases the context of terror, including suicide bombings and rocket attacks by Palestinians against Israeli civilians, ignores the corruption of the Palestinian Authority and blames Israel for intra-Palestinian fighting.
  • MRAP belongs to the Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine (Platform of French NGOs for Palestine), which includes French NGOs such as Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (LDH), Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS), Comité de vigilance pour une Paix Réelle au Proche-Orient (CVPR), among others. According to the NGO Platform for Palestine, a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians must include recognition of a Palestinian state, but does not call for recognition of Israel’s right to exist by Palestinian groups, such as Hamas.

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