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Palestine Childrens Relief Fund (PCRF)

Profile

Country/TerritoryUnited States
Websitehttp://www.pcrf.net/
In their own words“a registered non-political, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that was established in 1991 by concerned people in the U.S. to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East.”

Funding

  • In 2014, reported total revenue of $7.8 million; expenses of $4.9 million(accessed November 22, 2016).
  • According to the organization’s financial documents, it does not receive any government grants.

Activities

  • Headquartered in Ohio with offices in Ramallah and Lebanon, and chapters in additional locations throughout the world.
  • Seeks to “heal[] the wounds of war, occupation and poverty for children in the Middle East, regardless of their nationality, religion, race or gender.”
  • The “primary objective of the PCRF is to identify and treat every child in the Middle East in need of specialized surgery not available to them locally. We locate, sponsor and run volunteer medical missions to the Middle East…”

Political Advocacy

  • While the majority of PCRF’s work is devoted to organizing medical missions and humanitarian projects, it does promote a clear political agenda, based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization.
  • Presents a biased and distorted view of the conflict, omitting Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli civilians, including rocket attacks and terror tunnels, as well as Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense.
  • In the past, PCRH has received assistance from The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, Global Relief Foundation, and The International [Islamic] Relief Organization – all of which were closed down by the U.S. government for allegedly funding terrorist groups.
  • President and CEO Steve Sosebee has made a number of comments on Twitter that suggests support for BDS (boycotts, sanctions, divestment) against Israel.
  • Together with North America Friends of Sabeel and others, PCRF hosted an October 2014 event at the Harvard School of Public Health featuring Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor who has an extensive background of ideological extremism and regularly exploits medicine to promote anti-Israel propaganda.
  • Partnered on a March 24, 2015 “Roof Knocking” exhibit in Dubai by Celia Peterson. The event description alleges that the military tactic of “roof-knocking” to warn civilians to evacuate prior to an aerial attack  is “an ode to the power of propaganda” and used “to alter circumstances and whitewash the facts at times of war.” (See here for additional examples of Peterson’s work).
  • Launched an April 2015 “Rachel Corrie’s Gaza Children Education Initiative,” honoring Corrie as “a great humanitarian activist,” omitting that  Corrie was an activist in the International Solidarity Movement, an organization that often encourages violent confrontations with the IDF.
  • On April 25, 2015 PCRF- Boston hosted its Fundraising Gala Dinner featuring Sosebee and Palestinian legislator and activist Hanan Ashrawi, who regularly utilizes highly inflammatory rhetoric against Israel.
  • On May 15, 2013, PCRF- Orlando hosted an event commemorating the Palestinian “Nakba,” referring to the establishment of the state of Israel as a “Catastrophe.”

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