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Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC)

Introduction

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) is the coordinating body of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRCs) in the West bank that was established to “consolidate the work of the PRCs and popularize their experiences across the West Bank.” According to a report co-authored by PSCC and Birzeit University, PRCs are independent village-based groups “which coordinate unarmed resistance activities against Israel’s colonization.”

PRCs should not be confused with the terrorist organization Popular Resistance Committees.

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/PopularStruggle
Founded2009
In their own words“Popular committees present a unique form of community based organizing and resistance in the tradition of the first Palestinian Intifada. These diverse, non-partisan committees lead community resistance to Israeli occupation in various forms, such as marches, strikes, demonstrations, direct actions and legal campaigns, as well as supporting boycott, divestment and sanctions.”

Funding

Activities

  • PSCC does not have a functioning website. However, an entry on the Mondoweiss website states that PSCC “present[s] a unique form of community based organizing and resistance in the tradition of the first Palestinian Intifada.”
  • PSCC uses apartheid rhetoric when referring to Israel. It refers to the anti-terror separation barrier as the “Apartheid Wall” and to highway 443 as the “Apartheid Road.”
  • In 2014, PSCC signed on a call to open the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt asking that “we bring an end to the Egyptian government’s complicity in Israel’s genocide of the people of Gaza.”
  • Despite its proclaimed nonviolent agenda, NGO Monitor research has uncovered evidence of violent PSCC activities.
  • In February 2017, the Spanish NGO Novact invited PSCC general director Munther Amira and board member Manal Tamimi to participate in a conference titled “Towards a new paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism,” funded by the Spanish regional government of Catalonia as well as the EU.

Violent Demonstrations

Staff

  • In response to a violent demonstration organized by Munther Amira in Bethlehem in December 2016, he told Israeli media outlet Ynet: “we are here to protest and say that the occupation and terror are two sides of the same coin. We want to tell the world that Palestinians are facing organized terror. We will continue to cope in order to fight against the Nazi occupation” (NGO Monitor translation from the original Hebrew).
  • Manal Tamimi has endorsed terrorism and violence several times on her Twitter account. In August 2015, Tamimi tweeted,

Screenshot, https://twitter.com/screamingtamimi/status/674358733313478656

  • In September 2015, on Yom Kippur (a fast day and the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar), Tamimi tweeted:

Screenshot, https://twitter.com/screamingtamimi/status/662792321994375170

  • In November 2015, Tamimi tweeted a highly disturbing cartoon, utilizing classical antsemitic imagery.

Screenshot, https://twitter.com/screamingtamimi/status/646452060930486272

BDS

  • PSCC regularly promotes Palestinian BDS campaigns and activities on its website and is a member of the BDS National Committee.
  • In 2016, organized a BDS demonstration by the “Apartheid Wall,” stating that “the Palestinian youths will continue their struggle against the occupation whether through BDS or any form of popular resistance, and will continue despite Israeli aggression which includes intensified killing, executions, demolitions and kidnappings to thwart the resistance.”
  • In 2015 posted a video through the organization “Make Apartheid History,” titled “AIDA Refugee Camp,” about a graffiti project in Aida refugee camp, and presented “graffiti that coincided with the Israeli products boycott campaign that called on refugee camps to boycott the Israeli occupation products.”
  • On July 19, 2015, posted on its twitter a letter written by residents of the Palestinian village of Sussiya who called on the European Union to “suspend the Europe’s trade agreements with Israel as well as end trade with companies operating in settlements on occupied territories until Israel fulfills its obligations under international law.”
  • In 2014, PSCC launched the “’Melh Al-Ard’ Campaign by Reviving Ein Hijleh Village in the Jordan Valley,” calling “upon our friends and international solidarity groups to stand with the demands of the Palestinian people and boycott all Israeli companies including Israeli factories and companies that work in the Jordan Valley and profit from Palestinian natural resources.”

Grants Received 2011-2015 (All amounts in €)

Source of FundingGrant ReceivedYearPartnerProject
France (French Consulate in Jerusalem)75,0002015COMET-MEAssisting 11 vulnerable families with basic infrastructure installation
Germany (Federal Ministry of Economic of Economic Cooperation and Development -BMZ)Amount unavailable 2013-Kurve Wustrow
Center for Freedom and Justice
Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP)
Youth Against Settlements
Strengthening Nonviolent Initiatives
Spain (Spanish MFA)402,5002013-2014NOVA
Al-Maqdese
Strategy to promote the rule of law in the OPt
European Union (Partnership for Peace Programme -PfP)355,1302013-2014CWP
NOVA
Addressing fear: strengthening the nonviolent alternative
European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)24,1692013Solidarity reloaded- Strengthening Cooperation Among Euro-Med Youth.
Spain (AECID)300,0002012-2014NOVA
Gaby Lasky Law Office
Michael Sfard Law Office
Strengthening human security in the Palestinian Territory
ENPI18,821 2012Multiplying Solidarity
EIDHR446,7932012-2014NOVA
AI Quds University
Barcelona University
Active Stills
Beyond Walls. Supporting Human Rights defenders in Occupied Palestinian Territory
Tavola Valdese20,0002012-2013NOVA
Gaby Lasky Law Office
Monitoring Impunity in the Jordan Valley
UNDP110,3712012-2013NOVA
Gaby Lasky Law Office
Monitoring Impunity in the Jordan Valley
Municipality of Barcelona295,9442011-2014LAONF Network (Iraqi NGO Network)Consolidation of nonviolent actors in Iraq
Spain (AECID)107,7002011Protect defenders. Strengthening, promotion and defense of human rights in Palestinian Territory Occupied

Partners

Partners with Open Shuhada Street (OSS), an organization that similarly promotes BDS campaigns against Israel, as well as Coalition of Women for Peace, Youth Against Settlements, KURVE Wustrow, and NOVA, a radical Spanish political NGO .

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