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Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitewww.pal-arc.org

Funding

  • The Netherlands has supported the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) substantially with a total of €15,602,391 (€7,643,368 in 2009 and €7,959,023 in 2010).
  • The program funded by the Dutch Representative Office in Ramallah – The Early Recovery Program II – runs from June 2010–May 2012. According to PARC, it aims “to respond to the early recovery needs and enhancing the livelihood for poor families and agricultural lands in the Gaza strip.”

Activities

  • Offensive rhetoric: PARC operates a range of agricultural, economic and social projects in the West Bank and Gaza, primarily devoted to rural development. However, it is also involved in political advocacy campaigns utilizing demonizing rhetoric, including referring to the IDF as the “occupation army”
  • Its rhetoric employs “apartheid” and other racially charged language: “The occupation continued its aggression, settlement policies, building of the Apartheid Wall, the Judaization of Jerusalem, the siege and restriction of the entire Palestinian people movements on the checkpoints that aim to penetrate and disrupt the unity of collective, national and liberal consciences.”
  • PARC falsely accuses Israel of “war crime[s],” and erases the context of terror that necessitates security measures: “The creation of the so-called ‘buffer zone’ land is considered one of the most Israeli practices in violation of the provisions of international law that constitutes war crime [sic].”
  • False accusations against Israel and negating the context of terror: In 2002, at the height of the Palestinian terror campaign, PARC made false and inflammatory claims of Israeli “savage…massacres” in Jenin and Nablus.
  • Israeli security measures following several massive suicide bombings killing hundreds and injuring thousands were labeled “aggressive policies… to force the Palestinians to accept the Israeli solution of the political problem, and to undermine the legitimacy of the Palestinian’s establishing an independent state.” PARC also accused Israel of a “policy of killing, wounding, and detaining thousands of Palestinians,” while erasing the context of terrorism.
  • PARC publicly supports BDS: “PARC salutes all activists and international supporters for the BDS campaign and especially our French friends and partners who were able to frustrate the Agrexco attempt to conduct a joint press conference with a few exploited Palestinian producers.”
  • PARC has also signed petitions calling for BDS against Israel and in support of the campaign to boycotting Israeli academia.

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