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Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)

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Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitewww.pal-arc.org

Funding

Activities

  • PARC’s rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “war crimes.”
  • According to PARC, “The blockade makes export impossible so farmers are abandoning their crops. Israeli incursions result in huge destruction to lands and enterprises. Almost every industry in Gaza is facing ruin. This is collective punishment and must end.”
  • 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].”
  • In 2012, PARC participated in an olive harvest volunteering day to send a “clear message of steadfastness and solidarity with Palestinian farmers facing continuous ethnic cleansing policies” (emphasis added).
  • In 2007, PARC helped produce the Palestinian documentary film “Jerusalem: The East Side Story,” which reveals “the history, of Israel’s occupation, illegal annexation and ethnic cleansing of the old city of East Jerusalem.”
  • In 2002, at the height of the Palestinian terror campaign, PARC made false and inflammatory claims of Israeli “savage…massacres” in Jenin and Nablus.

BDS Activities

  • According to PARC’s “2014-2018 Strategic Plan,” one of PARC’s strategic goals is “Holding the occupation accountable towards Palestinian rights related to the agricultural sector and rural areas” by “Boycotting…Israelis’ settlement products” and “Supporting the cooperation and coordination with the boycott committees.”
  • On September 1, 2016, signed a letter to the Italian Association of Farmers asking them to “rethink their sponsorship and participation” in the Israeli Watec Conference due to its “role in the grave violations of human rights and water rights” and compliance with the “water apartheid.”
  • In February 2013, PARC signed a call urging “international civil society organisations to build effective campaigns and work towards ending agricultural trade with Israel that finances and rewards the destruction of Palestinian farming.” An accompanying “briefing paper” alleged that “Agricultural companies as a whole are accountable for their conduct, and any trade with companies that export from settlements or participate in other Israeli violations of international law only serves to encourage further Israeli violations of international law and is inherently unethical.”
  • In January 2013, PARC was a signatory on a letter to Azienda Comunale Energia e Ambiente (ACEA) board members calling on them to not cooperate with Mekorot, the Israeli water company, as the “experience and expertise that Mekorot is able to share with ACEA has been developed as result of the pivotal role that it plays in the appropriation of Palestinian water. Any cooperation with Mekorot strengthens its ability to violate international law and human rights.”
  • In January 2011, PARC supported the boycott of the export cooperative Agrexco as they are “in breach of international humanitarian law and trade agreements with the European Union, through exporting products of Israeli settlements, which are illegally constructed on stolen Palestinian lands.”
  • In July 2010, PARC “saluted” the Olympia Food Co-op “decision to boycott Israeli goods” as it reflects “the growing sentiment in international civil society, including in the US, that ending Israel’s impunity and pressuring it to comply with its obligations under international law have become of undeniable urgency.”
  • In May 2005 signed a petition calling for the academic boycott of Israel as a means to “isolate Apartheid Israel…forging effective solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, self-determination and sovereignty.”
  • Signatory to the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS,” which calls for an end to Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” and promotes the right of “Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties.”

Partners

Grants Received (2012-2017)

Amounts based on PARC’s project funding information, as listed in PARC’s 2015 annual report.

DonorAmountYears
European Union€4,732,8942012-2016
EU-European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)€831,2902012-2015
Bread for the World-EED €530,0002012-2015
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from SwedenSwitzerlandDenmark, and the Netherlands)$97,8502015-2016
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg€2,212,0562012-2016
Diakonia€,2241,2442013-2017
UNDP-SIDA (Sweden)$468,0002015
CARE International€256,4632013-2016
$3,415,492
Overseas*€270,7072012-2016
$223,952
Christian Aid$1,970,4352014-2016
CCFD€23,0002014-2015
Grassroots International$46,6382014-2016
GIZ (Germany)NIS 204,3402015-2016
Oxfam GB£84,7142015-2016
Save the Children€1,349,5002014-2016
OCHA$482,2302014-2015
Action Aid$205,1762014-2016
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)$283,5322014-2015
UNRWA $87,2192015-2016
UNDP$995,8502014-2016
Junia de Andalucía (AACID)€248,467.632014-2015
OPEC$100,0002013-2016
UNDP - Aqsa Fund/ Islamic Development Bank$1,102,1172013-2015

*Revealing a lack of transparency, PARC lists hundreds of thousands of dollars from unknown “overseas” donors from 2012-2016

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