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PAX Christi

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Country/TerritoryBelgium
Websitehttp://www.paxchristi.net/
Founded1945
In their own wordsA “global Catholic peace movement” that seeks to “transform a world shaken by violence, terrorism, deepening inequalities, and global insecurity… and believes that religion should be an unequivocal force for peace and social justice.”

Funding

Activities

  • Operates in “more than 50 countries on five continents with over a hundred Member Organizations worldwide.”
  • Holds “special consultative status” with the United Nations and UNESCO; is “officially represented” at the African Union and the Council of Europe; and “enjoys, along with its Member Organisations, access to the European Parliament and the European Commission.”

Political Advocacy:

  • Pax Christi International was an active participant at the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference, which crystallized the strategy of delegitimizing Israel as “an apartheid regime” through international isolation.
  • In February 2017 , called on the EU to “consider suspending economic relations” with Israel.
  • Signed a May 2016 letter calling on the European Union to support the right of individuals and institutions to engage in BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel, claiming that Israel is attempting to “shield it from being held accountable for its violations of international law.”
  • Promotes the Palestinian narrative of the “Nakba” [catastrophe] and urges the international community “to hold Israel accountable for its statist crimes of oppression and collective punishment.”
  • Former president Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, claimed that “occupation is the fertile soil for terrorism,” “Hamas is protecting us[Christians],” and chaired a panel on the Kairos Palestine document, which calls for BDS against Israel, denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel, and solely blames Israel for the continuation of the conflict.
  • Pax Christi International describes itself as a “co-founding non-governmental organization” of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), a volunteer program that claims to “provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses.” EAPPI promotes BDS campaigns, accuses Israel of “apartheid,” and promotes a Palestinian “right of return,” meaning the end of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
  • Supports the “World Week of Peace in Palestine Israel,” organized by theWCC, which calls for “advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine.” The WCC plays a key role in mobilizing churches worldwide to support the international boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
  • Pax Christi, along with other NGOs, often exploit the holiday of Christmas to demonize Israel in the international arena.
    • Issued a 2013 Christmas message, encouraging “all people of good will… to write a message of hope and encouragement to our friends in Bethlehem,” which will be displayed on “the wall” [separation barrier].
  • Supported the 2012 call of the UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk to boycott Israeli goods, alleging that Israeli enterprises fail to meet  “international human rights standards” and comply with “humanitarian law.”
  • Pax Christi International, together with the WCC, submitted a “joint written intervention” before the 2012 September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, “applaud[ing] the Human Rights Council’s attention to the numerous and disastrous violations of human rights in Jerusalem” and quotes the Haaretz newspaper, which falsely alleges that “Israel applies draconian regulations” to Palestinian residents of Jerusalem.
  • In response to Israeli self-defensive measures against Hezbollah and Hamas terror attacks, Pax Christi issued a 2006 statement accusing Israel of “[c]ollective punishment,” “unjustified and disproportionate use of force”, and calling on the United Nations to “hold Israel accountable” for “clear violation[s] of international humanitarian law.”

Politicized activities of individual Pax Christi branches

Pax Christi Flanders

Pax Christi UK

  • Pax Christi UK organized a “Peace Education Workshop,” encouraging “young people to critically engage with arguments from all sides of the conflic.t.”  The workshop “attempts to give some sense of the frustrations of life behind barriers where checkpoints regulate and restrict movement” and urges young people to play the “role of guards” and “decide on criteria for admitting people (for example, anybody wearing jeans is kept out) or keep in wholly irrational,” thus implying that Israeli security criteria and concerns are irrational and unfounded. The workshop pamphlet accuses Israel of “[c]ollective punishment,” “house demolitions” and “torture”.

PAX (Netherlands)

  • According to its website, “PAX is a partnership between IKV (Interchurch Peace Council) and Pax Christi. In 2006, the two organisations merged under the name IKV Pax Christi. As of 29 January 2014, the new name of the organisation is PAX.”
  • IKV Pax Christi (Netherlands) co-published an October 2012 report, “Trading Away Peace” that repeats the BDS agenda, calling on EU and individual European governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel.
  • In April 2013, IKV Pax co-wrote a report, “Dutch Economic Links with the Occupation,” which “explores trade and investment relationships between companies located in Israeli settlement or profiting from the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights on the one hand, and the Netherlands on the other hand.” The report notes that “extensive use was made of the online database ‘Who Profits,’”  a project of the Israeli NGO Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) that was founded “in response to the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement” against Israel.
  • Was a “partner” organization on a €34,500 grant on civil society empowerment (2012-2013) from Spain.

Pax Christi Germany

  • In January 2014, the German branch of Pax Christi called on the German government to sanction Israel by not providing defensive weapons and missile speedboats, saying that such a deal would “further arm Israeli apartheid.”

Pax Christi Australia

  • Pax Christi Australia sent a 2012 letter to Australian politician Bob Carr stating that the organization is “deeply concerned” that the government is “giving Australians the deceitful impression that Israel… is, or can be, the innocent victim of Hamas’ rockets,” and that “the unequivocal support of you and the Government you represent for Israel’s impunity to commit war crimes demean Australian decency.”

Pax Christi USA

  • In March 2016, Pax Christi USA announced that it signed a statement from Friends of Sabeel North America condemning anti-BDS laws, claiming that such measures threaten the right to “engage in economic advocacy to end the Israeli occupation.”

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