A number of NGOs claiming to promote human rights have justified and celebrated Hamas’ October 7 murders, rapes, kidnapping, and torture massacre as “resistance” against Israel. Other NGOs took an indirect approach to shift the focus away from Hamas and deflect from its atrocities, “contextualizing” the attacks as an inevitable response to the “root causes” of the conflict, namely Israeli “apartheid,” “oppression,” and “persecution.” While most of this demonization rhetoric appeared in the immediate aftermath of October 7, “apartheid” language has persisted and continued in NGO statements into November and December. In addition, the similarity of language employed by NGOs suggests a significant level of coordination in their talking points. Many of the NGOs involved are funded by the EU, European governments, and UN agencies. 

This victim-blaming is an extension of the NGO network’s ongoing campaign to use any and all aspects of the conflict to promote the “apartheid” slander, and as a pretext to advance BDS measures to isolate Israel internationally. It also reflects a broader ideological denial of Palestinian agency and responsibility, and commitment to declare Israel guilty regardless of facts. 

The “apartheid” libel is false and a deliberate distortion of the term – as extensively detailed by NGO Monitor. It has contributed significantly to global antisemitism and demonization of Israel. 

Further analysis is required to determine the extent to which the October 7 terrorists viewed the apartheid campaign as lending legitimacy to their atrocities. According to the NGOs, Israel’s existence is inherently racist, it is the most racist state in the world, and the Palestinians are the most oppressed. In this case – the twisted logic would argue – “armed resistance” (a euphemism for butchering civilians) is at least understandable if not justified. 

This report provides examples from 64 NGOs – including international and European-funded NGOs – that are participating in this campaign. 

International NGOs

Amnesty International 

Kristyan Benedict, Amnesty UK Campaigns Manager 

  • On October 20, Benedict tweeted, “Seeing too many smart people who think this crisis started on Oct 7 as opposed to something that is decades old and rooted in colonialism, occupation, apartheid, and impunity. This is a ridiculous & dangerous situation we are in. #Palestine”
  • On November 15, Benedict tweeted, “Right..everything was cool before October 7…apart from that 16 year blockade on occupied Gaza that collectively punishes its entire population – a war crime. And let’s not forget the blockade is a key tool in Israel’s system of apartheid – a crime against humanity. So peaceful”
  • Benedict referred to “apartheid” in an additional 53 tweets between October 7-Dec 21. 

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Sari Bashi, HRW Program Director

  • On October 7, Bashi tweeted, “The reports and unverified videos of Israeli families taken hostage in their homes, kidnapped into Gaza- are terrifying. There’s no honor in unlawful attacks on civilians. No matter how just your resistance to apartheid and oppression is.”
  • On October 10, HRW published a statement by Bashi claiming, “The Israeli authorities have also unlawfully cut electricity to Gaza’s 2.2 million residents and reduced water supply, exacerbating the impact of Israel’s more than 16-year illegal closure of Gaza and its crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 7, interview on twitter of Oct. 15, interview on MSNBC of Nov. 17.

Omar Shakir, HRW Israel and Palestine Director 

  • On October 9, Shakir tweeted, “The killings of 100s of Israelis & Palestinians over last 72 hours reflect a flagrant disregard by all for int’l law. So long as there’s impunity, Gaza remains an open-air prison & Israel’s apartheid isn’t dismantled, bloodshed & repression will continue.”
  • On November 9, Shakir tweeted, “Remember the think pieces about Israeli leaders “shrinking the conflict”? Caging 2+ million people in an open-air prison & systematically repressing a people for decade was never sustainable. There’s no way forward without addressing root causes—including impunity & apartheid.”
  • Shakir referred to “apartheid” in an additional 12 tweets between October 7-Dec 21.
  • See also opinion piece in the LA Times of Nov. 29

Former HRW Executive Director Ken Roth

  • On October 10, Roth tweeted, “We should be able to agree that Hamas’s killing and abduction of civilians are war crimes without obliterating Palestinians’ deep frustration at the moribund ‘peace process,’ the demise of the ‘two state solution,’ the abandonment to apartheid without end.
  • On October 9, Roth tweeted, “The broad support now for Hamas across the Middle East despite its war crimes reflects popular discontent with normalization deals that bypass the rights of Palestinians condemned to life under apartheid.”
  • On October 21, Roth tweeted, “The oppressive discrimination that the Israeli government imposes on millions of Palestinians in occupied territory — the apartheid does not begin to be justified by security concerns. It is about dominance, land grabs, and demographic engineering.”
  • Roth referred to “apartheid” in an additional 21 tweets between October 7-Dec 21.

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) – Donors include European Union, Finland, Sweden, Norway, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Bread for the World (Germany), Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Sigrid Rausing Trust (U.K.), Ford Foundation, and Open Society Foundation.

  • On October 11, FIDH published a statement claiming, “The cycle of violence is a predictable result of Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid regime that has lasted too long” The statement further called on Israel to “end the colonisation, apartheid regime and annexation policies imposed on Palestinian people, which are the root causes underlying the continuing waves of conflict in the territory.”
  • FIDH adopted a resolution claiming, “In this current military attack, Israel has committed a number of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which are taking place in the context of an ongoing 75-year settler colonialism and apartheid and 56-year of illegal belligerent occupation of the Palestinian territory… Notably, Israel has long perpetrated the crime of persecution and the crime of apartheid… States to recognise and address the root causes underpinning the ongoing Israeli military aggression,including Israel’s apartheid regime and settler colonialism.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 11 statement of Nov. 9, tweet of Nov. 10, statement of Dec. 12, tweet of Dec. 12.

European Government-Funded NGOs with ties to terror groups

Al Haq – Donors include European Union, Norway, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Open Society Foundation, Germany, and UN OCHA.

  • On October 22, Al-Haq published a statement claiming, “The deliberate failure of the international community to hold Israel responsible for its 56-year illegal occupation and aggression on the Palestinian territory, and its impunity over decades for its international crimes, including apartheid, has culminated in this week of horrific violence, war crimes and incitement to genocide.” 
  • On October 8, Al-Haq published a Twitter thread calling on the UN Security Council to “address root causes .. and condemn Israel’s illegal occupation, settler-colonialism, and #apartheid regime as the root causes underpinning the continuous waves of conflict in the territory” and “Sanction Israel’s.. Apartheid
  • See also tweet of Oct. 27, statement of Nov. 11, statement of Nov. 29, statement of Dec. 6.

Al-Haq Head of Legal Research and Advocacy Susan Power

Al-Haq Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer Ahmed Abofoul

  • On October 12, Abofoul tweeted, “The Israeli occupation is turning Gaza from the world’s largest open-air prison to the world’s largest mass grave. The civilised world is watching & reminding us that #Israeliapartheid has the “right to defend itself” by burying our children under the rubble.”
  • On December 3, Abofoul tweeted, “He refers to Palestinian armed (resistance) groups as “terror organisations”, not only the Rome Statute does not recognise “terrorism” as a crime, but the context of this situation is a struggle for self-determination against settler colonialism, occupation and apartheid.”
  • Abofoul referred to “apartheid” in an additional 10 tweets between October 7-Dec 21.

Al-Haq Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer Aseel Al-Bajeh 

  • On October 21, Al-Bajeh published an article claiming, “Mainstream media, on the other hand, has also been complicit in greenlighting Israel’s genocidal war while failing to adequately cover the reality of the ongoing massacres in the wider context of apartheid, occupation and colonisation.”

Bisan – Donors include European Union, Belgium, and Spain.

Bisan Executive Director Ubai Aboudi 

Al Mezan – Donors include the European Union, Netherlands, Diakonia, Sweden, and Oxfam Novib.

  • On November 29, Al Mezan published a statement claiming, “it is clear that Israel’s warfare is not only against Gaza, but against the entire Palestinian people. Since 7 October 2023, Israel has been carrying out a concerted aggression against Palestinians across historic Palestine, vividly illustrating the expansionist and annexationist aims of its settler-colonial apartheid regime.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 16, tweet of Oct. 19, tweet of Oct. 29tweet of Nov. 3, tweet of Nov. 9.

BADIL – Donors include Spain, DanChurchAid, Trocaire (Ireland), Sweden, and Civil Peace Service (Germany).

Additional European Funded NGOs

Independent Commission for Human Rights – Donors include Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway.

  • On October 9, ICHR sent a letter to UN Special Rapporteurs claiming, “The root causes of Israel’s actions and crimes against Palestinians stem from its discriminatory policies based on the Apartheid.”

Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) – Donors include Italy, EU, Sweden, and UN.

  • On October 11, PMRS published a statement claiming, “Silence is complicity. Silence is violence. Silence won’t end the ongoing cycle of violence and it won’t end the illegal occupation and apartheid.”
  • See also statement of Oct. 14 and Facebook statement.

PMRS Director Mustafa Barghouti 

  • On October 11, in an interview with Democracy Now, PMRS Director Mustafa Barghouti declared, “the solution is to end the Israeli illegal occupation of Palestinians, that the solution is to stop what has become the worst system of apartheid ever, much worse apartheid than what revealed in South Africa at one point of time.”
  • See also interview with CNN of Oct. 9.

Sabeel – Donors include Diakonia (Sweden), Mennonite Central Committee (U.S. and Canada), Pontifical Mission for Palestine (Vatican), Kerk in Actie, Bread for the World-EED, and Friends of Sabeel chapters in North America, UK, Norway, Netherlands, and Canada.

  • On October 11, Sabeel published a statement that claims, “As we experience and attentively keep track of events as they unfold, it is pivotal to remember: Palestinians have been under attack, suffering dispossession and dehumanization from Zionism, for over 75 years. The continuation of Israel’s policies related to displacement, apartheid, and occupation has been facilitated by the backing of several dominant global powers, notably the U.S. … The longstanding policies of displacement, military occupation, and apartheid by the Israeli government must be dismantled… Palestinians call.. an end to the apartheid system.
  • See also Facebook statement of Oct. 11.

Adalah – Donors include Switzerland (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), European Union, Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), Bread for the World-EED (Germany), Christian Aid (UK), and Open Society Foundation.

  • On October 17, Adalah published a statement claiming that “The Israeli government is now capitalizing on the rage and anxiety of Israelis, amid the fog of war, to entrench its system of apartheid in policing, as part of its supremacist policy.

Al-Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network – Donors include Switzerland, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Open Society Foundation, Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Heinrich Boell Stiftung.

  • On October 24, Al Shabaka posted a statement claiming, “that recent atrocities are the by-product of Israel’s settler colonial project, military occupation, and system of apartheid from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.”
  • On December 2, Al Shabaka tweeted, “But instead of recognising our resistance as such & seeing it in the context of the decades-long Palestinian struggle for freedom from occupation and apartheid, the international community is instead reducing it to a ‘conflict’ between two ‘equal’ sides”
  • Al-Shabaka referred to “apartheid” in an additional 15 tweets between October 7-Dec 21.

Al-Shabaka Board President Tareq Baconi

Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Amjad Iraqi 

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – Donors include United Kingdom, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Bread for the World-EED (Germany), Ford Foundation, Tides Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund.

  • On October 13, AFSC published a statement claiming, “To bring change, we must address the roots of conflict, including historic and ongoing Palestinian displacement, occupation, and the reality of apartheid…Some ideas for shifting the narrative: Violence did not start with the attacks from Gaza… For decades, the Palestinian people have faced Israeli occupation and systematic human rights abuses that constitute apartheid
  • On October 9, AFSC published a statement claiming, “The Israeli escalation is being justified by explicitly racist rhetoric… One need not dig deeply into the history of the 75 years of occupation to find the evidence to prove that point. Look at the conditions this year… This is apartheid… We call on the U.S. and other members of the international community…to change long-term policies that ignore the Apartheid realities and Israeli abuses of Palestinian rights… history shows us that people who are oppressed will continue to find ways to resist their oppression… The only path to lasting peace for Palestine and Israel is by uprooting occupation and apartheid.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 7, tweet of Oct. 22, statement updated Dec. 15, statement updated Dec. 15, ongoing petition to the US congress.

Al Quds Association – Donors include Municipality of Málaga and Municipality of Casares.

  • On October 9, Al Quds Association published a statement by Red Solidaria Contra la Ocupación de Palestina: “The end of violence necessarily involves the end of the structural violence to which the Palestinian people have been subjected for decades. The end of violence requires the end of Israeli apartheid and its ethnic cleansing that has continued for 75 years….End relations with the Israeli regime of colonialism, oppression and apartheid” (translated from the original Spanish).
  • On October 20, Al Quds published an interview (Spanish) with Al Quds Vice President Eva Nieto: “We do not justify violence, but we have seen year after year the breeding ground created by Apartheid in the West Bank and the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 10, tweet of Oct. 22, tweet of Oct. 24, protest of Nov. 9.

Association Belgo-Palestinienne (ABP) – Donors include Belgium

  • On October 7, ABP published a statement, “Let us remember that the occupation of Palestinian territory constitutes an act of aggression which the Palestinians have the right to resist, as does the blockade of Gaza, responsible for a major humanitarian disaster for 16 years…The endless cycle of violence will only end if Israel ends the structural violence of its apartheid colonial regime.” (translated from the original French)
  • See also tweet of Oct. 7, tweet of Oct. 9, tweet of Oct. 11, tweet of Oct. 11tweet of Oct. 12.

Viva Salud – Donors include Belgium

B’Tselem – Donors include: European Union, Norway, DanChurchAid (Denmark), Trocaire (Ireland), Catholic Relief Services (US), Christian Aid Ireland, Bread for the World- EED (Germany), the New Israel Fund, UNDP, Switzerland, Denmark, AECID (Spain), and ACPP (Spain).

  • On November 9, B’Tselem published a statement claiming, “Israel is taking advantage of the fact that local and international attention is currently diverted from the West Bank to impose far-reaching measures that constitute collective punishment, which is prohibited under international law. This conduct is integral to Israel’s apartheid regime, which is at its most flagrant in Hebron.”
  • See also statement of Nov. 25.

Kerem NavotDonors include Diakonia (Sweden), Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), Medico International (Germany), and the Rosa Luxemburg Fund (Germany).

  • On October 8, Kerem Navot tweeted that “Any solution to this tragedy will require Israel to recognize the Palestinians and their historical and collective rights to this land, and to dismantle the system of oppression and apartheid that Israel practices against them.”

NGOs Funded by Private Foundations

Jewish Voice for Peace – Donors include Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Tides Foundation.

  • On October 7, JVP published a press release claiming, “The Israeli government may have just declared war, but its war on Palestinians started over 75 years ago. Israeli apartheid and occupation — and United States complicity in that oppression — are the source of all this violence. Reality is shaped by when you start the clock… For 75 years, the Israeli government has maintained a military occupation over Palestinians, operating an apartheid regime.”
  • On October 18, JVP tweeted, “Just as we demand an end to genocide in Gaza, we must put the same effort into dismantling the systems of Zionism, apartheid, and colonialism that brought us to this moment.”
  • JVP referred to “apartheid” in an additional 11 tweets since October 7. 
  • See also ongoing petition to American officials, statement of Oct. 11, facebook statement of Oct. 8, hosted a power hour on Oct. 8, statement of Nov. 21.

JVP Political Director Beth Miller

  • On October 10, Miller tweeted, “This approach from our government – this is what got us here. This full throated support for systemic Israeli violence and occupation and apartheid. This erasure and dismissal of brutality and violence against Palestinians. Biden is beating the drums of war.”
  • See also tweet of Nov. 5.

Center for Constitutional Rights – Donors include Tides Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.

CCR Senior Staff Attorney Diala Shamas

  • On October 11, in an interview with The Guardian, Shamas stated, “Recognizing the root causes of the current violence doesn’t require condoning attacks on civilians. Offering context is not offering an excuse. On the contrary: the only way to honor the loss of life – Palestinian and Israeli – is to address its source. The US must end its complicity in Israeli apartheid, systemic oppression, military occupation and collective punishment.”

Cairo Institute for Human Rights (CIHRS) – Donors include Open Society Foundations.

CODEPINK – Donors include the Tides Foundation.

  • On October 8, CODEPINK launched a petition calling on President Biden and the US Secretary of Defense to “Stop Supporting Israeli Apartheid.” According to the petition, “Israel has colonized, occupied and oppressed the people of Palestine for 70 years. This has inevitably led to the resistance of Palestinians.”
  • CODEPINK referred to “apartheid” in an additional 10 tweets between October 7-Dec 21. 
  • See also protest on twitter on Oct. 8 and undated statement

DAWN – Donors include Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ford Foundation, and Open Society Foundation.

  • On November 1, DAWN tweeted, “Recent events punched a giant hole into the paper-thin superficial Biden admin Middle East policy, which deluded itself into believing establishing close ties with apartheid Israel and dictatorships is some kind of recipe for stability.” 
  • See also tweet of Oct. 18.

DAWN Executive Director Sarah Leah Whitson

  • On October 9, Whitson tweeted, “At the same time, this transformative moment demands that the international community start to recognize and address the root causes—apartheid, occupation, and siege.”
  • On November 23, Whitson tweeted, “Hamas dismantled is a bad end game. It will produce zero medium term security. The question we need answered is how we end Israeli occupation and apartheid so all people from the river to the sea can live in peace and freedom.”
  • Whitson referred to “apartheid” in an additional 29 tweets between October 7-Dec 21. 

DAWN Director of Research for Israel-Palestine Michael Omer-Man

DAWN Advocacy Director Raed Jarrar 

  • On October 11, Jarrar published an article claiming, “All this should go hand-in-hand with a firm commitment to end U.S. support for Israeli policies that smack of apartheid and violate international law.”

Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) – Donors include the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Open Society Foundations.

  • On October 8, MECA participated in a protest in San Francisco, claiming, “We are witnessing the people of Gaza rising up to respond to decades of Israeli settler colonial violence. The US govt bears responsibility for its political, economic & military support of this brutal apartheid regime. Join us to stand in solidarity with Palestine.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 8.

Just Vision – Donors include Rockefeller Brothers Fund and +972 Magazine

  • On October 11, Just Vision tweeted, “Invoking decolonisation shouldn’t entail a zero-sum position that refuses to sympathise with what happened to Israeli families, but neither should the killings be an excuse to consolidate Israel’s apartheid regime and abet its wrath.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 11 and tweet of Oct. 16.

Just Vision Outreach Associate Fadi Abu Shammalah

  • On October 12, Abu Shammalah published an article claiming, “I’m not surprised that we have found ourselves at this bloody point of no return… Though Palestinians have the right to resist occupation….to oppose Israel’s occupation and a system… consider apartheid.” 

MADRE – Donors include Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation.

Non-Transparent NGOs (unknown funding sources)

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

  • On October 9, PSC posted a statement claiming, “The offensive launched from Gaza can only be understood in the context of Israel’s ongoing, decades long, military occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land and imposition of a system of oppression that meets the legal definition of apartheid…then we must all take action to end the root causeIsraeli apartheid and oppression of Palestinians.”
  • On December 12 PSC tweeted, “We’ve sent all corporations a powerful message: if you choose to be complicit in Israeli apartheid, you will face the strength of the solidarity movement. And we will win.”
  • PSC referred to “apartheid” in an additional 37 tweets between October 7-Dec 21.

International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

  • On October 9, ISM published a statement claiming, “On Saturday Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel was at war. What this really means is that for the first time in decades, Palestinians are not the only ones facing the consequences of Israel’s colonial apartheid state… Governments and companies that directly support Israeli apartheid and military occupation, and the international community that fails to react to constrain Israeli terror, also share responsibility for the continuing violence.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 8, tweet of Oct. 8, tweet of Oct. 11,tweet of Nov. 2, tweet of Dec. 6, tweet of Dec. 16tweet of Dec. 18

Stop the Wall

  • On October 8, Stop the Wall published a statement claiming that “Israel said it declared war yesterday – but it is waging a daily brutal war against the Palestinian people and has imposed its vicious apartheid regime for every day over the last 75 years. This is why we hold Israel fully responsible for each and every killing over the last days across historic Palestine.”
  • On October 11, Stop the Wall tweeted, “War on Gaza did not start on 7. Oct. 2023 it is no war, it is no revenge. It is a Genocidal policy that apartheid Israel planned and implemented for decades.”
  • Stop the Wall referred to “apartheid” in an additional 26 tweets between October 7-Dec 21. 
  • See also statement of Nov. 27

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

  • On November 9, ICAHD posted a statement claiming, “As a result, despite the illegality of colonization, settlement and annexation of an occupied territory, the imposition of an apartheid regime over historic Palestine and, it could be argued, genocide… Israel has succeeded in completing its take-over of Palestine… “Two states” can only be accepted by Israel in the form of apartheid
  • See also March for Palestine, and webinar of Dec. 13.

ICAHD Director Jeff Halper 

  • On October 11, Halper wrote an article claiming, “here’s the choice:  Apartheid/genocide in an ethnically pure Jewish state built on the ruins of Palestine vs one democratic state of equal citizens accompanied by a l-o-n-g, painful but necessary process of restoring Palestinian rights …More like the still-incomplete process of Germany addressing the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.”

Union Juive Françaiqe pour la Paix (UJFP)

  • On October 10, UJFP was quoted in an article as claiming, “Israel the colonizing power, Israel which imposes a inhumane blockade in Gaza, Israel which is continuing a forced colonization of all of historic Palestine, Israel which is consolidating an apartheid regime and using mass imprisonment as a means of managing its occupation, Israel whose army in the last period covers the pogroms carried out by settlers against Palestinian villages.”
  • See also tweet of Oct. 15, statement of Nov. 3, statement of Dec. 7.

UJFP activist Pierre Stambul

  • On October 15, UJFP activist Pierre Stambul published an article declaring, “Unquestionably, war crimes were committed… the fact that Israel is an apartheid state. On the other hand, stories of babies being disembowelled or decapitated are part of the propaganda. CNN journalists who arrived at the scene where this horror was supposed to have taken place, formally denied it” (translated from the original French).

Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu)

  • On October 17, Caabu published a statement claiming, “If you have 75 years of enforced exile, 56 years of military occupation,16 years of blockade and impose a regime of apartheid, you do not get calm.

Caabu Director Chris Doyle 

War on Want

  • On October 11, War on Want published a statement claiming, “This continuing cycle of violence is firmly rooted in Israel’s ongoing 75-year colonisation and illegal occupation, 16-year illegal blockade of Gaza and the maintenance of an apartheid state… This oppression and brutality is carried out in service of maintaining Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid regime.. It is therefore crucial that the UK government ends its complicity in these crimes by ending all arms sales to Israel.”
  • War on Want referred to “apartheid” in an additional 11 tweets between October 7-Dec 21. 

War on Want Director Asad Rehman 

  • On October 13, Rehman tweeted, “The Palestinians have been ‘othered’ for decades by apartheid Israel & with the active support of media & western politicians. It’s racism 101.”
  • Rehman referred to “apartheid” in an additional 21 tweets between October 7-Dec 21.

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

AMP Advocacy Director Ayah Ziyadeh

WESPAC Foundation

  • On October 8, WESPAC published a statement claiming, “The attack from Gaza has a context. It follows months and years of constant violence, pogroms, expulsions and other manifestations of apartheid inflicted on Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem. We do not condone attacks on civilians or violence of any kind. We do recognize its root causes in oppression, injustice and apartheid.”

European Legal Support Center (ELSC)

Joint NGO Statements

Al-Haq /Al Mezan/Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) 

Joint Statement by Kairos Palestine, Christ at the Checkpoint, Sabeel Ecumenical Center for Liberation Theology, The East Jerusalem YMCA, The YWCA of Palestine, The Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches

  • On October 20, 12 NGOs published a statement, “we categorically reject the myopic and distorted Christian responses that ignore the wider context and the root causes of this war: Israel’s systemic oppression of the Palestinians over the last 75 years since the Nakba, the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and the oppressive and racist military occupation that constitutes the crime of apartheid.”

Joint Statement by Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), AMAN Coalition, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), Hurryyat, Addameer, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC), Jerusalem Legal and Human Rights Center (JLAC), MA’AN Development Center, Miftah, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Heath Work Committees (HWC), Land Research Center, Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), and Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P)

  • On October 9, the NGOs published a joint statement claiming, “We consider the flagrant unconditional support the U.S and European officials are offering Israel occupation while ignoring the plight of the Palestinian people as complicity in Israeli human rights violations and crimes against humanity, including the crime of apartheid. It is the international community’s failure to hold the Israel occupation accountable for its crimes that have led to the current situation.”

Joint Statement by Al Mezan/BDS Movement/Bisan/MIFTAH/Al-Haq/Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)/Health Work Committees (HWC)/Addameer/Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P)/Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)/Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC)/Land Research Centre/Society of St Yves/Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)

  • On October 14, 15 Palestinian NGOs published a statement claiming, “For violence to end, European leaders must address and eradicate the root causes of the ongoing violence, namely, Israel’s seven-decade long settler-colonial enterprise and oppression of the Palestinian people. … The EU must intervene to ensure that Israel dismantles its discriminatory apartheid regime.” 

Joint Statement by Al-Haq, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), MIFTAH, Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Bisan Center for Research and Development, Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)

  • On October 17, 9 NGOs submitted recommendations for the European Parliament Motion for a Resolution on Palestine. The joint letter claims, “The deliberate failure of the international community to hold Israel responsible for its 56-year illegal occupation and aggression on the Palestinian territory, and its impunity over decades for its international crimes, including apartheid, has culminated in this week of horrific violence, war crimes and incitement to genocide.”

Joint Statement by Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Addameer, Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”, Palestinian Human Rights Organisation “PHRO”

  • On October 20, 48 NGOs published a statement calling on member states of the UN “The occupation authorities’ crimes against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the course of more than ten days is not a new development, but instead represents an extension of Israeli policy and practice that has been ongoing for more than half a century… in practices amounting to the crime of apartheid, amid complete impunity.”
Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ)European Union, CARE International, and Netherlands via Oxfam Novib.
Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCI-P)Sweden, EU, Norway, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
HurryyatEuropean Union, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, and the United Nations.
Jerusalem Legal and Human Rights Center (JLAC)Ireland, Bread for the World (Germany), Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), France, and UNDP. “Project-Based Donors” include: Switzerland, and Spain.
Land Research CenterEuropean Union and the Netherlands
Ma’an Development CenterEuropean Union, Italy, DanChurchAid, UN-OCHA, Switzerland, Norway, Australia (Australian Embassy, AUSAID), France, and Canada.
Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)Terre des Hommes, DanChurchAid/Norwegian Church Aid, Mennonite Central Committee, Bread for the World, Church of Sweden, Save the Children, Church of Scotland, UNICEF
MIFTAHEuropean Union, Norway, Germany, Ireland, United Nations Population Fund, Oxfam International, Arab Fund (Kuwait), and Switzerland (Swiss Cooperation Office).
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)European Union, Ireland, Spain, DanChurchAid (Denmark), Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), Switzerland, Norway, and the United Nations (OCHA)
Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO)European Union, Italy and Switzerland
Society of St. YvesEuropean Union, Netherlands and Norwegian Refugee Council.
Union of Agricultural Works Committee (UAWC)European Union, Canada via FAO, Denmark via FOA, Netherlands, Norway, France and Spain (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation - AECID)
Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)European Union, Oxfam Novib and Diakonia.
Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)Norway, European Union, DanChurchAid (Denmark), Bread for the World (Germany), Open Society Institute, Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), Switzerland, UNDP, United Nations Population Fund, UN Women and CARE International.