- MCC, “a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches” that “strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace.”
- MCC’s activities and publications, as well as its funding of highly politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, reveal a biased and anti-Israel agenda, including campaigning against the Israeli security barrier while ignoring Palestinian terror.
- Posted a statement (originally published December 16, 2016) calling on outgoing US President Obama to support for the U.S. government to support a “a strong UN Security Council resolution on settlements.”
- Promoted and hosted a webinar about Kairos Palestine. Dr. Munther Isaac, director of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference, led the discussion.
- The Kairos Palestine document characterizes terrorist acts of “armed resistance” as “Palestinian legal resistance,” denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms, calls to mobilize churches worldwide in the call for BDS, and compares Israel with the South African apartheid regime.
- The Christ at the Checkpoint conference seeks to advance the Palestinian nationalist agenda within Evangelical Christian churches, while simultaneously revives theological antisemitic themes such as replacement theology.
- MCC is listed as a “National campaign partner” on American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P)’s campaign, “No way to Treat a Child.”
- The campaign exploits children for political warfare against Israel, falsely alleging “widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.” It further calls upon the United States government to pressure Israel and encourages supporters to write Members of Congress. The campaign claims that a letter addressed to then President Obama calling for the establishment of a Special Envoy for Palestinian Children, initiated by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and signed by 20 US congressmen, was a “direct response” to demands made by its supporters.
- DCI-P has ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., EU, Canada, and Israel.
- AFSC is a leading proponent of BDS tactics and advocates for a Palestinian “right of return.”
- Total revenue in 2015-2016 was $34.3 million; expenses were $30.9 million.
- In 2015, MCCs in the U.S. and Canada spent $1.25 million in “Palestine and Israel.”
Funding to NGOs Active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
MCC does not publish financial information about organizations and projects that it funds, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
According to information released by grantees, MCC has funded:
|Culture and Free Thought Association||26,500||13,250||26,500|
|Baladna Youth Association||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
Unless otherwise noted, amounts for 2012-2014 were taken from annualreports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits; 2015 from quarterly reports submitted to the Registrar.
- Zochrot supports a “One State Solution” and a “de-Zionized Palestine,” and refers to Israel as having an “ethnicized and racialized Zionist” system. (See NGO Monitor’s factsheet on Zochrot’s Support for “One State,” May 1, 2014.)
- Sabeel promotes Palestinian Liberation Theology, BDS campaigns, and is a proponent of supersessionism and related antisemitic theologies. Sabeel director Naim Ateek is one of the authors of the Kairos Palestine document (see above).
- New Profile advocates for the demilitarization of Israeli society, and provides legal and other support for “refusers” (those who refuse to serve in the military) and their families.
- Culture and Free Thought Association is a Palestinian NGO that is a strong proponent of BDS campaigns against Israel.
- Baladna promotes a 1948 agenda and a Palestinian “right of return,” along with encouraging youth to refuse to serve in the Israeli army or do national service.
- Mennonites Against Israel Dexter Van Zile, Institute for Global Jewish Affairs (JCPA), August 2, 2009