ACT Alliance

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Country/TerritoryInternational
Websitehttp://www.actalliance.org/
Founded2010
In their own words“Committed to working towards a world community where all God’s creation lives with dignity, justice, peace and full respect for human rights and the environment.”

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Political Advocacy

  • ACT Alliance members have “advocated for the EU not to participate in Israel’s violations of international law” and have called for “measures to ensure the correct labelling of settlement products and, further, a ban of imports of settlement products.”
  • Supported the EU’s 2015 decision to label products exported from Israeli communities over the 1949 armistice lines, calling it “an important measure towards ensuring continued, full and effective implementation of existing EU legislation.”
  • In May 2018, ACT Alliance released a statement “condemn[ing] the killing of Palestinian people on their own land” during the Great March of Return. The petition repeats unverified claims and ignores the violent nature of the protests, which have consisted of an organized armed attack on the Israeli border and IDF positions, attempts to destroy and breach the border fence, and sustained arson, rocket, and mortar attacks on Israeli civilian communities.
  • Together with Norwegian Church Aid, published a “Country plan 2011-2015: The occupied Palestinian Territory with Israel and faith-based organisations in the Middle East,” presenting a highly politicized view of the conflict and accusing Israel of “excessive use of force,” “demolitions,” “displacement,” “harassment,” and using “human shields,” and promoting the Palestinian narrative of “Nakba” [generally understaood as meaning the establishment of Israel is a “catastrophe”].

ACT Palestine Forum

  • The ACT Palestine Forum (APF) is a coalition of ACT Alliance Members that are active in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • According to its website, ACT Palestine Forum’s advocacy goals include contributing “to a global discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that addresses the consequences of occupation.”
  • Encourages its followers to “become an Ecumenical Accompanier” through the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel(EAPPI).
    • EAPPI was founded by the World Council of Churches (WCC), which continues to fund the project. EAPPI presents a Palestinian narrative, promotes the claim to a “right of return,” and sends political activists to “witness life under occupation.” Many return and promote BDS and other forms of demonization around the world.
  • Promotes the 2009 Kairos Palestine document, which calls for BDS against Israel; denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms; and rationalizes, justifies, and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance.”
  • APF calls for people to “Boycott settlement products and organize for campaigns in your country to pressure Israel to comply with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights.”
  • In March 2018, APF published “Water in the Gaza Strip,” which repeats the false allegation of Israeli water discrimination against Palestinians. APF ignores evidence that Israel provides Palestinians in the West Bank with more water than required under the Oslo framework and that poor management by the PA of infrastructure, waste, and theft of up to 50 percent of supplies in some Palestinian areas.
  • In January 2018, APF published “January 2018 Prayers: Home Demolitions” accusing Israel of “collective punishment.” APF lists as “Opportunities for Advocacy” the NGOs Christian Peacemaker TeamsIsraeli Committee against Home Demolitions, and Passia, which are major sources of demonization.
  • In response to a wave of terrorism against Israeli civilians that began in October 2015, APF published a statement erasing the context of terror, condemning “the killing of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians, use of excessive force by Israeli police and army against protesters, extra judicial killingscollective punishment in the form of severe restrictions of movement, closure of Palestinian neighborhoods and punitive home demolitions in East Jerusalem” (emphases added). The statement also places sole blame on Israel, explaining that “we will not see an end to the conflict without an end to the Israeli occupation.” APF does not acknowledge that the Palestinians were killed while in the midst of carrying out terror attacks.
  • Published a February 2013 Advocacy Paper, “The ‘Permit Regime’ and Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Freedom of Worship,” alleging that “Under Israeli military occupation, repression has become the worst of history compared to that of South Africa. It’s a sophisticated form of social, economic, political and racial discrimination, strangulation, and genocide, incorporating the worst elements of colonialism and apartheid as well as repressive dispossession, displacement and state terrorism to separate Palestinians from their land and heritage…The ID/permit system is one of many elements designed to make greater Israel an ethnically pure Jewish state.”
  • Website also promotes a number of highly biased and politicized publications by EAPPIWCC, Kairos Palestine, BADIL, and others.
    • BADIL is the main Palestinian “right of return” NGO, and a leader of BDS campaigns and political warfare against Israel. This NGO publishes antisemitic cartoons on its website, as well as imagery calling for the destruction of Israel (also a form of antisemitism) and denying Israel’s right to exist. Cartoon published by BADIL include classic antisemitic tropes, featuring a Jewish man, garbed in traditional Hasidic attire, with a hooked nose and side locks. He stands above a dead child and skulls, holding a pitchfork dripping with blood. Additional graphics deny the legitimacy of Israel in any form, and oppose peace agreements.

ACT Alliance Members

Funding to ACT Alliance (amounts taken from the UN Financial Tracking Service)

DonorPartnersProjectAmount Year
SwedenDiakoniaSupporting the International Humanitarian Law Resource Center$548,7352017-2019
DenmarkDanChurchAidAnnual Programme 2018 - OPT$803,5752018
Improved Resilient Livelihoods in Palestinian Communities, Phase II$445,9152017
Cisterns$28,690
NetherlandsDiakoniaSupporting the International Humanitarian Law Resource Center at Diakonia's Jerusalem Office$96,1482016-2019
NorwayDanChurchAid, Norwegian Church AidWASH and nutrition emergency assistance in Gaza$383,1912018-2020
SwitzerlandDiakoniaSupport to the International Humanitarian Law Resource Center$556,3452018-2020
$548,000

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