ActionAid is an “international organisation, working with over 15 million people in 45 countries.” Its head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa.
|In their own words||“We focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.”|
- In 2021, ActionAid International’s total income was €224.1 million; total expenses were €218.4 million, of which €2.4 million was spent on “Palestine.”
- Donors include Denmark, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Nations. (See table below for further funding information.)
- In 2018-2021, Italy granted €1,800,000 to ActionAid Palestine to “improve the economic opportunities for young people, especially women, in 8 communities of Hebron and Bethlehem Governorates.”
- In 2022, ActionAid Palestine is partnering with Ma’an Development Center on a project funded by Denmark.
- In May 2018, Ma’an Development Center employee Ahmad Abdallah Aladini was killed in the violence on the Gaza border. Aladini was a “comrade” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel. According to the PFLP, Aladini was active against the “Zionist aggression on the Gaza Strip.”
- ActionAid leads tours in Bethlehem and Hebron where participants are encouraged to “come face-to-face with the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” “illegal Israeli settlements,” and the “political struggles between locals and the Israeli occupation over land, water, and the building of the Israeli separation wall.”
- In August 2022, ActionAid Palestine condemned the decision by the Israeli Ministry to designate six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations. According to ActionAid Palestine, “We strongly condemn these actions. These attacks are another way of the Israeli occupation trying to assert its authority and undermine the work of human rights organisations in Palestinian territories…“We stand in solidarity with Palestinian human rights organisations, who are working to stand up for the rights of the Palestinian people.”
- In February 2022, ActionAid Ireland participated in a campaign titled “#StopTradeWithSettlements,” calling “for an EU law that will end trade with illegal settlements once and for all.”
- In May 2021, ActionAid launched a petition calling for the passage of the Irish “Control of Economic Activity (Occupied territories)” bill, which would make it illegal for Irish citizens and residents to import or sell “settlement goods” or to provide or attempt to provide “settlement services.” The Old City and Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, are considered “settlements” under the bill.
- In February 2021, ActionAid was a signatory on a statement falsely claiming that Israel has “legal obligations, to provide vaccines to the Palestinians while altogether ignoring that Palestinians residing in Jerusalem are part of the Israeli health care system; that under the Oslo Accords the PA is responsible for health care of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza; and that the PA has adopted its own vaccine policy for its population.
- In May 2019, Action Aid published an article stating that the “US and European Union are complicit in the whitewash of war crimes against Palestinian civilians.”
- In April 2018, ActionAid was a signatory on a statement “condemning Israel’s unlawful killing of civilians” during the Gaza-border violence and called for an “independent and transparent investigation into the killing and injuring of civilians in the context of peaceful demonstrations, and for those responsible to be held to account.” The statement ignored 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.
- In 2016, the ActionAid General Assembly approved a motion by ActionAid Palestine, ActionAid Denmark, and ActionAid UK to “challeng[e] corporates that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestine.” The motions approved efforts to “identify companies profiting from the occupation” and “undertake an audit of their relationships with the companies identified.”
- ActionAid Greece provided NIS 55,302 to Who Profits in 2016-2017.
- Who Profits initiates international BDS campaigns, targeting Israeli and foreign banks, security companies, civil infrastructure facilities, and private companies. It supports BDS campaigns around the world in finding target companies. The website provides the option to “Report a Company,” and calls on the public “to identify companies that should be included in their database.” This database includes more than 500 Israeli and international businesses.
- In May 2017, as part of a broader BDS campaign against FIFA, Campaign Manager for ActionAid Greece Mattas Samiou called for the Israeli Football Federation to “stop its illegal activities immediately in Israeli settlements. And if that is not the case, we support the request of civil society organizations to FIFA to put an end to this unacceptable situation.”
- In December 2015, ActionAid Greece called for the Greek government’s “commitment to the immediate implementation of the European Labeling Directive for products originating from illegal Israeli settlements as a first step towards a total ban on imports.”
- While ActionAid Denmark claims that it “does not appeal to a boycott of Israeli products,” it does “encourage investors not to invest money in companies that violate international guidelines for corporate human rights liability by, for example, contributing to the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”
- ActionAid Denmark is one of the founders of DanWatch, which promotes BDS under the guide of “business ethics.” It specifically funds DanWatch’s project “Business on Forbidden Land,” focusing on Danish companies allegedly conducting business in Israeli settlements and opposing the marketing of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank.
- ActionAid Denmark’s “Facts [on] Children and Adolescents in Palestine” rely on a discredited March 2013 UNICEF report on juvenile justice in the military courts and false claims proffered by Defense for Children International –Palestine (DCI-P).In addition, the group also disregards the circumstances surrounding arrests, such as extreme violence including murder and attempted murder. (Read NGO Monitor’s reports “No Way to Represent a Child: Defense for Children International Palestine’s Distortions of the Israeli Justice System” and “The Origins of “No Way to Treat a Child” : Analyzing UNICEF’s Report on Palestinian Minors.”)
- In April 2019, ActionAid Denmark Program Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Morten Gobel Poulsen stated, after visiting Gaza, “You totally get the feeling of being in prison.”
- In 2018, ActionAid Denmark launched a petition calling for the Danish Government to “Recognize Palestine as State!”
- In May 2018, Secretary-General of ActionAid Denmark Tim Whyte stated that it “should be clearly stated today on the packaging of certain Israeli exports if they are produced on occupied Palestinian lands – that is, produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”
- In 2017, ActionAid Denmark launched a petition titled “Stop Occupation of Palestine- 50 Years is Enough” calling to “Ensure that Danish pension funds are not invested in companies that contribute to the occupation and the illegal settlements” and “Ensure that no Danes’ tax crowns are placed in companies that help to support the illegal settlements.”
- In December 2015, following HeidelbergCement being blacklisted by Denmark’s largest pension fund, Senior Policy Advisor and CSR expert with ActionAid Denmark Troels Børrild stated that “Investing in companies that profit from the systematic human rights violations caused by the illegal Israeli settlements and the belligerent occupation is becoming toxic to investors… Too many investors and companies still fail to live up to their own policies in the case of businesses who profit from the Israeli occupation.”
- In May 2015, ActionAid Denmark called to end “any trade and cooperation with Elbit Systems.”
- In 2019, ActionAid Palestine lobbied in support of the discriminatory UN database of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line, aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel.
- In September 2019, ActionAid Palestine was a signatory on a letter to the French President calling for him to take “concrete measures against the policies of annexation, de facto and de jure, of the Israeli government. These measures should be implemented immediately, to prevent possible Israeli unilateral actions…Inaction on the part of the international community following an Israeli annexation would spell the end of the two-state solution, and would reinforce the feeling of impunity rooted in this conflict.”
- In May 2018, in response to the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, ActionAid’s “Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territories” Ibrahim Ibraigheth, stated that “By supporting Israel’s campaign to force the Palestinian people off their ancestral land, the U.S. is complicit in wide-ranging human rights violations. It’s no coincidence that this announcement comes the day before Palestinians remember the Nakba, when the newly established State of Israel carried out a systemic ethnic cleansing.”
- In May 2018, ActionAid Palestine encouraged a Palestinian “right to resist” stating, “We will keep going and resisting. The occupation of Palestine will fall, the way that the Berlin wall fell, and the apartheid system fell.”
- Co-signed an July 2016 campaign, calling on world leaders “to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza,” while altogether omitting that the blockade was implemented in an effort to stop Palestinian terrorists from smuggling of weapons and rockets into Gaza that would later be used to target Israeli civilians.
- Ibrahim Ibraigheth, “Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territories,” posted an image on his Facebook page glorifying Ayat al-Akhras, a suicide bomber who murdered two Israelis after detonating her explosive vest at a Jerusalem supermarket.
- Lina Abuaisha, an ActionAid Australia employee, has a picture of a Palestinian rioter hurling stones at Israeli security forces as her profile picture.
- Wisam Shweiki, a Project Manager at ActionAid International, posted an image on his Facebook profile glorifying Khader Adnan, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group who gained notoriety following repeated hunger strikes while in prison. The caption reads “For every gram you lose in weight, your honor increases by thousands [of grams].”
- Member of Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA).
- In June 2021, AIDA published an infographic referring to Gaza as “an open air prison.”
- In May 2020, AIDA called for “third states, the EU, and its member states, to devise and publish an exhaustive list of countermeasures to adopt in order to disincentivise Israel’s annexation policies in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
- Partners with the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), which refused to sign the anti-terror clause that is a condition of US government funding, stating “that its members would not sign funding agreements that included the ATC [Anti-Terror Certificate]: this is now a condition for membership under PNGO byelaws [sic]” (emphasis added).
- PNGO is an umbrella organization comprising 142 Palestinian NGO member organizations, many of which support BDS campaigns and have ties to the PFLP terror group. In January 2020, PNGO vehemently opposed a new clause in European Union grant contracts with Palestinian NGOs that prohibits grantees from working with and funding organizations and individuals designated on the EU’s terror lists. PNGO claimed that Palestinian terrorist organizations are “political parties.”
- Multiple PNGO officials have ties to terrorist organizations, and at least five PNGO members have ties to EU-designated terror organizations, including through their employees and/or board members who are directly involved in activities and programs. For instance, Walid Hanatsheh (Abu Ras)is listed as a PNGO board member on behalf of a PFLP-linked NGO, Health Work Committees (HWC), and was arrested in October 2019 for participating in a terrorist attack in which a 17-year old was murdered. According to an Israeli media report, Hanatsheh bankrolled the bombing. Following his arrest, the PFLP labeled Hanatsheh a “leader in the Popular Front.”
- Also partners with the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC).
- PARC’s rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “war crimes.”
- 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.”
2018-2021 Funding to ActionAid International (amounts in €)
|UN – World Food Programme||3,311,000||3,140,000||4,886,000||2,804,000|
|All “other governments”*||6,705,000||7,961,000||1,015,000||2,051,000|
|All “other UN agencies”||11,270,000||9,643,000||5,542,000||6,413,000|
*ActionAid does not identify these “other governments” reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability