|In their own words||“a network of organizations that conduct civil society work in conflict transformation, development, coexistence and cooperative activities on the ground in the Middle East among Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs, and Jews.”|
- ALLMEP is a coalition over 150 member organizations, “building people-to-people cooperation, coexistence, equality, shared society, mutual understanding, and peace among their communities.” However, in contrast to these stated goals, its members include a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs that promote agendas based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and completely omit Israeli perspectives. (See more on ALLMEP’s members below.)
- Claims that “members seek to build a secure just and sustainable peace where all can enjoy the rights and freedoms needed for them to reach their human potential and live in peace with one another with dignity.”
- ALLMEP works “to support our members by ensuring more attention and resources are dedicated to their groundbreaking work.”
- ALLMEP is building an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, which is “poised to pour at least $200 million annually into the region, thus leveraging international public and private support to scale up grassroots peacebuilding dramatically.” This includes lobbying for a $50 million contribution from the U.S. Congress.
- ALLMEP regularly engages in lobbying, approaching “opinion makers, elected representatives, government officials, American and international funders, and the international community about the critical opportunities and needs of people-to-people efforts.”
- According to its website “our direct advocacy to the United States Congress has created and sustained the USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation grants program, which has distributed over $100 million to Israeli and Palestinian civil society organizations over the past ten years.”
- According to its website, “ALLMEP connects NGOs to decision makers. Since its inception, it has coordinated more than 600 meetings with Congress, the White House, Israeli and Palestinian leaders, prime ministers, foreign ministers, the State Department, USAID, European and Arab governments, and the media.”
- In December 2020, after lobbying by ALLMEP, the House of Representatives passed the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act which “would provide $250 million over five years in order to expand peace and reconciliation work in the region.” According to ALLMEP, “The legislation, which is a result of over a decade of work from ALLMEP, is the largest investment in this sector ever.”
- As part of the fund, “ALLMEP is working closely with its members to help them prepare to scale up, including through trainings, capacity-building programs, and project development workshops.”
- ALLMEP has also engaged in lobbying in the United Kingdom. In November 2020, “ALLMEP’s campaign to create an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace received unanimous and enthusiastic support from all Members of Parliament.” According to ALLMEP, “ALLMEP was instrumental in securing a £3 million budget from the United Kingdom and another $3 million from the government of Canada for people-to-people programming.”
- During the Parliamentary debate to create the fund, one MP “pa[id] tribute to the Alliance for Middle East Peace…[who] has being [sic] plugging away for a long time on this.”
- In September 2021, the UK Liberal Democratic Party passed a motion calling for the UK to “support the ‘creation of an international fund for peace, such as the fund proposed by the Alliance for Middle East Peace.’” The Party invited ALLMEP to present and share “valuable insights regarding the field of practice, the needs of peacebuilding organizations in the region, and a vision for the way forward.”
- Huda Abu Arqoub, ALLMEP’s Regional Director, has claimed that Hamas is “not a terrorist organization” and accused Israel of attacking Islam. At the 2014 and 2015 J Street conferences, she spoke in support of anti- Israel BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions).
- In April 2020, ALLLMEP was a co-sponsor for the 15th annual “Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony”hosted by Parents Circle Families Forum and Combatants for Peace. The ceremony created a major controversy, with critics arguing that it promotes a Palestinian narrative that draws an immoral equivalence between terror victims and terrorists.
- ALLMEP lists over 150 member organizations. In contrast to the stated goals of working toward “peace” and “coexistence,” its members include a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs that promote agendas based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and completely omit Israeli perspectives.
- Many ALLMEP members organizations promote “apartheid” rhetoric and lobby governments to adopt anti-Israel BDS policies:
- Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
- CMEP “engages in directly [sic] advocacy and education with the U.S. Congress. The CMEP board and staff communicate with Senate and House offices on a regular basis to further the policy positions of the CMEP coalition.”
- Organizes “Annual Holy Land Journey” that allows participants to “explore the complex issues facing Israelis and Palestinians.” Participants meet with members of highly politicized NGOs including Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), Breaking the Silence, Christian Peacemakers Team, Gisha, Tent of Nations, Parent’s Circle Families Forum, and Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center.
- In August 2021, CMEP signed a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Senator Schumer, and President Biden calling to “Stop Ethnic Cleansing in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem and all of Palestine.” The letter called to “end U.S. military funding to Israel, which perpetuates apartheid and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their land” (emphasis in original).
- Combatants for Peace
- While claiming to “allow each side to understand the other’s narrative,” Combatants for Peace activities reflect a strong affiliation with the Palestinian agenda and narrative, placing most of the blame for the conflict on “the occupation.”
- Combatants for Peace was part of the “Remove the Siege – Stop the War” coalition that stood “in defiance of the siege and the destruction and military bombardment…being exercised in Gaza with careless disregard…[and] protest the ongoing massacre” in partnership with highly politicized NGOs, including: New Profile, Alternative Information Center, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), and Coalition of Women for Peace.
- In November 2022, Combatants for Peace sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament urging the European Parliament to “recognize the State of Israel as a state sponsor of terrorism.”
- Holy Land Trust
- Accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and signed an “Urgent call to action” during the 2014 Gaza conflict accusing Egypt of “complicity in Israel’s genocide of the people of Gaza.”
- Conducts highly politicized tours of Israel and the West Bank promoting the Palestinian narrative and targeting church leaders and the international community, claiming to provide “cross cultural and experimental learning opportunities in both Palestine and Israel.” Suggests that its participants “limit information” given to Israeli airport security and hide the reason for their visits.
- In May 2021, in the context of the 2021 Gaza conflict, Holy Land Trust called on governments to “condemn Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing and apartheid in Palestine.”
- Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF)
- While PCFF advocates for “reconciliation,” “dialogue,” and “knowledge of the other,” it exploits the grief of families and the language of peace to promote a highly divisive, contentious, and narrow personal agenda.
- As part of its ongoing “Dialogue Encounters” program, PCFF gives presentations to Israeli public school students, which include relatives of Palestinian terrorists who had been killed, together with bereaved families of Israelis and Palestinians. Following complaints from parents, the Israeli Ministry of Education, which is responsible for authorizing extracurricular programming, declared that relatives of terrorists could no longer participate. Legal advisor of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, Attorney Hila Cohen, noted: “Drawing a comparison between bereaved Israeli families and Palestinian families is inconceivable, as such discussions legitimize acts of terrorism.”
- Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I)
- Under the guise of medical expertise and scientific fact, PHR-I promotes distorted and false narratives, aimed at demonizing and delegitimizing Israel in the international arena.
- PHR-I is part of a network of NGOs that promote artificial and manufactured definitions of apartheid to extend the ongoing campaigns that seek to delegitimize and demonize Israel. In May 2021, in the context of the 2021 Gaza Conflict, PHR-I published a statement that “For decades, Palestinians have lived under Israeli control in its various forms – including aspects of apartheid and colonialism – in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel.
- OneVoice International
- One Voice is the “legal-organizational channel” for Victory 2015 (V15), a campaign seeking to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2015 March elections. OneVoice Israel’s Executive Director Polly Bronstein said: “We believe that it’s critical that the majority of Israelis who are concerned about the numerous security and socio-economic challenges we face have their voices heard in the next election. We need a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”
- Rabbis for Human Rights
- Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) is among the most politically active NGOs on the complex issues related to the Bedouin in the Negev. It is part of an ongoing campaign against what it deems the “crime” of evacuating Umm Al-Hiran, a village in which violent clashes took place opposing demolitions (approved by the Israeli High Court of Justice).
- RHR is listed as a partner by the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sends volunteers for political indoctrination, including to “witness life under occupation.” Upon completion of the program, the volunteers return to their home countries and churches where many engage in anti-Israel advocacy, including advocating for BDS campaigns in churches, comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany, and other delegitimization strategies.
- Sadaka Reut
- In contrast to its objectives, Sadaka Reut presents a highly polarizing and one-sided narrative of Palestinian victimization and Israeli guilt. Through its partnerships with groups that reject the legitimacy of Jewish sovereignty in Israel and repeatedly emphasize Israel’s alleged systematic discrimination and the “Nakba,” young participants are presented with a simplistic, biased and divisive perspective.
- Regularly accuses Israel of “racism” and presents views based on the Palestinian narrative of victimization, often completely omitting Israeli perspectives and legitimate national security concerns.
- Signatory to the Haifa Declaration, which calls for a “change in the definition of the State of Israel from a Jewish state” and accuses Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust “at the expense of the Palestinian people.”
- Israel Social TV
- Standing Together
- Standing Together, a group founded to lead political activism, has been involved in a number of protests in Israel and the West Bank. The organization also organizes “alternative Memorial Day” commemorations, alongside Combatants for Peace. In April 2018, one of the group’s founders, Ye’ela Ra’anan, advocated for “eliminating the fascist regime in Israel.”
- Jahalin Solidarity
- In a November 25, 2020 Facebook post, Jahalin Solidarity wrote, “During the lame duck presidency of The Donald… Israel is ticking off its [suicidal] bucket list while hastening us to full-throated apartheid, away from democracy and its values.”
- On May 28, 2020, Jahalin Solidarity published an article arguing that “it seems that only the ICC can save Palestine. And Israel. Because apartheid will then become official, and Israeli democracy (already questionable as it applies to minority citizens inside Israel such as the Bedouin) a discriminatory political system when serving citizens or those under its rule, such as the 300,000 Palestinians in Area C.”
- In an October 2, 2018 article “Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide,” Jahalin Solidarity wrote, “Coupled with the fact that nearly 200,000 Jerusalemites were driven out during the Nakba, the Catastrophe’ of 1948, and the ongoing slow ethnic cleansing, the Holy City has been in a constant state of destruction since the establishment of Israel…It is a question of the very survival of the Palestinian people, threatened by a racist state that has been allowed to ‘go wild’ for 70 years, untamed and without repercussions” (emphases added).