|In their own words||“To provide health and nutrition services for children and mothers and poor families to improve their health, quality of life, and community participation through projects and programs.”|
- In 2019, total income was $1.1 million; total expenses were $1.1 million.
- Donors include DanChurchAid, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Save the Children, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Japan International Volunteer Center, Welfare Association, and the United Nations. (See table below for further funding information.)
- In 2017, the United States (USAID) granted $62,300 to Ard El Insan for “Improving Nutritional Health Status of Children.”
- In 2016, Ard El Insan received $1,305,380 from UNICEF for a project titled “Access of vulnerable communities in the West Bank and Gaza to quality and affordable essential health services for children and women.” Implementing partners were the Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC), Eastern Council of Churches International Christian Committee (NECC-ICC), and the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
- In 2016, Ard El Insan received $37,980 from the Qatar Charity.
- In June 2008, the Qatar Charity was listed as an unlawful association in Israel due to its membership in the Union of Good for its funding of Hamas. Additionally, the Qatar Charity was named by Osama bin-Laden as a financier of Al-Qaeda.
- In 2016, Canada (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade International and Development) granted $100,000 to Ard El Insan.
- In 2006-2007, Ard El Insan received money from the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN).
- In 2014, IRFAN was labeled a terrorist entity by the Canadian government. This decision was based on findings that money was transferred from IRFAN to various organizations that then funneled funds to or cooperated with Hamas. Ard El Insan was one such organization. (See below for more details.)
- Ard El Insan (AEI) is a Gaza-based health organization that claims to deal with malnutrition, anemia, and other conditions.
- Ard El Insan was founded by the Swiss organization Terre des Hommes (TDH) in 1984 and became an independent organization in 1997. In 2012, TDH announced that it needed to “concentrate on other issues,” but that AEI would continue to work “through the financial support of a Japanese organization,” Japan International Volunteer Center.
Alleged Ties to Terrorism
- According to the Canada Revenue Agency, from September 2006 to April 2007, International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy -Canada (IRFAN) transferred $418,785 to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology – West Bank (the Ministry was under the control and direction of Hamas from March 2006 to June 2007) through its major partner organization in Gaza, Ard El Insan (AEI).
- In 2014, IRFAN was labeled a terrorist entity by the Canadian government. This decision was based on findings that money was transferred from IRFAN to various organizations that then funneled funds or cooperated with Hamas.
- The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) found that IRFAN funded AEI, which provided food packages and aid (valued at $181,868) to the Palestinian Ministry of Health under the Hamas government.
- The report from the Canadian government states, “Our audit findings also note that, in May 2008, IRFAN-Canada sent a letter directly to the Minister of Health affirming its support for the Hamas Ministry. Ard El Insan is carbon-copied on the letter.”
- The Minister of Health at the time, Dr. Basem Na’im, is a long-time Hamas member.
- Ard El Insan has continued to maintain a partnership with the Ministry of Health in Gaza under Hamas control.
- Ard El Insan has partnered with the Union of Health Work Committees, a Palestinian NGO identified by Fatah as an official PFLP “affiliate” and by a 1993 USAID-engaged audit as the “the PFLP’s health organization.” For more information on UHWC’s PFLP ties, read NGO Monitor’s report “Union of Health Work Committees’ Ties to the PFLP Terror Group.”
- Academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, who also identifies UHWC as a “PFLP-affiliated health committee,” explains “Many-probably most-doctors who joined the UHWC had political leanings similar to the leftist PFLP. As health committees tied to other political factions also existed, it was common for doctors and staff to work with that health group which reflected their politics. Both the providers and, to a lesser degree, the recipients of these medical services were aware of the larger political agenda. The ability to translate medical-and other social-services into a particular political vision was the key to the struggle within the Palestinian community for ideological hegemony” (emphasis added).
- Magdi Yaghi, UHWC treasurer and board member in 2016-2019, is referred to by the PFLP as a “member of the regional command” and a “comrade.” In February 2019, Yaghi participated in a memorial service organized by the PFLP for Maher Yamani, a PFLP “founder” and a “member of the Central Committee and one of its most prominent military commanders.”
- According to Meir Amit institute, Ard El Insan is one of the “Da’wah organizations which were particularly active during Ramadan.” According to Meir Amit, the goal of these NGOs is to “distribution of aid to the population which collaborated with the Hamas administration.”
- Regularly partnerswith UNWRA, UNICEF, the World Food Program, and Oxfam.
- Ard El Insan is the local partner of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).
- Partners with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA).
- MECA organizes delegations to “Palestine/Israel” where participants can “witness the impact of the Israeli occupation and…learn about refugees, land confiscation, political prisoners…” Trip highlights include learning “about the origins of the Palestinian refugees and the Right of Return, and how it can be implemented” (emphasis added).
- MECA lists Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC), is a PFLP-affiliated health committee active in Gaza, as identified by USAID and in Palestinian documents. as an organization “we support.”
- In 2015, Ard El Insan began working with Islamic Relief Worldwide. In February 2016, Ard El Insan signed a partnership agreement with Islamic Relief to implement a project titled “Milk for Preschoolers.”
- In January 2016, the UK-based bank HSBC announced that it was ending all links to IRW, “amid concerns that cash for aid could end up with terrorist groups abroad.”
- On June 19, 2014, Israel’s Defense Minister declared IRW to be illegal, based on its alleged role in funneling money to Hamas, and banned it from operating in Israel and the West Bank. (Hamas is a designated terror organization by Israel, the U.S., EU, and Canada.) According to news reports, the decision was made after “the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the coordinator for government activities in the territories, and legal authorities provided incriminating information against IRW.”
- Has partnered with U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a “national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy.”
- Accuses Israel of maintaining a “matrix of control” over the Palestinian population and enacting “laws that discriminate against [Palestinians], much as Black Americans had been treated during the Jim Crow era.”
- In May 2017, USCPR published “50 Years of Israeli Military Occupation – FAQs” accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” and stating that “Even though the United States has consistently opposed Israel’s building of settlements for the past fifty years…the United States has worked to ensure that the international community does not impose sanctions on Israel for its continued illegal colonization of Palestinian land.”
2018-2019 Funding to Ard El Insan (amounts in $US)
|Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)||37,980||15,610
|Save the Children||145,580||15,330
|World Food Programme||68,935||287,325
|International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)||4,528||24,077
|Middle East Children’s Alliance||4,860||
|Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development||164,002||
|Japan International Volunteer Center||105,536
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