|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.”|
- 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.
- AEI has received funding from KinderUSA, Save the Children, DanChurchAid, Taawon (Welfare Association), and World Food Program.
- In 2016, Qatar Red Crescent Society granted $224,000 to AEI.
- 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 or cooperated with Hamas. AEI 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.
- Established in 1984 as an affiliate of Terre des Hommes, and became an independent organization in 1997.
- Regularly refers to the Israeli blockade of Gaza as “the siege.”
- Signed an October 2016 appeal calling on the international community to pressure Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza, referring to it as the “Israeli occupation illegal and inhumane blockade.”
Alleged Ties to Hamas
- 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 or cooperated with Hamas. AEI was one such organization.
- 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 Minister of Health at the time, Dr. Basem Na’im, is a long-time Hamas member.
- 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.”
- According to CRA, IRFAN transferred $418,785 to the Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology through AEI between September 2006 and April 2007.
- AEI also allegedly “dealt with a food importer accused by Israel of providing funding to terrorist groups.”
- Regularly partners with UNWRA, UNICEF, the World Food Program, and Oxfam.
- In 2015, AEI began working with Islamic Relief Worldwide.
- 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.”
- Listed as one of Medical Aid for Palestinians’ partners in Gaza.
- Has partnered with U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (formerly known as US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation).
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