Land Research Center (LRC)
|In their own words||“Protection, consolidation, and development of Palestinians and their lands, habitats, life styles, and capacities in standing up against the Israeli plan of forcible displacement”|
- Land Research Center (LRC) does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
- Donors include the European Union and the Netherlands.
- In 2020-2023, the Land Research Center and Society of St. Yves were implementing partners on a €611,368 grant from the European Union to “Secure Palestinian Land and Housing Rights.”
- In 2020-2022, Land Research Center and the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) received €700,000 from the European Union for a project titled “Assessing the impediments before the two-state solution,” which aimed at “Contributing to the conditions for a sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in preparation for sustainable peace through identifying/analysing the impediments that stands against engaging fruitful negotiations and exploring manners to which breakthroughs and ultimately peaceful solutions to the conflict may be reached.”
- LRC, together with ARIJ, received €474,732 in 2016-2019 from the European Union via its Peacebuilding Initiative Program for a project titled “Advocating for a Sustainable and Viable Resolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” The project“aim[ed] at inspecting and scrutinizing Israeli colonizing activities in their different forms in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, and to disseminate the related information to policy makers in the European countries and to the general public” (emphasis added). (See below for further information regarding this project.)
- In 2019-2020, LRC and ARIJ received €700,000 from the European Union for a project titled “Assessing the impediments before the two-state solution,” which aimed at “Contributing to the conditions for a sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in preparation for sustainable peace through identifying/analysing the impediments that stands against engaging fruitful negotiations and exploring manners to which breakthroughs and ultimately peaceful solutions to the conflict may be reached.”
- In 2017-2021, LRC, in partnership with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), and the Economic & Social Development Center of Palestine, received $11,250,000 (2017-2021) from the Dutch MFA.
- In December 2020, LRC Director Jamal al-Amleh claimed that “It is known that [the Jews] have nothing in Jerusalem and Hebron. All archaeological excavations – even the Jewish archaeologists themselves – have proven that there is no existence of their state in this country, no existence of the Temple on the mountain where al-Aqsa Mosque is built. All of their history and narrative is a false narrative.”
- In May 2023, following comments by the EU Commission President celebrating Israel’s Independence Day, LRC was a signatory on a statement accusing the president of “using racist anti-Palestinian tropes and denying Palestinian history and the atrocities of the Nakba.”
- In November 2022, LRC was a signatory on a letter to the ICC Prosecutor to “Urgently expedite his investigation into the Situation of Palestine, including the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”
- In May 2022, LRC was a signatory on a petition titled “The Return Appeal” calling on the United Nations to “take all necessary steps and measures for immediately holding the occupation’s state accountable for all the crimes, the latter has so far committed against the Palestinian people, within strict legal means that would not allow the occupation’s criminals to evade interrogation or possible trials.”
- In October 2021, LRC signed a joint statement condemning the decision by the Israeli Ministry to designate six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations. According to the statement, “This unprecedented designation is merely the latest escalation in Israel’s widespread and systematic institutionalized campaign that has aimed to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organization that dares seek accountability for Israel’s grave human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity…the international community, especially the European Union and its member states who are key supporters of and donors to Palestinian civil society, should ensure that banks and financial institutions in their jurisdiction are notified Israel’s designation of Palestinian organizations is unfounded and inapplicable.”
- In 2018, LRC published an infographic on the occasion of the “70th commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba,” featuring antisemitic motifs and a conspiracy theory.
- The infographic includes, as legend of the timeline, the drawings of an orthodox Jew representing the “settlement,” and an arm wearing a Star of David grabbing the land to represent the “confiscation.”
- The timeline further features the conspiracy theory of the 1907 Campbell conference, which promotes the unfounded theory that “Great Britain planned Israel in 1907 to destroy Arab nation.” LRC describes this conference as to “implant an alien body at the heart of the Arab world, aiming to create division and civil war,” and features this conspiracy theory by a dagger ornamented with a Star of David.
- In February 2020, Al-Amleh, published a antisemitic Facebook post asking, “How many times will Palestinian Christ be crucified by rogue Jews on religions and humanity!?”
- In 2016, LRC published a statement, “Balfour Declaration …. And the continuous conspiracy,” alleging that the declaration “placed a toxic dagger in Palestine that aims at restricting the advancement of the Arab Nation and disconnecting its east from its west” (emphasis added). This statement also quotes a Palestinian scholar who referred to the Balfour Declaration as “a promise.. [in which] those who did not deserve were given [land] by those who did not possess [it].”
Palestinian Observation of Israeli Colonization Activities (POICA)
- LRC and the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) launched an EU-funded website as part of its project titled, “Advocating for a Sustainable and Viable Resolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” The website features blatant propaganda and allegations such as “Throughout the years of occupation of the Palestinian territory, Israel has engaged in excessive and disproportionate violations of every existing humanitarian code” (emphasis added) and refers to the Israel Defense Force as the “Israel occupation Forces.”
- The website provides a platform for LRC and ARIJ ’s distorted historical account, claiming that “The State of Israel was founded on approximately four-fifths of Palestine, taking more land than the United Nations’ 1947 Partition Plan had proposed,” and that “During and after the 1948 War, a transfer policy was carried out and four out of every five Palestinians in the area inside Israel became refugees.” This “historical” summary omits the context of an Arab rejection of partition and an Arab-initiated war against Israel, and falsely alleges an Israeli “transfer policy.”
- Issues frequent reports claiming to “shed the light on the Israeli violations taking place in the occupied Palestinian territory against lands and properties along with a map depicting the location of the affected areas.”
- POICA rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “genocide,” ‘ethnic cleansing,” “land grabs,” and “collective punishment.”
- In April 2019, LRC and ARIJ released a “Daily Report” that included in its rhetoric used against Israel a classical antisemitic attack on the Talmud. The report claimed that “over 250 settlers, stormed an archaeological site in Al-Jib village…and performed Talmudic rituals” and accused Jews of performing “Talmudic rituals in celebration of Jewish holidays” and performing “Talmudic rituals in the town.”
- The “Daily Report” was paid for by the EU and bears the EU logo.
- In September 2022, LRC endorsed a report by Al-Haq and Just Peace Advocates calling to “Update the UN database annually” and “Continue to exert the necessary efforts to ensure transparency and promote accountability for business activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, to counter the pervasive impunity stemming from corporate- related violations and grave breaches of international law in such contexts.”
- The UN BDS “blacklist” of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line selectively targets Israel apart from all other nations, is aimed at economically damaging companies that are owned by Jews or do business with Israel, and is ultimately meant to harm the Jewish State.
- In May 2020, LRC was a signatory on a statement calling for “Immediate targeted sanctions to stop Israel’s annexation and apartheid.” The statement further called for “A ban on arms trade and military-security cooperation with Israel,” “Suspension of trade and cooperation agreements with Israel,” and “Investigation and prosecution of individuals and corporate actors responsible for war crimes/crimes against humanity in the context of Israel’s regime of illegal occupation and apartheid.”
- Signatory to the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS,” which calls for an end to Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” and promotes the right of “Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties.” These goals undermine the fundamental right of the Jewish people to self-determination and would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.
- Member of 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).
- 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. According to media reports, PNGO claimed that Palestinian terrorist organizations are “political parties.”
- In June 2017, PNGO condemned Norway for pulling funding from a youth center named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who in 1978 murdered 37 civilians, including 12 children. PNGO referred to Mughrabi as a “Palestinian Woman Freedom Fighter,” stating that “PNGO believes this is another form of foreign domination and oppression calling Palestinian resistance a terrorist resistance against Israeli occupation…PNGO stands strong against conditional funding, especially when it threatens Palestinian right to resist foreign domination, exploitation, oppression and occupation” and that “there is a difference between freedom fighters and terrorists” (emphasis added).
- In April 2017, PNGO called on the international community not to “use aid to undermine legitimate Palestinian resistance.” According to PNGO, “We reject all de-legitimization or criminalization of lawful Palestinian resistance, whether in form of allegations of terrorism, anti-semitism or otherwise… We call on all governments and aid providers to respect our right to lawful resistance, support Palestinian human rights defenders, and ensure equal, impartial and transparent access to funding for all.”
- Member of Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network- Friends of Earth Palestine (PENGON).
- In January 2022, PENGON endorsed a campaign, “Global Days of Action for Palestine,” meant to “intensify protests against Israel’s dramatic escalation of violence and ethnic cleansing across Historic Palestine.”
- In January 2018, on the occasion of Land Day, PENGON accused Israel of “Zionist expansionism and massive Israeli land grabs,” and stated that “Apartheid, which is what we live under, is the atrocious conglomeration of colonialism, racism, denial of self-determination, and expulsion.”
- Member of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC).
- On August 29, 2017, Joseph Schechla, HIC coordinator of the Housing and Land Rights Network, wrote an article on the “Anatomy of ISIL in the Middle East,” discussing how “the ISIL phenomenon ironically has its roots in deep anomalies and double standards of the interstate system itself. This is only symbolically reflected in the contemporary acronym of ISIL, which corresponds with the abbreviation for the so-called ‘Islamic state’ (IS) joined to the binomial code for the State of Israel (IL). This coincidence of acronyms completes the analogy of the respective Jihadist and Zionist movements and their common attributes at the expense of indigenous Middle East peoples. Just as one follows the other in time, the participants in the former-named (IS) may be counting on the same seamless impunity long enjoyed by its latter-cited predecessor (IL).”
- On March 27, 2017, HIC published the International Federation of Human Rights’ (FIDH) report titled “French Banks’ Dangerous Liaisons with the Israeli Settlement Enterprise,” which called on the French government to force French banks and insurance companies to “disengage without delay from any financial link with Israeli banks.” The report also lobbied for “a legislative proposal prohibiting enterprises from all sectors to invest in the settlements.”
- LRC is a member of the Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI).
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