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|Working in France and 64 countries worldwide, Doctors of the World - Médecins du Monde is an independent international movement of campaigning activists who provide care, bear witness and support social change.
- In 2018, Médecins du Monde’s (MdM) budget for its activities in the West Bank and Gazawas approximately €2.5 million.
- In 2018, total income was €99.1 million; total expenses were €99 million.
- Donors include the European Union, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Nations.
- In 2020, MdM received $263,114 from the UN OCHA-oPt Humanitarian Fund for its “Response to COVID-19 pandemic in Gaza Strip.”
- In 2018, France (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development – MAEDI) via the Center of Crises and Support (CDCS) and the municipality of Paris provided MdM with €100,000 and €50,000 respectively for a project aimed at the “tragic deterioration of the state of primary health care infrastructure through years of blockade and high population pressure [in Gaza].”
- In 2015, MAEDI provided MdM with €200,000 for the “protection of the most vulnerable communities in the south of the West Bank.”
- In 2016, MdM received €893,000 from Germany for “Support for victims of the war and the blockade.”
- Médecins du Monde (MdM), headquartered in France, works in 64 countries worldwide. MdM has been active in the West Bank and Gaza since 1996.
- In 2020, Medecins du Monde worked with Burj al Laqlaq on a number of projects, including a “Hotline providing MHPSS services to people under lockdown and victims of domestic violence and abuse,” “Remote sport activities through recorded/live videos in E Jerusalem. Including for 20 children with special needs,” and the dissemination of materials.
- In December 2020, MdM, alongside a number of Israeli, Palestinian, and international organizations, issued a declaration headlined “Israel must provide necessary vaccines to Palestinian health care systems.” The NGOs falsely claim that Israel has “legal obligations” to “ensure that quality vaccines be provided to Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and control,” 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 policyfor its population.
- In December 2019, MdM published a report titled “The Labyrinths to Health in Gaza,” which “contextualises the health system within the 12 years of blockade and the current de-development of the Gaza economy.” The report called for Third States to “ensure that Israel lifts the blockade and ends the occupation,” as well as for the Government of Israel to “follow the recommendations of the Commission of inquiry on the protests in the oPt.”
- The report thanked “Al-Haq for providing an immense pool of cases, [and] PCHR for providing great insight to the work done throughout.” Both Al-Haq and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) have been linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist organization by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.
- In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, MdM published a statement condemning “Israel’s violent response against Palestinian civilians” as the “excessive use of force against Palestinians demonstrating in Gaza is a violation of the right to life, health and freedom of assembly.” The statement ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
- In April 2018, MdM published a report by Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) titled “50 Years of Occupation: Dispossession, Deprivation and De-development” that accused Israel of “systemic, decades-long squeeze of Palestinian economic prospects and human rights.”
- In November 2017, MdM published a factsheet titled “Mental Health and Psychosocial Impacts of Occupation-Related Violence in Palestine” discussing how the “occupation policies” create a “coercive environment which takes a toll on health of Palestinians.” The factsheet also places sole blame on Israel for the conflict stating that “MdM witnesses daily that the occupation and related practices are structurally at the core of humanitarian and development needs, having notably a tremendous impact on the health of Palestinians. No sustainable change could therefore be achieved while this system prevails” (emphasis added).
- In June 2017, MdM published a report titled “Surviving under the Occupation” that claimed that the security barrier is “above all else a wall of shame, that divides rather than unifies” and that is used to “isolate them [the Palestinians] and to remind them of the supremacy of Israel on their territory” (emphasis added). The report ignored that the security barrier was built to protect Israelis against Palestinian terrorist attacks.
- Referring to the permits granted by Israel to ill women in Gaza in order to be treated Israeli hospitals, the report states that “these permits are less and less granted, especially when the family of the women is involved in political activism.” The report furthers that women are “pressured by Israel to be informants, which they refuse” and therefore are not granted travel permits.
- In March 2017, MdM published a report titled “Survive the Occupation,” which stated that “As the Israeli government wants to legalize settlements in the West Bank, attacks against Palestinians are multiplying. An increase in violence seems to echo the political will to rid the territory of its inhabitants by fear and humiliation.”
- NGO Monitor inquired with MdM regarding the sources of information for the various claims made against IDF soldiers and settlers in the report. MdM did not respond to our request.
- In May 2016, MdM published a report with Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) titled “Settler Violence: An Armed Wing of Settlement Expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The report cites the politicized Israeli NGO Yesh Din as a source regarding the “policy of de facto annexaton of the West Bank.” The report claims that there is a “troubling correlation between official plans of colonial expansion and violence against the villagers.”
- 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.
- Co-signatories include a number of other highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict: Broederlijk Delen, Christian Aid, CCFD, Diakonia, French Platform of NGOs for Palestine, Heinrich Boll Foundation Palestine, Medico International, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, Oxfam, Pax Christi, Physicians for Human Rights, Trocaire, Lutheran World Federation, World Vision, and others.
- Signed the 2015 Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) document titled “Charting a New Course: Overcoming the Stalemate in Gaza,” which misrepresents international law and distorts legal terminology in order to place primary blame for the 2014 Gaza war on Israel. The paper fails to mention Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel. It further encourages contact with Hamas, stating that, “Restricted contact can undermine humanitarian access and implementation of humanitarian programmes…”
- In February 2017, MdM held a meeting in France with the French Green Party (EELV) and the Israeli NGO Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, aimed at “alarming and raising awareness of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, parliamentarians, political parties, NGOs ,and representatives of the civil society…it is about convincing them to act to put an end to hardships, restrictions and violations of humanitarian rights in the occupied territories.”
- In 2016, MdM and Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) addressed the French National Assembly, accusing the IDF of “not hesitating to shoot farmers and fishermen” that cross the Access Restricted Areas (zone within Gaza and the Gaza territorial waters under the control of the Israeli army). Omitting the context of violence and terrorism under which the blockade on Gaza was established, the NGOs advocated for conditioning the European Union’s aid to Israel in order to “exercise pressures on the Israeli government to remove the illegal blockade.”
- In 2014, MdM and PUI participated in a roundtable discussion with a group of French Parliamentarians on the “impact and the dramatic consequences of settler violence.”
- Medecins du Monde is a member of the United Nations’ Health and Nutrition Cluster.
- Medecins du Monde is a member of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.
- In May 2020, Safeguarding Health in Conflict published a report on “Health Workers at Risk,” discussing “incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).”
- The report refers to Sajed Mizher, a “first aid volunteer” for Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) who was killed by the Israeli security forces “during confrontations…in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.” The report neglects to mention that Mizher was a “comrade“ of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the U.S., EU, Canada, and Israel). Mizher’s funeral procession featured many individuals wearing military gear, PFLP paraphernalia, and PFLP banners. (For more details, see NGO Monitor’s blog “Palestinian NGO Medic Killed in Bethlehem Clashes Had Ties to PFLP Terror Group.”)
- MdM is an “observer member” of La Plateforme des ONG Françaises pour la Palestine, a network-based organization made up of 40 French NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- MdM partners with the Israeli organization Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian NGO Culture and Free Thought Association.
- Member of Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA).
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