|In their own words||“We are a group that since 1988 cooperates with women and men, with associations, with communities of the South in their challenges of development and social transformation.”|
- In 2020, total income was €12.6 million.
- Donors included: European Union, Spain (Agency for International Development Cooperation –AECID) and the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (AVCD).
- In 2018, €687,737 was designated for Mundubat’s activities in “Palestine.”
- In 2020-2022, AECID (Spain) is granting Mundubat €449,735 for a project titled “Comprehensive Protection of the Palestinian Population in East Jerusalem.” Project partners include the PFLP-linked Union of Palestinian Women Committee (UPWC) and Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P) and (See more on these NGOs below.)
- In 2020-2021, the Basque Government granted Mundubat and Union of Palestinian Women Committee (UPWC) €199,998 for “Community psychosocial support to the Gazan population.”
- In 2019-2021, the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (AVCD) is granting Mundubat €799,362 for “Comprehensive Protection of the Palestinian Population in East Jerusalem.” Implementing partners for the project include Addameer, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC), and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC).
- In 2019-2020, the Municipality of Vitoria-Gasteiz granted €67,682 to Mundubat and DCI-P for a project titled “Comprehensive Protection of Palestinian Children in East Jerusalem.”
- In 2014-2018, Spain granted €640,610 to Mundubat for “strengthening community resistance and Palestinian social cohesion in east Jerusalem” as part of the Kanan project, which is dedicated to strengthening “the social and political participation channels of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem through enhancing the capacity of the youth.”
- According to its website, “From the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 (Nakba) and the occupation of 1967 (Naksa), the Palestinian people live under a regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid.”
- Mundubat, together with the Palestinian NGO Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), runs the platform “The other Jerusalem,” which “questions the illegal Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, as well as the false notion of a ‘unified Jerusalem’.” One of their “action points,” offers visitors to sign a petition calling “on the European Union, United Nations Secretariat, and members of the UN Security Council to take urgent action that ends and holds Israeli authorities accountable for systemic and deliberate discrimination toward Palestinians in Jerusalem.”
- In October- November 2021, Mundubat held an online course titled “Colonialism and Apartheid against the Palestinian People:The Jerusalem Case Study.”
- In October 2021, Mundubat was a signatory on a 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 August 2021, Mundubat called for people to send letters to the Spanish government to “exert international pressure to stop the ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem.”
- In May 2021, Mundubat signed a joint statement calling for the release of Health Work Committees fundraiser Juanna Sanchez Rishmawi. According to the statement, “The organizations that have worked with the Committees of Workers for Health [HWC], some for almost 30 years, categorically deny that the money from Spanish cooperation is used for anything other than carrying out health and humanitarian projects in Palestine.”
- In November 2021, Rishmawi pled guilty to “carrying out services on behalf of a banned organization,” the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). According to the charge sheet, HWC is “controlled by the PFLP” and was involved in “raising funds for the PFLP’s activities, financing PFLP activities and carrying out PFLP’s activities.”
- In March 2020, Mundubat published the article “Palestine: Fight against apartheid, occupation and patriarchy,” describing “Women who are dedicated to defending and protecting human rights in Palestine.” One of the pictures used in the article portrays Ali Mahmoud Safi, who “died of serious injuries he suffered, during clashes that took place after Israeli soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp.” According to PFLP, Safi was one of its members.
- In 2019, Mundubat developed the app “AppQuds” for “ethical tourism in Jerusalem,” funded by the Basque Government. The App enables tourists to “enjoy ethical tourism in East Jerusalem, respecting the human rights of the people and cultures that inhabit the territories visited,” and “invites travelers to make ‘responsible and sustainable’ tourism and pilgrimage to the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
- In December 2019, Mundubat met with Ismat Shakhshir, “member of Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.”
- In November 2018, Mundubat organized the “Dalia Nassar Conference: Palestinian resistance through women.” Nassar has been described as “one of the first women to participate in clashes with the IDF alongside the men.”
- An October 2015 interview with Dalia Nassar in Alaraby states that “her mother was a member [sic] the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a leftist political party” and quotes Dalia Nassar stating that “I am proud of my mum and I want to follow in her footsteps.”
- In November 2018, Mundubat organized an event titled “Palestine: a people under apartheid” that featured Salah Hamouri.
- On February 7, 2017, Mundubat was a signatory on a call to “end the European complicity – marking 100 years of injustice against the Palestinian people.” The call “solemnly reaffirm[ed] that in 2017, after 100 years of dispossession, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.”
- In 2015, Mundubat, funded by the Government of Aragon, participated in a project with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) for the “Rehabilitation of family farming infrastructure affected by the latest Israeli military intervention in the Gaza Strip.” (Read more about UAWC below.)
- In October 2016, Mundubat was a signatory on a call to restaurant chefs to “Take Apartheid off the Menu” and cancel their participation in the Tel Aviv “Round Tables Tour” as Tel Aviv is “the center of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid and deeply complicit in whitewashing Israeli violations of Human Rights and International Law.”
- In September 2020, Mundubat called for the UN General Assembly to “Launch international investigations into Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people as a whole, as well as associated State and individual criminal responsibility,” to “Ban arms trade and military-security cooperation with Israel,” and “Prohibit all trade with illegal Israeli settlements and ensure that companies refrain from and terminate business activities with Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.”
- In July 2020, President of Mundubat Eneko Gerrikabeitia stated that it is important to continue BDS campaigns “Because we cannot be complicit in the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. And in that sense, BDS has been seen as a powerful tool to isolate and denounce the policies of the occupying Palestinian power, Israel.”
- In February 2020, Mundubat promoted BDS-Spain’s campaign, “CAF, get off the apartheid train,” calling on the Basque railway company CAF to withdraw from their work on the “rail network linking illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, known as the Jerusalem Light Rail (JTA).” According to Mundubat “The tram violates the human rights of the Palestinian population, because it is born to connect all the colonies of Israeli populations in occupied Palestinian territory. It therefore strengthens the illegal annexation of Jerusalem and colonialist policies.”
- In October 2019, Mundubat thanked the Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine and BDS Norway for their campaigning of the Oslo City Council that led to the decision to “ban Israeli goods and services from public procurement.”
- In July 2019, together with BDS Madrid and Grassroots Jerusalem, Mundubat organized the event “On your visit to Jerusalem, do not contribute to the occupation!” According to the event description, the NGOs “propose to visitors a form of “responsible tourism” that does not contract their trip with agencies, tour operators, hotels, shops or companies in the sector that collaborate with the occupation and profit from apartheid policies.”
- In May 2019, Mundubat participated in the BDS campaign to boycott Eurovision calling people to “RESPECT TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, DON ‘ T SEE EUROVISION TODAY,” stating that “The State of Israel uses this kind of acts like this to perform ‘justification’ and, to hide war crimes against the Palestinian people.”
- Between February 20 and March 4, 2017, Mundubat participated in a BDS campaign “against Israel for the constant violations of Human Rights committed in the Occupation of Palestine” by “disseminat[ing] … testimonies” of BDS activists and public officials “who reject Israeli apartheid against Palestine.”
- In January 2017, Mundubat organized the “BDS Forum for the promotion of institutional initiatives in defense of Human Rights in Palestine,” featuring Omar Barghouti.
- A June 2016 video prepared by Mundubat in support of the “International Campaign for the Right to Boycott” narrates: “If you were Palestinian, you would have been kicked out of your house in 1948 . . . you would have died while playing football on a Gaza beach. If you were Palestinian, if you had complained about the conditions in which you live, you would be a terrorist, you would be imprisoned, exiled, or dead. . .”
- Another video in support of BDS campaigns from April 2016 features an assortment of speakers from an event held by Mundubat, among them Ayed Abu Eqtaish of Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P) and Sergio Yahni of the Alternative Information Center (AIC). In the video, Yahni is filmed saying: “The processes of physical destruction, like the processes of psychological destruction of the children, are part of a policy of what has been called ‘thanatopolitics’ [death politics], which is to keep the different layers of Palestinian society a centimeter from death, not to kill them. There is death, I’m not denying that, but the aim is not death as such, but the feeling of living on top of death.”
- Alternative Information Center
- While AIC claims to “promote responsible co-operation between Palestinians and Israelis,” it supports boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel and is a frequent participant in demonization of Israel at international forums. Its activities reflect an extreme anti-Israel political agenda.
- Prior to the organization’s founding, AIC co-founder Michael Warschawski was a leader of “Matzpen,” the anti-Zionist Trotskyite organization. Warschawski was jailed in the 1990s for publishing an informational pamphlet for the PFLP terror group (verdict on file).
- Director of AICP, Nassar Ibrahim, is also the President of Defense for Children International-Palestine’s (DCI-P) General Assembly until at least 2017.
- AIC Board of Directors member (2008) Rifat Odeh Kassis has links to multiple NGOs with PFLP ties and was arrested and imprisoned several times by Israel.
- Defense for Children International – Palestine
- Union of Agricultural Work Committees
- UAWC is identified by Fatah as an official PFLP “affiliate,” and by USAID as the “agricultural arm” of the PFLP. According to academic scholar Glenn E. Robinson, UAWC was founded in 1986 by “agronomists loosely affiliated with the PFLP.”
- On October 22, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declared UAWC a “terror organization” because it is part of “a network of organizations” that operates “on behalf of the ‘Popular Front’.”
- In 2010, UAWC organized “a solidarity day with the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Saadat…” The “solidarity day” featured Muhammad Bakri, executive director of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Gaza, and celebrated “the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi” (an attack perpetrated by the PFLP).
- Health Work Committees
- Bisan Center for Development
- On October 22, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declared Bisan a “terror organization” because it is part of “a network of organizations” that operates “on behalf of the ‘Popular Front’.”
- Ubai Aboudi, Bisan’s Executive Director, was sentenced in June 2020 to 12-months in prison. According to his conviction, Aboudi “was convicted of being a member and an activist of the Popular Front organization during the period starting from 2016 and ending in July 2019.” Specifically, Aboudi “was responsible for recruiting additional activists to the organization from young people and students, as well as strengthening the organization’s infrastructure in the area” (on file with NGO Monitor).
- According to Palestinian organizations Samidoun – Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and Addameer, Bisan’s former Executive Director Eteraf Rimawi was arrested six times by Israeli forces between 1995 and 2014. As reported by Addameer, Rimawi was sentenced for 16-months in prison and fined NIS 5000 in 2000. During his detention in 2008, an Israeli military judge affirmed that “Eteraf was active in political activities related to the PFLP.”
- Addameer additionally reported that on 23/9/2014, Israeli military judge Doron-Dorani stated at a judicial review hearing: “Eteraf Rimawi is an activist in an illegal organization and is active within his area of residence along with others that are currently in detention. Eteraf was arrested a number of times and he is back to his previous actions.”
- Union of Palestinian Women Committees
- According to the Institute for Palestine Studies and scholar Simona Sharoni, the UPWC is politically affiliated with the PFLP.
- According to the PFLP, the late Maha Nassar, who was president of the UPWC, was also a member of the Central Committee of the PFLP.
- As reported by the PFLP, in 2012 the UPWC “organized a visit to the home of the martyr Comrade Mahmoud Gharbawi, writer and former member of the Political Vureau (sic) of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, marking the 40th day after his death. This visit came as one of a series of events organized by the PFLP . . .”
- Land Research Center
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